Rapid Growth in DVD Households to Drive Resurgence in Video Rentals and Sales
Sales and rentals of digital video discs (DVDs) are exploding this year and will lead to a resurgence of growth for the overall retail movie market in the decade to come, according to a series of reports prepared by <A HREF="http://www.adamsmediaresearch.com">Adams Media Research</A> (AMR), and published in the bi-weekly <I>Hollywood Aftermarket</I> newsletter. The report adds that, after just three years on the market, DVD players are on track to penetrate 12% of US homes by the end of this year, making this the fastest rollout of a consumer entertainment technology since black-and-white television in the 1940s.
Jointly Developed "Tiled" LCD Soon to be Unleashed
Last November, <A HREF="http://www.flatdisplaysystems.philips.com">Philips</A>' flat-panel display division and <A HREF="http://www.rainbowdisplays.com">Rainbow Displays</A> announced their agreement to jointly develop large, "tiled" LCDs for a variety of next-generation consumer and business applications. Making good on that promise, last week the companies announced that they will showcase the industry's first 37.5-inch "tiled" flat-panel display at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) Japan 2000, to be held October 3–7, 2000, in Tokyo.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Done Right on DVD
P<I>aul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross. Directed by George Roy Hill. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital mono. 110 minutes. 1969. Fox Home Entertainment 2000043. PG. $29.98.</I>
CBS Boosting HDTV with Primetime Offerings
High-Definition Television is getting a big boost this season, thanks to a partnership between <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.com/">Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company</A> and the <A HREF="http://www.cbs.com/">Columbia Broadcasting System</A>. Seventeen of the network's 18 weekly comedy and drama shows will appear in the new format, according to a schedule released Wednesday, September 27. A sponsorship from Panasonic is making possible an almost-complete schedule of primetime HDTV programming from CBS, a unit of media conglomerate <A HREF="http://www.viacom.com/">Viacom, Inc.</A>
HDTV News: Dish Network Launches HDTV Channel, Sampo HDTV Products Hit US
Last week, EchoStar Communications Corporation announced that, starting this week, its <A HREF="http://www.dishnetwork.com">Dish Network</A> will begin showing HDTV versions of popular motion pictures, beginning with the James Bond film <I>The World Is Not Enough</I>. EchoStar claims that the Dish Network currently serves more than 4.3 million customers.
Panasonic's "ShowStopper" Offers 60 Hour Record Potential
TV addicts, rejoice. If scheduling conflicts prevent you from watching all the programs you want to see, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
has help for what ails you. The consumer electronics giant has announced the PV-HS3000, its first 60-hour-capable "ShowStopper" hard disk recorder.
The Essential Aloha? Michael Metzger Separates the Elvis Wheat from the Elvis Chaff.
E<B>lvis: Aloha from Hawaii</B><BR><I>Elvis Presley. Directed by Marty Pasetta. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 5.1. 72 minutes. 1973. Warner Bros. A54086-2. NR. $24.99.</I>
EchoStar Hints at Possible Purchase of Hughes Electronics
Direct-broadcast-satellite service <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com/">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> will be first in line to buy Hughes Electronics Corporation, if parent company General Motors decides to spin it off. Hughes operates EchoStar's competitor, <A HREF="http://www.directv.com/">DirecTV</A>. The acquisition would create a virtual monopoly in the skies, according to analysts who attended the <A HREF="http://www.sbca.org/">Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association</A>'s SkyForum conference in New York on Thursday, September 21.
Video Sales Surge after Summer Respite
Factory shipments of video products reached 4.9 million units for the month of August, an 8% increase from last month, according to figures released recently by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA). The organization says that year-to-date growth resulted in double-digit gains that boosted dealer sales to 38.7 million units, a 13% increase over 1999 figures.
NBC Olympic Audience Falls Short of Expectations
If the first week of Olympic Games coverage is any indication of <A HREF="http://www.nbc.com/">NBC</A>'s performance in Sydney, the best the network can hope for in the race for viewers is a bronze medal. The network's carefully orchestrated tape-delayed broadcasts aren't pulling in sports fans the way live action from Atlanta did in 1996. Even the Barcelona games in 1992 attracted more viewers, according to polls conducted during the first week of the Sydney Games.