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6E THE NEWS-PRESS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2002 Lifestyles VIEWING: Network could pursue civil penalties From Page 1E Jim Erp, Comcast Cable's director of operations in Naples, said he was not aware of HBO viewing parties at local bars. He's not surprised at the interest in airing such popular programs as "Sex and the City" and The Sopranos." But, Erp said, Comcast's contracts with the pay channels prohibit public viewing. "If it's brought to our attention and they are our customers, we enforce it," Erp said. "We tell them to desist or we disconnect their HBO altogether. It could come back against us if we don't enforce it" As a pay cable service, HBO is only supposed to be shown in private homes and hotels, said Jeff Cusson, a spokesman for the network. "If you're paying $10 a month to get it into your residence and can go into a public establishment and watch it, it's obviously not as appealing," he said. HBO has always been on the lookout for people who use their signals, particularly to show high-profile boxing matches. But with "The Sopranos" and "Sex GAME: Controversy nothing new From Page 1E and the City" big favorites, they've become the subject of promotions, too. The season-opening episode of "The Sopranos" in September drew the largest audience in the network's 30-year history. Open your doors, put some extra Italian food on the menu and presto! a normally slow Sunday night has some buzz. That was Janisch's idea. He hired actors for a brief floor show one taped napkins to the side of his head to approximate Paulie Walnuts' distinctive gray streak named menu items after show characters and aired fresh episodes each week. "I was trying to have some fun with it," Janisch said. "At the same time, I'm trying to make a living in a tough economy." He thinks he's more likely to get new fans, potential HBO subscribers, interested in the show than attract people who are trying to circumvent the network's monthly fee. While there's no actual law against showing HBO's signal publicly, Cusson said people who get HBO through their cable or satellite provider agree to follow those rules. HBO would be in violation of its own agreements with movie companies if the network knew its signal was being seen in public and wasn't doing anything about it, he said. Establishments that persist showing HBO programs despite the cease-and-desist letter could restaurant's general manager. "We follow the law. Everyone would come in and say to me, "Why aren't you doing something with the show?" I'd say we can't, if s illegal And they say, 'everyone else in the city is doing if "Some of them are so blatant to even advertise it in the news- be liable for civil penalties. Ifs - paper, Demacopoulos said. never gone that far, Cusson said. He wouldnt say how many letters have gone out HBO rarely goes out to find violators; lawyers usually send them once the network finds out about the promotions, usually through the newspaper. Erp said Comcast has only had to enforce the rule locally three or four times in the past 10 years each time for airing a prize fight He said pay-per-view events can be ordered for public viewing, but the price is based on the number of seats in the establishment A Chicago restaurant named Sopranos has resisted the temptation to play on the connection. The name predates the TV show. "We're the good guys," said Georgia Demacopoulos, the Ironically, Cusson said, HBO itself is planning some restaurant promotions for "The Sopranos" that will feature visits from cast members and they'll bring a tape of the show with them The News-Press staff writer Denise L Scott contributed to this report , ,, ,-,.,. II 1 " I i - .1' Miw iinwiMiwir " - Mi .iii iip-ir n ii in ...... 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A You'll definitely want to contact Lee Corp Homes, 20251 South Tamiami Trail (7 miles south of Six Mile Cypress) in Estero. phone 498-2220 or 1-800-428-1318. tee Corp Homes is the largest manufactured home dealer m Soulhwest Florida and specializes in selling new replacement homes and park model homes for local msniiiarinmrt hnm. and RV communities as well as new homes for private property You won't find better selection or tower prices anywhere. Lee Corp Homes is an outstanding company. 7 V.7 Q Do you now the name of a reputable hearing aid specialist here in this area who can check my hearing and fit me with hearing aids? A -1 encourage you to contact Leonardi Hearing Center at 16251 Cleveland Avenue (corner of Littleton Road) in North Fort Myers, phone 997-8288. Leonardi is one of the finest full service hearing aid facilities in Southwest Florida and has been serving the hearing impaired for 52 years. 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A One place you'll want to visit is Lenny's Furniture, located at 15485 South Tamiami Trail in Fori Myers, phone 482-7744. Lenny's Furniture is a gorgeous store filled to the brim with exciting furniture styles for every room of the house. No matter what your tastes are in new furniture - they've got it and at an unbeatable price. Best of all, every piece of furniture you see on display in their huge showroom is in stock ready to be delivered to your home immediately. Lenny's Furniture has won numerous industry awards as well as first place in the News-Press "Best of Southwest Florida" reader's poll.

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