September 13, 2006 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2003 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2003 |
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.
March 2, 2001 |
The Bush administration Thursday raised the specter of delaying the Federal Communications Commission's September auction of broadcast airwaves to allow more time to figure out how to clear the hotly desired spectrum. The airwaves to be auctioned are held by television stations occupying channels 60-69 and are sought by wireless companies who want to use the spectrum to offer advanced telecommunications services.
January 23, 2001 |
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."