Direct Movies Online.com Turns On the Video Spigot
Last week, <A HREF="http://www.directmoviesonline.com/">Direct Movies Online.com</A> announced the debut of its website, which the company claims provides "near-DVD-quality" streaming video on a pay-per-view (PPV) basis. The company says that DMOL was created to address the demand for an increase in the quantity and quality of streaming video content available to consumers via broadband Internet access.
FCC Mandates Copyright Protection in Next Wave of Video Equipment
Video hobbyists tend to be pro-choice when it comes to deciding what they can and cannot record. Their choices may soon be limited by a September 14 ruling by the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov?">Federal Communications Commission</A> requiring that the next generation of video equipment be copyright-compliant.
EchoStar Hires Boies in Antitrust Fight with DirecTV
The antitrust battle being waged by <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com/">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> has escalated. The operator of direct satellite broadcast service Dish Network announced September 6 that it has hired attorney David Boies to lead the litigation against its bigger rival <A HREF="http://www.directv.com/">DirecTV</A>. Boies successfully prosecuted the US government's antitrust suit against software giant Microsoft.
Video-Compression Breakthrough Announced
Last week, in a statement coinciding with the International Broadcasting Convention taking place in Amsterdam, <A HREF="http://www.equator.com">Equator Technologies</A> and <A HREF="http://www.snellwilcox.com">Snell & Wilcox</A> announced that they have developed what they describe as the world's first end-to-end, optimized digital video platform enabling low-cost consumer products to deliver "better-than-VHS-quality" video at sub-megabit bandwidths. The companies claim that the newly developed technology, which they have dubbed "VHS-plus/Megabit-minus," will be available near the end of 2000.
Fight Club: Special Edition Lands on its Feet
B<I>rad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by David Fincher. Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround 2.0 (English, French), THX-certified. 139 minutes (film). 1999. Fox Home Entertainment 200035. R. $34.98.</I>
Home Entertainment 2001 Finds a Time and a Place
H<B>ome Entertainment 2001</B> (formerly The HI-FI Show) is heading back to the heart of New York for the first time in five years. Described as "a unique hands-on event where attendees will see and hear the newest and the best in home audio and home theater," HE 2001 will take place May 11–13 at the Hilton New York.
Philips and Microsoft in Agreement on
Thanks to an agreement announced September 8 by <A HREF="http://www.philips.com/">Philips Electronics NV</A> and software giant <A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/">Microsoft Corporation</A>, "Enhanced TV" is coming your way. "Philips will license Microsoft TV software and collaborate with Microsoft on the development of a range of set-top boxes based on the Microsoft TV software and Philips Nexperia–based hardware platform," said the joint press release.
Onkyo DV-S939 DVD Player: Progressive Scan, DVD Audio
Want to get the maximum from movies and music? Check out Onkyo
's top-of-the-line DV-S939, the company's first DVD player with progressive scan video, and its first with the coveted THX Ultra certification. The new single-disc machine plays DVD video and DVD audio discs, as well as standard audio CDs, video CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs.
Hilton New York Will Host Home Entertainment 2001
Home Entertainment 2001 (formerly The HI-FI Show) is heading back to the heart of New York for the first time in five years. Described as "a unique hands-on event where attendees will see and hear the newest and the best in home audio and home theater," HE 2001 will take place May 11–13 at the Hilton New York.
ReplayTV's New Video Recorder Has 60-hour Capacity
Too much is never enough for some videophiles. If you count yourself among them, ReplayTV
has just the ticket for you: its new 3060 digital video recorder, boasting a 60-hour capacity with a single disc drive.