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GTE ANNOUNCES TV SERVICES PLANS
Published March 8, 1995
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, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 3/8).