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MEDIAWEEK NOTES: FOX SPORTS WORLD MAY NOT BE SO WIDE

          Fox/Liberty Networks launched Fox Sports World last
     weekend, but it "could be some time before many viewers will
     be able to watch the network," according to Richard Katz of
     MEDIAWEEK.  MSO operators, "smarting from recent tough sales
     tactics on behalf of Fox/Liberty's regional sports
     channels," said that they "are not overly bullish" on the
     new channel.  MediaOne Programming Dir Rob Stengle: "I think
     they might be a tad shy about coming to us after jamming us
     with massive rate increases on regional sports networks." 
     Stengle also "expressed reservations" over the new network's
     "programming quality."  However, Fox/Liberty Exec VP Rich
     Battista said that he is "confident" that cable operators
     won't punish Fox Sports World for the "deeds of its sister
     networks" (Richard Katz, MEDIAWEEK, 11/3 issue)
          "SUNDAY TICKET" COULD COST MORE: The threat of a "sharp
     escalation" in copyright costs to all DBS providers "could
     put a damper on the industry's collective growth," according
     to Michael Burgi of MEDIAWEEK.  DBS "could be hit by a move
     last week by the Librarian of Congress to quadruple the fees
     it pays broadcast networks and superstations" from the
     current $.07 a subscriber to $.27.  Burgi writes if the DBS
     industry "sees its costs go up, it will likely pass those
     costs onto subscribers" (MEDIAWEEK, 11/3 issue).

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