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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 21, 2008 0 comments
Courting confusion to an even greater degree than usual, Microsoft has renamed its digital rights management. What was formerly known as Microsoft PlaysForSure is now called Certified for Windows Vista. Why?
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Posted: Nov 09, 2006 Published: Nov 10, 2006 0 comments

Microsoft announced this week that it has secured deals with a number of major studios to sell downloads of movies and TV shows through its Xbox Live Internet service for the Xbox 360 game console. Although the bulk of the programming available will be standard definition, some content will be available in HD out of the gate, with more to follow. The service will go live November 22nd.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 21, 2009 0 comments
Here's a lead graf that sounds a bit like "I saw Grandma dancing with a hula hoop": Microsoft is planning to launch a music streaming service.
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Posted: May 18, 2006 0 comments

The amount of news relevant to home theater enthusiasts that came from last week's E3 gaming trade show is striking evidence that whether we want it or not, some form of convergence is happening. As <I>UAV</I> <A HREF="">reported earlier</A> , Sony announced pricing and availability for its eagerly anticipated PlayStation3 gaming console, and Microsoft followed suit in its own way by announcing that its HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will be available in time for Christmas this year. Although no pricing or dates are yet established, the rumors are flying.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 12, 2000 0 comments

What looks on the surface to be an announcement for a new video-game platform may turn into an attempt to control the implementation of interactive services in the digital home. Last week, Bill Gates announced at the annual Game Developers Conference that <A HREF="">Microsoft</A> is entering the world of video games with the introduction of a "future-generation" dedicated video game console, currently code-named X-Box, designed to deliver "action-packed" games.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2005 0 comments

Intel and Microsoft announced Monday that they have joined the HD DVD Promotion Group, citing the Toshiba-led format's "unique advantages, including PC and connected device interoperability and an easy, affordable transition to high definition for consumers."

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Jun 28, 2005 0 comments

In what is sure to be a big boost for the HD DVD format, Microsoft and Toshiba announced on Monday that they have formed a partnership to co-develop HD DVD players among other joint activities. Now that unification talks with the Blu-ray camp seem to have completely stalled, this sets the stage for a rip-roaring battle royale with Sony, Apple Computer, and the other Blu-ray supporters.

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HT Staff Posted: Jan 28, 2002 0 comments
Any home theater or audio sales consultant will tell you that large speakers are among the biggest obstacles to closing a sale. There's a certain category of customer who wants big sound without the big boxes.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 21, 2009 0 comments
Any hopes of extrapolating Monster's headphone strategy have flown straight out the window with the company's latest announcement. First it released Beats by Dre, after the rapper. Then, it released Heartbeats by Lady Gaga, after the pop diva. Now...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 05, 2014 2 comments
The venerable Miller & Kreisel loudspeaker brand is making a comeback. When a Danish company bought the brand in 2007, it was forced to take the name MK Sound. But new products being released for the 40th anniversary will wear the M&K (as opposed to MK) badge. These THX Ultra2–certified products include the S-300 monitor ($3,500/each), MP-300 on-wall speaker ($3,350/each), and S-300T on-wall tripole speaker ($4,000/pair).
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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 16, 1999 0 comments

Millions of video tapes are being recalled by Walt Disney Company because of a production prank that took place 23 years ago. A re-release of <I>The Rescuers</I>, which originally played in theaters in 1977 and was first released on video in 1992, is being pulled from distribution to clean up a couple of frames in which someone inserted the image of a nude woman---an image so short-lived that it can't be seen during normal viewing.

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 22, 2008 0 comments
While everyone is chomping at the bit waiting for some big-screen OLED displays, Toshiba and Matsushita's joint display group is making news at the other end of the spectrum. Their new factory, Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co. is set to...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2008 0 comments
In response to the proliferation of TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms), the electronics industry is rolling out a new generation of FLAs (Four Letter Acronyms). For example, Clarion has introduced the MiND (Mobile Internet Navigation Device) concept...
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Barry Willis Posted: Jan 21, 2001 0 comments

On Monday, January 22, <A HREF="">Miramax Films</A> will begin an experiment in downloading full-length features over the Internet. Claiming that it wants to "fight fire with fire" against the proliferation of free movies, Miramax will make its 1999 release <I>Guinevere</I> available as a download for a $3.49 fee with a 24-hour viewing limit.

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 23, 2000 0 comments

As many as 12 recent releases from <A HREF="">Miramax Films</A> will be streamed over the Internet in the coming months, the Walt Disney Company&ndash;owned studio announced April 19. Among the offerings will be 1998 Oscar winner <I>Shakespeare in Love</I>, which will be transmitted using encryption technology from <A HREF="">SightSound</A>, a company that has been renting films at its site for the past year, and that recently launched an Initial Public Offering of its stock.


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