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Jun 17, 2002  •  Post A Comment

A number of interactive television companies have formed the Interactive Television Alliance. Members include ACTV, WorldGate, OpenTV, Liberate Technologies and Wink Communications. Art Cohen, senior VP of ACTV, was named chairman of the alliance.
FCC denies requests to extend DTV deadlines
The Federal Communications Commission’s media bureau has denied requests by at least 36 stations for six more months to build their digital television facilities.
The bureau has also sent written reprimands to the stations for missing the May 1 construction deadline. Stations can be fined or have their licenses revoked if they are unable to justify failure to construct DTV facilities. Nearly 200 stations have extension requests pending.
L.A. Times employs BOT camera system
The Los Angeles Times’ Washington news bureau has started using an all-in-one camera system from Digital System Technology to feed stories to its sister Tribune-owned TV stations. The system, called BOT, is a stand-alone, remote-controllable camera system that produces video for TV broadcast and streaming. It is currently being used for news cut-ins at WB affiliate KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, and reporters in the Washington bureau are able to easily file stories to any of the Tribune stations.