Next year marks the diamond anniversary of The Cable Show and for our 60th year we will be in Chicago from June 14-16. In celebration of our 60 years, here are some interesting facts about the cable industry over time in the United States:
- 60 years ago cable only had 850,000 subscribers. Today there are over 43 million digital video customers.
- Cable pioneer, Albert J. Ricci, created the iconic cable symbol, Abel Cable to help market cable. Today, Mabel Cable, Abel’s granddaughter can be found on Facebook.
- November 8, 1972 saw the launch of the very first pay-tv network, Home Box Office and the first program aired was, “Sometimes a Great Notion“.
- The term “broadband” first came into use in 1996.
What memories do you have of cable through the years? Feel free to share them in the comments.