A Reader’s Guide to the Cable Show


Nice to see Comcast take its hostcity
obligations so seriously, providing a
huge news story heading into the Cable Show
in Chicago by blowing away the competition
and securing four more Olympic Games for

At the convention, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts
is already scheduled to make some news on
Thursday (the last day) with a “next-generation
video demo” that observers believe will be Xcalibur,
the code name for a new service blending TV
programming and social media with a new and
improved look and feel.

In industry terms, that’s even bigger than
Oprah, who’s also speaking Thursday.

Along with all the sessions and the booth celebrities and the
parties inside and outside Wrigley Field, the convention will
host some significant events honoring notable people.

Turn to this year’s entrants into
the Cable TV Pioneers. That event is a dinner Monday night at
the Palmer House hotel.

Tuesday night sees the induction of six worthies into the
Cable Hall of Fame, 7-9 p.m. at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel &

NAMIC honors Next-Generation Leaders and Luminaries
(and a Friend) at its annual awards breakfast Thursday morning,
7-8:45 a.m., at McCormick Place.

Profiles of the Vanguard Award winners will be feted at a luncheon Thursday,
12-2 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom at McCormick

Also, WICT hosts its Signature Luncheon Tuesday,
12:15-2 p.m., at McCormick Place.

And McCormick is the Place to be Wednesday
morning for Multichannel News’s newsy Multicultural
TV breakfast, 7-9 a.m., featuring among others
Comcast’s David Jensen.

Be sure to read the Multichannel News show daily
Tuesday through Thursday. Nearly all of our staff
will be in Chicago, gathering all the on-site news for those tidy
print publications, and creating content for various electronic
newsletters you won’t want to miss, either.

To help set the stage for cable’s centerpiece convention, contributor
George Winslow has compiled two pages of vital facts
and figures about multichannel-TV and broadband delivery.

And we hear the green-screen demo that co-chairs Jerry
Kent and David Zaslav have planned for the welcome ceremony
will start things off on the right foot.
See you in The Park!