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     GTE VP/Video Division Bob Calafell announced the company's
planned cable TV service yesterday.  With GTE's service,
customers may order a "novel futuristic interactive television
service or just sign up for a service with movie channels and
regular programming."  Calafell expects FCC approval by the end
of March or mid-April.  GTE has lined up AT&T to help build the
separate network needed to offer TV services and General
Instruments Corp. to provide specialized set-top cable boxes to
provide the "crisp video and sound associated with digital
television."  The first areas to be wired for GTE's service are
Tampa Bay; Ventura County, CA; and Honolulu.  The initial roll-
out will be offered to 500,000 customers.  By '97, that number
will increase to 900,000, and to an estimated 17 million
customers in 66 U.S. markets over next 10 years (Frank Ruiz,
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