CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1989 |
In the rough-and-tumble world of media economics, it may surprise some that the upcoming sale of Choice Television--the largest cable company in the San Gabriel Valley--has elicited anticipation, not fear, among local executives in the highly competitive cable industry. The sale, to Missouri-based Cencom Cable Associates, is a sign that cable is alive and well in the region, and will bring new vitality to the industry and benefit cable subscribers, competitors say.
November 15, 2003 |
AMC, the classic movie channel, said it sued Time Warner Inc.'s cable unit for $250 million for trying to terminate its contract. The suit, filed in the state Supreme Court of New York, contends that Time Warner Cable had notified AMC it intends to end an earlier agreement with the channel in order to negotiate lower fees. The legal salvo is the latest example of the escalating acrimony in boardroom negotiations between cable operators and programmers.
October 1, 1996 |
In a bizarre way, Ted Turner may have been giving Rupert Murdoch a backhanded compliment last week when he compared his longtime rival to "the late Fuhrer" at a meeting with journalists in New York. Though much is being made in the press about the potential for Turner's accusation to escalate the cable news feud into all-out warfare between his new employer, Time Warner Inc., and Murdoch's News Corp.
October 24, 1990 |
If Steve Wynn is so smart, how could this be happening to him? He's going to hold a heavyweight championship fight at his Mirage hotel Thursday night, a fight that has a chance, because of pay-per-view television, to earn more money than any fight ever. It could also lose more money than any fight ever. Wynn, whose winning purse bid for the Buster Douglas-Evander Holyfield bout was $32.
April 1, 1996 |
Ellen Sullivan, Malibu resident and Internet novice, is enjoying her first forays into cyberspace, making friends in the America Online chat rooms and surfing the colorful portion of the Internet known as the World Wide Web. But she has one big complaint: "Too often, AOL is AWOL--America Waiting Online--because it takes forever to get this stuff." She's hardly alone in her frustration.
December 11, 1994 |
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.
June 4, 1994 |
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."
July 27, 2000 |
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.
November 21, 2001 |
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.