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7th Annual Multichannel Summit

Produced by the Knowledge Center, an executive conference from S&P Global Market Intelligence

The U.S. cable industry’s broadband advantage and aggressive bundling stance provide ample reason for optimism without negating the competitive and regulatory challenges that loom large.

Operators are entering a new phase in the video segment that will require a delicate balance between maintaining the business advantages of channel aggregation while embracing the skinny bundle with multiscreen access and time shifted content to appeal to new consumer viewing patterns. Meanwhile, the industry is preparing for the next wave of broadband competition in the race to 1Gbps and looking for ways to leverage wireline footprints to tackle mobility.

The evolution of the business is playing out in parallel with unprecedented regulatory challenges, which evoke potential outcomes ranging from bureaucratic headaches to existential threats of disintermediation.

To fine tune your strategy, you need the proper insight. Register today.

What to expect from the 2016 event:

The next step in aggregation: Major operators are poised to join their smaller peers in offering integrated access to popular OTT subscription services. The side-by-side access to commercial-free content raises concerns that are gradually losing out to the advantages of increased relevancy.

The rise of the virtual service provider: Online video services are adding live linear channels to offer a skinny bundle alternative to traditional multichannel service providers. The industry’s response to Sling TV and Hulu’s new offering hinges on complex contractual rights and business dynamics.

Unlocking the Box: The FCC’s push to open the video business to third party hardware signals the potential for damaging disintermediation, but a more measured outcome is likely to tilt the home CPE model toward third party devices and accelerate the evolution of the set-top box.   

The broadband equation: High-speed data has never been more important for service providers, but the looming reality of full penetration has the industry looking for ways to leverage broadband pipes for the next opportunity.

SWOT Grab bag: The industry’s threat and opportunity matrix  has never been more crowded, including TV everywhere, commercial services, advanced user interfaces, enhanced advertising, cloud DVRs and the connected home to name a few.

With our fresh look format, designed to maximize networking opportunities, this year’s event is one not to be missed.


Jeff Binder
Layer3 TV
Chief Executive Officer
Adam Lowy
Dish & Sling TV
General Manager Advanced TV
John G. Pascarelli
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Executive Vice President, Operations
Eric Ratchman
EVP Content Distribution
Amy Young
Top Partner Lead, Large Partner Solutions

7th Annual Multichannel Summit Agenda

WEDNESDAY, November 16th
12:00 pm
Registration & Lunch :
1:00 pm
Opening Remarks:
1:10 pm
SNL Kagan State of the Industry:
1:30 pm
Opening Keynote and Executive Q&A:
2:00 pm
Operator Roadmap: Exploring the changing business models and shifting competitive dynamics:
  • • How is the industry positioning itself to compete?
  • • How can operators maintain broadband momentum?
  • • What are the prospects for a quad play?
  • • How can the industry capitalize on mobility?
  • • How is the regulatory regime impacting long-term plans?
  • • Is there another wave of M&A?
  • • Is 5G/Wireless HSD a credible threat?
3:15 pm
Refreshment Break:
Sponsored By One Caribbean Television
3:30 pm
Set-Top Flux - What is the impact of the FCC Proposal to unlock CPE?:
  • • In ten years, will MVPDs need to offer video CPE at all?
  • • What does the CPE of the future look like and what features will it have?
  • • How quickly will video CPE become virtualized?
  • • What are your company’s plans for virtual CPE?
  • • What are the security impacts of virtual CPE?
  • • How long before the DVR moves out of the home to the Cloud?
4:15 pm
The new economics of basic cable networks in the digital age:
  • • How is the business model evolving in a more fragmented viewing environment?
  • • How are programming strategies changing at traditional cable networks?
  • • Competition from OTT/SVOD services?
  • • What are audience measurement companies doing to account for the rise of digital platforms?
  • • How are affiliate deals being conducted with digital entrants as opposed to traditional operators?
  • • Will there be consolidation amongst the programmers?
  • • How should network groups adapt to skinny bundling?
5:15 pm
Cocktail Reception:
Sponsored by Vindicia
THURSDAY, November 17th
8:35 am
Continental Breakfast:
9:15 am
SNL Kagan Industry Overview:
9:30 am
Deals and Finance: The Future of Capital Flows, M&A and Valuations:
  • • How much more M&A lies ahead, and who will be the buyers and the sellers? Is the last round of major consolidation still ahead?
  • • Will the next big buyer be from outside the cable TV ecosystem?
  • • How are cable and multichannel assets being valued? What is driving the increase in values in the private and public markets?
  • • What multiples of cash flow make sense?
  • • How do deal-makers feel about online video competition and the effect of OTT competitors?
  • • How do investors see the future of competition, revenue growth, margins and innovation in the industry?
  • • What are the biggest threats that the cable, DBS and telco video platforms face?
11:15 am
The evolution of TV advertising:
  • • How are the traditional and digital models merging?
  • • Does targeting/addressability still have traction?
  • • How does audience measurement need to evolve to support it?
  • • What is the opportunity around data collection and revenue from aggregation?
  • • How large is the regulatory threat (Open Set-Top proposal)?
  • • How does advertising survive in an app-based environment?
  • • What are the segment’s prospects as ad dollars are diverted to digital?
  • • What is the impact of sector consolidation?
12:00 pm
OTT and the Business Model: Alternatives to traditional video subscriptions:
  • • Who is best positioned to capitalize on the consumer demand?
  • • How is multiscreen access and TV Everywhere shaping the landscape?
  • • What is the role of live linear and the important of the rise of the VSP?
  • • What is the impact of lower friction of churn and customer retention?
  • • What is the role of the device ecosystem in the economic model?
  • • How can alternative providers overcome programming hurdles?
1:00 pm
Program Concludes

Ticket Info


Event location

Union League Club

38 East 37th Street, New York

+1 (212) 685-3800

Your registration includes all conference materials, plus continental breakfast, luncheon, refreshment breaks and cocktail reception.


Gold Sponsors

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Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Vindicia Logo

Refreshment Break Sponsor



Who attends?

  • Senior MSO executives involved with strategy, finance and development
  • Content and cable network executives
  • Senior development executives at technology providers
  • Buy-side investors, including private equity professionals, portfolio managers and senior analysts
  • Investment banking directors

What is the dress code?

Formal business attire.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations for this program are eligible for a full refund, less a $150.00 administrative fee, if received at least 15 business days prior to the start of the program. Cancellations received after that date but at least 5 business days prior to the start of the program receive a credit in the amount of the registration fee, less a $150.00 administrative fee, to attend another Knowledge Center program within 13 months. Cancellations received fewer than 5 business days prior to the start of the program are not eligible for a refund or credit.

Attendee substitutions from the same company may be made at any time. In the event of a cancellation from a group discount, refunds or credits are issued beginning with the most heavily discounted price, minus a $150.00 administration fee. "No shows" - or those who cancel within 15 days of the program - and have registered under the Invoice option, remain liable for the full program fee.

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Continuing Education Credits

6.5 Hours
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7 Hours
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