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         The FCC ordered the SportsChannel unit of NY's Cablevision
    Systems Corp. to offer its programming to CellularVision of New
    York -- a company that competes with the cable operator in parts
    of New York.  The FCC called on Cablevision to sell SportsChannel
    programming to the wireless company on "non-discriminatory terms"
    within 45 days (CellularVision)....Comcast Cable will make Home
    Team Sports' signal available to its 285,000 subscribers in
    Harford, Howard and Baltimore counties in MD for next Tuesday and
    Wednesday -- the nights Cal Ripken is expected to tie and break
    Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN,
    8/30)....The AHL Springfield Falcons have announced an agreement
    with Continental Cablevision to televise six games live this
    upcoming season.  Continental will carry a game a month, with the
    possibility that additional games will be scheduled throughout
    the season (Falcons)....SportsChannel Ohio has reached an
    agreement with Creative Sports Marketing to televise Big Ten and
    Ohio State football and basketball games during the upcoming '95-
    96 season.  The deal calls for 10 Big Ten football games
    beginning September 16, and up to 22 Big Ten 20 Ohio State hoops
    games.  The games will only be seen in the Akron, Cleveland and
    Cincinnati markets (SC/Ohio).

    Print | Tags: AHL, Atlanta Falcons, Cablevision, Comcast-Spectacor, Media

         IBM has launched the 1995 U.S. Open home page on the World
    Wide Web, with a schedule, statistics, and players bios all
    available.  Address: (IBM).... The L.A. TIMES
    reports that Microsoft's phone support services are overloaded
    with calls and complaints about Windows 95 and that customers are
    also "having trouble" getting on to the new Microsoft Network
    (L.A. TIMES, 8/30). ....Phil Mushnick takes issue with NBC Sports
    President Dick Ebersol's contention that The Baseball Network
    would have worked if not for the strike.  Mushnick notes the
    following deficiencies of TBN:  Blackouts of games in two-team
    markets on TBN nights; the end of Saturday afternoon games; 8:05
    starts; not all playoff games available; inflexibility on
    schedules (N.Y. POST, 8/30).  TBN's Ken Schanzer notes that
    playoff games will not be available on DirecTV, since broadcast
    ratings "have to be protected" (USA TODAY, 8/30). ....According
    to SEC filings, TCI must OK all major decisions regarding Barry
    Diller's new TV station group, Silver Co.  Code names in the
    brief have TCI's Liberty Media as "the Rockies," the new
    partnership as "the Dodgers," and Diller as "Lasorda" (USA TODAY,
    8/30).... EchoStar and AlphaStar will both launch direct
    satellite services between December and February.  EchoStar hopes
    to offer programming for less than $20 a month and a DBS system
    for about $500 (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 8/28 issue)....A BOSTON
    GLOBE profile of Time Inc. Editor-In-Chief Norman Pearlstine
    notes the Managing Editor "bakeoff" he is conducting at Sports
    Illustrated to replace the retiring Mark Mulvoy.  While Life
    Managing Editor Daniel Okrent and SI Asst Managing Editor Bill
    Colson are each getting their three-month runs at running the
    magazine, Pearlstine did not rule out adding a third contestant
    (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/29)....Fox's NFL coverage will feature 3-D
    simulations -- called "Gameations" -- of football plays, with the
    O.J. Simpson trial cited as the inspiration (Michael Hiestand,
    USA TODAY, 8/30)....Cubs radio and TV play-by-play man Thom
    Brennaman will leave WGN instead of being named Harry Caray's
    eventual successor.  Brennaman reportedly refused to stop working
    on Fox NFL broadcasts, as WGN had requested (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES,

    Print | Tags: Cablevision, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, DirecTV, IBM, Los Angeles Dodgers, Microsoft, NBC, New York Liberty, NFL, Sports Illustrated, Media

         "In a stunning climax to a summer of mammoth media deals,
    Time Warner Inc. is offering $8.5 billion to acquire Turner
    Broadcasting System," according to Mark Landler of the N.Y.
    TIMES.  Turner has not yet decided whether to accept the offer,
    but execs close to the discussions say that TBS Chair Ted Turner
    is "enthusiastic" about the idea.  The combined entity would be
    "the world's largest media company" -- surpassing even
    Disney/ABC.  If TBS agrees, the Atlanta-based company would
    become a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner with Ted Turner
    becoming Vice Chair of Time Warner.  The key is the response of
    TCI Chair John Malone, who is a 24% shareholder in TBS (N.Y.
    David Lieberman, "TCI is unsure whether to give up its strong
    voice in the cable industry's most important programmer in
    exchange for a stake in its chief rival" (USA TODAY, 8/30).  The
    WALL STREET JOURNAL notes that the deal is "far from assured" --
    as Turner has considered selling before and then changed his
    mind, and there could be other bids.  News Corp. and GE are
    possible Turner suitors.  One source close to Turner:  "Everybody
    is paranoid because of Disney and ABC.  Everybody is saying,
    'I've got to get enormous, too" (Sharpe & Shapiro, WALL STREET
    JOURNAL, 8/30).  The N.Y. POST's John Durie:  "Whether this deal
    ever sees the light of day remains to be seen.  There are
    enormous regulatory and personality hurdles to cross before such
    a deal could close" (N.Y. POST, 8/30).  INSIDE MEDIA:  "As the
    story progresses, the key will be what [Time Warner CEO Gerald]
    Levin offered Malone, and if Malone approves" (INSIDE MEDIA
    ONLINE, 8/30).      WHAT ARE THEY HOLDING:  Turner Broadcasting
    includes CNN, WTBS, TNT, the Braves, the Hawks, SportSouth, and
    New Line Cinema and Castle Rock Entertainment.  Time Warner
    includes Time Inc. -- Time, People, SI, Fortune, as well as
    Warner Bros., the WB Network, HBO, and TVKO (THE DAILY).

    Print | Tags: ABC, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, HBO, Sports Illustrated, Media, Turner Sports, Walt Disney
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