INTX Live 2015

NCTA INTX 2015

Chicago played host to the NCTA's newly revamped annual tradeshow, INTX, the Internet & Television Expo, from May 5-7, 2015. FierceCable was on hand covering the keynotes, events and panels as they happened at this cornerstone cable show.

For an analysis of this show, check out our special report from Executive Editor Mike Dano and Editor Daniel Frankel:
INTX 2015 recap: Winners and losers
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.


Complete coverage of INTX 2015:

Comcast CTO: 60% of new customers use Wi-Fi exclusively for connections
May 7, 2015 | By Mike Dano
CHICAGO--Comcast Cable CTO Tony Werner said that 60 percent of the company's new customers never connect a wire to access Comcast's services. Instead, he said, those customers use Wi-Fi exclusively to access content and services.

The best and worst of INTX's show floor
May 7, 2015 | By Mike Dano
As the INTX trade show here winds down today, it's worth taking a look at the lighter side of the show. Check out our anecdotal tour of the INTX show floor to get a feel for what it was like to be on the ground in Chicago.

Hulu's Connolly: MVPD relationships built on revenue sharing, keeping user experience intact
May 7, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
CHICAGO--With his SVOD service making a flurry of MVPD partnership announcements in recent weeks, Hulu distribution chief Tim Connolly used an INTX panel focused on OTT distribution to better explain how these arrangements work.

Sling TV's Lynch: 'We don't think of people leaving the service as churn'
May 7, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
CHICAGO--Speaking on an INTX panel Thursday focused on over-the-top distribution, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch conceded that his new service experiences a greater amount of quick cancellations after sign-up, compared to traditional pay-TV services.

Last week, platforms like mine breathlessly reported that Charter's Tom Rutledge and Time Warner Cable's Rob Marcus were going to get together this week to talk merger. As they sat right next to each other on an INTX general session panel here Wednesday morning, it became quite clear that cable's still-pending wave of consolidation is more complicated than when Charter buys TWC and how much it pays for it.

Cablevision's Dolan makes public TWC merger proposal at INTX
May 6, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
CHICAGO--Making about as overt a gesture as you're ever likely to see at a trade show, Cablevision CEO James Dolan told an INTX panel audience, in very few uncertain words, that he'd like Time Warner Cable to buy his company.

Wheeler urges INTX to make broadband more competitive; cable titans call his remarks 'baffling'
May 6, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
CHICAGO--Addressing an INTX convention backed by a trade group that's suing to stop his new Open Internet orders, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urged cable operators to embrace their transformation from cable TV distributors to broadband companies and rise to the "challenge" of making Internet service a more competitive business.

Comcast introduces new 4K set-top, expands Ultra HD service beyond new Samsung TVs
May 6, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
CHICAGO--Comcast has expanded its 4K service with a new set-top box that brings the conglomerate's growing 4K lineup to the X1 platform.

It's time for cable to move beyond the UI
May 6, 2015 | By Mike Dano

Here at the INTX trade show, there is a lot of noise about the "user experience." Cable operators, technology vendors and others are desperate to make it easier for users to find and watch content. But the continued push for a better, faster UI seems misplaced at a time when YouTube is now the most watched television "channel" among 15- to 24-year-olds in Sweden and Netflix is streaming the best superhero TV show I've ever seen (Daredevil).

ThePlatform co-CEO: TV Everywhere is maturing, but ad strategy still unclear
May 6, 2015 | By Mike Dano
CHICAGO--The cable industry's TV Everywhere business is finally starting to shed the awkwardness that hobbled its initial launch efforts, according to thePlatform's co-CEO Marty Roberts. However, one major issue still needs to be ironed out: Exactly which ads will users see when they log into their TV Everywhere services?

Cox exec: Contour UI has increased TV show watching by 40%, channel watching by 20%
May 5, 2015 | By Mike Dano
CHICAGO--A top executive from Cox Communications said the operator's "Contour" user interface has motivated its customers to watch 40 percent more TV shows and 20 percent more channels. The results are notable considering a wide range of cable operators and set-top box makers are working to improve their user interfaces to help customers more easily find and watch content.

Comcast to hire 5,500 new workers, spend $300M to bolster customer service
May 5, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
CHICAGO - While not conceding that its poor customer service reputation damned its $45 billion bid to acquire Time Warner Cable  with federal regulators, Comcast pledged to spend $300 million and hire 5,500 new workers to bolster its customer service acumen.

Online video titans Chernin, Armstrong keep focus on getting more content, expanding internationally
May 5, 2015 | By Mike Dano
CHICAGO--Peter Chernin and Tim Armstrong, top executives in the online video market, reiterated their belief that increasingly valuable branded content will continue to drive the online video market for the foreseeable future. In separate keynote appearances here at the INTX cable industry trade show, the head of The Chernin Group and the chief executive of AOL explained that the market for online video will continue to grow as more people around the globe connect to the Internet and video creators continue to churn out more quality content.

INTX keynotes: Roberts debuts X1 voice control, while Powell officially kills the word 'cable'
May 5, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
CHICAGO--Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts used his portion of Tuesday's keynote address at the INTX convention here to introduce--as explosively as possible--the company's highly anticipated Xfinity voice remote.

Comcast deploys Cisco's new cBR-8 on path to 10 Gbps, SDN
May 5, 2015 | By Mike Dano
CHICAGO--Cisco today unveiled its new cBR-8 Evolved Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) product, noting that Comcast is among the cable operators now deploying the box into its network.

For NCTA and its newly rechristened INTX, flat would be fine
April 30, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
Back at the height of the cable boom in the 1980s, the NCTA's Barbara York tells me, the erstwhile Cable Show would draw 30,000 attendees. Next week, as the organization convenes its signature trade show in Chicago under a new name, INTX, and a broadened agenda, producers are expecting a third of that attendance level. But 10,000 still isn't bad.

RDK licensees up 63% to more than 220 in 12 months
April 28, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
RDK Management has announced that more than 220 companies have licensed the Reference Design Kit, a 63 percent uptick in the last 12 months.

Michael Powell, NCTANCTA chief Powell on 'unnecessary' net neutrality regs, and Google's unearned popularity
April 21, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
FierceCable caught up with Michael Powell, NCTA president & CEO at his Washington, D.C., office on a typically active day. The cable industry organization had just filed a lawsuit against the FCC around the commission's just-passed net neutrality rules, and the U.S. Department of Justice was reportedly about to nix the merger of Powell's biggest constituents, Comcast and Time Warner Cable.  FierceCable chatted with the former Republican FCC chairman ahead of the org's upcoming INTX show.

NCTA reinvents Cable Show as OTT-themed INTX
September 17, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Faced with a mature, consolidated cable-industry constituency, the National Cable Telecommunications Association is reinventing and rebranding The Cable Show as an event focused on the distribution of online video.

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