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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.
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.
May 9, 1991 | NEWTON N. MINOW, Newton N. Minow is director of the Annenberg Washington program in Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University and counsel to the law firm of Sidley & Austin. and
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.
July 13, 2005 | Alex Pham and Claire Hoffman, Times Staff Writers
Hastening the long-delayed switch to digital television, broadcasters on Tuesday agreed to stop transmitting analog signals in 2009, potentially rendering millions of rabbit-eared sets obsolete. The about-face by broadcasters -- who had long resisted a federal mandate to switch completely to digital -- clears the way for a change in television no less significant than the transition to color more than 40 years ago, advocates said.
September 21, 1988 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The last American maker of television sets will probably fight on. Zenith Electronics Chairman Jerry K. Pearlman says he is talking to other companies about cost-sharing ventures that could help Zenith keep its television and VCR business going. But it's a two-front war, at the very least.
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