March 31, 2001
Whom do we complain to about the U.S.-Honduras soccer game being available only on pay per view? How do they expect to attract U.S. fans to world-class soccer if the U.S. games aren't easily available for viewing? I might understand if the game were being played locally and it was blacked out in Los Angeles, but how many could travel to San Pedro Sula to see it? MARY BURLEIGH Los Angeles
July 22, 1992 |
It may not be surprising that two pillars of 1980s-style, high-rolling investment--major league sports teams and movie studios--are declining in value today. But it's fascinating that experts in both sports and entertainment see fresh promise for their businesses in pay-per-view television.
August 13, 1989 |
The pay-per-view industry will be watching closely when the Who takes the stage at the Universal Amphitheater Aug. 24 to perform the rock opera "Tommy." The reason is simple: If PPV is going to grow, it must find events beyond wrestling and boxing that will attract viewers. PPV executives hope rock concerts will be the next big cash draw. If "Tommy" proves successful, expect a rash of televised mega-rock events.
May 5, 2000 |
Flushed with the success of record attendance at nearly every Supercross this season, Pace Motorsports, the series promoter, will offer the sports' first live pay-per-view television coverage Saturday night when the series concludes at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium. Jeremy McGrath, Supercross' nonpareil rider from Encinitas, took some of the edge off the race when he clinched his seventh championship with a win Saturday night in Joliet, Ill.
September 19, 2012 |
Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly are taking their status as BFFs - best frenemies forever - to the next level early next month when they square off in a 90-minute, pay per-view event in the nation's capital. Dubbed "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium," the face-to-face meeting Oct. 6 will be moderated by CNN anchor E.D. Hill and will be modeled after a mock presidential debate: 60 minutes of conversation between the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and Fox's top-rated "The O'Reilly Factor," then 30 minutes of audience questions.
June 8, 1993
TVN Entertainment Corp., a Burbank-based pay-per-view satellite television channel, said it agreed with General Motors Corp.'s Electronic Data Systems to create a pay-per-view movie delivery and order system for cable-television operators. Under the agreement, TVN will supply movies to cable operators while EDS handles billing, royalties and customer service. TVN declined to put a dollar value on the agreement.
August 19, 1995
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson returns to the ring tonight, his first bout since his release from an Indiana prison, when he faces little-known Peter McNeeley in an eagerly awaited pay-per-view event beginning at 6 p.m. from Las Vegas. The 1996 presidential election, with an emphasis on Republican candidates and the Iowa straw poll, continues to be a hot topic on public affairs programs.
January 28, 1993 |
There's nothing like a labor agreement to brighten things for the NFL. "It's the foundation on which the league can build," CBS' John Madden said. With players and owners on the same page, it's onward and upward. One hitch, however, is television money. With the networks crying poor these days, that could be a problem when contract negotiations begin sometime after the Super Bowl.
July 14, 1991 |
The numbers are beginning to add up to a new way Americans watch their sports. The three major heavyweight fights of 1991 -- Evander Holyfield against George Foreman and two bouts between Mike Tyson and Razor Ruddock -- generated more than $125 million from pay-per-view television. And soon what is expected to be the biggest payday of them all -- Holyfield against Tyson for the heavyweight championship on Nov.
October 29, 1992 |
The Dec. 5 pay-per-view boxing tripleheader at Las Vegas featuring Julio Cesar Chavez and Terry Norris has been postponed indefinitely, promoters announced Wednesday. Showtime Event Television (SET), the pay-per-view arm of Showtime, and promoter Don King were locked in a stare-down with HBO, which had previously scheduled a Dec. 5 show of its own, featuring James Toney, Iran Barkley and Roy Jones. On Wednesday, SET blinked.