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July 3, 1999 | Associated Press
Hughes Electronics Corp.'s DirecTV and broadcasters have agreed on general guidelines for transmitting local programs via satellite in an attempt to influence the final form of a satellite TV bill pending in Congress. Copies of the agreement were sent to members of Congress trying to iron out the differences between House and Senate bills to permit vendors such as DirecTV to carry the signals of local stations. DirecTV, EchoStar Technologies Corp.
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April 22, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Confronting a case that could reshape the television broadcast industry, Supreme Court justices sounded conflicted Tuesday over whether an upstart streaming service is violating copyright laws by enabling subscribers to record programs captured over the air and view them later on the Internet. The court's ruling, due by June, could either shut down New York-based Aereo or clear the way for the growing company to continue providing subscribers with a convenient, low-cost way to watch local broadcast channels without paying for cable or satellite service or putting an antenna on a roof.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
His name, we now know, is Leonard Montano, a.k.a. Valentino, a.k.a. the "masked magician." Fellow illusionists have been aware of this for some time, but Fox, insisting it would send "shock waves" through the magic community, officially unmasked its illusion-spoiling magician Thursday night in the fourth and likely final installment of "Breaking the Magician's Code," specials that have given away trade secrets of the profession.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2013 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Can the return of Michael J. Fox, agent Jack Bauer and "Ironside" help vanquish the flesh-eating zombies that are threatening to take a bite out of television broadcasters' fortunes? ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are unveiling their fall lineups this week with the hopes that their latest crop of crime-solving dramas and half-hour comedies will cure what ails the broadcast industry. The networks are coming off a lackluster season marked by falling ratings and a failure to produce new hits on the magnitude of cable channel AMC's zombie show "The Walking Dead.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
Two major Spanish-language broadcast companies said Tuesday that they've signed a contract with Nielsen Media Research to test "people meters" in 200 Latino households in the Los Angeles area. If the test goes well, Nielsen officials said, a national survey with the viewer-activated meters will start in 800 Latino households in the latter half of 1990. The companies signing the contract are the Telemundo Group Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1988 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
"This is rather unexpected," said Andrew Lloyd Webber, accepting "Phantom of the Opera's" award for best musical on Sunday night's Tony broadcast. It certainly was, considering that "Into the Woods" had just received awards for having the Broadway season's best score (by Stephen Sondheim) and best book (by James Lapine). The reasoning seemed to be: Yeah, but "Phantom" is a better show . Fudge. However, as colleague Robert Hilburn might say, it's only rock 'n' roll.
NEWS
March 24, 1987
A lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages against KHJ Television alleges that one of its broadcasts contained inaccurate information about new techniques for breast augmentation surgery and that the station thus is responsible for injuries a viewer allegedly suffered when she tried the treatment. Stephanie Brady, Channel 9 vice president and news director, declined comment Monday, saying she had not seen the lawsuit. Filed by J. E.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1992 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks before the Democratic convention, the television broadcast networks are facing a dilemma over how much prime-time coverage to devote to the event, which will take place July 13 through 16 in Madison Square Garden.
BUSINESS
April 30, 1993 | JOHN LIPPMAN and AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Broadcasters and cable television companies are about to engage in a high-stakes game of chicken that could cause some viewers to miss out on the World Series or "Roseanne." That's the possible outcome of recent court decisions over cable TV legislation that would force local cable operators to set aside one-third of their channels for broadcast signals. Broadcasters got a lift on Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid from cable operators to block the rules.
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January 26, 1996 | TIM RUTTEN and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
O.J. Simpson's first interview since his acquittal on double murder charges may or may not sell his videos. But it already has given his current legal antagonists a new line of attack and representatives of women's groups fresh fodder in their quarrel with the former football star. Evidence of both results could be seen Thursday, the fourth day of Simpson's deposition in the wrongful death lawsuits filed against him by the families and estates of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman.
WORLD
March 1, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - It was reality television in the extreme. Chinese state television Friday broadcast live images of the last moments of four foreign drug traffickers who were about to be executed for the 2011 killings of 13 Chinese fishermen on the Mekong River. Although the cameras pulled away before the lethal injections, the coverage was unprecedented, unleashing a storm of criticism and debate about the death penalty. Psychologists decried the coverage as distressing to children.
SPORTS
October 23, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Many Southern California sports bars are bracing for a frightening scene Halloween night: No Lakers on their television sets. The Lakers deliver a jolt of added business for sports bars and restaurants with multiple TVs tuned to their games. But unless a Time Warner Cable contract dispute is soon resolved, the Lakers won't be available to many of them, starting with the Lakers' second game of the season Oct. 31. "We're definitely not happy about it," said Paola Casanova, general manager of Lucky Baldwins Pub in Pasadena.
WORLD
October 1, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - If the Messiah descends from the Mount of Olives as foretold in the Bible, America's two biggest Christian broadcasters are well-positioned to cover it live thanks to recent acquisitions of adjacent Jerusalem studios on a hill overlooking the Old City. Texas-based Daystar Television Network already beams a 24-hour-a-day live webcam from its terrace. Not to be outdone, Costa Mesa-based Trinity Broadcasting Network last month bought the building next door. The dueling studios are part of an aggressive push by U.S. evangelical broadcasters seeking to gain a stronger foothold in the holy city.
SPORTS
March 19, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers are expanding their Spanish-language cable TV broadcasts this season, upping the telecasts from 30 to 50 games in 2012. As part of an effort by Fox to increase its Spanish sports broadcasts throughout the Los Angeles area, and nationally, games will be on Prime Ticket and carried by Time Warner, Cox and Bright House cable companies. Fox is still negotiating with other providers. The Dodgers have hired Jaime Jarrin's son , Jorge Jarrin, and long-time coach Manny Mota as broadcasters for their Spanish-language telecasts.
SPORTS
November 15, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter and Joe Flint
The Galaxy has reached a broadcast agreement to jump from Fox Sports West to Time Warner Cable's fledgling regional sports channels — one in English, one in Spanish — beginning in 2012. The 10-year deal is valued at $55 million for an undetermined number of games, an official close to the talks confirmed. Time Warner Cable, through a spokeswoman, declined to comment Tuesday as did the Galaxy. The value of the regional contract, $5.1 million per season, dwarfs the three-year $30-million national deal between Major League Soccer and NBC and will provide a welcome financial boost for the Galaxy.
WORLD
August 26, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Fighting continued in the Libyan capital Thursday as rebel forces pressed the search for the country's longtime ruler, Moammar Kadafi, who was dislodged from his command-and-control center this week and remains in hiding. Rebels who overran the city and all but toppled Kadafi's decades-long rule said they had a group of Kadafi loyalists surrounded in an apartment building close to his Bab Azizya compound, which was ransacked by lightly armed rebel forces following a rapid advance from three directions on the capital.
NEWS
July 12, 1998 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chinese television viewers got a rare glimpse Saturday of this nation's normally secretive judicial system at work in the first live broadcast of court proceedings ever to be aired on national television. For four hours, viewers who tuned in Saturday morning to CCTV-1, the government's main nationwide TV channel, watched as plaintiffs and defendants in a film copyright-infringement case squared off before a Beijing judge.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
NBC, the TV network that brought the nation some of its first dramatic coverage of the Whittier earthquake two years ago, came in last with the least during Tuesday's devastating San Francisco temblor because its Bay Area affiliate had no power source and no backup generator. Sitting atop Cathedral Hill, about five blocks from San Francisco City Hall, KRON-TV was unable to get pictures of the 6.9 killer quake on the air until 7 p.m., nearly two hours after it struck.
WORLD
May 2, 2011 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A Pakistani TV station broadcast footage of a fire said to be at the compound near Islamabad where Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday. President Obama announced the death to the world, saying the Al Qaeda leader died in a firefight with U.S. special forces. No Americans were injured in the raid, Obama said, although a senior official said that one of the helicopters used in the operation was damaged and had to be destroyed. Photos: Osama bin Laden is dead Pakistani security forces sealed off the area, turning journalists away.
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