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March 20, 1996 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
SPORTS
August 29, 1986 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 29, 1987 | By KEVIN MULLIGAN, Daily News Sports Writer
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)
SPORTS
September 13, 1996 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1993 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
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.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1986 | By Neill Borowski, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1994 | By Lee Winfrey, INQUIRER TV WRITER
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.
SPORTS
October 28, 1994 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 24, 1990 | By Glen Macnow, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 21, 1989 | By Mel Greenberg, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
With so much musical hardware on the Perelman Theater stage, is there still room for a Prism Quartet? That was a valid question last week, and it will be again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, for the 32-year-old Philadelphia saxophone quartet, which has an appetite for collaborating with ensembles requiring much stage real estate. Last week, they played with the modern percussion ensemble So Percussion. On Saturday, they will perform with a Los Angeles group known simply as Partch, which plays versions of the exotic instruments invented by maverick composer Harry Partch (1901-74)
NEWS
June 14, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
The Painted Bride hosted a celebration of the saxophone Tuesday night. The PRISM Quartet welcomed two of the most celebrated performers in modern jazz for a show blurring the lines between jazz and classical music. In this latest installment in the Heritage/Evolution series, PRISM's season finale added Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane to the mix. The show opened with two pieces by PRISM founding member and tenor player Matthew Levy. The pastoral "Found," written in honor of the composer's second wedding anniversary that night, began with Coltrane playing solo.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Winning a Pulitzer Prize guarantees nothing except high expectations for continued greatness and a durability that may or may not come to pass. When did you last hear Leslie Bassett's Variations for Orchestra , given the honor in 1966 after Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra took it for a spin at the Academy of Music? Friday night's world premiere at Curtis' Gould Hall of Cha by the saxophonists of the Prism Quartet arrived just as the confetti was settling around its composer, Julia Wolfe, who won this year's Pulitzer for Anthracite Fields . Did this knowledge alter the way we heard Cha ?
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Charles Krauthammer
Thirty-five years ago, in United States v. Choate , the courts ruled that the Postal Service may record "mail cover," i.e., the addresses on the outside of an envelope. The National Security Agency's recording of phone data does basically that. It records who is calling whom - the outside of the envelope. The content of the conversation, however, is like the letter in the envelope. It may not be opened without a court order. The Fourth Amendment protects against "unreasonable searches and seizures," and there is no reasonable expectation of privacy for what's written on an envelope.
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for email and other personal information transmitted online in an effort to distance itself from an Internet dragnet. In a show of unity, Google rivals Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. also supported the attempt to pressure the U.S. Justice Department to loosen the legal muzzle that limits disclosures about government surveillance authorized by courts to protect national security.
NEWS
June 8, 2013 | By Barton Gellman and Laura Poitras, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by the Washington Post. The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers.
NEWS
October 23, 2012
Salute to Vietnam veterans Last year my wife bought me a baseball cap that reads "Vietnam Veteran," and I began to wear it, at first with apprehension. Two weeks ago, we were at a craft fair in Morgantown, and I was wearing my Vietnam Veteran cap. Three small children came up to me and asked to shake my hand, and they thanked me for my service in Vietnam. Two were girls, who kissed me and said thank you, and the boy shook my hand and also said thank you. I looked up and saw their mother standing there.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2012 | Joe Sixpack
IT'S A MOONLESS Thursday night in North Wales, Montgomery County. Down a dead-end street just past the giant Merck & Co. pharmaceutical plant, tucked along the SEPTA R5 railroad tracks, a darkened industrial building attracts a young crowd. The unpaved parking lot is full, light sounds of live jazz seep from the rear door, and the air carries the familiar aroma of malt. Welcome to Prism Brewing's Tap Room, one of the region's best-kept beer-drinking secrets and, it turns out, a harbinger of a remarkable surge of suburban breweries.
NEWS
December 4, 2011
By Les Murray Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 82 pp. $24 A Memoir of Depression By Les Murray Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 86 pp. $13 By Adam Zagajewski Translated by Clare Cavanagh Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 128 pp. $23. By Don Marquis Everyman. 224 pp. $13.50 Reviewed by John Timpane The world's made better by each good book of poems. We have few better examples than the Polish poet Adam Zagajewski.
NEWS
January 28, 2010 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Typical saxophone jokes don't apply to the Prism Quartet, starting with "What's the difference between a saxophone and a lawn mower?" Answer: "Lawn mowers sound better in small ensembles. " Now celebrating 25 years and the creation of about 125 new works, the Prism Quartet has explored a huge range of sounds that defy all sax stereotypes and will be showcased in the group's Philadelphia Museum of Art concert tomorrow. Even the unorthodox Chinese flute effects on its recent Antiphony disc were Prism business as usual.
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