June 12, 2012 |
This post has been updated, as indicated below. Unless the Federal Communications Commission swoops in, Tuesday could be a belated day of reckoning for cable TV customers with old-school analog sets. Local television stations shut off their analog broadcasts three years ago, forcing anyone who relied on over-the-air signals to switch to swap their analog TVs for digital ones or, more affordably, buy digital-to-analog converter boxes. The latter cost about $50, but the feds offered to subsidize the purchase of up to two boxes per home, cutting the price to about $10. Most cable TV subscribers, however, didn't have to worry about the change in technology.
October 5, 1996
Congratulations to the TV Campaign '96 Coalition for trying to convince local commercial television stations to provide daily coverage of election issues ("Most L.A. TV Stations Refuse to Set Aside Time for Issues," Calendar, Sept. 23). It is dismaying, but not surprising, to learn that some broadcasters feel they have no role to play in encouraging the development of a more knowledgeable electorate. By shirking this responsibility, broadcasters are violating the public trust that should accompany their licenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1992
So after spending years bullying the networks into accepting guidelines for the depiction of violence, Sen. Paul Simon (D-Ill.) now bemoans that the guidelines "lack teeth" because they can't be enforced by law. Damn right! Maybe he's forgotten, but there's a thing called the First Amendment that prevents government from proscribing what its citizens may see and say. Ultimately, there's only one solution--abolish the FCC (at least as far as it has power to control content). After over half a century of operating by leave of the government, let broadcasters take their rightful place alongside book, magazine and newspaper publishers and let the public truly decide what it wants.
October 18, 2008 |
Broadcasters including CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co.'s ABC asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay a Nov. 4 vote on a plan to free up unused TV airwaves for wireless Internet access. The agency should push the vote back at least 70 days to allow the public to comment on this week's finding by FCC engineers that steps could be taken to prevent harm to digital television signals, the broadcasters said. The report is erroneous and the airwaves plan may interfere with millions of digital TV sets, they said.
August 15, 2012 |
Aereo Inc., the new distribution service that media mogul Barry Diller is backing, has little chance of survival, a media analyst said. Besides the legal battles Aereo is facing with CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and other broadcasters, there are also questions about whether there is demand for what Aereo is offering. "Even if Aereo can win in court, the company is already dead in the water for multiple reasons," said Dan Rayburn, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan. Aereo, which launched last spring in New York, basically transmits the signals of local broadcast stations via the Internet to smartphones, tablets and Internet-friendly TVs. Aereo charges subscribers $12 a month for a small antenna that receives broadcast signals and a remote digital video recorder that can hold up to 40 hours of shows.
August 26, 1990
Of all the "heavyweights" quoted on what are the merits of a good anchor, not one mentioned the old acronym PEP (projection, enunciation and pronunciation). Whatever happened to the old-time broadcasters who were steeped in these three important ingredients that should be included in any broadcaster's arsenal? Norman Germani, El Centro
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1998
There are numerous erroneous claims in The Times' attack on the broadcast industry ("TV Snubs the Public Interest," editorial, Aug. 24), but none more outrageous than the assertion that public service announcements have dropped dramatically on television and radio. Earlier this year, the Ad Council announced that in 1997 broadcasters donated a record $703.3 million in air time for PSAs--up from $633.9 million in 1996--to educate viewers and listeners on topics as diverse as breast cancer, drug abuse, drunk driving and AIDS awareness.