The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS, , the official sponsor organization of the symposium, is one of the founding organizations of IEEE, and has a history that stretches to the formation of the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1912. The BTS mission is to serve the needs of the members of the Broadcast Technology Society to enhance their professional knowledge and vitality by keeping them informed of the latest research results and their practical applications.

Conferences are an important part of the society, as they enable the exchange of new information and the formation of social networks. The IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting (BMSB) is one of the major conferences in the society, held in June every year. This year the Symposium will be held in Paris, France on October 27th through 29th, 2020.

2006 : Las Vegas, USA

2007 : Orlando, USA

2008 : Las Vegas, USA

2009 : Bilbao, Spain

2010 : Shanghai, China

2011 : Nuremberg, Germany

2012 : Seoul, South Korea

2013 : London, UK

2014 : Beijing, China

2015 : Ghent, Belgium

2016 : Nara, Japan

2017 : Cagliari, Italy

2018 : Valencia, Spain

2019 : Jeju, South Korea

2020 : Paris, France

2021 : Chengdu, China