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ABC Cable Networks Group and NBC Cable Networks have become the first major
cable programmers to line up booth space at the Western Show this December.

Both ventures were among a bunch of companies landing space deals with the
convention, renamed Broadband Plus, over the past two weeks.

Also new to the 2002 Western Show table: Cisco Systems Inc., Dialogic
Communications Corp., ICTV Inc., Lode Data Systems Inc., Net2Phone Inc. and
SeaChange International Inc.

Western Show organizers are trying to bring key programmers -- largely absent
from the show last year -- back in several ways: booths, prefabricated executive
suites on the show floor and a 'Broadband Living Room' exhibit demonstrating
network efforts in video-on-demand, interactive TV, high-definition TV and other
new-media directions.

FamilyNet TV and Trinity Broadcasting Network -- two services emphasizing
religious and family-values content -- signed up earlier.

As of Wednesday-morning listings on the event's Web site (,
Broadband Plus indicated that it will have 146 exhibitors for its main halls and
51 exhibitors for CableNET, Cable Television Laboratories Inc.'s special tech