CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1992 |
The City Council will consider a resolution Monday to oppose a controversial proposal by the city's cable company to scramble its signal. Comcast Cablevision is considering scrambling its signal in an effort to revamp its selection of service packages and also to thwart residents who illegally tap into its signal.
May 5, 1992 |
Smoke from looters' fires is being blamed for preventing Los Angeles television viewers from seeing official city emergency rioting bulletins until after the uprisings subsided. The thick smoke blacked out a City Hall-run TV channel from Wednesday night until midafternoon Friday, silencing official proclamations about curfew hours, gasoline and ammunition sales and emergency information about such things as public bus schedules and school closures, officials said.
October 6, 1993 |
At least 90% of cable operators and broadcast TV stations across the country beat today's deadline for reaching accords on the new retransmission consent law, which allows stations to charge cable operators to carry their signals. Because of last-minute transactions--many of which were completed late Tuesday--the vast majority of cable customers are not expected to suffer any significant channel blackouts or interruptions in service, officials said.
October 1, 1993 |
KNBC in Cable Dispute: KNBC has begun airing spots saying that subscribers to Century Cable may not receive NBC and KNBC programming starting next week because of an impasse in the retransmission consent agreement between the broadcaster and the cable company. Reed Manville, KNBC's general manager, said he hopes the brief spots will persuade Century Cable subscribers to pressure the company to return to the negotiating table.
September 28, 1993 |
Abandoning a three-year campaign, CBS said Monday that it is throwing in the towel on efforts to collect payments from local cable systems for permission to carry its TV signal. The move effectively puts the nail in the coffin of a broadcast industry effort to charge cable operators to carry the programming of television stations. CBS' surrender also means the network will have to shelve indefinitely its plans to launch a new cable TV channel dedicated to news and public affairs.
March 22, 1990 |
The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday narrowed the field of contestants in the high-stakes battle for the right to market a high-definition television transmission system in the United States. The FCC voted to consider only HDTV systems that will not require an extra "augmentation" channel of scarce TV space in order to provide the crystal-clear pictures and compact-disc-quality sound that the new system promises.
September 5, 1990 |
The NFL announced Tuesday that its decision to scramble its fall telecasts is being "reviewed" by the league and the television networks. "In light of everything that's happened, we need to review the situation," said Greg Aiello, the NFL's director of communications. "We're reviewing the scrambling issue with the networks, and no games will be scrambled until that review is completed."
September 6, 2008 |
Rumbling toward the Carolina coast, Tropical Storm Hanna may force the delay of the nation's first test of the digital television conversion. Wilmington, N.C., is scheduled to become the first media market to permanently switch to digital TV signals at noon Monday. But the storm was approaching hurricane strength Friday and was expected to make landfall just south of Wilmington early today. That's causing angst for broadcasters at the region's five commercial TV stations. Broadcasters and Federal Communications Commission officials discussed the situation in two conference calls this week and plan to have another conversation Sunday morning to decide whether they will postpone the digital conversion.