The Industry: Victory For CATV

Among executives in the entertainment industry, the worst four-letter word in television is CATV, otherwise known as Community Antenna Television, or Cable TV. Companies in the CATV field sell two services: extra channels that are not otherwise available, and interference-free TV pictures in poor reception areas. The CATV operators pick up the signals from TV stations with a high master antenna, and then feed the programs straight to subscribers' television sets through relay cables or microwave connections.

If CATV is so useful, why the objections? Opponents argue that the CATV operators gross...

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