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No, you never realize at the time that anything is
important, really--other than it's horribly expensive. That's about
So that was a difficult decision, at that moment? Because of the
Sure. It seemed to be the only way--it was a difficult
decision, but it did promise the expansion across the nation of HBO.
And we didn't see anyway of stitching the whole nation together. You
would have had to have a tower every fifty miles in every direction
to do it.
It's like putting another telecommunications system up in the
With HBO ultimately becoming one of the major users of
movies, did you ever get involved with HBO as more than a business?
In other words, did you ever try to--did Time Inc. and you ever try
to influence the direction or the quality of the films that HBO would
buy, or have produced? [pause] Did you care about the quality of
the films as much as you cared about the quality of the magazines?
The popularity of the film was a very important
ingredient, and it's difficult to compare with magazines because in a
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