<I>Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround. 113 minutes. 2001. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 06598. R. $24.95.</I>
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has withdrawn its offer to acquire direct broadcast satellite service <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A>, according to reports over the weekend of October 27–28. News Corp. had been in contention for 18 months to buy DirecTV's parent company Hughes Electronics from its corporate owner General Motors.
Bandwidth limitations have long been a primary obstacle to transmitting broadcast-quality video over the Internet. Even digital subscriber lines (DSL), so useful for quick access to text and graphics, are typically capable of quality video over short distances only.
According to the latest figures released by the <A HREF="http://www.dvdinformation.com">DVD Entertainment Group</A>, DVD hardware and software sales continued their rapid growth in the third quarter and are anticipated to accelerate through the holiday selling season.