HOLLYWOOD -- Forget CNN, C-SPAN and CNBC. What President Clinton really wants is the Sci-Fi Channel.
That became clear Friday [June 14, 1996], when a White House official contacted Dick Ross, a VP with USA Networks Inc., parent company of cable's Sci-Fi Channel. The official wanted to know how the president could receive the cable network at the White House, as well as his retreat at Camp David in Frederick, Md.
Ross told the unnamed official that it just so happened that District Cablevision of Washington is set to add Sci-Fi Channel to its basic package June 24.
Camp David, however, was another matter. The area surrounding the presidential spread has yet to be wired for cable.
Ross got the OK to descramble the channel's signal to Camp David so it can be received by the property's satellite dish as of Monday. "We're really pretty flattered," Sci-Fi spokeswoman Karen Reynolds said.
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