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     Issue No. 2(36)                                                                                             OCTOBER  24, 2013
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Last week I bought a HDTV antenna to replace the service I subscribed. Now I can watch up to 60 HD channels for free. What a relief  after 30 years of paying subscription fee.  For a long time, TV channels that came free with the purchase of a TV set were delivered through semi-monopolistic cable companies which left free airwaves unnoticed for the average consumer. During the 1970s the cable was introduced as a common carrier that passed the airwave to transmission towers and delivered through cable to people living in mountainous area. The cable companies became conglomerates by merging all kinds of media business and provided a package deal with telephone and the Internet service that we therefore hardly can get the price down. Technological development used to be good for providing the convenience with lower cost. You know that most high tech gadgets got better and cheaper except new models. But caveat is in its service. Look how much we pay for the service. Most households pay between $100 and $200 for cable service and over $300 for mobile phones. If we can use free wi-fi (perhaps too ambitious?) or unlimited 4G/LTE, the cost would be reduced by half. But irony is here. Broadcast stations collect $3.02 billion in retransmission fees from pay-TV systems this year. Recently they brought the case of Aereo, Inc (providing broadcast signals to online viewers with just $8/month - now available in N.Y) to the U.S. Supreme Court for its illegal operation. In other words, broadcasters actually love the subscription system to compensate the competitive advertising revenue. 

 

With the federal government at shutdown's door, the 20 female Senate members are setting new standards for civility and bipartisanship. Look out, old boys' club. Republican Susan Collins refrained from partisan blame and proposed a plan to end the crisis. "I ask my Democratic and Republican colleagues to come together," Collins said. "We can do it. We can legislate responsibly and in good faith." (Time)
 
Queens Assemblyman Kim, who came to the U.S. when he was 7, is using his life story to help stressed-out teens who think success only means being a doctor or lawyer. Kim recently traveled to South Korea to speak with students, and was especially troubled by the growing number of suicides and plastic surgery procedures among young people there. (NY Daily)
The happiest countries have in common a large GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy at birth and a lack of corruption in leadership. But also essential were three things over which individual citizens have a bit more control over: A sense of social support, freedom to make life choices and a culture of generosity.(HP)
Kenneth Bae
Mr Bae, a Korean-American, was arrested last November and sentenced to 15 years' hard labour in May. "He looked so different and he lost so much weight. I could not believe that prisoner was my son," his mom Myunghee Bae said. (BBC)
 
The biggest U.S. media companies asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule Aereo Inc., which provides broadcast signals to online viewers, is an illegal operation. "Make no mistake, Aereo is stealing our broadcast signal."Fox spokesman Dan Berger said. (Bloomberg)
 
"100여 곳의 뉴욕 로컬 미디어의 기사화, 미국 유력 홍보매체의 온라인 광고, 소셜미디어의 활발한 마케팅으로 뉴요커들의 한식에 대한 관심과 참여가 높아질 것"이라고 전망. 자세한 내용은 홈페이지(www.koreanrestaurantweeknyc.com)에서 확인.
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