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
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 (http://www.broadbandplus.org/),
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