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Local TV Heads To Satellite; Triangle Web Site Sounds Off Over Sexual Assaults In Computer Games

Posted July 4, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— TheDish Networkis joiningDIRECTVin offering Triangle television stations by satellite and a local computer gaming Web site is taking a stand on sexual assault portrayed in some computer games. WRAL Technology reporter Tom Lawrence has more on both stories. Dish Network, DIRECTV Bring Local TV Channels To SatelliteThe Dish Network began offering four Triangle area TV stations, including WRAL-TV, on satellite July 1. DIRECTV has offered the service for a few weeks. Both require special equipment.

The newly designed antenna has two pickup receivers, one of which allows you to pick up local channels by satellite.

The Dish Network offers special introductory deals aimed at cable subscribers. Local reception requires the Dish 500 service. Local channels cost $5 more a month and an additional dollar for PBS service. Triangle Web Site Addresses Issue of Sexual Assaults in Computer GamesViolent attacks on women in New York's Central Park last month prompted Triangle-basedWomenGamers.comto address the issue of sexual assaults in computer games.

"We certainly made it a point in thearticleto discuss the fact that killing in some instances is considered acceptable when you're defending yourself and when you're at war whereas sexual assault is never acceptable in any circumstance," says Phaedra Boinodiris of WomenGamers.com.

Boinodiris says Womengamers.com has sent hundreds of e-mails to companies expressing outrage at the use of sexual assault and rape in computer games.