Channel Surfers

Time Digital, April 27, 1998
Between the two of them, Richard Baskin, left, and Jonathan Taplin have covered a lot of ground in entertainment, from composing the music for Nashville,to managing Bob Dylan tours and producing Mean Streets.

Now this duo is entering uncharted territory by trying to develop the first successful interactive entertainment network for PCs and TV. Known as Intertainer, the new net is being tested in a few markets, offering consumers with high-speed phone or cable lines the chance to order movies and music on demand and shop in virtual malls. Since the service comes directly from access providers like Comcast and Pacific Bell, and not over the Net, it boasts full-motion video that rivals TV.