ERIC Number: ED066891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
Urban Cable Systems.
Mason, William F.; And Others
Analysis of demographic, social, municipal and commercial characteristics of Washington, D.C., indicate that a sophisticated three-stage cable television (CATV) system could be economically viable. The first stage would provide one-way CATV service offering 30 video channels and local program origination at a monthly fee of $3.50. The second stage would provide subscribers with low-cost home terminals and a number of two-way home services such as interactive educational and entertainment programs, preference polling, catalog shopping, alarm communications and utility and maintenance services, for a basic monthly fee of $6.50. The third stage, several years away, would provide subscribers with typewriter-like keyboards and local storage devices to permit computer-communications and individualized TV pictures, and would cost considerably more. Market tests indicate that while standard one-way services would be only marginally profitable, two-way services would meet high demand and could provide attractive profits. (MG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Mitre Corp., McLean, VA.
Identifiers: Two Way Cable Communications; Wired City