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NEWS
November 4, 2000 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sex sells. But that doesn't excite the city's largest cable operator, Adelphia Communications, whose conservative rural Pennsylvania owners are taking the moral high ground and dropping sex channels from its systems here. The move is contrary to an industrywide trend by satellite and cable operators to bolster their bottom lines offering highly profitable pay-per-view adult fare.
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MAGAZINE
May 16, 1993 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, Staff writer Carla Lazzareschi covers business for The Times. Her last piece for the magazine was on IBM.
CABLE TELEVISION, THE CREEPING GIANT of American communications, probably got its start in the 1940s in the mountainous backwoods of northeastern Pennsylvania. Legend says a local merchant, desperate to sell more television sets in terrain that blocked the signal, came up with the idea of planting a large antenna on New Boston Mountain and connecting it through a web of underground wires to nearby homes.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2002 | Jon Healey
Panasonic Technologies has struck a deal with the cable industry that will enable the company to build cable-ready digital TV sets, starting as early as next year. The agreement, which gives Panasonic a license to the industry's security technology, is the first to be signed by a television manufacturer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO
A local cable television company is requiring customers found with illegal cable boxes to pay $2,500 or face a civil lawsuit. But customers of Chatsworth-based Cablevision Industries claim the company used improper tactics when it confiscated their electronic boxes. "Our sweeps have been very successful," Robert Thoreson, the company's security manager, who has organized the crackdown on customers who can use the boxes to unscramble premium cable channels without paying for them.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2001 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Few rivals in U.S. business could be more dissimilar in performance, philosophy or corporate culture than AT&T Corp. and Comcast Corp., the two companies that are battling over AT&T's cable properties and their 13.5 million subscribers. The conflict features as broad a spectrum of personalities as corporate America has to offer, from deal-making gunslingers to bean counters, from self-made billionaires to Boston Brahmins.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1996 | BRIAN LOWRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If life gives you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade. And if you have limited resources and a library full of old movies and TV series, dress them up into something that looks fresh and hip. That's the approach used by several cable networks, which have managed to turn properties that once languished on studios' shelves into attention- and ratings-grabbing programming blocks by repackaging them through elaborate promotions, theme nights, hosts and contests.
BUSINESS
January 12, 1994 | By JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
A promising new video technology, which federal regulators backed a year ago to encourage a lower-cost alternative to cable TV, may be stalled because of a battle with the satellite industry over scarce airwave space. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says communications satellites will need the same part of the radio airwaves that was planned for use by the video service.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1998 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blame it on Radio City Music Hall. Back in 1971, Walt Disney Pictures had booked its lavish family musical "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" into New York's famous movie palace. But Radio City issued a decree: The film had to be under two hours because it was to be packaged with the theater's elaborate stage show. So more than 20 minutes were excised from the big-budget fantasy to give it a running time of 117 minutes.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Patience paid off for the Roberts family of Philadelphia, which won its bid Wednesday to buy AT&T Broadband and secured its place as America's leading cable clan. But then again, the Robertses are used to getting what they want. Well-known in Philadelphia, where they built their cable franchise from scratch, the Roberts family soon will be catapulted onto the national stage as the biggest shareholder in the nation's biggest cable operator.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1999 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spurred by an industrywide consolidation that has pushed cable prices to a peak, Cox Communications Inc. has agreed to buy Gannett Co.'s cable systems for $2.7 billion in cash. Under the deal, Cox would acquire one of the last available cable properties, Gannett's Wichita, Kan.-based Multimedia Cablevision unit, which has 522,000 customers in Kansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Gannett would concentrate on its 74 daily newspapers, which include USA Today, and its 21 television stations.
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