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

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

July 26, 2018

Get Ready to Experience the ‘Wow’ Factor at the 2018 Independent Show

Communications Industry Professionals Gather For Discussion, Education and Networking

Anaheim, CA—The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and the American Cable Association (ACA) present the “wow” factor at the 2018 Independent Show (TIS), July 29 – August 1 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. TIS brings together nearly 1,200 industry professionals including traditional cable, telcos, broadband-only and municipalities from across the U.S. for thought-provoking sessions, captivating keynotes, and celebrity speakers that will help attendees better understand the changing landscape of pay TV and broadband.

From over the top (OTT), retransmission consent, broadband, wireless, Washington, D.C. issues and more, TIS explores the issues that are changing the way providers entertain, inform, transact, and connect with their customers and the D.C. policy elite. Networking opportunities give attendees the chance to connect with hundreds of current or prospective clients and key partners gathering industry insights. A Solutions Showcase with more than 140 leading suppliers and partners will highlight the latest cutting-edge content and solutions to meet the needs of today’s consumers.

Key speakers include Frank Luntz, national political commentator, researcher and communicator of LuntzGlobal; John Hendricks, who built Discovery Communications and is currently CEO of CuriosityStream; two high profile new players in OTT – Cheddar and Philo; and Tan Le, an award-winning female tech entrepreneur, and CEO of EMOTIV.

The show will also feature fun family events and parties to round out the Disney experience.

TIS Agenda Highlights:

Sunday, July 29

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
Members will discuss the basics in software, operating systems, hardware and understanding the user experience.

Monday, July 30

Super Leaders Panel – Tackling the Challenge of Change………And, Everything Else!
Speakers from: Multichannel News, ALLO Communications, Fidelity Communications, Schurz Communications, and Cable ONE 
Three Things You Need to Know About Broadband
Speakers from: Broadband Strategies , Shentel, CableLabs, and TDS Telecom 

Tuesday, July 31

Wireless: Broadband Disruptor or Best Friend?
Speakers from: ACA, GCI, and, CCA 
Breakout Session: Love it or List it – Maximizing Value When Buying and Selling Cable Systems
Speakers from: NCTC, Lazard Middle Market, Vast Broadband, Pat Thompson Co. 
Breakout Session: A Re-Imagined Customer Experience
Speakers from: Shentel, Minim, Device Bits 
Breakout Session: Fixed Wireless
Speakers from: DoubleRadius, SmartSource Consulting, C Spire 
Sports Content: Are the Big Leagues Still That Big?
Speaker from: Sanford C. Bernstein 

Wednesday, August 1
American Cable Association Update: The Mid-Year Report

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: