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Joanne Dant
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Ted Hearn
VP Communications
American Cable Association
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July 29, 2018

2018 Independent Show Opens Today With Focus On Changing Pay-TV and Broadband Ecosystems While Defending New Regulatory Freedoms

Top Industry Thinkers Share Distinct Viewpoints On Capturing Future Opportunity

Anaheim, CA—The 2018 Independent Show (TIS), presented by the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and the American Cable Association (ACA), opens today at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. TIS 2018 focuses on the great opportunities enabled by broadband investment while coping with disruption in the traditional pay-TV space and keeping close watch on the regulatory and legislative arena in Washington, D.C. The show, now in its 13th year, runs through August 1.

Each day, nearly 1,200 industry professionals will hear from thought leaders and guest speakers who are leading the charge in the dynamic cable and telecom industry. The Independent Show digs deep into the hottest topics in the industry that are changing the landscape of pay TV and broadband, while exploring how independent communications providers can manage the changes they are facing, and new opportunities for connecting customers.

Managing Change
The disruptions in traditional video delivery are a boon for consumers, providing access to more content in more ways than ever before. Operators are expected to execute easy, affordable solutions to enable their consumers to view these various new content options.

A recent report from the Video Advertising Bureau forecasts that by 2021, OTT-only households will grow 8.2%, while multichannel households will drop 2.4%. However, the study highlighted that the majority of OTT video services complement rather than replace traditional pay-TV subscriptions. Seventy-five percent of homes are multi-channel TV households. (source: 2017 S&P Global Market Intelligence, Kagan)

To thrive in an increasingly competitive environment, providers need a fresh approach. Attendees will hear about the challenges facing operators in managing this changing pay-TV landscape and learn about solutions that will help leverage these changes to their advantage during a powerful Super Leaders Panel featuring some of the industry’s top leaders discussing these challenges, including: Brad Moline, ALLO Communications; John Colbert, Fidelity Communications; Brian Lynch, Schurz Communications; and Michael Bowker, Cable ONE.

Political commentator, researcher and communicator Frank Luntz of LuntzGlobal  will then discuss how these changes are affecting the dynamics in Washington and what operators need to know to better communicate their issues. This includes the ability of broadband Internet Service Providers to preserve their hard-won victory, secured by ACA and others, in the battle to gain open Internet polices at the Federal Communications Commission that formally took effect on June 12.

What the Future Holds
From broadband and 5G to consolidation and improved customer experience to expanding to fixed wireless, what do providers need to do to thrive amid this ever-changing pay-TV and broadband ecosystem? TIS will look into the future with an in-depth analysis of new technologies and new players in the industry and educate attendees on how these new developments can help providers meet customers’ needs and better entertain, inform, transact, and connect with their customers. The Independent Show will also offer a closer look at new OTT content providers with speakers from CuriosityStream, Philo and Cheddar. Todd Juenger from AllianceBernstein will also share his thoughts on sports content in the pay-TV offering and what the near future looks like.

The Independent Show Executive Perspective

Rich Fickle, President and CEO, NCTC:
“NCTC is eager to welcome our members and guests to TIS. The show is a catalyst for a deeper dive into the most pressing topics in the industry today, and to interact and dialogue with industry friends and key partners. We are also looking forward to celebrating some of the remarkable achievements of our member companies over the past year. NCTC is dedicated to ensuring we are educating and supporting our members on the most important initiatives covering the evolving video and broadband business, and we are thrilled to welcome members and their families to Disneyland!”

Matthew M. Polka, President and CEO, ACA:
“For more than two decades, ACA has been the voice of independent communications providers that deliver the magic of robust broadband connectivity and help millions of rural Americans fully and effectively participate in the global economy. And now for 13 years, we have not only brought together at TIS a combined focus on our members’ most important business and policy issues, but also once again a spotlight to show our industry and Washington, D.C., how our members and their vendor partners are truly serving customers and communities with the best in broadband service.”

Attendees are encouraged to click here to download the #TIS18 app to view the show’s full agenda, speakers and exhibitors, receive alerts, and gain access to more in-depth show content.

Note for editors: Interviews and photos are available upon request.

About the National Cable Television Cooperative
The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas-based, not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long-term sustainability of its member companies. NCTC represents more than 750 member companies in programming and technology acquisition. NCTC is actively engaged in helping network providers and suppliers evolve their business models to deploy new video/data solutions to match the changes in the media landscape.

About the American Cable AssociationAbout the American Cable Association
Based in Pittsburgh, the American Cable Association is a trade organization representing about 800 smaller and medium-sized, independent companies that provide broadband, phone and video services to nearly 8 million customers primarily located in rural and smaller suburban markets across America. Through active participation in the regulatory and legislative process in Washington, D.C., ACA’s members work together to advance the interests of their customers and ensure the future competitiveness and viability of their business. For more information, visit: