|  Dec 26, 1999  |  0 comments

The most successful consumer-electronics format of all time has hit a new record for software sales. Well over one million of the silver discs were sold in the week ending Sunday, December 19, the <A HREF="">Hollywood Reporter</A> noted on December 22.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 26, 1999  |  0 comments

Australians will have the maximum number of choices when digital television broadcasting and datacasting begin on the first day of 2001, according to guidelines announced December 21 by Senator Richard Alston, Minister for Communications, Information Technology, and the Arts. Alston told the press that considering the interests of consumers has been his government's "guiding principle" in the implementation of new forms of technology. "Australians will be able to choose the viewing option which best suits their individual circumstances" on the day DTV debuts, Alston said.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 26, 1999  |  0 comments

The upswell in the popularity of DVD, and its low cost per disc, would seem to be a good thing for all concerned&mdash;movie fans, video stores, and film studios. But the very aspects of the new format that are making it grow so huge so fast may cause permanent changes in the business of video rentals and sales, especially for the studios.

 |  Dec 19, 1999  |  0 comments

Most of this site's visitors enjoy home theater. Now, thanks to a huge boost in funding for <A HREF=""> Broadway Digital Entertainment</A> (BDE), we'll be able to enjoy theater at home, too. BDE has just received $3 million to help put its archive of historic theatrical performances out on VHS tape.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 19, 1999  |  0 comments

Both <A HREF="">TiVo</A> and <A HREF="">ReplayTV</A> pioneered a new product category for television addicts that allows consumers to record programs on hard-disk-based digital recorders for later playback (see <A HREF="">previous story</A>). The market is now heating up with recent announcements from several new players in the field.

 |  Dec 19, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, JVC Americas announced that it has consolidated its projector operations&mdash;both JVC-branded projection systems and Hughes-JVC-branded systems&mdash;into <A HREF="">JVC Professional Products Company</A>, and will develop and market all future projection systems under the JVC brand. The company says that this consolidation will result in the creation of a new Visual Systems Division, effective next month. JVC says it hopes that the reorganized company will grow its projection-display business by more than 15% in the year 2000.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 19, 1999  |  0 comments

How much responsibility should broadcasters be required to take in serving the public interest? On December 16, the <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> launched an inquiry into the subject with a call for comments from the very people who will be served best, or worst, by the dawning age of digital television&mdash;the viewing public.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 19, 1999  |  0 comments

It's the ultimate chicken-or-egg television question: Which will come first, Internet over TV or TV over the Internet? Last week, <A HREF="">Broadwing</A> gave a nod to the latter when it announced that its subsidiary has unveiled <A HREF="">Intertainer</A>, which the company describes as "a new video-on-demand service" for customers with high-speed, high-bandwidth ADSL online connections. Broadwing says that ZoomTown customers will be among the first in the nation able to receive the service in early 2000. Subscribers will pay the normal monthly fee for DSL service, and will then be charged for their video selections on a pay-per-view basis.

Josef Krebs  |  Dec 14, 1999  |  0 comments
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 |  Dec 12, 1999  |  0 comments

A demonstration of digital television broadcasting in New York City last week may have laid to rest fears about the viability of the Advanced Television Standards Committee's transmission technology. The technique, known as 8-VSB, has been under attack from some quarters, particularly Sinclair Broadcasting, as being inadequate to prevent severe multipath distortion, which results from reflected signals arriving at a receiver slightly later than direct signals. In digital TV, multipath can cause a screen to go blank.