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 definitive resource to learn about the history of cable and its 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 history 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...
Featured Articles About The Cable and Media Industry
Cable Center Transition
By Larry Satkowiak, December 18, 2015
It has been almost three years since Cablefax asked me to write a monthly story about cable history for The Skinny. This worked very well as I gathered materials for a short history of the cable industry, which came out in print last summer and recently as an e-book. I also announced my retirement last summer and have been preparing for one of those big life transitions...
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.
Online Exhibits from The Cable Center
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 get a better sense of cable's history; 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.