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Mar 5, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Portland blazes HD trail
The Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association announced plans for the summer launch of Action Sports Cable Network, a high-definition cable TV sports channel. As a commitment to HDTV, ASCN will build a 53-foot-long state-of-the-art HDTV truck.
NCAA hoops coverage in HD
This spring, college basketball goes HD, with CBS Television and Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America sponsoring high-definition TV coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and championship games.
The Final Four games will be broadcast live from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, March 31, and the championship game is set for 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Disney Net unit trims staff
The Walt Disney Internet Group eliminated about 135 staff positions across its organization last week. Positions were primarily cut from the Internet group’s technology organization, ABCNews.com and ABC.com.
The cuts were in the areas of operations, technology, marketing, sales support, administration and human resources in the North Hollywood, Calif., Seattle and New York offices.
Set-top box sales to drop
Research firm Strategy Analytics predicted that the worldwide growth rate for digital set-top box sales will slide from 54 percent in 2000 to 24 percent in 2001. In the United Kingdom, overall sales of set-top boxes are actually predicted to drop from 3.8 million to 3.2 million boxes.
SA linked the anticipated drop to the completion of British Sky Broadcasting’s switch to digital services, which involved about 5 million subscribers.
In the United States, sales growth for set-top boxes is expected to narrow from 53 percent to 19 percent, since demand for digital satellite systems is unlikely fail to meet last year’s exceptional performance.