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Published August 30, 1995
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: http://usopen.org (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, 8/30).