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Want to get the lowdown on the newest technology in cable? ACC is here to help! As part of, “What the Tech: Communicating Cable's Technology,” a video series exploring how cable communicators can talk about cable technology, ACC has released a new, two-part video on its Web site. The segment features Marwan Fawaz, chief technical officer for Charter Communications, discussing IPTV, the DTV transition, and cable's obligations for fostering a successful transition on February 17, 2009. The video is the second in the series in which cable technology executives are interviewed by tech guru Leslie Ellis.
Be sure to also check out the first “What the Tech” video with Tony Werner, chief technology officer, Comcast Cable, who outlines key technologies, such as switched video and DOCSIS 3.0, which differentiate cable providers from its competitors and explains why cable continues to have the best platform. Both videos can be found in the members-only area of the ACC Web site at: http://www.cablecommunicators.org/members/what_the_tech.php. ACC members will need to login to view this video. The username is the member's work email, and the password is his/her last name (all in lower case letters).
ESPN has put more than 200 items and experiences up for auction for its fourth annual “Don’t Give Up ESPYs V Foundation Auction,” running now through July 16. The auction, benefitting The V Foundation for Cancer Research, features items such as autographed jerseys, baseballs, footballs, basketballs, books and photos as well as “experiences” such as special ticket packages to sporting events and even the opportunity to have ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning broadcast live from the winning bidder’s home.
Bids can be made online via www.espnradio.com and www.ebay.com or by phone at 1-800-4JimmyV. For more information on the live and online auction items and experiences, go to www.espnradio.com or contact John Leshney of The V Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mediacom Communications, with the help of several programmers and technology suppliers, led a fundraising effort that raised $100,000 to aid Iowa families and communities devastated by recent floods. The funds will be directed to the American Red Cross chapter based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mediacom, the largest cable television provider in Iowa, was joined in the fundraising effort by American Life, ARRIS, Comcast Networks, Discovery, ESPN/Disney, Fox Channel Group, Hallmark Channel, HBO, HSN, Lifetime, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Outdoor Channel, Pace, QVC, Rainbow, Sprint Turner, Univision and The Weather Channel. Mediacom itself was impacted by the severe storms, with many of its systems taking damage from the record-breaking rain and flooding.
Don’t fret if you missed out on yesterday’s online chat— ACC is posting a transcript of the chat in the members-only section of its Web site. The chat, entitled “Partnering Your Way to Fabulous Public Affairs Events,” explored how to design an effective, community relations event and how partnerships, particularly those between programmers and operators, can magnify its results.
Participating experts included Kim Gilmore, Ph.D., historian and director, corporate outreach, A&E Television Networks/History; Kristen Roberts, regional senior director, community and public relations, Comcast, Connecticut-West Region; and Ann Shrewsbury, director of public affairs & community programming, Time Warner Cable- National. To access the transcript, go to www.cablecommunicators.org and log in to the members-only section using your username (member's work email) and password (your last name), all in lower case letters.
Nearly 2,000 high school seniors across the country are receiving a helping hand for college in the form of $1,000 scholarships from the Comcast Foundation. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes students who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic achievement and a commitment to community service.
As part of the program, more than 173 California high school seniors were honored at a special recognition ceremony with elected officials on the steps of the California State Capitol on June 18. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Comcast awarded two students the inaugural Comcast Founders Scholarships of $10,000 and presented four winning students with laptop computers.
Since its inception in 2000, the program has awarded close to $10 million in college aid to more than 9,000 high school seniors. For additional information on the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, visit www.comcast.com/scholarships.
ACC will present panels at two regional cable meetings this summer to discuss the latest developments on how cable, broadcast and others are supporting the transition to all digital broadcast television slated for February 17, 2009. The sessions, titled “Update on the Digital Transition: Eight Months and Counting,” will explore what cable professionals need to know and do to make sure employees, current customers and potential new customers are ready for the transition.
The first panel will be Friday, July 18 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the New England Cable Telecommunications Association (NECTA) annual meeting in Newport, RI, at the Newport Marriott. The panel will be moderated by Steve Jones, executive director, ACC, and will also include: Trevor Arp, director of video products and content, Comcast, NorthCentral Division; Lisa Churchville, president, NBC10/WJAR-TV; and Steve Effros, president, Effros Communications. NECTA encourages any ACC member who is interested in attending this session but not registered for the annual meeting to attend the session free of charge. Additionally, ACC will sponsor a luncheon following the panel discussion. To preregister for this event, please contact ACC at 202-222-2370 or email@example.com.
The second panel is Tuesday, August 5th from 10:15 to 11:00 am in Hilton Head, SC, in the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa during the Joint Summer Meeting of the NC, SC, GA & TN cable and telecommunications associations. This session will be moderated by Steve Jones, executive director, ACC, and will feature: Kim Cannon, vice president/general manager, Time Warner Cable Ã�ï¿½Ã�Â¢Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½ Wilmington; Steve Effros, president, Effros Communications; and Gary McNair, vice president/general manager, WECT 6. For additional information on either panel, please contact Steve Jones at 202-222-2373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gospel Music Channel television network has joined with five U.S. Senators and Representatives and The Recording Academy to launch the “Gospel Music Heritage Month” initiative. The legislation in the House and Senate designates September 2008 as “Gospel Music Heritage Month,” honoring gospel music for its long-standing contributions to American culture.
The initiative was created by the Gospel Music Channel and was publicly unveiled at The Recording Academy’s GRAMMYs during an event at the U.S. Capitol on June 18. For more information on the initiative, go to www.GospelMusicChannel.com or contact Jim Weiss at 770-692-4579 or email@example.com.
Make the most of your membership in the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC). In addition to being part of an organization that strives to raise the awareness and professionalism of individuals in the cable industry who work in communications and public affairs settings, ACC members receive the following benefits:
You can also receive a free gift by recommending a colleague to join ACC. Members who refer colleagues that join the association receive a $20 gift certificate from Borders Bookstore or Amazon.com. Peer referral forms are available on ACC's Web site.
Denver-area residents donated more than 70,000 pounds of e-waste including nearly 1,000 screens and computer monitors for Comcast Colorado’s “Screen to Green” recycling rally, held June 28 in downtown Denver. E-waste recyclers and waste management representatives were present to collect the e-waste and prepare it to be responsibly recycled, and volunteers were on hand to educate participants on recycling of electronics.
Comcast Colorado was the first cable market and company to join Screen to Green since the iniative began in March of 2008, when it was launched by October Strategies to educate and engage consumers about recycling televisions to protect the environment. For more information on the rally or Screen to Green, contact Cindy Parsons of Comcast at 303-603-2125 or firstname.lastname@example.org or LaRae Marsik at 303-471-4511 or email@example.com.
Join and support ACC by becoming a corporate member. For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org/cmember.php.
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