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Cable industry to discuss challenges — and hear from Jennifer Lopez
Cable industry to discuss challenges — and hear from Jennifer Lopez

The cable industry’s annual gathering is usually a celebration of new technologies, popular programming and sunny projections for growth. But when top pay-TV executives gather in Washington for the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. convention this week the conversation may be a bit more somber as there are some big clouds on the horizon that will put a damper on what typically has been a three-day party. The cost of programming — particularly sports — continues to skyrocket, and the relationship between content suppliers and distributors has soured as a result. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), concerned about rising pay-TV bills from cable and satellite...

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