TELCO US WEST CHARGES FOR NEW VID SERVICE

US West Communications last week officially began market-testing its “video dialtone” service. Conceived by the telco as a rival service to cable TV, “TeleChoice” will begin charging for a channel lineup that includes the TV Food Network, the Sega Channel, the Golf Channel and others. The phone-line feed had been available free of charge to 200 households since March.

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