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Barry Willis  |  Jan 02, 2000  |  0 comments

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order against 72 computer enthusiasts brought by the DVD Copy Control Association. The computer folk were accused of distributing a string of code, called DeCSS, that enables them to play DVD movies on Linux-based machines and thereby violate intellectual property laws. Linux is user-developed software widely perceived as a possible competitor to Microsoft's Windows.

Barry Willis  |  Jan 02, 2000  |  0 comments

Film fans in Thailand won't get a chance to see <I>Anna and the King</I> in theaters. Censors in that country have banned the Jodie Foster film because of what they call its "disrespect" toward Thai nobility. The film was released worldwide a few weeks ago.

 |  Dec 26, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> reported that factory-to-dealer sales of digital television (DTV) products posted their fourth consecutive month of growth in November by topping 22,000 units, bringing total year-to-date sales to 97,481. According to these numbers, November's record sales brought total sales since introduction (August 1998) to 110,657.

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 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="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/">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.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 26, 1999  |  0 comments

Late last week, the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> outlined steps it says are being taken by its Video Division Board to expand existing voluntary industry definitions for digital television. This follows a vote the previous week in which the CEA decided to futher define the technical requirements a television set must satisfy to be labeled "HDTV."

 |  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="http://www.jvc.com/pro">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.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 19, 1999  |  0 comments

Both <A HREF="http://www.tivo.com">TiVo</A> and <A HREF="http://www.replaytv.com">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="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?565">previous story</A>). The market is now heating up with recent announcements from several new players in the field.

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="http://www.fcc.gov/">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.

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