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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 05, 2009 0 comments
Comcast and NBC are in merger talks, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 24, 2008 0 comments
If Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) walks by, be sure to tip your hat and say "thank you!" She's the member of Congress who introduced the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (or CALM) Act in the House of Representatives. The law, if passed, would take aim at blaring TV ads that are noticeably louder than the programming in which they appear.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jun 20, 2005 0 comments
A new bill introduced by Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) entitled the "Spectrum Availability for Emergency-response and Law-enforcement to Improve Vital Emergency Services Act" - otherwise known as "The SAVE LIVES Act" - will, if passed, directly affect the on-going Digital TV transition and the impending analog broadcast cut-off date. The proposed legislation assigns a hard cut-off date of January 1, 2009 - the point in time when the nation's television over-the-air broadcasters will be required to begin using the digital TV spectrum which has been assigned to them and return the spectrum they've been using for analog broadcasts.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 30, 2007 0 comments
"Train wreck" and "digital disaster" were just a few of the words being flung at the DTV transition in Congress last week. Analog television broadcasting is scheduled to end on February 18, 2009. And elected representatives are fretting that some analog-TV viewers may not have gotten the memo. Since those who watch also vote, they deem this a problem.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 09, 2009 0 comments
EchoStar, the owner of the Dish Network, is accumulating debt from the recently merged Sirius XM Satellite Radio Inc., according to The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper speculates that this "could be the first salvo in an attempt to take control of the battered company," either inside or outside of bankruptcy.
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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 10, 2014 0 comments
Sony’s PlayStation TV is a set-top box that partners with the new PlayStation 4 console to play games on a secondary TV. But it’s not just a gaming hub—it also bids to be a media hub by accessing movies and TV shows through the PlayStation Store. It plays PS3 titles through the PlayStation Now service, which made its debut on July 31, as well as older PS2 and PS1 titles. Price is $99 for the PlayStation TV itself or $139 for the box with controller, 8-GB memory card, and digital download code for a game based on The Lego Movie.

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