HBO not going west

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It's in for this year, but Home Box Office is joining the procession of programmers deciding not to exhibit at the Western Cable Show, starting in 2001. Like Showtime, Starz/Encore and Playboy TV-which are pulling out this year-HBO executives decided that the roughly $1 million cost of a large booth, floor space and staff was too much for a shrinking number of major cable operators. Convention sponsors say they have a long waiting list, filled largely by technology companies, of firms wanting exhibition space.