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Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:20:06 +0000 (UTC) From: Koos van den Hout <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Calling Old Numbers In Ads Message-ID: <email@example.com> Justin Goldberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in <email@example.com>: > does anyone have any > interesting stories of calling old phone numbers that are still working, that > were featured in ads or other documents, especially pre-internet? (besides the > ones that are now "chat lines", which probably comprises 95% of them). This is > something that I do anytime I come across old numbers in the ads in Network > World magazine on books.google.com, but unfortunately, I don't have any > interesting stories to tell. I have considered calling some old BBS numbers triggered by this article by Jason Scott: http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/1835 The old number for my BBS was re-allocated to a friend of a friend and I heard via that link a few years later that the new owners of that number did get weird silent calls sometimes. Koos van den Hout -- Camp Wireless, the site about wireless Internet | Koos van den Hout access at campsites http://www.camp-wireless.org/ | http://idefix.net/ PGP keyid DSS/1024 0xF0D7C263 | IPv6 enabled!
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:30:42 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Odds of Aereo prevailing about 30 percent, analyst says Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, Neal McLain <nmclain.r...@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> wrote: >> "Go straight to cable." It sounds so simple. CBS may find >> that it's not so simple to negotiate carriage agreements with >> hundreds of cable TV Companies, each of which has its own ax >> to grind. > Hundreds? How about five? Comcast, Cox, Charter, Bright House, > and (for now) Time Warner. Are there any important markets > where one of those companies does not control the market for > wireline cable TV? Remember that CBS doesn't care about > market #150. But their non-O&O affiliate stations certainly do. As I've noted previously here on T-D, stations can switch networks. If CBS goes cable-only, those stations are not going to just go off the air. https://groups.google.com/d/msg/comp.dcom.telecom/EgD-Sbbeppc/ZX9phQscEj0J > The issue for CBS would more likely be all their non-O&O-market > broadcast affiliation contracts. Would they terminate those, or > remain on broadcast in those markets? The stations would remain on the air, and one way or another, they'd affiliate with a broadcast network. The big (and not-so-big) group owners have the power to make or break a network. They can build a network by switching to (or buying out) some Brand X network, or by creating a new one from scratch, or by buying a popular non-broadcast network and switching it to broadcast. > They have some fairly > significant large-market affiliates owned by large group owners > who could tie them up in court for a long time. Well, that's another possibility. But switching their affiliations to a different network would be quicker and the outcome more certain. >> Without the big stick of the 1992 Cable Act on its side, CBS >> will be just one more non-broadcast video feed competing for >> channel space in an already-crowded market. > Um, they are already, by electing retrans consent. Cable > companies are already free to say "no, thanks"... Yeah, right. And you know who gets blamed if some cable company actually does that. > ... the only reason for MVPDs to negotiate retrans deals with > CBS is that their customers demand CBS's programming, and that > doesn't change if that programming is no longer available over > the air. Not necessarily. Any programmer that sells its product for broadcast use isn't likely to be happy if the network suddenly becomes non-broadcast. If it wanted to sell its programming to a non-broadcast network it could have done so in the first place. Sooner or later that programming will move back to broadcast. It might happen when the current contract runs out; or it might be because of some specific language in the contract; or it might be because the programmer sues the network alleging breach of contract. But one way or another, that programming will be available over the air. As for the newly-reconstituted Brand-X network, it might be able to buy that programming if the group owners put enough money into the effort. It's likely that competing broadcast networks would join the bidding war, especially for sports programming. > If we saw any sort of broad-based move of the major networks > to drop their FTA broadcast service, I would not be surprised > to see an a-la-carte bill actually pass Congress, effectively > restoring the status quo ante. In the face of united opposition from ACA, NAB, NOTOA, and NCTA? Broadcasters would oppose it because it would deprive them of their power to force CATVs to carry their broadcast signals on the basic tier. They'd oppose it because they wouldn't have the power to bundle co-owned non-broadcast programming with retransmission consent for broadcast signals. NOTOA would oppose it if it allowed CATVs to drop PEG (public, educational, and government) access channels. Every other interest group from sports to religious to gameshows to home-shopping to Al Jazeera to Glenn Beck would oppose anything that would threaten their access to CATV subscribers. > That might not be an unlikely outcome if Aereo > loses, either, depending on exactly how they lose. If anything resembling a-la-carte ever gets serious attention in Congress it will be littered with so many exemptions for special-interest groups that even Consumers Union will probably oppose it. Even a feeble attempt like Rep. Enshoo's CHOICE Act is still bottled up in committee. http://tinyurl.com/khdqzt7 More about a-la-carte on my blog: http://catvm.org/320/321/index.html#alacarte Neal McLain
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:16:13 +0000 (UTC) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Garrett Wollman) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Odds of Aereo prevailing about 30 percent, analyst says Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >> [I wrote:] >> ... the only reason for MVPDs to negotiate retrans deals with >> CBS is that their customers demand CBS's programming, and that >> doesn't change if that programming is no longer available over >> the air. > >Not necessarily. Any programmer that sells its product for >broadcast use isn't likely to be happy if the network suddenly >becomes non-broadcast. I don't see why they'd care -- and the networks already own much of the "marquee" programming they currently offer, so the "programmers" are hardly independent any more. And even the big non-network rights holders -- mostly sports leagues at this point -- can surely see the writing on the wall, which is why they've been going towards a subscription model as well. With the vast majority of households using cable or satellite to access all of their "broadcast" video already, and an ever-increasing number of young cord-cutter households going exclusively to Hulu/Netflix/insert-your-favorite-video-platform, there's really little downside for the networks any more. Near as I can tell, the NFL is the only major sports league that has any particular attachment to broadcast television, and I don't think either Disney or the NFL has lost revenue since Monday Night Football moved from Disney's ABC broadcast network to Disney's ESPN cable network. >If it wanted to sell its programming to a non-broadcast network it >could have done so in the first place. An independent program producer wants to sell its programming to the highest bidder, and how that programming is delivered to consumers is no longer of much consequence. If CBS and Fox did go "cable-only" (really, MVPD-only), the sports leagues and awards shows would quickly realize that it made absolutely no difference to their audience, so long as they were still on the same dial positions as before. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft email@example.com| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:45:09 -0400 From: bernieS <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Calling Old Numbers In Ads Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Reportedly the oldest continuously-operating telephone number in the NANP is (212) PEnylvania6-5000 -- which was immortalized in the 1940 hit song by that name and recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEnnsylvania_6-5000 The song lyrics were inspired by the telephone number for New York's Hotel Pennsylvania, where the Glenn Miller Orchestra often played. This July 18-20 the Hotel Pennsylvania will host HOPE X -- the tenth Hackers On Planet Earth conference, where thousands of hackers and telecom phreaks and geeks and will hear approx 100 speakers, participate in many workshops, projects, and many other fun things. http://x.hope.net (HOPE archives at http://archive.hope.net/ ) (It's been rumored there'll be a presentation about the history of the Telephone Digest by its editor at HOPE X...) -bernieS At 03:20 AM 6/18/2014, email@example.com wrote: >The Telecom Digest >Volume 33 : Issue 109 : "text" Format > >Messages in this Issue: > Calling Old Numbers In Ads (Justin Goldberg) > >---------------------------------------------------------------------- > >Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:55:14 -0700 (PDT) >From: Justin Goldberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: email@example.com. >Subject: Calling Old Numbers In Ads >Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> > >Reading the original letter (or press-release, I can't tell) of Julia-Louis >Dreyfus joining the cast of Seinfeld got me thinking, does anyone have any >interesting stories of calling old phone numbers that are still working, that >were featured in ads or other documents, especially pre-internet? (besides the >ones that are now "chat lines", which probably comprises 95% of them). This is >something that I do anytime I come across old numbers in the ads in Network >World magazine on books.google.com, but unfortunately, I don't have any >interesting stories to tell. > >I called the number below, and it's not working, but it does have a generic >greeting that mentions the building's main number, and another number for NBC >telemundo. >  [https://twitter.com/APKeatonLunchbx/status/477212265280962560/photo/1 >[ > > >------------------------------ > TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'. TELECOM Digest is a not-for-profit, mostly non-commercial educational service offered to the Internet by Bill Horne. All the contents of the Digest are compilation-copyrighted. You may reprint articles in some other media on an occasional basis, but please attribute my work and that of the original author. The Telecom Digest is moderated by Bill Horne.
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