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  • DBS -- THE HOTTEST ITEM IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS HISTORY?

         This morning's WALL STREET JOURNAL reports that direct-
    broadcast satellite, "has shaken awake the sleeping giant cable
    industry, who has launched some of the most aggressive
    advertisements" the TV industry has seen.  The ads, some of which
    are produced by TCI, emphasize the "downside" of disconnecting
    cable.  The piece contrast those ads with ones from the major DBS
    program distributors (Kevin Goldman, WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/6).
    In a profile in the WASHINGTON TIMES, Doug Abrahms writes that
    DBS is "fast becoming the darlings of telecommunications
    regulators and Republican members of Congress" who like the
    competition it bring to "cable monopolies."  Stanley Hubbard,
    Chair of U.S. Satellite Broadcasting:  "This is the lowest-cost
    introduction of a major home appliance in history, and the
    hottest introduction in consumer electronics history.  Cable's
    got a big problem" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/4).
         NHL COVERAGE BEGINS TOMORROW: DirectTV customers will be
    able to preview "NHL Center Ice" beginning tomorrow, with the
    program officially beginning next week.  The cost for the regular
    season package is $69 for residential subscriptions (DirectTV).
    NHL VP Steve Solomon said the money coming into the league from
    DBS "will be supplemental income," with the league getting
    revenue "only from a portion of the user fee" (Jack Craig, BOSTON
    GLOBE, 2/5).
    

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  • NETWORK NEWS: THE PEACOCK STRUTS; CBS LOSING STRINGER?

         NBC:  In the current issue of BUSINESS WEEK, Ronald Grover
    examines NBC's pursuit to improve on last year's third place
    finish.  The strength of NBC's Thursday night schedule has
    "propelled it to three straight ratings victories in the 18 to 54
    age group for the first time since 1992."  ABC's ratings are down
    3% from last year and it sets up a "real horse race between ABC
    and NBC" in '95, according to media buyer Paul Schulman.  ABC is
    "still the team to beat.  But NBC has momentum and it gets to air
    the Super Bowl next year" (Ronald Grover, BUSINESS WEEK, 2/13
    issue).
         CBS:  Reports of CBS Broadcast Group President Harold
    Stringer's possible departure "could not have come at a worse
    time" for the net.  Stringer is a "top candidate" to head the new
    interactive video company being started by three Baby Bells. Some
    at CBS "doubt" that CEO Laurence Tisch will release Stringer from
    his contract, "in part over concern about Wall Street reaction."
    Stringer's departure could "exacerbate the morale problem at CBS,
    already hurt by the fall from first place" in the ratings, then
    by losing the NFL to Fox (John Lippman, WALL STREET JOURNAL,
    2/6).
    

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  • SHELL'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF GOLF TO RETURN FOR '95

         "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf" is returning in '95 with
    four one-on-one matches over 18 holes of golf.  The series,
    produced by Jack Nicklaus Productions, Inc, are scheduled to air
    on ABC later this year and include head-to-head competition
    between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach (December
    3), Greg Norman vs. Nick Price at Medalist (July 22), Lee Trevino
    vs. Chi Chi Rodriguez at Palmas del Mar (December 10), and Ernie
    Els vs. Phil Mickelson at Bandama Golf Club (December 17).  Terry
    Jastrow will direct the series for ABC, with Dave Marr the
    announcer and Jack Whitaker as host (Shell).
    

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