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From Earlier Controversy Pay TV Enjoying A Strong Comeback LOS ANGELES (AP) member the great pay He- lelc- vision controversy of the early 1960s? . . Pay TV promoters liad an appealing pitch -- first run mov- ,ies, uncut, uncensored, uninter- r u p t e d by commercials brought into your home along with a smattering of sports and 'special programs. You could see box-oftice hits Â·on your television set whenever you wished "for only pennies daily," they promised, ami no parking or babysitting problem But inovie theater owners -frightened that pay television would draw off their trade -launched petition drives and *cary advertisements that con jured up images of coin boxes on the home lube. Pay television could mean "an end to free TV," it was warned. California voters banned pay TV in a state referendum that later was declared unconstitutional. Some congressmen threatened legislation to prohibit pay TV. The controversy and the cost of installation seemed to doom pay TV. Network television also was showing more recent movies. Why pay? But today pay TV may be 'itaging a resurgence' In the past year, more than ;28 cable television systems :have begun piping movies into the home for a fee. About 60,001) homeowners throughout the country now have pay TV from old and new companies. The majority are in California. : "I think we've 'got quite a future ahead of us," said John W. Atwood, president ol ' Theta Cable Television in Los Angeles, which has about 14,000 subscribers for its two-month-old Z Channel. Optical Systems Inc. of Los Angeles operates its Channel 108 system for 28,000 subscribers in San Diego and Santa" Barbara, Calif.; Toledo, Ohio; Harrisburg and Easton, Pa., and Moline, III.- Optical, perhaps the largest pay TV operation in the country now,- plans to open systems soon in Concord, Calif., and Flint, Mich. "We're pleased with the results so far .for the most part," says Geoffrey Nathanson, Optical president Theta, Optical and other cable operators are counting on pay .TV as an attraction to sell :able TV in areas .where recep tion is good. owners don't now because Most theater seem to mind movie studios are protecting theaters by making films available to pay television only after the theater run. C o m m e r c i a l television spokesmen say they doubt that even with millions pay TV compete of sub will ever be with "free" scribers able to programming. Cable operators say viewers are continuing to watch regular vices to pick up their over-lhe- cable systems. The basic Installation cost of a cable sys torn usually runs about $15 in a metropolitan area. The monthly fee runs from $7 to $10. Abou seven million Americans have cable TV. Theta's Z channel, currently available only in the Los Ange les suburbs of Santa Monica West Los Angeles and Beverl; Hills, offers two movies a wee or $6 to $8.15 monthly. This i in addition to the $7 to $1 monthly the homeowner mus pay for a cable TV sysleir needed to receive pay TV. Th typical pay TV apparatus is panel o! buttons which permit the viewer to call up on his T screen any of the programs o fered by the company. Recent Z Channel movies in eluded "Serpico," "Avanti, "The New Centurions," "Los Horizons" and "Westworld." Channel 100 offers three mo' ies a week -- two new ones an an "encore" -- for $8 a montl During a recent week in Sa Diego, viewers could see "Okl loma Crude," "Godspell" an "The French Connection.' ' The movies, which range i to a "soft 1 , 1 H, are shown unce sored in the home -- and th lias caused some squawks an cancellations because of tl language, sex and violence. Atwood said the Z Chann has had no adverse reaction its two months of operation, said, "We're trying to educa our viewers that these fill: were made for the theater-" High Winds Cause Extensive Damage Near Walnut Ridge in a breakthrough decision, au- hookup cost. Pay TV companies charged up to $100 to ir;liill de- Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Won., July 22, 1974 rAYITTIVILtl. ARKANSAS- Weather Forecast Warm weaflicr Is forecast for most of the nation Monday. Coo! weather is expected for the upper Great Lakes. Show- ers nre forecast for northern Arizona, sections of t h e northern plains, and from the Showers Relieve The Dry Midwest By The Associated Press Thunderstorms soaked areas! .'rom lower Michigan to eastern Colorado today, bringing cooler temperatures and relief to some dry Midwest crops. Almost an inch of rain, accompanied by hail, fell at Deer Trail, Colo., in .45 minutes, and two inches fell at Byers, Colo., in an hour. Interstate 70 near Denver was closed by rain (or a short time. Tornadoes were sighted al Polo, B.C., and Taina, Iowa and wind gusts of 72 miles pel hour whipped rain across Ot tumwa, Iowa. Scattered thunderstorms alsi were reported in the soulhen upper Mississippi Valley to the lower Great Lakes. (AP Wirenholo Map) plateau region a n d the Gulf i tales. Most of the rest of the nation lad fair skies and night tern- leratures remained in the 80s n many places. The TIMES Is On Top of The News Seven Days a Week WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) : -- About $200,000 in property 'damage was caused Sunday 'when high winds up to about 90 miles an hour struck this Northeast Arkansas town. ; No injury was reported. ; The National Weather Service said two aircrafts at the Walnut Ridge Municipal Airport were heavily damaged while five others suffered minor damage. Windows buildings were blown from at Southern Baptist College, and debris covered a five -mile radius around the airport. Bill Holder, assistant airport : manager, estimated the air- 'port's damages at from $10,000 to $15,000. Ralph Lewis, manager of Morgan Portable Building Co., -.which is near the airstrip, said -his firm suffered more than $190,000 in damage. About 150 portable buildings were torn apart and scattered near the college and airport. "They estimated In one corner over there that buildings were stacked better than feet high," Lewis said. Ninety per cent of the portable homes on the site were destroyed, he said. Lewis predicted that production would resume in two or three days because no building materials were damaged. Roofs were blown off some utility buildings in the college area. Minor property damage also was reported at Hoxie School and at an automobile denier business north of Walnut Ridge. Several thunderstorm warnings were issued by tiie NWS Sunday night, but no other major property damage was reported. Fort Smith had a record-ty- ng high temperature Sunday of 104 degrees for this date. The record previously was set in 1939. Another record for this date was reported at Adams Field in Little Rock Sunday when the mercury reached 102 degrees. The previous record was 100 degrees set in 1954 and again in 1864. Radio Station KWAK at Stuttgart reported 106 degrees at Stuttgart at 2:35 p.m. Uarkettes Dr. Charles Oxford (left) interim president of the University of Arkansas, bids a farewell to Kenneth Balten ; ger, director of the Uark- cttcs, as the students hoard an airplane (o leave for a concert tour of Europe. On the. ramp are six of the 25 members of the Uarkettes. The entertainers will present eight concerts in their three- week tour of Europe. They will perform in T r i e r , Cologne, Bromen, Rothenberg, and Freiburg, all in G e r m a n y ; Andermstt in Switzerland, and Schwarzach and Vienna in Austria. (UofA News Service Photo) Window Dedication Ceremony Commemorates Moon Landing WASHINGTON (AD -- The Apollo 11 astronauts had just dedicated a new "space window" in the Washington Cathedral when a crowd of several hundred people suddenl surged around them, singing "America the Beautiful." Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin and Michael Collins joined in. The eyes of all three glistened. The ceremony Sunday climaxed a weekend of events in Washington commemorating Thornton Said Leaning Toward Impeachment NEW YORK (AP) -- Rep Ray Thornton, D-Ark., is one of the members of the House Judiciary Committee "leanin; toward impeachment, but n o yet counted solidly for it," ac cording to an article in Time magazine. The magazine says the com mittce vote would be 26 to 12 in favor of impeachment if com mittee members vote the way they were leaning last week. Time noted, however, t h a since "many of the member have been leaping back a n forth almost by the minute, i seemed unlikely that all me would vote according to thei leanings of last week." The committee is compose: of 21 Democrats and 17 Re publicans. A majortiy of th members would have to vole i favor of impeachment for th issue to move to the full House The anti-impeachment force probably will get one or tw Southern Democratic voles Time said. The magazine di not specify which were leanin against impeachment. Souther Democrats "leaning toward im peachment but not yet counte solidly for it," include Thorn ton, Alabama's Walter Flower and South Carolina's Jame Mann, Time said. Thornton said in an inlervie that he had never tabulate mail from his constituents the issue. "I don't think it ca be settled on this basis," h said. He also insists that he's m felt political pressures from h district. "Very truthfully, my co stituents have been wonderf In supporting the way I've trie to approach this," Thornto said. ie fifth anniversary of man's Â·st landing on the moon. Arm- rong and Aldrin stepped onto e lunar Sea of Tranquility uly 20. 1D69, while Collins cir- ed overhead. For imbedding in the space indow, the astronauts present- 1 the dean of the cathedral, e Very Rev. Francis B. ayre, a small moon rock. Eighteen feet high and nearly feet wide, the spectacular bstract design depicts man's uest for knowledge in the vast- ess of the universe. Artist Rodney Winfield of St. ouis said the blue, red and or- nge colors suggest numerom] mmcnse solar spheres jur- ounded by radiations of light enetraling the deep colors are ny white dots, or symbolic tars. A thin white line circling ne of the spheres symbolizes a anned spaceship exploring ae universe. The moon rock will be placed n the center of one of the solar pheres. It will be encased in a ircle of stainless steel and bul- et-proof glass. British Soldier Shot For Marrying Irish Girl BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- The Irish Republican Army says it executed a former British soldier who settled n Northern Ireland and married an Irish girl two weeks ago. The hooded body of of Brian Shaw, 21, was found Sunday in an empty house in Belfast. He lad been shot twice in the head. Shaw disappeared after leaving his father-in-law's house in a protestant area of Belfast on Saturday to pay the bill for the wedding flowers. The unpaid bill was found on his body. T h e I R A announcement claimed the young man was a member of the army's Special Air Service, a corps of underground troops. The IRA charged he had tried to incite conflict by planting a bomb in a Roman Catholic area. Do You Need a Detective? 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