ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 23, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(NYC) National Captioning Institution's effort to provide captioned television for the deaf examined; recent baseball game, ABC's "Three's Company", NBC's "Little House on the Prairie", CBS's "Soundstage", commercials and news cited as exs.; scenes shown. Low sales of TVs with special decoders enabling captioned viewing noted. [Sears Roebuck and Company spokesperson Earl SIGNER - comments on sales.] Europe's Teletext (called ExtraVision in US) reported examined by CBS; details given. [CBS vice president Gene MATER - praises Teletext.] [Tracy HARRIS - criticizes incompatibility of decoders and Teletext.] Concern over possible consequence of open competition between the 2 technologies noted.
REPORTER: John Martin
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