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June 19, 2006 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
In the hands of Tom Verlaine, a simple Fender guitar can propel a nightclub through time and space. At least, that's how it felt during his Friday performance at the Roxy, as the punk icon and his band spun out expansive, intricate songs with a psychedelic intensity seemingly powerful enough to send the room to Saturn.
August 14, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Now that we are living in the iPodian era, wherein all media strive to be portable, a new device called Slingbox lets you take your home television with you wherever you go. Not the actual set, which would be tough to get into a carry-on bag, but the signal -- including all your cable or satellite channels and even your TiVo selections. Slingbox, which costs about $250, is from Sling Media Inc. of San Mateo, Calif.
July 27, 2005 | Sallie Hofmeister, Times Staff Writer
DirecTV said "the evidence was overwhelming" against O.J. Simpson. But the ex-football star's lawyer said he did nothing wrong. The satellite TV giant on Tuesday was referring to its civil court victory in which a Florida judge ordered Simpson to pay $25,000 for allegedly stealing its signals. The case stems from the recovery in 2001 of two "bootloaders" in Simpson's home that allowed viewers to tap into DirecTV signals without paying for them.
May 19, 2004 | John Rice, Associated Press
The U.S. government believes Cubans should see more of America on television, and for years, Cubans have been happily complying -- cobbling together clandestine satellite systems to pick up everything from the World Series to soap operas. No longer. Most of these systems have been silenced -- not by Fidel Castro but by an American company's war on TV piracy.
May 14, 2004 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
Underscoring the high-tech industry's growing clout with policymakers, the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed allowing wireless Internet services to utilize unused television airwaves. Commissioners pressed the plan despite objections from some television station owners that fear electrical interference with their broadcasts. FCC staff will next develop rules outlining how local TV stations would share vacant frequencies between channels 4 and 51.
July 17, 2003 | Monte Morin and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
American officials say Cuba is jamming international television broadcasts from several Los Angeles-based stations and the Voice of America, knocking out all programming critical of the Iranian government and supportive of pro-democracy demonstrations raging there. Although the Caribbean nation has long blocked television broadcasts from the U.S.
February 12, 2003 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Seventeen people across the country have been charged with developing and distributing technology used to pirate signals from DirecTV and Dish Network, the nation's largest satellite television systems, federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday in Los Angeles. The yearlong FBI investigation targeted high-level computer hackers who have been costing the satellite TV companies and the motion picture industry millions of dollars a year in lost revenues, said U.S. Atty. Debra W. Yang.
January 23, 2001 | From Associated Press
Cable companies do not have to carry on their systems both digital and analog channels offered by broadcasters as they transition to new technology, regulators said Monday. The Federal Communications Commission, seeking to speed the move from analog to digital television, concluded that such a requirement would place a greater burden on cable operators than needed to further "a substantial governmental interest."
Federal regulators denied a challenge Wednesday to a fall auction of valuable chunks of the airwaves that companies are eyeing for wireless phone and Internet services. The Federal Communications Commission said it plans to go forward with an auction of frequencies that were awarded several years ago to NextWave Telecom, a company that later filed for bankruptcy. The FCC said the licenses held by NextWave were automatically canceled because the company had failed to meet its payment deadlines.
August 30, 2000 | Associated Press
The giant TV tower that was greatly damaged in a fire--severely affecting broadcasting in the nation--is stable enough to be restored, officials said Tuesday. About 25% of the 149 steel cables that bind sections of the 1,772-foot Ostankino tower were damaged, Emergencies Minister Sergei K. Shoigu said, but experts have inspected the structure for two days and concluded that it is stable.
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