ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As the Western Show grinds mercifully to a halt, Light Reading's crack(pot) tradeshow reporting team has compiled a list of defining moments/observations/quick hits/cheap shots from this week's show. To start off (in no particular order):
The California Cable & Telecommunications Association's 35th annual Western Show recast itself as "BroadbandPlus – The New Western Show." The new name says a lot and brings to mind Shania Twain and bolo ties about as quickly as it does cable and modems, etc.
CNBC's Bill Griffeth asks Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) President and CEO Brian Roberts if, now that he is chief of the nation's largest cable company, he feels like he's king of the world. Roberts pauses a beat, reflects on the $30 billion in debt his company is carrying and replies, "Maybe king of the borrowed world."
The show floor stirs with movement, but ticket sales are down. Again. Attendance for the show is less than 10,000, down from the 17,000 that came through last year. In 2000, the Western Show's attendance peaked at 33,000.
Read on, for the thrills and foibles of this week's Western Show.