The National Cable & Telecommunications Association's National Show kicks off in Chicago in less than four weeks, with an emphasis on advanced services.
Underscoring the theme of this year's show, "We're making broadband happen," many of the panel sessions will focus on how the industry is deploying advanced services. The show will run from June 10-13.
Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing president Char Beales will moderate the opening plenary session on June 10, called "Hot off the wire — the truth behind the headlines."
Attendees should be ready with questions about ESPN's rate hike, as the sports network's president George Bodenheimer is on the panel. He'll be joined by Comcast Corp. president Stephen Burke, Cox Communications Inc. executive vice president Patrick Esser, Cablevision Systems Corp. senior vice president Patricia Falese and Cable Television Laboratories Inc. CEO Richard Green.
On June 11, CNBC
host Sue Herera will moderate the opening general session, and ask questions of Charter Communications Inc. CEO Jerry Kent, Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts and Viacom Inc. president Mel Karmazin.
The June 12 general session will feature Lifetime Television CEO Carole Black, A&E Television Networks president Nick Davatzes, Microsoft TV Division senior vice president Jon De Vaan, Wink Communications Inc. CEO Maggie Wilderotter and Insight Communications Inc. CEO Michael Willner.
While NCTA officials said exhibit sales are off 15 percent for the 2001 show due to the withdrawal of several tech companies, more than 60 companies are buying exhibits for the first time this year.
New exhibitors include: AT&T Digital Media Centers, Chinook Communications Inc., Concero, GoldPocket Interactive, OnePath Networks, Qpass and The Football Network.