Simple DVD Descrambling Code Spreading Quickly, to MPAA's Dismay

Is computer code that allows a user to violate a copyright a protected form of free speech, or is it an "illegal device"? The <A HREF="http://www.mpaa.org/">Motion Picture Association of America</A> (MPAA) has aggressively pursued legal action against internet entrepreneurs, such as <A HREF="http://www.2600.com/"><I>2600, the Hacker Quarterly</I></A>, that promoted DeCSS, a 57-kilobyte code, invented in 1999 by 15-year-old Norwegian student Jon Lech Johansen, that allows DVDs to be copied onto computers' hard drives and then transmitted over the internet.

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Blockbuster/Enron Entertainment-On-Demand Deal Falls Apart

Both <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com">Blockbuster</A> and <A HREF="http://www.enron.net">Enron Broadband Services</A> announced last week that they have terminated the exclusive services agreement the companies launched only three months ago (see <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?894">previous story</A>). In spite of the setback, both companies claim that they will continue to develop "entertainment-on-demand" (EOD) services independently.

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20th Century Fox: The First Fifty Years

J<I>ames Coburn, Dana Andrews, Cary Grant, Gene Tierney, Henry Fonda, Bette Davis, Julie Andrews. Directed by Kevin Burns. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital stereo. 129 minutes. 2000. Image Entertainment ID767FSDVD. NR. $29.99.</I>

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Parasound 12-Channel Amp Solves Multi-Room Problems

Parasound doesn't make a huge distinction between "Home Theater" and "Custom Installation." In most cases, if you have one, you have the other.
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DWIN TransVision DLP Projector and Processor Take HT to the Next Level

If thirteen thousand bucks doesn't sound too steep for a video projector and processor, DWIN Electronics has just what you're looking for. The Burbank, CA-based manufacturer has packed the most advanced features into its TransVision DLP projector and dedicated processor for what are claimed to be "film-like images."
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Apocalypse Yet Again

Obviously taking the concept of a "director's cut" quite seriously, Francis Ford Coppola announced this week that he will soon be releasing a radically different version of his 1979 classic <I>Apocalypse Now</I>. The new version of the film will feature 53 minutes of new material and will debut at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in France May 9&ndash;20.

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Study: Cable Stumbles While Satellite Leaps Ahead

The direct broadcast satellite industry is making great progress over cable providers in the digital TV arena, according to a recently published study by research firm <A HREF="http://www.strategyanalytics.com"> Strategy Analytics</A>. Worldwide, more than twice as many new subscribers to digital television signed up with DBS services than with cable last year, the study finds.

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Blockbuster Will Share Retail Space with RadioShack; Will Distribute Universal Flix

Many of <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com/">Blockbuster Inc</A>.'s 5100 US video outlets will soon become satellite stores for <A HREF="http://www.radioshack.com/">RadioShack Corporation</A>, thanks to a partnership agreement announced by the retailing giants February 27.

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What Could He Possibly Have Been Thinking?

F<I>red A. Leuchter, Jr. Directed by Errol Morris. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0. 91 minutes. 1999. Lionsgate Films 20717. PG-13. $24.98.</I>

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Before All is /Lost/ . . .

Touchstone
Series ••••½ Picture ••••½ Sound ••••½ Extras ••••½

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