March 20, 1996 |
Now that Comcast is a partner in the Flyers, Sixers, the Core-States Spectrum and the Core-States Center, it seems the days of watching sports on PRISM and SportsChannel are numbered. It would seem that Comcast's $500 million investment will lead to a Comcast-run all-sports programming channel and exclude PRISM and SportsChannel from Comcast's local distribution. Unable to hook subscribers on a Phillies-only diet and without the means to distribute its programming, PRISM and SportsChannel would shrivel up and die. However, SportsChannel has a deal to carry 41 Sixers road games a year into the next century, and PRISM has the Phillies locked up through the 1997 season.
August 29, 1986 |
Has PRISM been with us only 10 years? The regional cable service has become such an integral part of the area's viewing routine that it seems it has been on the air for more than a decade. And that is despite the fact that only about 25,000 of PRISM's 370,000 subscribers (the system extends west of Harrisburg and as far north as Scranton) are in Philadelphia. When the entire city finally is wired, Sam Schroeder, PRISM's vice president/assistant general manager, expects the cable service will sign up at least another 200,000 subscribers.
May 29, 1987 |
Channels 3 and 57 approached PRISM this week and tried to make a deal to simulcast last night's Flyers-Edmonton game on commercial television. PRISM, which owns exclusive rights to all Flyers home games, of course said no. Channel 3 (KYW) hoped that its offer of numerous free PRISM promotional spots - in addition to serious cash - would sway the cable channel into making a deal. Channel 57 (WGBS), which owns exclusive rights to Flyers road games, hoped that an offer to return the favor to PRISM for Sunday's Game 7 from Edmonton (if necessary)
September 13, 1996 |
The Flyers' season opener is 23 days away and there's still no cable TV agreement. Negotiations continue for PRISM to carry the home games for one more season. But problems remain at the corporate level between Cablevision (PRISM/ SportsChannel's parent company) and Comcast. The Flyers will be on the new all-sports station in 1997-98, with the Phillies to follow in the '98 season. Comcast is the majority owner of the Flyers and Sixers. Stung by the Flyers' switch to Comcast, Cablevision reportedly is balking at carrying some Comcast programming.
April 23, 1993 |
Of the many images and perspectives that filmmakers have conjured to view the horrors of Nazi Germany, few are more original or striking than Oskar, the child who has arrested his own development in Gunter Grass' great novel The Tin Drum. Volker Schlondorff's magnificent 1980 adaptation - in which Oskar, played by 14-year-old David Bennent, retires from the lists of ordinary growth as an emblematic and defiant gesture of total withdrawal and protest - is that rarity, a movie version that encompasses the moral complexities and dimension of the book.
July 28, 1986 |
As Donald L. Heller talked about people who watch television, he grabbed a piece of paper, drew a line and divided it into three sections: Sports Enthusiasts, Sports Tolerants and Non-Sports. The first group, "enthusiasts," a gross understatement when describing Philadelphia fans, is a loyal, assured market. Forget the third group. It is the middle group that Heller, vice president and general manager of the Prism pay-television service, looks to for sustained growth in the future.
February 10, 1994 |
Cable channels in the Philadelphia area don't produce many shows of their own, except for sports, which makes Prism's Live From Rafters series doubly admirable. It's not only original, it's good. Live From Rafters, which airs every other week, will return at 10 p.m. tomorrow. The featured artist is Matt Sevier, a rock singer who played on the premiere on Oct. 8. The only bad thing about Live From Rafters is its deceitful title. This series is not live: It's videotaped. Asked how he could call his show live when it isn't, Prism promotions manager Harold Gronenthal said, "It's a good title.
October 28, 1994 |
With no Flyers games to offer, thanks to the badly timed NHL shutdown, SportsChannel Philadelphia and PRISM are filling their sports menu with a Sixers preseason game, college football and baseball. Baseball? If you really need a baseball fix to replace the agony of not having a World Series to follow, the Arizona Fall League has been airing on SportsChannel. The next game is Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., featuring the Chandler Diamondbacks and the Scottsdale Scorpions. An aspiring outfielder named Michael Jordan plays for Scottsdale, but he'll be busy Tuesday night in Chicago.
January 24, 1990 |
The Phillies announced new cable television contracts yesterday that will help boost the club's broadcast income by 40 percent. The four-year deals, with Prism and SportsChannel America, mean that 152 of the club's 162 games this season will be shown on television. Coupled with the club's current deals with WTAF-TV (Channel 29) and WCAU Radio (1210 AM), the agreements also mean that the Phillies can expect to receive $12 million in local broadcast fees this year - one of the highest figures in the major leagues.
October 21, 1989 |
The Big 5 has reached an agreement with Prism to have three women's basketball games televised this season. Last season Prism televised a local game between St. Joseph's and Villanova from the Palestra before the men's teams from both schools met. "The ultimate goal was to televise three women's games this year (season)," Prism sports director Jim Barniak said. "Last year we televised the one game as a test pattern to see what kind of interest there was and the reaction was sensational.