Cable Hits Consumer Electronics Show

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Several cable and satellite executives are expected to attend the Consumer Electronics Association’s annual convention in January, which continues to grow as attendance at cable conventions has fallen in recent years.

The CEA -- which held a pre-convention reception in New York Wednesday night -- said Cablevision Systems Corp. chairman Chuck Dolan, EchoStar Communications Corp. chairman Charlie Ergen and DirecTV Inc. CEO Eddy Hartenstein will be featured on a content-and-delivery panel session Jan. 9.

With cable operators and networks gaining a larger presence at retail outlets, more cable executives have attended the International CES in recent years.

Last year, Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts met Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates at the confab, where they discussed the potential of cable operators using Internet-protocol technology to deliver video programming to subscribers.

Also attending last year’s confab were Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt, Charter Communications Inc. CEO Carl Vogel, Cox Communications Inc. CEO Jim Robbins, Cablevision president Tom Rutledge and Advance/Newhouse Communications chairman Bob Miron.

At Wednesday’s reception, CEA president Gary Shapiro made light of the fact that the trade group now counts more television networks as members than the National Association of Broadcasters does. Indeed, the CEA’s membership roster includes ABC, NBC and CBS. Comcast, Cable Television Laboratories Inc., Cox and Time Warner Cable are also members.

The CEA said it expects more than 110,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors at the convention from more than 110 countries.

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