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Sunday, July 27

10:00AM - 5:00PMRegistration Open
Welcome Refreshments sponsored by Crown Media Family Networks
5:30PM - 6:30PMNew Member / First Timers Reception
If this is your first NCTC/ACA Meeting, you are invited to meet NCTC and ACA staff and network with other first time attendees and receive first-hand information on how to get the most from your memberships.
6:00PM - 7:00PMVIP Sponsor Reception Invitation Only
7:00PM - 10:00PMWelcome "TailGate" Party (for all attendees, exhibitors, registered guests)
Kansas City fans are famous for fabulous tailgate parties and an unwavering commitment to our cherished teams. Tonight we'll put you in the middle of the mayhem. Be sure to wear your favorite team jersey and join the party! Stop by one of the hosted lounges featuring AMC Networks, Galaxie, Turner and Viamedia. Evening Sponsors: A+E Networks | AMC Networks | Galaxie | HBO | Pivot | Turner | Viamedia

Monday, July 28

7:00AM - 5:00PMRegistration Open
7:00AM - 8:00AMChristians in Communications Breakfast
Join CIC for breakfast with guest speaker John Ratzenberger. Optional event, donations accepted.
8:00AM - 9:45AMNCTC & ACA Members Meeting - NCTC & ACA Cable Operator Members Only
Rich Fickle, NCTC's President & CEO and Matt Polka, ACA President and CEO will lead the combined Annual Members Meetings for both organizations. NCTC will conduct the 2014 election of Board Members, a financial overview and other business issues. ACA will elect Board Members, present ACA member awards and provide an overview of the progress made in 2013-2014 and plans for 2014-2015. An open discussion about key issues impacting members will also take place.
10:00AM - 10:30AMMembers Only Session
Open discussion about rising programming costs, impact on members, options to consider, and related NCTC and ACA efforts.
10:45AM - 11:45AMOpening General Session: IP is the Future — Are you on Board?
The traditional video business is under pressure, but many see new video opportunities and are offering emerging services that will continue to fuel growth for members. IP enables a different approach to offering video and additional services as customers demand more. This session will focus on the key trends and how members can align their resources to optimize the opportunity for the IP future and to ensure their place in it. Shalini Ramachandran, The Wall Street Journal, moderates. Panelists: Steve Weed, Wave Broadband | Steve Reynolds, Imagine Communications | Jimmy Schaeffler, The Carmel Group
12:00PM - 1:30PMLunch with Guest Speaker: Captain Sig Hansen, Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch"
Opening Remarks by David Kenny, CEO The Weather Company
Sigurd Jonny "Sig" Hansen is captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern featured on Discovery Channel's reality series "Deadliest Catch". Listen to Captain Sig share how he has seen to it that the Northwestern is one of the Alaskan crab industry's top producers.
Luncheon Sponsor: The Weather Channel | Speaker Sponsor: Discovery Communications
1:30PM - 5:30PMExhibits Open - Visit over 140 different Exhibitors
2:00PM - 4:00PMCorporate Counsels Meeting: Invitation Only
7:00PM - 10:00PMMonday Night at Union Station (for all attendees, exhibitors, registered guests)
Union Station is the perfect representation of Kansas City's past, present and future. Taking a slice from the seedier time of our history we've created the Independent Show Speakeasy – where drinking and gambling is the order of the day (of course it's all family friendly). Move into the future by visiting the interactive exhibits of Science City, then it's back to the present where no Kansas City event would be complete without finger-licking good BBQ.
Evening Sponsors: Disney & ESPN Media Networks, Comcast Spotlight, Evolution Digital, GSN, i-Velozity, Viamedia, ZCorum

Tuesday, July 29

7:00AM - 5:00PMRegistration Open
7:00AM - 7:50AMBreakfast – Full Buffet (for all attendees, exhibitors and registered guests) Breakfast Sponsor: Conklin-Intracom
8:00AM - 9:00AMACA Update
ACA staff and consultants update attendees on the focus of their work this year and touch upon many of the following topics important to smaller cable operators: retransmission consent, program access, Comcast-TWC, net neutrality, Aereo, the Connect America Fund, and more.
*Moderator: Ross Lieberman, Panelists: Tom Cohen, Kelley Drye & Warren | Barbara Esbin, Cinnamon Mueller | Rhod Shaw, Alpine Group
9:00AM - NoonExhibits Open
Noon - 1:30PMLunch w/Celebrity Speaker – Bobby Flay from Food Network
Sponsored by Scripps Networks.
Debuting on Food Network in 1994, Bobby Flay has hosted many programs that bring cooking tips and information on American regional fare to a national audience. Bobby currently stars in "Beat Bobby Flay","Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction", "Food Network Star", "Grill It! With Bobby Flay", "Iron Chef America", "Throwdown with Bobby Flay", and "Worst Cooks in America".
Luncheon Sponsor: INSP | Speaker Sponsor: Scripps Networks Interactive
1:30PM - 2:30PMFrom the TV to Everywhere: All Things TVE
Most content providers now have a TVE platform but is TV really everywhere? And what does TVE mean for you and the consumer? Hear from top programmers how the content is being utilized, who is doing the viewing, and what TVE will mean for NCTC members in the years to come.
*Moderator: Peter Smith, WOW! Panelists: James Rollins, DisneyESPN | Michael Quigley, Turner | BJ Elias, Fox Networks
2:45PM - 3:45PMWall Street Update for Main Street MSO's
Investment Community experts discuss the fast changing landscape in today’s content distribution and high speed data market place. Headwinds include escalating programming costs, regulatory uncertainty, increasing video distribution competition and opportunities such as commercial services, HSD services, and converging technologies are altering the business cases of traditional operators. Our experts will discuss the evolving investment thesis and how it impacts main street operators. *Moderator: Wayne Schattenkerk, WaveDivision Holdins Panelists: Laura Martin, Needham & Co |John Hodulik, UBS | Naveen Nataraj, Evercore
4:00PM - 5:00PMThe Maturing Customer Experience: Best Practices in a Changing Environment
From home security to business services to TV Everywhere, cable's product mix continues to expand—and so do customer expectations. Discover how leading companies are working to assure best-in-class, end-to-end customer experience in a multi-platform, highly-competitive, and rapidly-changing customer demographics environment. Learn about proven customer experience solutions from inside and outside the industry as experts share the financial payoffs of new customer experience initiatives. *Moderator: Charles Patti, PhD, The Cable Center, Panelists: Edward Finegold, NetCracker | Gibbs Jones, Suddenlink | Colleen Abdoulah, WOW!
7:00PM - 10:00PMTuesday Night Dinner — 30th Anniversary Celebration
Tonight we will celebrate NCTC's 30th Anniversary as well as give away the Independent Operator of the Year awards. This will be a table-service dinner and an excellent opportunity to spend time with key players in the cable industry.
Evening Sponsor: NBCUniversal | Entertainment Sponsor: Viacom

Wednesday, July 30

7:30AM - 10:00AMRegistration Open
7:30AM - 8:20AMFamily Breakfast with Guest Speaker - Bill Self, KU Basketball Coach
Bill Self is the fastest coach to reach 300 wins at University of Kansas, where he has served as head coach for the past 11 seasons. Self and his wife, Cindy, also established the Assist Foundation, an organization that serves as a fundraising conduit for a variety of youth initiatives.Breakfast and Speaker sponsored by: Disney and ESPN Media Networks
8:30AM - 9:30AMBreakout Sessions: (Members Only)

Emerging Revenue Opportunities

As niche markets continue to broaden in the industry, NCTC members are capitalizing on revenue growth in new areas. Find out how other members are evolving their services and winning new business within key verticals like Smart Homes, Education, and Healthcare. Find the niche opportunities in your market.*Moderator: Kyle Alcorn, New Wave; Panelists: Steve Constantine, GCI | Kevan Cooper, Comporium | Travis Kohlrus, Eagle Communications

Surviving a Programmer Dispute: It’s Not the End of the World – Roundtable Discussion
Hear from experts and members that have faced tough public disputes over programming negotiations. Discussions will cover how to be prepared, what consumers care about, how to best communicate and other key considerations in developing your communication strategy.*Moderators: Doug Hull & Dan Buchanan, NCTC, Todd Schoen, Schoen Marketing

Acquiring Sports Rights: History and Challenges
While NCTC has not traditionally negotiated RSN agreements, we have assembled some negotiating experts to discuss how to get the most from your RSN agreement *Moderator: Frank Hughes, NCTC, Panelists: Melanie McMullen, Cinnamon Mueller | Bruce Beard, Cinnamon Muller
10:00AM - 5:00PMNCTC & Mid-America Cable Show Co-Hosted Golf Tournament Tiffany Springs Golf Course

Mid-America Cable Show Schedule (MACS)

The Mid-America Cable Show will be hosting their annual meeting Wednesday, July 30th after The Independent Show. Visit for more information or contact Teresa Hellman at
Did you know that NCTC was started from the members of the Mid-America Cable Association? It's true, and now, 30 years later these organizations are teaming up together again by hosting both annual conferences back to back. Be sure to make plans to stay thru Wednesday and participate in the Mid-America Cable Show.
Although The Independent Show and Mid-America Cable Show may share many of the same attendees, the Mid-America Cable Association includes members like the local Time Warner and Comcast offices. They also attract a unique audience with the MIDI Awards and SCTE's Cable Tech Games. Exhibitors will have several opportunities to network with attendees including exhibit time before the Awards/Pathfinders Dinner on Wednesday night. See the tentative schedule of events below.

Tuesday, July 29

10:00PM - MidnightMACS – "After Hours" Welcome Reception

Wednesday, July 30

10:00AM - 5:00PMMACS – Golf Tournament & Spa Day
2:30PM - 5:00PMMACS – Cable Tech Games / Breakout Sessions
5:30PM - 7:00PMMACS – Table Top Exhibits, Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:00PM - 10:00PMMACS – Pathfinder and Awards Dinner

NOTE: Agenda is subject to change.
Have questions? Please contact Lisa Miller at (913) 599-5900 Ext:1550 or