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Public news from NCTC and selected partners.

Agreement Provides More than 800 Pay TV Providers A New Option for Video Delivery Technology to Help Them Remain Competitive

NCTC Files FCC Comments Documenting Harms to Small Cable Subscribers “A Tax on Rural America”

Lenexa, KS – The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), which represents more than 800 small and midsized independent cable operators across the country, filed comments last week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documenting the harm to millions of consumers in rural America that would result from the Sinclair-Tribune merger. The NCTC urged the Commission to ensure competition and prevent small cable operators and their subscribers from being harmed. NCTC members operate primarily in rural and smaller markets.

Lenexa, KS – The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), which represents 800 of the smallest, most rural cable operators in the country, today expressed concerns about the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger, saying it believes Sinclair will use its size to impose disproportionally higher costs on smaller operators, leading to significant cost increases for consumers. NCTC believes recent negotiating tactics used by Sinclair provide a clear indication that the company will wield its dominant power to take advantage of much smaller companies. NCTC rarely comments on pending merger activity but the urgent situation with Sinclair has necessitated a public response.

Campaign Launch Timed To 25th Anniversary Of Retrans' Birth

PITTSBURGH, October 4, 2017 -The American Cable Association (ACA) today launched TV Ransom, a national campaign to set the record straight that corporate broadcasters are to blame for out-of-control retransmission consent fees and TV station blackouts that blindside consumers with the needless loss of their favorite news, weather reports, and national sporting and entertainment events.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – (August 8th, 2017) – In July, National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) took action to enhance their vendor offering for their member companies -partnering with Validity Screening Solutions (www.validityscreening.com) to conduct independent background checks on all potential employees. “This is an opportunity to provide more value to the NCTC and its member operators,” said Darren Dupriest, Validity Screening Solution’s President and CEO.

PITTSBURGH, August 14, 2017 - The American Cable Association urged the Federal Communications Commission to maintain the scope of its competition-enhancing program access rules, thereby protecting the legal rights of small cable operators that seek to distribute TV programming owned by rival pay-TV distributors.

Approval Would Send Retransmission Consent Fees, TV Signal Blackouts Soaring

PITTSBURGH, August 8, 2017 - The American Cable Association is urging the Federal Communications Commission to reject Sinclair's proposed megamerger with Tribune Media Co. to protect competition and consumers from being forced to pay higher fees to receive local broadcast stations that are owned by the combined company.

Sony Interactive Entertainment America (SIEA) today announced an agreement to offer PlayStation™Vue, the pioneering Internet-based live TV service, to customers of the 850+ cable and broadband systems comprising the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Hearn
(202) 713-0826
thearn@americancable.org

INDIANAPOLIS, July 26, 2017 - A senior FCC official today addressed the Independent Show to discuss recent regulatory developments affecting small and mid-sized cable operators, referring to several actions designed to remove regulatory underbrush and ease paperwork burdens.

SUWANEE, Ga – July 24, 2017 – ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) today announced the availability of three advanced set-tops providing the TiVo® user experience, that support the NCTC VU-IT! Program. The NCTC VU-IT! Program is focused on enabling independent operators to deliver integrated OTT services alongside standard cable programming.

NCTC’s 850+ Members to Have Access to Live Streaming TV Bundle for First Time

NEW YORK, NY and LENEXA, KS – JULY 22, 2017 – fuboTV (fubo.tv) has partnered with the National Cable Television Cooperative (nctconline.org) to enable its 850+ member companies the ability to provide a broadband and over-the-top (OTT) streaming TV bundle. Through this partnership, announced ahead of The Independent Show – NCTC’s annual industry conference, taking place July 23-26 in Indianapolis, IN – members will have the opportunity to offer their collective customer base of nine million subscribers access to the leading sports-first virtual MVPD in the U.S.

Lenexa, KS, July 17, 2017 - The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) hired Jon Radloff, formerly VP of Product Development for Comcast, for a newly-created role of VP, Video Solutions. Radloff had been consulting for NCTC since January of this year, managing a major RFI process with suppliers of next generation video platforms.

For Immediate Release

New Orleans Conference for Independent Cable Operators / Broadband Providers Draws Record Attendance

Lenexa, KS, March 14, 2017 - Independent cable and broadband operators came out in large numbers to support the 2017 Winter Educational Conference hosted by the National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC). The conference attendance of nearly 800 operators, suppliers and technology partners was the highest it’s been in the 16-year run of this event. The theme of the conference focused on changes and opportunities in the cable and broadband business, and evolved from a previously technology-focused event to also include a marketing component, addressing change from additional perspectives.

Lenexa, KS, August 16, 2016 --- The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced the results of its election for the Board of Directors at its annual members’ meeting held during The Independent Show in Orlando, Florida on July 27, 2016.

Comcast Wholesale and NCTC Sign Agreement to Offer Upgraded Platform to Members

Denver, CO, June 14, 2016– Comcast Wholesale, a Comcast Platform Services division, today announced an agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) to offer its members the newly upgraded HITS platform. The upgrade transitions the remaining six multiplexes of 64 QAM HITS services to 256 QAM DVB-S2 technology. The upgrade began in late May 2016 and will run through July 2016.

New York, N.Y. and Lenexa, Kan. – April 20, 2016 – Light Reading and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) today announced a comprehensive partnership to create and market multimedia content for smaller and independent cable operators, including such key cable tech topics as OTT video, DOCSIS 3.1/Gigabit services, cable business services, virtualization, TV Everywhere and cable WiFi.

ACA Applauds FCC's Look At Broken Programming Market

FCC's Move Highlights Abuses By Large Programmers That Are Seen By NCTC As Preventing Consumers From Receiving Lower-Cost Packages

February 10, 2016, Lenexa, KS – The National Cable Television Cooperative kicks off its Winter Educational Conference on Monday in Phoenix, AZ. The annual conference focuses primarily on technology solutions in the cable TV industry and offers nearly 250 small to mid-sized operators from across the country an opportunity to network, collaborate and learn how other NCTC members innovate to stay ahead of the quickly changing industry.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: 800-542-5040 br />Joe Madagan, SCTE Editor, Marketing & Communications, jmadagan@scte.org
Paul Schneider, PSPR, Inc. for SCTE, pspr@att.net, 215-817-4384
Visit SCTE online at www.scte.org
Lauren Goldman, Director of Communications, NCTC, lgoldman@nctconline.org, 913-310-1509
Visit NCTC online at www.nctconline.org

FEB. 11, 2016 (Lenexa, KS and Exton, PA)—Subject matter experts from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), will help to drive thought leadership around three of the industry’s most important technologies – DOCSIS 3.1, Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and Wi-Fi -- at the National Cable Television Cooperative’s Winter Educational Conference February 15-16.

NEW YORK, NY- January 13, 2016-- TheBlaze, Glenn Beck’s news, information and entertainment network, and The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced today that they have entered into a multi-year distribution agreement.  NCTC serves over 850 cable companies across the United States.   

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POKER CENTRAL INKS LONG TERM DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH NATIONAL CABLE TELEVISION COOPERATIVE

Multi year, multi faceted deal includes VOD and TV Everywhere

MGM HD Features Films from MGM’s Storied Library in Stunning HD Quality

Los Angeles, CA (January 6, 2016): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced today that they have partnered to offer NCTC members access to MGM HD, the 24/7 cable channel featuring films from MGM’s renowned library in stunning HD quality. The deal affords NCTC members the opportunity to launch MGM HD, which includes TV Everywhere distribution, as well as access to the network’s VOD content. 2016 programming highlights include films from the studio’s celebrated James Bond, Rocky and Pink Panther franchises plus contemporary classics like Get Shorty, Terminator and West Side Story.

Deal Finalized as Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Holiday Programming Initiatives Draw Record Ratings & Delivery

SILVER SPRING, MD – Oct. 7, 2015 -- The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and TV One, the network targeting the adult African-American viewer with original programs, movies and specials, including the award-winning Unsung and the prestigious NAACP Image Awards, announced a multi-year distribution agreement today.

Media Contact:
Lauren Goldman
Director of Communications
913.310.1509
lgoldman@nctconline.org

 

NCTC ADDS VP TO FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT STRATEGY

John Childress joined NCTC to focus on important industry trends. Lenexa, KS (September 22, 2015) – NCTC announces the addition of a new Vice President of Product Strategy and Management, John Childress. Joining NCTC in May, Childress came from member company Wide Open West, where he worked across product development and management of residential services. This is a new role for NCTC, focused on developing new service solutions with supplier-partners to aid NCTC members in providing more advanced capabilities to their customers.

NCTC Makes TiVo Whole-Home and Multi-Screen Experience Available to Its 850+ Small and Mid-Sized Operators

SAN JOSE, CA – September 8, 2015 – TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), a leading innovator in the advanced television space, and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) today announced that the NCTC will make TiVo’s advanced television solutions available to their membership for deployment of multi-screen, linear, recorded, over the top, and video on demand TV experiences.

NCTC’s 850 independent cable and telecommunication operators will now have cost-efficient access to the full collection of TiVo-powered products and services for the delivery of a consistent and compelling user-experience.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN— August 31, 2015 - EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV), a digital commerce company (evine.com), today announced that an agreement has been reached with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) for the opportunity to carry EVINE Live by NCTC’s more than 850 member companies.

“We are excited to work with the NCTC to bring our exciting new programming to the millions of viewers nationwide serviced by their systems,” said Karsten Amlie, Vice President Network Distribution at EVINE Live. “We are confident that NCTC member systems will clearly see the economic and entertainment value of EVINE Live.”

Hundreds of Live College Sports Events Delivered Year-Round beginning September 5

Available to AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV, Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and Select NCTC Members’ Customers at Launch