Television: $30 & Up

The FCC last week got its first application for the privilege of charging viewers money to watch TV shows. The commission will act on such applications for experimental pay-TV after March 1. The request came from the Philadelphia Broadcasting Co. Inc., which proposes to beam sporting events, new movies, plays and symphonies on an ultra-high-frequency channel to viewers who could unscramble the pictures with a gadget that simultaneously bills them for the show. All the company wants from the set owner is $30 a year, plus a fee of $1 each for "special events."


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