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March 25, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sammons Sells Remaining Cable Businesses: Sammons Communications Inc. has agreed to sell the last of its cable television operations for $800 million to two companies affiliated with industry leader Tele-Communications Inc. Sammons sold the systems to the Lenfest Group and TKR cable, both of which are half-owned by Englewood, Colo.-based TCI. The franchises serve 440,000 subscribers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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October 31, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cable television subscribers in Glendale will receive a $17 rebate for past alleged overcharges if the City Council allows a new firm, Marcus Cable, to take over the franchise from Sammons Communications. The council is scheduled to consider the deal at a meeting today. As part of its proposal, Marcus and Sammons agreed to the rebates to 42,000 cable subscribers for overbilling for installation, basic service and rental of cable equipment, according to city officials.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amid concerns over financing and service, a staff report has urged the City Council to reject Marcus Cable's bid to take over cable television operations, but officials with the company remain confident they can iron out the remaining disagreements and close the deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
An upgrade of Glendale's cable television system that will nearly double the number of channels available to viewers in the next few years will get under way this week, city officials said Monday. Oft-criticized Sammons Communications will begin the first phase of a four-phase construction schedule, in which fiber-optic cables will replace coaxial cable throughout the city to improve picture quality and service reliability, and increase the system's channel capacity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amid concerns over financing and service, a staff report has urged the City Council to reject Marcus Cable's bid to take over cable television operations, but officials with the company remain confident they can iron out the remaining disagreements and close the deal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1994 | STEVE RYFLE
The Glendale City Council is expected to adopt a cable television ordinance that spells out various service standards to be met by Sammons Communications, the city's embattled cable franchisee. City officials hope that the ordinance--a basic skeleton for future agreements with any cable provider--will give them leverage in their protracted contract-renewal negotiations with Sammons, which have been in the works for more than three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1994 | ED BOND
The Burbank City Council is scheduled to consider cutting the hourly service rate of a local cable operator to a third of what the company wants to charge at tonight's meeting. Sammons Communications, whose franchise agreement with the city is up for renewal, has asked the city for permission to charge $71.25 per hour for repair work. City officials have suggested that the rate be $25 per hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1993 | ED BOND
Trying to get a sense of how residents rate their local cable television service, the city of Burbank has scheduled a public forum next week on renewing a 15-year franchise with Sammons Communications. The franchise, the first the city has ever issued for cable TV, expires in April. And while it is unlikely that Burbank will refuse the renewal, city officials are hoping to get information they need to take to the bargaining table with Sammons, Assistant City Manager Steve Helvey said.
BUSINESS
September 19, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Dallas-based company's bid to take over cable television operations in Glendale and Burbank has stalled amid delayed negotiations and questions about the company's financial viability, officials said this week. Glendale city officials say Marcus Cable, which is negotiating to buy more than 200 cable outlets serving 650,000 subscribers in several states from Sammons Communications, has failed to provide certain financial information to assist in evaluating the company.
BUSINESS
September 19, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Dallas-based company's bid to take over cable television operations in Glendale and Burbank has stalled amid delayed negotiations and questions about the company's financial viability, officials said this week. Glendale city officials say Marcus Cable, which is negotiating to buy more than 200 cable outlets serving 650,000 subscribers in several states from Sammons Communications, has failed to provide certain financial information to assist in evaluating the company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The embattled cable television company serving Glendale has begun work on a $15-million system overhaul that is expected to nearly double the number of available channels in about two years, city officials said. A handful of homes in the north Glendale area have already been hooked up to the new fiber-optic system Sammons Communications is installing throughout the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
An upgrade of Glendale's cable television system that will nearly double the number of channels available to viewers in the next few years will get under way this week, city officials said Monday. Oft-criticized Sammons Communications will begin the first phase of a four-phase construction schedule, in which fiber-optic cables will replace coaxial cable throughout the city to improve picture quality and service reliability, and increase the system's channel capacity.
BUSINESS
March 25, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sammons Sells Remaining Cable Businesses: Sammons Communications Inc. has agreed to sell the last of its cable television operations for $800 million to two companies affiliated with industry leader Tele-Communications Inc. Sammons sold the systems to the Lenfest Group and TKR cable, both of which are half-owned by Englewood, Colo.-based TCI. The franchises serve 440,000 subscribers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
After nearly three years of negotiations, Glendale city officials Tuesday approved a new franchise agreement with Sammons Communications, which they said will greatly improve cable TV service and give the city more police power over the company. The 10-year franchise agreement calls for Sammons to begin construction within 90 days on a state-of-the-art rebuilding of the city's cable system which, when completed, will expand the company's channel capacity from 40 to 78.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1994 | STEVE RYFLE
The oft-criticized cable company serving Glendale and Burbank is up for sale, but company officials say it won't affect an estimated $15-million renovation of the system to increase channels and provide other service improvements. The system is owned by Dallas-based Sammons Enterprises, which announced this week it intends to sell its interests in the cable TV business, including systems in 19 states with more than 1.1 million subscribers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
After nearly three years of negotiations, Glendale city officials Tuesday approved a new franchise agreement with Sammons Communications, which they said will greatly improve cable TV service and give the city more police power over the company. The 10-year franchise agreement calls for Sammons to begin construction within 90 days on a state-of-the-art rebuilding of the city's cable system which, when completed, will expand the company's channel capacity from 40 to 78.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cable television subscribers in Glendale will receive a $17 rebate for past alleged overcharges if the City Council allows a new firm, Marcus Cable, to take over the franchise from Sammons Communications. The council is scheduled to consider the deal at a meeting today. As part of its proposal, Marcus and Sammons agreed to the rebates to 42,000 cable subscribers for overbilling for installation, basic service and rental of cable equipment, according to city officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1994 | STEVE RYFLE
The Glendale City Council is expected to adopt a cable television ordinance that spells out various service standards to be met by Sammons Communications, the city's embattled cable franchisee. City officials hope that the ordinance--a basic skeleton for future agreements with any cable provider--will give them leverage in their protracted contract-renewal negotiations with Sammons, which have been in the works for more than three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1994 | ED BOND
The Burbank City Council today is scheduled to consider a three-month extension on its franchise agreement with cable TV company Sammons Communications, whose service agreement with the city expires April 28. In the action last week, the City Council approved the basic cable service rate at $10.16 as well as the installation charge of $30. But the city rejected Sammons' posted hourly rate for service calls of $71.25 and cut that rate to $22.35 per hour.
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