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A new interactive TV system which would allow fans to customize their own sports TV viewing will be available beginning next month to about 1,000 households in Southern CA. The new service, created by ACTV Inc., a subsidiary of TCI's Liberty Sports, was profiled by the N.Y. TIMES' Richard Sandomir. One remote-control button will enable a viewer to call up an instant replay, another will summon an isolated view of a star player and another will retrieve up-to-the-minute stats and graphics. ACTV's technology will be used for telecasts of Lakers, Kings, Mighty Ducks, Padres and Angels games, college football and basketball, horse races and boxing. The technology will be incorporated with Prime Sports' coverage of these events. ASI Market Research and Turner Educational Services (a division of TBS) are also participating in the experiment. An early version has been operating in parts of Canada since '90 (N.Y. TIMES, 4/17).
SportsChannel Philadelphia will debut a weekly half-hour show, "SportsBiz with Victor Livingston" May 1 at 7:00pm EDT. The first show will deal with the Phillies' status post-strike (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/18)....When WSBK-TV's contract with the Red Sox expires, it is expected that Tribune Co.'s WLVI-TV will be the only other serious bidder for the team's rights. WSBK and the Red Sox are currently negotiating a rights fee reduction for this year's missed games (Jack Craig, BOSTON GLOBE, 4/16)....Times Mirror will sell the magazine Sporting Goods Dealer to Cardinal Business Media (INSIDE MEDIA ONLINE, 4/14).
The Rockies have premiered their "Daily Colorado Rockies Web" on the World Wide Web. The site will mix graphics and text, including information and graphics about Coors Field. Once the season begins, users will feature inning-by-inning updates. The address: http://www.rmii. com/web site (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 4/16). ONLINE ROUND-UP: IndyCar enthusiasts can now get information on Molson Indy Vancouver at http://www.indy- vcr.molson.com. Users can access such information as course maps, ticket purchases and schedules. Molson Indy Vancouver is the first IndyCar race to have its own Web site (BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER, 4/4-10 issue)....N.Y. NEWSDAY's Steve Zipay profiles the new Web sites for the NFL and the '96 Olympics as well as ABC's new "Winner's Circle." The new ABC site will be incorporated with ABC's America Online site and focus on coverage of the Triple Crown (NEWSDAY, 4/14).... USA TODAY debuted its service on the Web yesterday. The site will only be accessible by using USA TODAY software or through CompuServe's connection (USA Today).