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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking carefully at the proposed acquisition of Hughes Electronics Corporation by Littleton, CO–based EchoStar Communications Corporation. Hughes is the parent company of EchoStar rival DirecTV. Voting shareholders of General Motors, Hughes' corporate overlord, approved the sale late last year. If the deal is approved, the two direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services could become one—and, with 17 million subscribers, one of the largest distributors of television programming in North America.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 22, 2013 0 comments
The Watch ABC app is the first from a major broadcast network to allow streaming of live TV, including network, local, and syndicated programming. Viewers may also get on-demand content in the ABC Full-Episode Player and app. Watch ABC was up and running at press time in New York and Philadelphia for subscribers of several major cable operators. ABC is not inexperienced with apps, having rolled them out in 2012 for the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and WatchESPN. Look out for a Watch ABC Family app early next year.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 12, 1998 0 comments

You're finally on that plane to Tahiti, and you decide to check what's on for the in-flight movie. Oh-oh, they're running <I>Porky's: Part 12</I>, and you can barely even see the screen 23 rows ahead of you. Then you find the headphones---the type with two plastic tubes coming out of the armrest. Time to whip out some of your own DVDs, sit back with some high-quality headphones, and watch a couple of film versions of <I>Mutiny On The Bounty</I>---the Brando <I>and</I> Gibson varieties.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 28, 2011 0 comments
The average American spends nearly as much time in front of the TV as on the job, Nielsen figures show. Now if only we could get paid for the 35.6 hours per week most of us watch, the economy would skyrocket.

This was just one of the interesting figures in the Nielsen Company's "State of the Media 2010" report.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 29, 2001 0 comments

The idea of watermarking high-resolution audio signals has riled audiophiles for months, ever since Verance announced that the controversial tracking signals would be incorporated into DVD-Audio discs. Now videophiles can get in on the action: last week, <A HREF="http://www.digimarc.com">Digimarc</A> announced that it is partnering with Hitachi, Macrovision, NEC, Philips, Pioneer, and Sony to form the Video Watermarking Group (VWM Group) to provide video copy prevention and play control solutions for digital recording devices.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2009 0 comments
You may have read that film composer Maurice Jarre died last Saturday at the age of 84. Among his many accomplishments, Jarre won the Oscar for Best Score for three David Lean landmarks: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago (with its distinctive...
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SV Staff Posted: May 27, 2010 0 comments
Warner Bros. is in a bit of legal hot water due to its enthusiasm for tracking movie pirates. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie giant is being sued by a German company for allegedly pirating the company's anti-piracy technology. ...
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 18, 2009 0 comments
Warner's Red2Blue program, which let consumers trade their obsolete HD-DVDs and a couple bucks for brand new Blu-ray discs, must have been a success. Now the program works for DVDs, with upgrade prices starting around $8. If you want to...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2013 0 comments
WD, a Western Digital company and leader in storage solutions, today introduced My Cloud, a cloud-based hard drive described as a solution for organizing, centralizing, and securing digital content from computers and mobile devices. Once My Cloud is connected to the Internet, content stored on it can be accessed from any device without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of personal data, according to the company.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 17, 2009 0 comments
Last year, Western Digital released the WD TV HD Media Player, a handy little box designed to let you play any media from a USB drive on your home theater. It was a simple device with 2 USB jacks, some A/V connections, and the electronics necessary...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 11, 2008 0 comments
Good thing this rumor doesn't have legs. If it did, we'd have to break them. Since early January, reports have surfaced that Microsoft is interested in acquiring peripheral-maker Logitech for close to $10 billion. Finally, Logitech chairman...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2008 0 comments
Ha! Look at those dorks in the picture! What dopes! They are wearing those crazy cardboard glasses to watch 3D TV! Idiots! Haven't they heard that Philips is showing a 56-inch Quad Full 3D HDTV? And, you don't have to wear glasses (at least the...
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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 04, 2001 0 comments

According to a new report from market research company <A HREF="http://www.instat.com">Cahners In-Stat Group</A>, DVD sales will reach new heights over the next several years. Cahners points out that the DVD market has grown from nothing in 1996 to more than 28 million units expected to ship worldwide in 2001, and it estimates that sales will exceed 60 million units in 2004.

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SV Staff Posted: Jun 06, 2008 0 comments
Remember that scene from Network, with people hanging out of their windows screaming, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" Apparently, the people of Los Angeles took that to heart. The city of Los Angeles is suing Time...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 27, 2009 0 comments
Responding to rumors that it may pull out of plasma manufacturing, LG reaffirmed its commitment to the category in a press release issued today. In its entirety, it says:

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