The Cable Show, the big annual cable industry trade show of the NCTA (National Cable & Telecommunications Association), kicks off officially tomorrow in Chicago and runs through Thursday. Industry trade pub Light Reading Cable expects the two major themes to be highly interrelated: IP (Internet Protocol) Video and TV Everywhere.
Expect plenty of news from Philly area companies Comcast, QVC, and Motorola Mobility's cable equipment business. On Thursday, Brian Roberts is expected to demo Comcast's "next generation video product", presumably based on the Xcalibur project that it has been rather secretly testing out in Augusta, Georgia. Motorola Mobility today announced the introduction of Motorola Televation, a broadband device that it says "works with a Wi-Fi router to allow consumers to watch live TV on a connected IP device anywhere around the home".
Other Philly-area companies exhibiting include icueTV of Cherry Hill, which provides an interactive apps platform, the Exton-based Society of Cable Telecommunictions Engineers, network performance monitoring firm SevOne of Wilmington, which counts Comcast as a major customer, and TelVue Corporation of Mount Laurel, which provides digital video servers for hyperlocal and community broadcasters.
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