The Television Boom is Here
Burgeoning technical developments in TV and fiber optics usher in a new digital era. Cable, a fringe technology just a few years before, is now in 51% of U.S. households. The industry is exploding with over 11,000 cable operators competing in the same space and Dick Green, John Malone and Dick Leghorn know that for Cable to succeed, all players—big and small—need to come together. They create a non-profit organization to help guide cable operators through this time of great innovation. CableLabs is born. And so is channel surfing.
The Cable Cowboys
Is CableLabs Even Legal?
Now it is, but the anti-trust law wasn't always so favorable. In 1984, Congress had finally passed the National Cooperative Research Act allowing R&D consortiums, like CableLabs, to exist. Now companies can discuss technology and strategies with Uncle Sam's approval.
HDTV development is well underway
You can even own one for about $30,000.