March 25, 1998 |
Three giants from the cable television, computer software and banking industries agreed Tuesday to band together in developing a new service that will enable consumers to do their banking through their television sets. The deal, the first of many expected to emerge as companies scramble to take advantage of the convergence of computers and televisions, was struck early Tuesday morning by cable powerhouse Tele-Communications Inc., BankAmerica Corp. and software leader Intuit Corp.
June 10, 2005 |
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.
June 29, 1993 |
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 |
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.
June 11, 1987 |
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 |
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."
May 28, 1990 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1992 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1991 |
While serving as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission during the Kennedy Administration, I said that American television was a "vast wasteland." Today, 30 years later, we have expanded television enormously, but we still waste its vast potential. What happened in 30 years? The number of television sets in American homes increased almost fourfold. Cable expanded from serving 1 million homes in 1961 to serving more than 55 million today.