The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 26, 1967 · Page 14
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 26, 1967
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Page Fourteen - Blytneville (Ark.) Courier News-- Tuesday, December 28, 1967 By JEHUY BUCK Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In Hie northwest corner of New Mexi-: co. 50 miles from the nearest television station, residents o[ Farminglon have a choice of five television channels. By wire and microwave signals from four stations in Albuquerque and one in Durango, Colo., programs are relayed to 4,000 sets in Karmington through CATV—Community Antenna Television. CATV often means the difference between good television reception and poor reception—or even none at all—in nearly 2,000 communities. But even as CATV has brought television to three million homes, it has brought down the wrath of the broadcasters. CATV is plainly television's unloved stepchild. The stations see the CATV operators as pirating programs and selling them to viewers at charges that average ?5 a month. The issues have boiled up into,month. two cases now bctore the U.S. j Supreme Court. Past liabilities would exceed the entire assets of the industry The first case concerns the as- itself, said Frederick W. Ford, sertion by the Federal Commii-1 president ol the National Cable nications Commission—the j Television Association of Wash- agency that regulates broad-1 ington. I casting—that it lias authority 1 "It would be, 'So sorry, fcl- lover CATV. an authority that I lows, you've made a little mis- jthe commission first asserted in!take, so turn over your business j April 1965. 15 years after the in- to the copyright owners.' Well, I Of It "To have the first 90 per cent regulated by the commission and the final 10 per cent unregulated doesn't make sense." Carlisle said. "Our objection to CATV is to CATV unlimited. We're highly in favor of the use of CATV to dustry came into existence. don't Congress or the The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of courts operate that way," Ford said. Bill Daniels of Denver, a broker and major operator, said, "There is a need for orderly growth, but it must be liberal. The KCC has been very arbitrary. They have protected the broadcaster, period, and to hell With the public." William Carlisle, vice president for television of the National Association of Broadcasters, in Washington, said his organization believes the FCC should regulate CATV "because televi- I Appeals ruled in a case from | Sari Diego that the FCC could :iiot license CATV systems operating solely by cable. The other, thornier case centers on a decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that CATV constitutes a public performance for profit and is therefore liable for copyright fees. The case is from Clarksburg and Fairmont, W. Va. Since the average CATV system carries about 5,000 copyrighted programs a month, it is,. .„ estimated that damages or Incision is in effect a continuous claimed copyright infringe-1 conduit between the broadcast- ments would total $1 billion a I ers and the viewers. supplement our services. But the import of distant signals our primary objection. We're also against origination of pro grams by CATV." A major worry of the broad casters is fragmentation of the audience. The more stations viewer can get on his set, the smaller the audience for each station. Audience shares deter mine a station's advertising rates. Small local stations see them selves suffering when television signals from large metropolitan areas are brought in. "Ulti mately there would be no neec for local television stations"" Carlisle said. The aim of CATV when it was born in 1950 in Lansford, Pa. was modest indeed. Residents o Qif t of Love is this pointing, 35 by 21 feet, the largest work of Florentine maestro Pietro Annigoni. Using the technique of the" Renaissance masters, Annigoni painted on the wet plaster wall of the church at Ponre Bugginese, Italy. Although the artist receives thousands of dollars for his commissioned portraits of royalty, he executes murals for village churches without fee. at rural area, cut off by ugged terrain, simply wanted watch television. They ercct- d a master antenna to bring in th'e distant signals, which were then relayed to the homes by cable. The aim of CATV is still the 60 INFANT MORTALITY Rote Per 1,000 liv« Births 50 40 same, but It ean hardly be called modest. At latest count 1,921 systems were operating. They are in every state of the Union except Connecticut—and authorization for systems has been granted there. Cable television—as CATV also is known—has $500 million tied up in Investments and 1945 1950 1955 1950 1965 tart year, some 3,629,000 babies were born in the United States and 84,800 died during the first year of life. The figures translate into an infant mortality rate 23.4 in 1,000 live births, an all-time low for the nation. However, National Center for Health Statistics figures show the rate of decline in infant mortality has slowed in recent years and remains almost twice as high for the nonwhite population as among whites. brings in $300 million i year to revenues. Leaders in the field expect revenue within the next 10 years to reach $3 billion annually. Daniels said CATV systems return 40 per cent of their investment annually down to 10 per cent. 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