October 17, 2011 |
McDonald's customers will soon be able to have local school sports, movie previews and heartwarming human interest stories to go with their fries -- McTV is here and in high definition. In one of the most unusual twists in niche programming, the global fast-food chain is launching the McDonald's Channel, a digital network of exclusive original content targeted at dine-in customers. The programming will be customized to specific communities around the individual restaurants, and will include local news and entertainment features, such as spotlights on upcoming films, albums and TV shows.
November 24, 1999 |
Satellite television is about to get a huge boost from the federal government that should translate into lower prices, more choice and better service in pay TV services for consumers. New rules approved by Congress last week and expected to be signed into law Monday by President Clinton allow satellite companies to sell local broadcast channels to all their customers for the first time ever.
February 4, 2005 |
In its push to become more than just a cable provider, Comcast Corp. announced Thursday that it had created a group to oversee its growing stable of channels under the direction of a former News Corp. executive. Jeff Shell will join the nation's largest cable operator in May as president of Comcast Programming. The new unit includes cable investments and such channels as E! Entertainment Network, Style, G4, Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network and regional sports channels.
April 22, 1998 |
The key players in the cable TV industry vowed Tuesday to fight efforts to require them to carry high-definition programs from broadcasters, saying the new digital technology will take up so much transmission capacity that it will force cable operators to drop scores of channels. National Cable Television Assn.
December 6, 2006 |
France goes head-to-head with CNN and the BBC with the launch Thursday of its state-funded 24/7 news channel, part of President Jacques Chirac's efforts to make his country's voice heard. France 24 will broadcast two channels, one in French and the other mostly in English. They will transmit to Europe, the Middle East and Africa via satellite. France 24 expects to expand coverage in North America and Asia and add Arabic and Spanish-language broadcasts in coming years.
November 17, 2004 |
News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch told reporters Tuesday that he hoped to launch a business news cable channel by the summer. Murdoch previously indicated an interest in the business channel but had disclosed few details, including the intended time frame for the launch. Speaking to reporters after the annual shareholder meeting of Fox Entertainment Group Inc., News Corp.'
November 26, 2003 |
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network and affiliates are planning a joint 24-hour news digital television channel heavy on local programming, a report said. One industry source familiar with talks on the matter confirmed that plans were underway for the digital channel but said that it would be at least a few months before a deal could be announced.
May 9, 2000 |
The blowup between ABC and Time Warner Cable last week highlighted several uncomfortable truths, among them that many people are addicted to "All My Children" and willing to publicly confess this to concerned-looking KABC-TV reporters.
January 23, 1997 |
Buckling to consumer pressure, Tele-Communications Inc. has agreed to reinstate two music channels to several of its major cable systems after knocking them off this month, along with other channels it claimed had weak ratings. The two music channels, Viacom's VH-1 and MTV, are the latest services to be reinstated by TCI in response to public outcry at their removal.
June 7, 1996 |
Having contributed too little to the quality of American life during the 34 weeks of the 1995-96 TV season, commercial television nevertheless continues to insist on huge bequests for itself from the people, of the people and by the people of the United States. These include free access to new large chunks of the broadcast spectrum that will soon become available for the first time.