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NEWSLETTER: SPRING 2016 | VOLUME 3 NO. 2
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BBC’s Katty Kay to Emcee Cable Hall of Fame

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The Cable Center is pleased to announce that Katty Kay, lead anchor on the BBC’s flagship U.S. newscast “BBC World News America,” will emcee the 19th annual Cable Hall of Fame.

Kay has had a storied career with the BBC covering major U.S. and international events and interviewing a range of international figures and newsmakers. Kay is also the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: “Womenomics” and “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know.” Kay also emceed the 2012 Cable Hall of Fame celebration.

The Cable Hall of Fame celebration will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the induction ceremony honoring: Mika Brzezinski & Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Morning Joe; Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications, Inc.; John D. Evans, chairman & CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co.; Tom Rogers, chairman, TiVo Inc.; Robert J. Stanzione, chairman & CEO, ARRIS; and John O. "Dubby" Wynne, retired president & CEO, Landmark Communications, Inc. The event program will also include the presentation of the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award, honoring the late William J. Bresnan, to Amos B. Hostetter, Jr. A festive after party concludes the evening’s activities.

There is still time to register for the Cable Hall of Fame! Join us as we celebrate and honor these industry leaders. Don't miss the industry's best networking event! 


May 16, 2016
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Westin Boston Waterfront
www.cablehalloffame.com

The Barco Library, Keyword: Research

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At The Cable Center, we are proud to be the definitive resource and archivist for the cable industry’s past, present and future. The Barco Library, offering an industry retrospective from 1948 to the present, is home to a rich collection of resources that can’t be found anywhere else. The original source material includes oral histories, manuscripts, memorabilia, media and photographs. The Barco Library is routinely consulted for answers and research projects on cable’s role in the development of television.

Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University, recently spent a few weeks utilizing The Barco Library’s resources for research on her new book. Brownell specializes in examining twentieth-century United States political history with a focus on the relationships between media, politics, and popular culture. Her current research extends into questions of governance and political culture in the cable news age. From the process of deregulation to the rise of cable television and the advent of the internet, her new book will analyze the political origins, economic pressures, and cultural implications of the of twenty-four hour news cycle.

Professor Brownell was referred to the Barco Library by Brian Lamb and Steve Scully at C-SPAN. “I had no idea it would be so informative,” Brownell said. “Every preconceived idea I had about the industry has changed while doing this research.” Her favorite resources at the library are the video collections that offer first-hand accounts and the infographic “A Cable Story,” created in partnership with Mosaik, which depicts the industry’s top historic events, including mergers, buyouts, acquisitions, influencers, technological innovations, legislation and much more.

On her last day in Denver, Brownell said, “Brian Kenny [The Cable Center’s librarian] has been phenomenal. I’ll be back for more research later this year. There is just so much material here. I can’t go through it all in just one visit!”

Souls of DOCSIS

soulsofdocsis2016Starting in the summer of 1995, a small group undertook an audacious goal: design a best-of-breed cable modem that would make the internet fast.

In an era of slow, dial-up connections and elongated page load times, these individuals set out to bridge the divided worlds of cable telecommunications and digital networking in a way that could scale to reach millions of users – and effectively spark a revolution in “broadband” communications.

Their work, which would crystallize in the form of DOCSIS® – an international standard for high-speed internet connectivity – would ultimately touch the lives of individuals and organizations around the world. It would ignite an unprecedented creative and economic revolution that would enable and sustain some of the most innovative ideas and applications in the history of communications – from YouTube to Pandora to Skype to Facebook to Twitter and beyond. The DOCSIS revolution would come to be known as the cable industry’s greatest contribution to the global telecommunications landscape. DOCSIS continues to empower ideas and innovations today.

Now, for the first time, the behind-the-scenes story of the creation of DOCSIS is told in breakthrough accounts by key figures in the technology’s origination, including, Dr. John Malone, Dr. Richard Green and Robert Cruickshank. The Cable Center has put together a set of three videos that highlight the development of DOCSIS and serve as an educational resource alongside “Souls of DOCSIS,” written by Robert Cruickshank, and available for free download on our website.

Stewart Schley, longtime cable industry editor and reporter says in his book review, “Cruickshank, one of the early employees working on telecommunication projects at CableLabs, brings readers into the inner circle as he describes how, piece-by-piece, the building blocks for broadband Internet came into place. Combining interviews, first-person recollections and original reporting into a highly readable, you-are-there depiction, ‘Souls of DOCSIS’ provides a penetrating glimpse into the dawning days of a revolutionary technology.”

We encourage those interested in the DOCSIS story to join the conversation and Tweet your special memories of DOCSIS using #SoulsOfDOCSIS and the handle @soulsofdocsis.

Harnessing Disruption: How INTX Is Breaking New Ground

Sponsored Article by NCTA

At a time when bundles are getting skinnier, video screens are getting smaller and viewing sessions are going snackable, it’s tempting to think some odd wave of miniaturization has overtaken digital media. Not so. In reality, a combination of technological might and creative thinking has widened the playing field, producing an astonishing rise in opportunity. Today there’s a big “Open for Business” sign hanging over the entire Internet and television economy, and everybody’s invited in.

Attendees at this month’s INTX: Internet & Television Expo, happening May 16-18 in Boston, will see the new marketplace in full swing. The INTX theme is “Harnessing Disruption: Turning Today’s Chaos into Tomorrow’s Growth.” It’s the perfect metaphor for an event that brings nearly every serious participant in the media and communications economy together for three days of learning, networking and business generation.

INTX is breaking new ground with interactive showcases devoted to virtual reality and app-powered television experiences. Special attractions include the “Lobstah Tank,” a live competition for promising start-up companies. And attendees will get to experience the first-ever TED Session Presented by INTX, staged and curated in partnership with TED Conferences, LLC, along with General Session interviews produced by Re/code, the media and technology news and information destination.

The list of speakers and attendees appearing at INTX reflects the diversity of the business itself. Executives from companies including Mashable, Comcast/NBCUniversal, AT&T and Fullscreen will appear, along with experts in technology, policy, business strategy and content creation. There’s also a new approach to topography: Events take place on or next to the INTX Marketplace exhibit area to create an overarching, vibrant environment for collaboration and idea exchange.

The upshot: INTX is the ideal event for harnessing the energy of disruption to create a pathway for the next era of business growth. Register today and see for yourself.

 

Attend FORUM 2016 – June 20-22 in New York City

Sponsored Article by the American Cable Communicators (ACC) 

FORUM 2016, the Association of Cable Communicators annual educational conference, will be held in New York City, June 20-22 in the Hearst Building. The conference is specifically tuned to the needs of communications and public affairs executives and is the association’s 30th annual professional education event.

The 2016 conference theme is “Converging Communications,” capturing the changing landscape both traditional cable operators and programming networks face as new distribution models, digital technologies and communications methods evolve. The conference opens on Monday, June 20 with an evening welcome reception and runs through the early afternoon of Wednesday, June 22. On Tuesday evening, June 21, the Beacon Awards® will be presented during a dinner celebration.

The conference will have four keynote addresses and 8 topical panels. Confirmed keynoters include:

Frank Luntz, Ph.D., founder and president of Luntz Global
Nate Silver, author and founder of FiveThirtyEight
Grace Killelea, executive leadership & development, Grace Killelea Consulting

Online registration is open and individuals may save $200 off the on-site fee of $1,000 if they register by May 14, 2016. All individuals who registered to attend FORUM 2016 may also attend the Beacon Awards® presentation and dinner without additional cost. However, for those individuals who are only attending the awards ceremony, individual tickets for the event are $150. For additional information on FORUM, go to the FORUM 2016 page on the ACC Website at https://www.cablecommunicators.org/forum.php. For more information, contact Steve Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-372-2215.

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