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MEDIA NOTES

     FROM THE LATEST ISSUE OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA:  Viacom is
expected to announce the "sale of its 1.1 million-subscriber
cable systems to a minority affiliate of TCI, InterMedia
Association for what could be more than $2B in cash."  The deal
includes the development of a new pay movie service by combining
TCI's Encore with Viacom's Showtime and Movie Channel.  Also, Fox
"plans to launch a second cable network, "fXM: Movies From Fox,"
as part of an effort to expand the company's presence in cable
TV.  The 24-hour commercial free network will use only Twentieth
Century Fox films, and launch October 31....Home Team Sports of
Bethesda, MD, raised more than $135,000 during it's second annual
Sports-a-Thon, a three hour live telethon and sports memorabilia
auction to benefit the Leukemia Society....ESPN is commemorating
its 15th anniversary with a special glass-topped stainless steel
time capsule doubling as a coffee table in the company's lobby
(ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 10/3).
     FROM THE LATEST ISSUE OF MULTICHANNEL NEWS:  Pay-per-view
event distributors and cable operators are searching for a mega-
heavyweight PPV boxing event after the recent loss by Lennox
Lewis killed a potential multimillion dollar spring '95 bout.
Mark Taffet, Senior VP of TVKO, who would have distributed the
fight: "For the time being the big loser is the PPV
industry....The momentum towards a national horse racing channel
has slowed, but "a few individual tracks are taking modest-steps
toward in-home wagering" in ways that could create new revenue
for cable operators.  In New York, Cablevision Systems Corp. is
looking at starting a 90-day trial of "presenting live video
feeds of racing cards in its systems homes in Long Island and
parts of New York city this winter" (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 10/3
issue).
     ALSO:  Prime Network announced yesterday that it will
provide closed captioning on all remaining live telecasts in its
1994 college football package (THE DAILY).
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