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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | September 9, 1995
In another setback for its plans to provide television programming to the home over its lines, Bell Atlantic Corp. has postponed a trial intended to pave the way for a commercial rollout of video services in Dover Township, N.J.The 200-home volunteer trial, which had been scheduled to begin last month, has instead been delayed until an unspecified date later this year, Bell Atlantic spokesman Harry Mitchell confirmed yesterday."
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By Bloomberg News | September 19, 2006
NEW YORK -- AOL, Time Warner Inc.'s Internet unit, and Intel Corp. started an online video-on-demand service yesterday that lets users watch films, concerts and sports programs on their television sets. The service allows users to search for videos available on AOL with a TV remote control, said Kevin Conroy, executive vice president at AOL. Personal computers based on Intel's Viiv semiconductors and software will make it easier to search, record and watch music and video files. "The partnership with Intel enabled us to bring this experience to the living room," Conroy said in an interview, referring to watching videos online.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | October 25, 1994
Bell Atlantic Video Services, the multimedia subsidiary that is leading the phone company into the entertainment business, said yesterday that it's ready to start turning "Gone With The Wind" into a long string of ones and zeros.The Bell Atlantic Corp. unit said it has completed construction of its Digital Services Bureau at its video services center in Reston, Va.Larry Plumb, a spokesman for Bell Atlantic Video Services, said that on Nov. 1 the bureau would begin running a regular shift, taking studios' analog and digital videotape and turning it into digital code that can be transmitted through telephone lines.
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By DAVID COLKER and DAVID COLKER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | February 16, 2006
Vongo. A new dance craze? No, it's a new subscription service offering feature films via the Internet. Launched last month by Starz Entertainment Group, which primarily runs cable-TV movie channels, the $9.99-a-month service is an all-you-can-eat arrangement that allows subscribers to view about 850 movies as many times as they want. That is, until the subscription expires or the film rotates out of Vongo circulation. The other major Internet video services - CinemaNow and Movielink are the most prominent - operate more on the traditional rental model.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | August 31, 1994
Three of the leading names in U.S. retailing have agreed to set up shop in Bell Atlantic Corp.'s electronic shopping mall, the regional phone company said yesterday.Lands' End, Nordstrom and J. C. Penney will participate in a market trial of Bell Atlantic's planned video-on-demand service, called Stargazer, the company said. The trial will be the first test in this region of how consumers react to a service that brings television programming to the home over the telephone network.Larry Plumb, a spokesman for Bell Atlantic Video Services in Reston, Va., said the 1,000-home test in Northern Virginia could begin this winter if the Federal Communications Commission approves it in time.
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | October 11, 1995
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A merger between Bell Atlantic Corp. and Nynex Corp. would be a "natural," Lawrence Babbio, vice chairman of Bell Atlantic, said yesterday.The comments are perhaps the most enthusiastic to date about a merger of the two Baby Bells, which have already combined their cellular businesses."It's a natural because we share the New York market," Mr. Babbio said in an interview at the Gartner Group's Symposium in Orlando.The New York metropolitan phone market extends between New York, where New York-based Nynex provides local services, and New Jersey, where Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic provides services.
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By Sloane Brown | June 13, 1999
The colors of Italy dressed the Associated Italian American Charities' 54th annual dinner dance. The tables at Martin's West were covered in red, green and white, as were the Bali D'Italia Dancers, who performed Italian folk dances for a crowd of almost 800.Among the people decorating the party: Jay Matricciani, AIAC president; Judge Lawrence Daniels and Vince Piscopo, event co-chairs; Paul Russo, Anthony DiPaula and Tony Corbi, the evening's honorees; Guy...
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
Bell Atlantic Corp.'s ambitions of becoming an entertainment powerhouse cleared a stubborn obstacle yesterday as the Federal Communications Commission approved the company's plan to launch a market trial of its video-by-phone in Northern Virginia.The trial is an important step in the Philadelphia-based company's strategy of providing video services in six of its biggest markets, including Baltimore. The FCC took no action on another Bell Atlantic petition to allow that larger plan.The commission's long-awaited ruling was significant because it allows Bell Atlantic Video Services, the company's separate programming subsidiary, to offer its own menu of shows over some of the network's channels.
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By New York Times News Service | February 1, 1993
American Telephone & Telegraph Co. and a partner have announced that they plan to develop a device that would sit on a home television set, much like a cable converter box, but decipher movies and other video services over telephone lines rather than the thick coaxial cable of the cable-television operator.AT&T and the partner, Compression Labs Inc., have not developed a prototype or determined a possible price range for the device but said it would be aimed at both consumers and businesses.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | June 17, 1994
In a move that could herald a competitive free-for-all in the monopoly-dominated local cable television industry, Bell Atlantic Corp. has unveiled plans to include an estimated 300,000 city and suburban customers in its rollout of advanced video services.The Philadelphia-based phone company released details of its plans to offer "video dial tone" service in a construction-permit filing yesterday with the Federal Communications Commission.The service, including hundreds of channels carrying TV programming and movies on demand, would compete with video rental stores and cable franchises.
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By STACEY HIRSH and STACEY HIRSH,SUN REPORTER | January 9, 2006
Telephone giant is beginning to map out its visual future If Verizon Communications Inc. has its way, the future for its customers will look like this: More cable television channels than any other company can offer. A library of more than 1,200 videos that viewers can watch on demand. And digital picture quality that beats the competition. "It's designed to be a formidable competitor to cable and to satellite," William R. Roberts, president of Verizon Maryland, said of the telephone company's television service.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2005
The Verizon utility trucks seen recently from Columbia to North Laurel are early signs of a building rivalry between the giant telecommunications company and Comcast Cable that could change the video-services landscape for Howard County residents. The County Council is to vote this month on a resolution seeking permission for Verizon to begin negotiating a franchise agreement with the county - the first such agreement for which Verizon has applied in Maryland. "This is a big deal," said Councilman Ken Ulman, a west Columbia Democrat.
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By William Patalon III and William Patalon III,SUN STAFF | February 1, 2005
SBC Communications Inc.'s planned purchase of AT&T Corp. is the latest move in an industry obsessed with bringing "bundled" services to its customers, and puts pressure on rivals like Verizon Corp. to seek similar deals, experts said yesterday. "If Verizon wants to be the dominant player in the Eastern U.S. market, they're going to have to get bigger," engineering acquisitions that fill holes in key parts of its business, said Lisa Pierce, a vice president and telecommunications-services analyst with Forrester Research, a consulting firm.
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By Kevin Washington and Kevin Washington,SUN STAFF | October 3, 2002
No one to play with? Tired of whipping the tar out of the artificial "intelligence" in your video console game? Or having it beat the tar out of you? Can't stand playing with the trash-talking munchkin across the street who drops by to wolf down your potato chips as he runs up the score in the latest football sim? Well, now you have a whole world to play with as Sony and Microsoft unveil online gaming services for their video consoles. Sony, maker of the PlayStation 2, has hit the ground running and gunning with a Navy SEAL third-person shooter and the famous Madden NFL Football franchise among its online offerings.
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By Sloane Brown | June 13, 1999
The colors of Italy dressed the Associated Italian American Charities' 54th annual dinner dance. The tables at Martin's West were covered in red, green and white, as were the Bali D'Italia Dancers, who performed Italian folk dances for a crowd of almost 800.Among the people decorating the party: Jay Matricciani, AIAC president; Judge Lawrence Daniels and Vince Piscopo, event co-chairs; Paul Russo, Anthony DiPaula and Tony Corbi, the evening's honorees; Guy...
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | October 11, 1995
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A merger between Bell Atlantic Corp. and Nynex Corp. would be a "natural," Lawrence Babbio, vice chairman of Bell Atlantic, said yesterday.The comments are perhaps the most enthusiastic to date about a merger of the two Baby Bells, which have already combined their cellular businesses."It's a natural because we share the New York market," Mr. Babbio said in an interview at the Gartner Group's Symposium in Orlando.The New York metropolitan phone market extends between New York, where New York-based Nynex provides local services, and New Jersey, where Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic provides services.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | December 17, 1993
Taking a leap into the new world of unlimited-channel television, Bell Atlantic announced plans yesterday to offer TV programs over its phone lines in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington as early as next September.Besides being the first commercial offering of television programs over existing phone lines, Bell Atlantic's move will bring about the first head-to-head clash of Baby Bell companies in the arena of video services.Its rival will be Southwestern Bell, the San Antonio-based telephone company that announced last February that it would buy two cable companies in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia -- both within Bell Atlantic's local exchange territory.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 6, 1994
RESTON, Va. -- Bell Atlantic's headquarters is in Philadelphia, but its future is here.In a modest two-story building in a bland office park outside Washington, the company is researching and implementing the technological marvels that could transform it from a boring, predictable utility to a bold pioneer on the electronic frontier.Here the company's Bell Atlantic Video Services subsidiary is working to fulfill Chairman Raymond W. Smith's vision of a Full Service Network, where the telephone, television, computer, shopping mall, hospital, school and more will converge and create a new era in human communications.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | September 9, 1995
In another setback for its plans to provide television programming to the home over its lines, Bell Atlantic Corp. has postponed a trial intended to pave the way for a commercial rollout of video services in Dover Township, N.J.The 200-home volunteer trial, which had been scheduled to begin last month, has instead been delayed until an unspecified date later this year, Bell Atlantic spokesman Harry Mitchell confirmed yesterday."
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer | January 14, 1995
Linda Gustafson said she was neither desperate nor dateless.But that's how she was portrayed when WBAL-TV suddenly flashed a picture from her inactive dating-service membership during a 1993 sweeps-month feature called "The Meet Market."The 33-year-old Sparks woman testified Thursday that she lost her boyfriend, endured abuse from construction crews at work and became fearful of clients and strangers after her picture was aired without her permission -- and rebroadcast even after she complained.
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