April 23, 1997 |
More than 2 million viewers in Southern California won't have access to the super-sharp images and CD-quality sound of digital television as a result of a channel allocation plan announced by federal regulators this week. Most of the 1,600 stations nationwide that received digital TV channel assignments from the Federal Communications Commission on Monday will be able to continue to reach their current audiences.
October 6, 1993 |
Cable subscribers in Huntington Beach may miss out on "Cheers" reruns and the Channel 5 news beginning today. And Brea cable customers could lose "Seinfeld" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." The companies that supply cable service to those cities had failed, as of late Tuesday, to reach agreements with KTLA and KNBC, respectively, to carry their broadcasts. Without such agreements, the signals were set to be pulled from the air at one minute past midnight this morning.
October 5, 1993 |
Television viewers still reeling from last month's sharp hikes in their cable bills and a reshuffled channel lineup had better fasten the seat beats on their couches. Another rude awakening may be in store Wednesday. Some of their favorite channels may be missing. Wednesday is the start date for the so-called retransmission-consent clause of the controversial 1992 cable law that Congress passed last year, which allows broadcast-TV stations to charge cable operators to carry their programs.
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.