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August 28, 1996|Times Staff and Wire Reports

TV Guide Onscreen May Be Canceled: News Corp. and Tele-Communications Inc. are close to dissolving a 4-year-old cable TV channel guide called TV Guide Onscreen, a News Corp. executive said. TV Guide Onscreen may be the second channel-guide venture to be dissolved. The two companies said they canceled plans to form a $350-million interactive cable guide that was announced in June. News Corp., the parent of TV Guide magazine, may be cutting its ties to the nation's No. 1 cable company because the ventures could prevent News Corp. from distributing its guides to other cable operators, analysts said. Relying on information from TV Guide magazine, TV Guide Onscreen provides information on cable programming to 3 million subscribers. Englewood, Colo.-based TCI said it is committed to developing an on-screen guide.

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