Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes Discovery Looking To Sublicense Olympic Rights Sources: FS1 Cutting Back News Operation ESPN Changes Format For MLB ASG Reveal
Published March 20, 1995
Viacom's Blockbuster unit will use its database of 50 million video rental card holders to solidify prospects for a Blockbuster credit card. Visa is expected to co-issue the card with Blockbuster (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/20)....The Florida Panthers report they will hire an analyst so that radio play-by- play announcer Chris Moore will not work alone after this season. The Heat is also considering adding an analyst for next season (MIAMI HERALD, 3/19)....In a "major step" toward entry into the TV business, regional phone companies Pacific Telesis and Bell Atlantic won a court order that should enable them to carry TV programming (Mult., 3/18)....ITT is profiled in the current issue of NEWSWEEK. Johnnie Roberts writes, "Just as ITT once muscled its way through the corridors of power, it is today carving out a new empire in leisure and entertainment" (NEWSWEEK, 3/27 issue)....Hughes Network Systems has received permission from DirecTV Inc. to manufacture 18-inch dishes for DSS. Previously, only RCA and Sony had those rights (Baltimore SUN, 3/19). CNN's "Moneyline" examined the popularity of DBS systems. CNN's Steve Young: "It's coming out of the starting gate twice as fast as the VCR did 20 years ago" ("Moneyline," CNN, 3/17)....BET Holdings Inc. reported that net income rose 28% in its 2ndQ, from $4.3M last year to $5.5M (WASHINGTON POST, 3/18).