A satellite receiver with programmable recording capability is now available nationwide from <A HREF="http://www.directv.com/">DirecTV</A>. The result of a four-way collaboration among the direct broadcast satellite service, hard disk recording pioneer <A HREF="http://www.tivo.com/">TiVo, Inc.</A>, Philips Electronics, and Sony Electronics, the DirecTV Receiver with TiVo technology allows consumers to select, record, and time-shift programming selected from among DirecTV's more than 225 channels, according to a November 2 press release.
The results of a recent study released by <A HREF="http://www.techtrends.net">TechTrends</A> last week reveal that consumer electronics manufacturers are poised to take significant market share from traditional set-top box makers. TechTrends reports that, by next year, half of North America's leading cable operators will deploy digital set-top boxes from Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer or Sony, at the expense of Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta.
M<I>ichael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau, Manuel Ojeda. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1. Dolby Digital 5.1. 106 minutes. 1984. Fox Home Entertainment 4110401. PG. $ 29.95.</I>
If this were a logical world, money spent by movie studios in advertising new films would always translate into returns at the box office. But as any movie fan will tell you, the entertainment business is far from logical—in fact, there doesn't appear to be any direct relationship between spending on television ads for new releases and the box office numbers generated by those new releases. It's enough to drive an accountant crazy.
Last January, Runco International took a bold step by building an affordable lightweight projector incorporating Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology. The sub-$10K VX-101 was among the first affordable projectors using TI's single-chip device, with near-high-definition results.
The computer is already an integral part of most technophile's lives, but has yet to make its presence felt in the home theater realm. That may change with the introduction of a DTV receiver card for PCs from San Jose, CA-based Global Telemann Systems.
Hoping to fulfill the long-awaited promise of delivering broadband entertainment direct to the television, <A HREF="http://www.intertainer.com/">Intertainer</A>, <A HREF="http://www.uniview.com/">uniView Technologies</A>, and Microsoft have buddied up and announced that they will join <A HREF="http://www.zoomtown.com">ZoomTown.com</A> to market-test a service that will provide asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) broadband entertainment directly to consumers' televisions. ZoomTown.com says it expects to deploy the service to its more than 35,000 subscribers next year following completion of the trial.
Last week, <A HREF="http://www.world.sony.com">Sony</A> and <A HREF="http://www.candescent.com">Candescent Technologies</A>, a developer of flat panel displays (FPD), announced an agreement to extend their existing partnership. In October 1998, the two companies announced their initial agreement regarding the joint development of high voltage Field Emission Display (FED) technology for "next generation" thin, flat-panel displays. The new agreement extends their joint technology development partnership, under which the two companies say they will co-fund these activities, until December 2001.
If <A HREF="http://www.c-3d.net/"> Constellation 3D, Inc</A>. succeeds with its ambitious plan to develop a high-density optical disc, "FMD" will be the next acronym to enter the technophile lexicon. The letters stand for Fluorescent Multilayer Disc, a recordable format under development that promises 100 gigabytes of storage on a disc no bigger than an ordinary DVD.
The battle of the giants continued in late October as <A HREF="http://www.disney.com/">Walt Disney Company</A> filed another complaint with the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov/">Federal Communications Commission</A> over a proposed merger between Time Warner and America Online. This time, Disney is protesting that the companies will keep competitors from using AOL/TW-controlled interactive-TV services