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April 9, 2008 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
With broadcast TV stations preparing to switch to all-digital signals early next year, about 5.3 million U.S. households have taken the government up on its offer of discount coupons for a gadget to ensure their sets will continue to get the picture. Each U.S. household is eligible for two $40 coupons toward the purchase of converters that sell for about $60, and most have asked for the maximum.
June 11, 2007 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Michelle Quinn, Times Staff Writers
Some movie fans hope Apple TV will do for Internet video what the iPod did for digital music. That's precisely what some Hollywood executives are afraid of. The device from Apple Inc., which debuted this spring, aspires to bring movie downloads from the geeky fringe to the living room. Touted as elegant and easy to use, Apple TV lets movies and TV shows bought through Apple's iTunes online service -- plus, later this month, videos from YouTube -- pass from computers to television sets.
January 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider an appeal by satellite television provider EchoStar Communications Corp. of a nationwide injunction barring it from transmitting network television signals. The court's decision is the latest step in a nine-year legal battle between Englewood, Colo.-based EchoStar, which operates the DISH satellite network, and the major television broadcast networks and their affiliates.
September 13, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
The proposal sounds modest enough: Broadcasters want to stop international pirates from hijacking American TV signals and re-transmitting them over the Internet. But the high-tech industry and digital rights advocates see something more sinister in the fine print of a proposed international treaty being negotiated this week in Geneva. They fear it will end up restricting how people can use legally recorded shows stashed on their TiVos or computer hard drives.
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.
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