Western Show sees changes, turnout down 40% on day 1
Talk about seeing change — the Western Show hosts did some quick shuffling in session content and speakers during the past month or so to reflect the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and economic downturn, says California Cable & Telecommunications spokesman Paul Fadelli.
This year's event also will lead to a redefined show overall, he notes, particularly if lowered attendance continues.
Deals and other doings …
OpenTV will offer Macromedia Inc.'s Flash Player with its HTML engine, Device Mosaic 5.0, and will integrate the Flash Player with OpenTV's middleware. OpenTV says its middleware is deployed in more than 20 million set-top boxes worldwide, and Device Mosaic is in more than 7 million set-tops worldwide. …
Cox network close, or not close enough?
Cox Communications won't say when work will start on its roughly $150 million network transfer from ExciteAtHome, but two vendors just announced they will supply the effort. And a bankruptcy court judge will decide this Friday whether AtHome can cut service to residential customers, including Cox's, raising questions about what's next.
"We terminated our contract with Excite(@Home), effective June 2002," says Cox spokeswoman Ellen East. "So it's always been our intent to transfer our network."
Cable Center eats up Western Show dinner turnout
Cable Center President and CEO Jim O'Brian says he's "very, very pleased" with the roughly 500 attendees at last night's Hall of Fame dinner at the Western Show in Anaheim. "We had a full house," he says.
The event honored this year's inductees into the Center's hall of fame. Each received a sculpture of the letter "C" on a stand, he says. Winners were introduced by a presenter and the audience saw a three-minute video on the accomplishments of each, who then spoke. Cable veteran Ted Turner gave a presentation, he adds.
More from the Western front
Mexican MSO Cablemas will deploy MiracleTV's application on Liberate Technologies' TV Platform Compact software. The deal is part of Cablemas' two-way iTV service project. …
Liberate also released its set of prepackaged interactive games, designed to give its operator customers a "head start with interactive content," Liberate says. The Game Pack includes games from Two Way TV, Pixel Technologies and ZAQ Interactive Solutions. …
News not from the Western Show
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers earned its re-accreditation from the American National Standards Institute, it says. The national standards body's renewal means SCTE's operating procedures were deemed fair, open and balanced by ANSI's executive standards council. SCTE was first accredited by the organization in 1995 and applied for the re-accreditation at the end of last year. …
OpenTV/Jupiter team on two-way digital iTV in Japan
OpenTV inked a deal with Jupiter Telecommunications Co. Ltd. to jointly develop a two-way digital iTV service. Terms of the deal are undisclosed.
Jupiter, or J-COM, is Japan's largest MSO, with 21 cable systems in the country, where it serves more than 1 million cable TV homes. It's jointly owned by Liberty Media and Microsoft, and Microsoft is on its board.
Western Show roundup
California Cable & Television Association spokesman Paul Fadelli says The Western Show ended up with 321 total exhibitors, with 63 at show-within-a-show CableNET. Twenty of those were specific to interactive sectors, he says.
As of a week ago, CCTA expected a 38 percent lower turnout in attendees from last year, he adds. Other off-the-cuff points: This year's show encompasses three halls instead of four, Fadelli says. The organization's $14,000-a-pop non-exhibiting participant program had 17 takers — mostly programmers. …
Deals and other cable doings
SOHOware Inc. and Time Warner Cable Road Runner are offering Wilmington, N.C. residential customers a way to hook up and use integrated high-speed home networking services. The two also will jointly market the service, with targeted advertising and such marketing materials as a new subscriber welcome kit. …
CCTA changes name, will unveil new logo at Western Show
The California Cable Television Association says it will follow similar actions by industry associations and change its name to the California Cable & Telecommunications Association.
The change reflects the industry's direction in California and demonstrates it "provides much more than just video entertainment services," says CCTA President Spencer Kaitz in a statement.
"We've been moving in this direction for some time but were waiting until the Western Show to unveil it," says VP of Industry Affairs C.J. Hirschfield.