The Cable History Project
The Cable Center’s History Project provides a bird’s eye view of the industry from its humble beginnings in rural America to the global mega-force it is today. We have accumulated over 320 oral and video histories from industry leaders. Coupled with upcoming in-house publications and rotating exhibits, The Cable Center is the place to learn about the industry’s rich history and exhilarating future.Read more ...
The Hauser Oral and Video History Project
The Hauser Oral and Video History Project offers a unique source of documentation about the development of the cable industry and the current state of the industry. These first-hand accounts, direct from industry leaders, trace the history of cable from its beginnings to the present.
Launched in 1985 at Pennsylvania State University, the Oral History Project is continuing in the Denver headquarters of The Cable Center...
Jim Davidson and the Founding of Cable
By Larry Satkowiak, May 4, 2015
A couple of months ago, I introduced Ed Parsons, Jim Davidson, and John Walson as the three people The Cable Center credits for “founding” cable television. In the last installment, I gave you the background on Ed Parsons; today, I would like to introduce you to James Y. Davidson. In his wonderful book Blue Skies...
The Barco Library - History
The Barco Library is home to the world's largest collection of printed resources and equipment exclusively related to the cable industry. This hallmark library is routinely consulted by professionals working on wide-ranging projects—from documentaries and news productions to books and publications.
Cable TV Pioneers
To be a Cable TV Pioneer, you must have a minimum of 20 years of direct involvement in the cable industry and during those years have made a meaningful contribution in building the industry.
Qualifying cable veterans can have an application submitted on their behalf by a qualified Pioneer, with a co-sponsor who is also qualified.
Interested in how cable grew from mom-and-pop businesses to a multi-billion dollar industry? Our online exhibits feature information on the people, places and events that made it happen.
Visit our Wired to Win exhibit which features chapters from a book written about 21 members of the cable industry's Entrepreneurs Club, whose contributions substantially aided the growth of the cable industry.
Enjoy a visual illustration of the Three Generations of Cable. Using photographs from our collection in the Barco Library, the slideshow is set to music with brief captions and narration. You will see how the industry evolved from Mom and Pop start-ups, to the early Mavericks who grew and enhanced the cable industry. Interested in technology and gadgets? You will enjoy photos depicting early equipment and state-of-the-art technology.