Cable Show attendance in the 13K neighborhood; WildBlue launches low-priced high-speed data service

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Attendance for The Cable Show in Chicago was about the same as it was a year ago in Los Angeles--about 13,000--but only 280 companies exhibited compared to 354 last year. Story

> WildBlue is tapping Recovery Act funds to bring what it believes is reasonably priced 1 Mbps downstream data to "unserved rural households in the West and Midwest" for $39.95 a month. News release

> Cable One, meanwhile, has done 50 times better than that with 50 Mbps service that the company says will be "available for as little as $25 per month" for qualified customers. Story

> Comcast's NBC continues to morph. New station group president Valari Staab has renamed NBC Local Media to NBC Owned Television Stations, a finely defined but important step top a new TV-first approach. Story

And finally ... Despite all this week's talk about cable, Antennas Direct says that U.S. over-the-air viewership has grown to 46 million pairs of eyes compared to 42 million a year ago. News release