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.
Blockbuster/Enron Entertainment-On-Demand Deal Falls Apart
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>
Parasound 12-Channel Amp Solves Multi-Room Problems
doesn't make a huge distinction between "Home Theater" and "Custom Installation." In most cases, if you have one, you have the other.
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."
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 9–20.
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.
Blockbuster Will Share Retail Space with RadioShack; Will Distribute Universal Flix
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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