January 27, 2001 |
In the week before the biggest TV-viewing day of the year, DirecTV launched an unprecedented electronic attack on an estimated 100,000 consumers who had been bootlegging its satellite TV service. The El Segundo-based company killed--via satellite--pirated pieces of hardware that had enabled viewers in the U.S. and abroad to see a broad range of programming, including premium channels and pay-per-view events that they had not paid for.
April 15, 1996 |
Broadcasting, grounded as it is in a few basic technologies invented more than 50 years ago, might be the gray old lady of telecommunications, but as the industry gathers here this week for the annual National Assn. of Broadcasters convention, it's clear that a dramatic high-tech make-over is underway. For the first time, computer online services such as America Online and telephone carriers ranging from U.S.
August 17, 2004 |
Britain took aim at the ubiquitous Hollywood blockbuster Monday by enlisting the latest digital technology to broaden the reach of independent films that often struggle to win wide distribution. The UK Film Council, a government-funded body, said it planned to equip 150 theaters across the country with digital projectors in exchange for a guarantee that the equipment will be used to show smaller-budget, foreign and classic films. Only nine have that capacity now.
April 22, 1997 |
The nation's 1,600 TV stations each got a new channel assignment from federal regulators for the digital broadcasts some will begin airing by next Christmas. Broadcasters were studying the inches-thick chart to ensure that the licenses they're getting--which will replace the ones they use today by 2006--replicate the broadcast area their current licenses cover.
July 24, 2001 |
In a move that could lead to changes in the way Americans watch television, five major Hollywood studios have agreed on an anti-piracy technology designed to protect digital movies and other forms of video entertainment from theft. The move could speed the replacement of old analog TVs and cable set-top boxes and bring VCRs with new devices that can unscramble, record and store encrypted digital programming.
July 2, 1997 |
After months of preparation, Pacific Telesis Group's Pacific Bell Mobile Services expects to launch its PCS wireless phone service in Southern California on Thursday. PCS--personal communications service--is an all-digital offering that works on special phones and is designed to compete with traditional analog cellular service. Both PCS and advanced digital cellular networks can send pages and short messages to phones in addition to voice calls.
April 2, 2014 |
Lucy Hood, a well-regarded entertainment industry veteran and president and chief operating officer of the Television Academy, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 56. Prior to joining the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Hood was the executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management at USC. Hood spent much of her professional career at Fox, where she specialized in digital technology and rose to become president of Fox Mobile Entertainment. While there, she oversaw the creation of the mobile video version of the hit Fox series "24. " PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2014 | 2013 Hood was tapped to run the Television Academy, which oversees the annual Primetime Emmy Awards, less than a year ago. Her mandate was to bring the academy into the 21st century and make it more relevant to both the industry and the general public.
July 7, 2008 |
The Olympics made a quantum leap in 1960 when CBS crews flew tapes of the Rome Games back to New York to be broadcast. The network coverage included only a few hours from each day's competitions, yet dramatically changed the way Americans interacted with the Olympics. That's pretty much the way things remained, with network executives deciding what viewers would see. But NBC hopes that is about to change.
April 1, 1992 |
The FBI wants the nation's telephone companies to stop rolling out advanced digital phone systems that are stymieing the agency's practice of listening in on criminal conversations. At stake is the future of the wiretap, one of the bureau's most effective investigative tools, which is getting harder to engineer as phone systems grow more complex.