Cable Goes Back to the Future

5:40 PM A 60 Minutes story by Mike Wallace from 1970 offers a prescient view of the cable industry

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

December 13, 2010

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Cable Goes Back to the Future

5:40 PM -- This 60 Minutes report by Mike Wallace from 1970 called "If Cable TV Comes to Your House" has been getting passed around in cable circles over the last week, so I can't help but share it.

It offers a surprisingly prescient view of the cable industry, including its future potential as a rich conduit for messaging, videophones, and other two-way communications apps. And Irving Kahn, the chairman and president of what was then the nation's largest MSO, TelePrompTer Cable, even offers a demo of an addressable set-top that is indeed bigger than a breadbox. And that spurred Wallace to ask if the presence and capabilities of such a box represented "a giant step toward Big Brotherism"? OK, some things never change. Enjoy the video:

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

About the Author(s)

Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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