Warner Announces "A New Breed of Entertainment"

At the <A HREF="http://www.digitallivingroom.com/index.html">Digital Living Room</A> conference last week in Laguna Niguel, California, <A HREF="http://www.warnerbros.com">Warner Bros. Online</A> claimed that they have "blended DVD and Internet technology to simultaneously break through the online bandwidth barrier and create a completely new breed of entertainment." Not surprisingly, this DVD/web hybrid technology is called WebDVD.

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DVD-Video Gains Momentum

With enthusiastic backing from the movie industry, DVD-Video is beginning a strong climb to widespread popularity. More than 3000 titles could be available by the end of 1998, which is four times the number available in 1997, the format's first year.

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Yves Faroudja Honored with Lifetime Achievement Emmy

Yves Faroudja, founder and Chief Technical Officer of <A HREF="http://www.faroudja.com/">Faroudja Laboratories</A>, has been awarded the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award by the <A HREF="http://www.emmys.org/rindex.html">National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences</A>.

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Sears Drops Out, RCA Joins Divx, Launch Costs Rise

In a move that reportedly caught <A HREF="http://www.circuitcity.com">Circuit City</A> CEO Richard Sharp by surprise, retail chain Sears, Roebuck & Co. has decided not to carry <A HREF="http://www.divx.com">Divx</A>. Apparently, the format's overwhelmingly negative pre-release publicity was taken seriously by the retailer.

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Unity Motion to Broadcast HDTV

On June 17, <A HREF="http://www.unitymotion.com/unity/home.asp">Unity Motion</A> announced an agreement with <A HREF="http://www.turner.com/">Turner Engineering</A> under which Turner will supply high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast-engineering expertise to Unity Motion, which this year begins transmitting multiple channels of HDTV via satellite to subscribers in the US. In addition, Unity Motion announced that it will broadcast the first national satellite-based HDTV signal in the US on June 23-25.

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Citizen Kane Declared Greatest American Movie of All Time

Last week, the <A HREF="http://www.afionline.org/">American Film Institute</A> (AFI) commemorated the first 100 years of American movies by officially announcing their prestigious list of the 100 greatest films of this century, as determined by a "blue-ribbon" panel of more than 1500 members of the American film community. In a nationally televised broadcast, "AFI's 100 Years . . . 100 Movies," Orson Welles' classic <I>Citizen Kane</I> claimed the No.1 position.

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The Return of Martin Guerre

G<I>erard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Roger Planchon. Directed by Daniel Vigne. Aspect ratio: 1.66:1. Dolby Digital. One side. 123 minutes. 1982. Fox-Lorber FLV5008. Not rated. $29.99.</I>

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Robin Williams or Sharon Stone?

Wit overcomes beauty in a recent, informal DVD survey: When asked which San Francisco-based actress or actor they'd like to have over for dinner and a DVD movie, the majority of local respondents picked Robin Williams (55%) over Sharon Stone (23%).

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HD Video Looms Large at HI-FI '98

Video is hot and getting hotter. With HDTV looming on the horizon, no-compromise video demonstrations will be among the biggest attractions at <A HREF="http://www.hifishow.com">HI-FI '98</A>, beginning Tuesday at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

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Dolby Unveils Soundtrack Loudness Meter; Offers DVD Spectacular Disc

In its continuing crusade to standardize soundtrack-playback levels, <A HREF="http://www.dolby.com">Dolby Laboratories</A> has introduced a new soundtrack-loudness meter, the Model 737. The device was unveiled two weeks ago at <A HREF="http://www.variety.com"><I>Variety</I></A>'s Dolby Tech Symposium at the Cannes Film Festival. According to a May 20 Dolby press release, the 737 "enables sound mixers to easily monitor the subjective loudness of trailers and other soundtracks as they are being prepared."

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