Philips Posts Big Loss for 2001

The year 2001 wasn't a good one for <A HREF="http://www.philips.com">Philips Electronics NV</A>. On February 8, the Dutch electronics giant reported a massive $2.26 billion (2.6 billion euros) loss for the year, blaming slowing demand for both finished consumer goods and raw semiconductors. Philips is one of the few companies with an equal presence in both markets.

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Consumers Spent More Than Ever on Home Video in 2000

According to the numbers revealed by the <A HREF="http://vsda.org/">Video Software Dealers Association</A> (VSDA) last week, American consumers spent more than ever on home video in 2000, with rentals and sales of VHS and DVD hitting the $20 billion mark for the first time in home video's twenty-plus&ndash;year history. On the rental side of the video business, the VSDA reports that the total combined revenues of both DVD and VHS video formats rose 2.2% in 2000 over 1999. The "remarkably popular" new DVD video format made a major impact on this mark, says the not-for-profit trade group.

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Replay TV, Sensory Science, Acquired by Sonicblue

A former graphics-chip manufacturer has been in a feeding frenzy lately, buying a stalled personal video recorder company and a relatively unknown specialty electronics maker. <A HREF="http://www.sonicblue.com/">Sonicblue, Inc</A>. has acquired <A HREF="http://www.replaytv.com/">ReplayTV, Inc.</A> and <A HREF="http://www.sensoryscience.com/">Sensory Science</A>, maker of dual-deck VCRs and combination DVD player/VCR units, and the distributor of Loewe television sets, a German-made high-end brand.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth Still Misses the Mark on DVD

D<I>avid Bowie, Candy Clark, Rip Torn, Buck Henry. Directed by Nicholas Roeg. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (widescreen). Dolby Digital mono. 140 minutes. Fox Lorber FLV5039. R. $19.98.</I>

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Independents Sue Blockbuster over "Illegal Practices"

Are bulk discounts and revenue sharing arrangements with suppliers illegal? A group of independent video dealers thinks so. The dealers have teamed up to sue <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com/">Blockbuster Video</A>, the industry's undisputed leader, over what they claim are "illegal practices" that they contend have caused many of their colleagues to go out of business.

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We Have Seen the Future and it is DVD and STB

According to a new report from market research company <A HREF="http://www.instat.com">Cahners In-Stat Group</A>, DVD sales will reach new heights over the next several years. Cahners points out that the DVD market has grown from nothing in 1996 to more than 28 million units expected to ship worldwide in 2001, and it estimates that sales will exceed 60 million units in 2004.

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Ayre D-1 DVD/CD player A Progressive Outlook

I hear you muttering already: "Just what the world needs&mdash;an $8500 DVD player."

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Ayre D-1 DVD/CD player Review System

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Ayre D-1 DVD/CD player Specifications

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Ayre D-1 DVD/CD player Page 2

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