Joanne Dant
Primavera Group for
National Cable Television Cooperative 
(720) 205-2454

Ted Hearn
VP Communications
American Cable Association 
(202) 713-0826

July 31, 2018

2018 Independent Show Day Three: Industry Thought-Leaders Share Future Vision for Independent Operators

Anaheim, CA—The 2018 Independent Show (TIS), presented by the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and the American Cable Association (ACA), heads into day three with discussions around how operators can capture future opportunities, and looks into the future by exploring new technologies and new players in the industry that will help operators continue to meet their customers’ needs and thrive amid the evolving pay-TV ecosystem.

Day Three Agenda Highlights

  Wireless: Broadband Disruptor or Best Friend?
Matthew M. Polka, ACA; Maureen Moore, GCI; and Rebecca Thompson, CCA  consider the potential impact of wireless carriers making an aggressive play with 5G, and whether Washington is supporting more competition to broadband in favor of wireless.

  Breakout Session: Love It or List It – Maximizing Value When Buying and Selling Cable Systems
Jeff Nourse, NCTC; Garrett Baker Lazard Middle Market; Larry Eby, ; and Pat Thompson, Pat Thompson Co. will explore who is buying and selling systems, what they are looking for, how to maximize value before, during and after a sale, and the hard lessons learned from negotiations.

  Breakout Session: A Re-Imagined Customer Experience
Matt Kreuger, Shentel; Jeremy Hitchcock, Minim; and J.C. Ramey, Device Bits  will share more about cutting-edge solutions designed to accelerate communication, improve the overall customer experience and foster loyalty.

  Breakout Session: Fixed Wireless
More and more, fixed wireless is being deployed to expand service areas cost effectively and quickly. Attendees will hear from Gerry Ford, DoubleRadius; Curtis Dean, SmartSource Consulting; and Rob Rubinoff, C Spire  about how to use fixed wireless to grow business.

  Sports Content: Are the Big Leagues Still That Big?
Todd Juengerfrom AllianceBernstein  talks about how recent changes in this area have caused some to wonder how important sports content is in the pay TV offering and what the near future looks like.

  OTT New Content Choices That Will Drive Your Business
Part 1: Robert Gessner, MCTV  president and ACA chairman chats with John Hendricks, Founder of Discovery and CuriosityStream. John Hendricks built Discovery Communications, one of the most successful pay-TV empires in the world and now leads CuriosityStream, a fact-based subscription VOD service. Hendricks shares his views on the current structure of the industry as it evolves from the traditional pay-TV model to better serve viewers in the future.

Part 2: Philo and Cheddar CEOs Take the Stage
Andrew McCollum, CEO of Philo, and Jon Steinberg, CEO of Cheddar, talk about the market and how they see the independent operator taking advantage of these new and innovative offerings.

The day ends on a highlight with dinner designed by Bravo’s Top Chef runner-up Brooke Williamson, comedy by Pete Lee and an epic children’s party with Nickelodeon animators.

The Independent Show OTT Perspective:

John Hendricks, Founder and CEO, CuriosityStream
“NCTC brings together the best of the best from every corner of the video and broadband community, and this group is perfectly positioned on the leading edge of the on-demand streaming revolution. Consumers have a relentless desire to control their viewing options and together, we can deliver. I’m looking forward to talking with Bob Gessner about the unstoppable forces driving the marketplace, plus what I call the ‘tailwinds’ of the streaming TV revolution, with cable distributors entering the game in a big way.”

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: