By Daniel Frankel
The NCTA tried very hard last week to bury the name "cable" once and for all, not only rebranding its signature trade show as the "Internet TV Expo," or INTX, but having the trade group's chief executive, Michael Powell, even state, "I hate the word."
However, despite NCTA's attempts to expand its show to a broader constituency of technology and video companies, Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center didn't appear full enough to even match the 10,000 who roamed the halls of the L.A. Convention Center in May 2014, when the NCTA's event was still named The Cable Show.
How bad do the attendance figures look for this year's INTX show? Well, when the NCTA won't even return emails to discuss the matter, we're probably not talking about a number bigger than 10,000.
So, in our summation of the winners and losers at last week's big cable industry confab, we'll start with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
But there are other constituencies to discuss, notably the number of big operators who came to the show with M&A on the top of their minds. In fact, this discussion boiled over into one of the most transparent, awkward and downright entertaining panel full of top cable CEOs as you're ever likely to see.
Other major topics at the show this year included skinny bundles, over-the-top video and the growing crush of new entrants to the Internet video space.
In this special report, FierceCable takes a look at the companies and entities that came out on top during last week's INTX show--and those that didn't do as well. Let us know if you agree with our selections in the comments section, below.
Also, don't forget to check out our complete coverage of the coverage of the show on our INTX Live page (as well as our look at the INTX show floor).