January 16, 2009 |
At noon sharp Thursday in Hawaii, a message appeared on analog TV sets across the islands: "All full-power Hawaii TV stations are now digital." The state shut down old-fashioned broadcast signals more than a month before the rest of the country is set to make the now-contentious switch. Even before the change, residents lighted up TV help-center phone lines set up by the Federal Communication Commission. More than 300 calls came in Wednesday, and 10 lines were lighting up Thursday.
March 1, 2009 |
Steve Richardson, who goes by the name "Gen. Dogon" on the streets of L.A.'s skid row, is the kind of person federal regulators had in mind when they created the digital-television transition's subsidy. Richardson's job at a civil rights group leaves him with barely enough money for food. He can't afford a converter box to keep his antenna-equipped TV working on June 12, when stations across the country turn off their analog signals and start broadcasting solely in digital.
January 28, 2009 |
If you're still using old-fashioned rabbit ears to watch television, you may be in luck for a few more months. The mandate to switch from old-school analog to new-school digital over-the-air TV is likely to be postponed from Feb. 17 to June 12, if a Senate bill passed Monday makes it through the House, which is scheduled to vote this morning. But it's not quite that simple.
October 16, 2008 |
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed opening up unused portions of the television airwaves known as "white spaces" to deliver wireless broadband Internet service. The proposal by FCC chief Kevin J. Martin appeals to public interest groups and many of the nation's biggest technology companies, including Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., which hope it will bring affordable high-speed Internet connections to more Americans.
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.