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Two trade shows disappear, but overall industry prospers

Cancellation of two events mainly sign of challenges in both sectors


Oct. 28, 2016
By Walt Williams

The Cable Show was once a must-attend event for the cable television industry, but after 65 years and a name change to reflect the growing importance of the Internet for member companies, the association that produced the annual trade show decided it was time to cut the cord.

NCTA—The Internet & Television Association announced in September it was ending the Cable Show, which had been rebranded INTX just last year. In a statement, CEO Michael Powell said his group would explore new ways to tell the cable industry’s story—ones that did not involve huge events.

“We believe large trade show floors, dotted with exhibit booths and stilted schedules, have become an anachronism,” Powell said.