SHOW BUSINESS: Pay-As-You-See Premiere

In the oil-rich town of Bartlesville, Okla. (pop. 28,000) a new type of commercial well blew in last week. It was the most ambitious test to date of pay-in-the-parlor TV. From the Lyric Theater, a double feature (The Pajama Game and Mississippi Gambler) flashed from noon to midnight into 300 living rooms via coaxial cable, thus presumably avoiding FCC supervision.

Even the moviemen who have long battled pay-TV had to concede that the premiere was promising. Only M-G-M and 20th Century-Fox have yet to agree to show their films. But that did not discourage movie fans. To the sponsoring Video...

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