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‘The Observatory’ To Take Center Stage at The Cable Show

360-Degree Exhibit to Illustrate Cable’s Evolution, Feature Tablet Apps at ‘Cable to Go’ Showcase 4/29/2013 11:47 AM Eastern

The story of cable’s evolution from a multichannel TV delivery platform to one that delivers high-speed broadband services and content to a wide range of devices will be illustrated at this year’s Cable Show by “The Observatory,” a 360-degree exhibit that will serve as the "centerpiece" of the event's exhibit floor.

“The Observatory will combine visual storytelling with product showcases devoted to devices, user interfaces and applications that are powered by the cable network,” the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced Monday. The Cable Show 2013 is set to run June 10-12 in Washington, D.C. 

The Observatory is being built in partnership with several programmers, MSOs and vendors, including A+E Networks, Arris, Comcast, Cox Communications, CommScope, Disney/ESPN Media Networks, Ericsson, HBO, Fox, LG Electronics, USA, NBC Universal, Scripps Networks Interactive, Showtime Networks, Time Warner Cable, and Turner, among others.

The NCTA tweeted this image to provide a sense of the look, size and scope of The Observatory exhibit.

The Observatory will also feature a “Cable to Go” showcase with media and entertainment-themed apps for tablet devices. The NCTA said the submission deadline for the Cable to Go component is May 10.

Returning to this year's Cable Show exhibit floor will be Imagine Park, a live events stage for news, product announcements and “general thought leadership.” Last year's Imagine Park lineup, for example, featured a  panel discussion on the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software bundle designed to accelerate the development of hybrid and IP-only set-tops and gateways.