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BUSINESS
December 11, 1994 | KATHRYN HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the cable television industry few players try to trump industry giant Tele-Communications Inc. But Charles F. Dolan, founder and chairman of Cablevision Systems Corp., is often an exception to the rule. In the last year, Dolan has twice outfoxed mighty TCI, walking away with the prize when the two companies vied first for the American Movie Classics network, and then Madison Square Garden. With an estimated net worth of $715 million, Dolan, 68, outranks even TCI Chief Executive John C.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 1994 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like two suburban homemakers on speed, Sissy Biggers and Susan Korn make jokes about breast pumps, thigh cream and sex after pregnancy on "Queens," a 2-week-old talk show on the Lifetime cable-TV network. The co-hosts ask TV sportscaster Andrea Joyce about the sights she has seen in an all-male locker room, and they earnestly share their fears about no-romance marriages with an anthropologist who urges busy couples to schedule sex and think of it as a treat, "like chocolate."
BUSINESS
July 27, 2000 | DAVID KESMODEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A costly war is raging between cable television companies and their satellite TV competitors--and it's all good news for television junkies. The latest battle has cable companies offering to buy back satellite equipment--in some cases, taking the dishes right off customers' roofs--if they'll switch to cable's premier digital service. Although these promotions have not been widespread in Southern California, they are increasing.
NEWS
November 21, 2001 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Tuesday, HBO finally came to skid row. As did the History Channel, Bravo, CNN and a host of other cable stations that most Los Angeles residents take for granted. People huddled in the lobbies of single-room-occupancy hotels in the impoverished downtown neighborhood, debating the merits of basic versus premium service. They waited anxiously for cable technicians who, true to form, turned up in the last half hour of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. appointments.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 1998
Here is the complete list of nominations for the 50th annual nighttime Emmy Awards, as announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. They cover programs aired between June 1, 1997, and May 31, 1998. PROGRAMS * Comedy series: "Ally McBeal," Fox; "Frasier," NBC; "The Larry Sanders Show," HBO; "Seinfeld," NBC; "3rd Rock From the Sun," NBC. * Drama series: "ER," NBC; "Law & Order," NBC; "NYPD Blue," ABC; "The Practice," ABC; "The X-Files," Fox.
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.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2007 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to relax one rule banning corporate ownership of a newspaper and broadcast station in the same city and to tighten another to check the growth of big cable television enterprises. Both votes were 3 to 2, and both new regulations are likely to be challenged in court. FOR THE RECORD: Media ownership: An article in Wednesday's Business section about new Federal Communications Commission rules for owning a newspaper and broadcast station in the same geographic market said waivers granted for 42 existing cross-ownership combinations removed potential hurdles to sales of those properties.
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.
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