Conference Agenda

Sunday, July 27

10:00AM - 5:00PMRegistration Open
5:30PM - 6:30PMNew Member / First Timers Reception
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 (separate event held in conjunction with TIS)
8:00AM - 9:45AMNCTC & ACA Members Meeting - Members Only
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 internet and related IP technologies are having a dramatic game-changing impact on many industries, including ours. Many businesses today are flourishing while embracing the new IP world, while others are having trouble finding their way. No matter what, however, IP is here to stay and get even bigger 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.
12:00PM - 1:30PMLunch with Guest Speaker: Captain Sig Hansen, Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch"Lunch with Guest Speaker: Captain Sig Hansen, Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch"
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.
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.
2:45PM - 3:45PMWall Street Update for Main Street MSO's
Top industry analysts share their thoughts on the industry for 2014 and beyond.
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.
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 w/Speaker (for all attendees, exhibitors, registered guests)
Breakfast Sponsor: Disney & ESPN Media Networks
8:30AM - 9:30AMBreakout Sessions: (Members Only)
Niche Markets for Growth

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.
Programming Breakout - Topic Description coming soon!
Leveraging HSD to deliver Commercial Service - Roundtable discussion
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