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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 30, 2009 0 comments
It's been just three months since the completion of the DTV transition and the Federal Communications Commission is already thinking of violating the agreement it made with television broadcasters when they switched from analog to digital broadcasting. In a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, the FCC is thinking of taking back some DTV spectrum and reallocating it to wireless broadband.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 25, 2011 2 comments
A clash is shaping up between DTV broadcasters and other potential users of their spectrum. Broadcasters are getting ready to defend the spectrum they received in the DTV transition which concluded in 2009. But some in the federal government say much of that spectrum that would be better used for expanded cellphone networks and a new generation of wireless internet service.

What The New York Times describes as "an old media vs. new media lobbying battle" is now underway.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 28, 2010 0 comments
Now that the Federal Communications Commission has granted limited use of selectable output control to the entertainment industry, the "window" structure of video releases may be in for radical change. Video providers are more likely to offer hot movie titles via video on demand before disc release. But two clouds lurk on the horizon. The VOD will be very expensive to consumers. And it may antagonize theater owners.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 16, 2011 0 comments
Unnamed sources cited by a little-known publication assert that Apple's iPad 3 will be 3D capable. It would be totally irresponsible to pass on this kind of unsubstantiated rumor.

Mea culpa.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 17, 2007 0 comments
The iPod may about to go wireless, if reports from Taiwanese component makers are to be believed.
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According to research just released by <A HREF="http://www.strategyanalytics.com">Strategy Analytics</A>, manufacturers will increase worldwide shipments of set-top DVD players by 300% this year, while retail revenues across the three major regions (US, Europe, Japan) will rise by 220%, to $7 billion. SA says that this year's market is being driven by the launch of DVD-based games consoles, and that DVD recorders will fuel the momentum from 2001 on.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 29, 2010 0 comments
Until now, Redbox has been known and loved for its bright red kiosks which rent 200 DVD and Blu-ray titles. But the company is looking beyond that, into the brave new world of streaming.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 18, 2010 0 comments
AT&T is considering a cutback in its rollout of next-generation U-Verse TV, internet, and phone service to homes in its service area. The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T is blaming the specter of increased regulation from the Federal Communications Commission, which recently voted 3-2 to pursue net neutrality rules.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 13, 2009 0 comments
YouTube is talking to Sony Pictures about the possibility of licensing full-length movies for viewing through the popular website. While this would not be the first time YouTube has licensed content, it would be the first time major motion pictures have been approved for free YouTubing.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 28, 2009 0 comments
Netflix, Blockbuster, and other online program providers are cutting deals left and right to get their services into various devices. But many of these scenarios hinge on an important assumption--that consumers have fixed-price internet service to bring all those audiovisual bits into the home. This assumption may not be viable indefinitely, as internet service providers are now threatening to shift from all-you-can-eat plans to metered, usage-based pricing.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 10, 2010 0 comments
TiVo's victory in a prolonged court battle may force EchoStar to pull the plug on eight million Dish Network DVRs.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 29, 2009 0 comments
Toshiba may be contemplating a move into Blu-ray. If it happens, the move would be quite a turnaround for the company that developed Blu-ray's superb (but ill-fated) competitor HD DVD.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 15, 2008 0 comments
Rocky road is a tasty type of ice cream. It's also the forecast some analysts are making for Tru2Way, the latest attempt to provide the consumer with the holy grail of digital cable readiness.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments
Warner currently releases high-def DVDs in both Blu-ray and HD DVD. But the studio may be about to concentrate on Blu-ray only, an executive recently hinted.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 03, 2009 0 comments
One of the key distinctions between PlayStation and Xbox is that Sony's game console has Blu-ray support and Microsoft's game console is Blu-less. However, change may--may--be in the wind.

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