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June 10, 2005 | From Reuters
U.S. regulators Thursday took action to accelerate the transition to digital television by moving up the date by which all new mid-sized TV sets must be able to view the high-quality signals. The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to move up by four months, to March 1, 2006, a deadline requiring digital reception by all television sets sold in the United States with 25-inch to 35-inch screens. The Consumer Electronics Assn. had asked for the new deadline.
Starting this week, purchasers of new TV sets will have another technological feature available to them: Reading television will be as easy as a flip of the switch. A federal law that takes effect Thursday requires television manufacturers to equip all new sets 13 inches or larger with built-in capability to display captions, or subtitles, if the viewer wants them.
April 18, 1987 | DONNA K.H. WALTERS, Times Staff Writer
Most American consumers will hardly notice the tariffs on Japanese imports imposed Friday. Although the tariffs could double the prices of the goods, which include color television sets, power hand tools and small computers, it is likely that the Japanese manufacturers will simply stop shipments here while the sanctions are in effect.
November 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG this week confirmed that its Smart TV sets are collecting information on users' viewing habits even when they have not been authorized to do so. The South Korean tech company's Smart TVs include a feature that gathers information on what users are watching and sends it back to LG in order to come up with recommendations for other content that they might like. LG gives users the option of turning the feature off, but LG said it has verified that its TVs continue to collect that information even if users opt out. LG looked into the issue after it was brought to its attention by a tech-savvy user . PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' "LG regrets any concerns these reports may have caused and will continue to strive to meet the expectations of all our customers and the public," the company said in a statement.
June 11, 1987 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS, Times Staff Writer
It was a curious thing when President Reagan decided on Monday to lift $51 million in punitive tariffs on Japanese imports of 20-inch color television sets. Among all the varied responses to the announcement, there was not one sigh of relief.
March 1, 1989 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
Zenith, the only U.S. maker of television sets, and AT&T said Tuesday that they have teamed up to develop a high-definition television system. Addressing concerns that foreign competitors are winning the race to develop HDTV equipment, Zenith Chairman Jerry Pearlman predicted that the partnership would yield "winning American technology" that will "allow the U.S. to leapfrog the Japanese and Europeans."
December 14, 2012 | By Mary McNamara
Sometimes silence is the action that speaks louder than words. Addressing the nation this afternoon in the wake of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama was somber but matter-of-fact as he opened his statement, saying he reacted to the news that possibly 30 people, including as many as 20 children, had been killed, "not as a president, but as anybody else would, as a parent. "   PHOTOS: Shooting at Connecticut elementary school As he continued his remarks, that became very clear.
Legislation that would make closed-captioning technology a required part of most new televisions sold in America is winning support in and out of Congress. That's good news for the estimated 24 million deaf or hearing-impaired U.S. citizens, who now must rely on costly closed-caption decoding devices or, as is more common, view their favorite programs hearing only muted mumbles or nothing at all.
January 29, 1988 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
In the remotest corners of this jungle-covered nation, antennas sprout from wooden shacks. A pulse of electricity comes from small generators, traveling over lines slung between tree limbs slashed from the forest. Inside those homes is the warm glow of the 20th Century: television. Nearly 400 miles northwest of here, in a seaside palace in the capital, Libreville, President Omar Bongo likes to watch a bit of television, too--when the television cameras are not watching him.
As Los Angeles Police Officer Theodore J. Briseno testified Friday that Rodney G. King was needlessly clubbed by two fellow officers, South-Central Los Angeles viewers clustered around TV sets in senior citizen centers, liquor stores and barbershops to watch and, in most cases, render their own verdict. "I don't believe him," Helen Lee said while on a break from cutting hair at a barbershop near Avalon and Manchester boulevards. The regulars at the Theresa Lindsay Senior Center were more blunt.
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