|  Feb 20, 2000  |  0 comments

The <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> has turned down an appeal by a California-based Internet service provider hoping to piggyback its services on local cable television lines. <A HREF="">Internet Ventures, Inc.</A> had tried to exploit what it saw as a loophole in cable-access law that might have let the company use unallocated bandwidth for its Internet service.

 |  Feb 20, 2000  |  0 comments

Five 'transparent businesses' will emerge from a reorganization of <A HREF="">Philips Electronics</A>' consumer electronics operations, the company announced in late February. "The new organization will allow the businesses to react more quickly to their distinct market conditions and will allow for more flexibility in the structure," a company press release stated.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 20, 2000  |  0 comments

Welcome to <I>Mating Dance of the Giants</I>, brought to you by <A HREF="">America Online</A> and <A HREF="">Blockbuster Video</A>. The world's largest Internet service provider (soon to be AOL Time Warner) and the world's largest video sales-and-rental chain are expanding the symbiotic relationship begun a few months ago. The two behemoths announced February 17 that their multi-year alliance will grow in several directions, all of them intended to cement their already unshakable grip on the marketplace.

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 20, 2000  |  0 comments

Late last week, <A HREF="">Intel</A> and <A HREF="">Sony</A> announced that they intend to collaborate in an effort to give consumers the ability to share electronic content between PCs and various consumer electronic devices, including home entertainment systems (digital televisions, set-top boxes), digital cameras, digital camcorders, and portable music players. Intel says that the effort is part of the companies' vision of the "e-Home" of the future, in which the Internet will be available throughout a range of devices.

 |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

At a press conference last week, <A HREF="">Sony Electronics</A>' professional division outlined the company's strategy for the broadband network era, and announced a number of new broadcast and professional products that will be on display at the upcoming <A HREF="">National Association of Broadcasters</A> (NAB) show in April.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

What's in a name? At the very least, lots of very expensive litigation for independent film-distribution site <A HREF=""></A>, which recently received a cease-and-desist demand from attorneys representing movie retailer <A HREF=""></A>, a subsidiary of Hollywood Entertainment Corporation, parent of <A HREF="">Hollywood Video</A>, the second-largest video rental-and-retail chain in the US.

 |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

February 4th's <A HREF="">unanimous decision</A> by the <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> to dismiss a petition from Sinclair Broadcasting seeking to modify the existing digital television broadcast standard has won praise from the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A>. "We commend the commissioners for today's unanimous decision," said CEA president Gary Shapiro. "With this ruling, DTV's future is clear and paved for success. The FCC has wisely provided broadcasters, manufacturers, and consumers with the certainty they need to move forward with the transition to digital television."

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF=""></A> announced that it has laid all of the groundwork to begin MPEG-2 production of digital news and entertainment over what it terms "broadband Internet connections." The company says that the format will be dubbed iDVD (Internet Digital Video Disc), and is intended to be downloaded into the new DVD-RAM recorders or played live over cable and DSL connections.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

After the coming merger of <A HREF="">America Online</A> and media giant <A HREF="">Time Warner</A> was announced, the <A HREF=""><I>Washington Post</I></A> ran a cartoon in which a man comes home to find every item in his house telling him "You've got mail!" AOL hasn't connected to the toaster yet, but may soon have its hooks in that other staple of American household appliances, the television set.

 |  Feb 06, 2000  |  0 comments

According to recent statistics released by the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A>, manufacturer-to-dealer sales of video products grew by 28.6% in December, totaling just under 5.6 million units and rounding out a year of growth in the category. The CEA also reports that total sales of video products in 1999 topped 60 million units, increasing by 22% over 1998. In addition, the numbers indicate that virtually every category (with the exception of direct-view color TVs) experienced double-digit increases for the year.