|  Feb 20, 2000  |  1 comments

Five 'transparent businesses' will emerge from a reorganization of <A HREF="">Philips Electronics</A>' consumer electronics operations, the company announced in late February. "The new organization will allow the businesses to react more quickly to their distinct market conditions and will allow for more flexibility in the structure," a company press release stated.

 |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

February 4th's <A HREF="">unanimous decision</A> by the <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> to dismiss a petition from Sinclair Broadcasting seeking to modify the existing digital television broadcast standard has won praise from the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A>. "We commend the commissioners for today's unanimous decision," said CEA president Gary Shapiro. "With this ruling, DTV's future is clear and paved for success. The FCC has wisely provided broadcasters, manufacturers, and consumers with the certainty they need to move forward with the transition to digital television."

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF=""></A> announced that it has laid all of the groundwork to begin MPEG-2 production of digital news and entertainment over what it terms "broadband Internet connections." The company says that the format will be dubbed iDVD (Internet Digital Video Disc), and is intended to be downloaded into the new DVD-RAM recorders or played live over cable and DSL connections.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

What's in a name? At the very least, lots of very expensive litigation for independent film-distribution site <A HREF=""></A>, which recently received a cease-and-desist demand from attorneys representing movie retailer <A HREF=""></A>, a subsidiary of Hollywood Entertainment Corporation, parent of <A HREF="">Hollywood Video</A>, the second-largest video rental-and-retail chain in the US.

 |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

At a press conference last week, <A HREF="">Sony Electronics</A>' professional division outlined the company's strategy for the broadband network era, and announced a number of new broadcast and professional products that will be on display at the upcoming <A HREF="">National Association of Broadcasters</A> (NAB) show in April.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 13, 2000  |  0 comments

After the coming merger of <A HREF="">America Online</A> and media giant <A HREF="">Time Warner</A> was announced, the <A HREF=""><I>Washington Post</I></A> ran a cartoon in which a man comes home to find every item in his house telling him "You've got mail!" AOL hasn't connected to the toaster yet, but may soon have its hooks in that other staple of American household appliances, the television set.

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 06, 2000  |  0 comments

On the heels of aggressive lobbying by the Sinclair Broadcast Group (see <A HREF="">related story</A>), the FCC today released a letter denying a Petition for Expedited Rulemaking, filed by Sinclair, requesting that the Commission modify its rules to allow broadcasters to transmit Digital Television (DTV) signals using COFDM modulation in addition to the current 8-VSB modulation standard.

 |  Feb 06, 2000  |  0 comments

A coalition of Canadian broadcasters is seeking to permanently shut down <A HREF=""></A>, a website that until recently had been retransmitting US and Canadian TV programming over the Internet. The site was on the receiving end of an <A HREF="">American lawsuit</A> filed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania late in January by a group of television networks, film studios, and professional sports leagues.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 06, 2000  |  0 comments

A federal court in Denver hosted a DBS David vs. Goliath scene the first week of February, when <A HREF="">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> filed an antitrust suit against its rival <A HREF="">DirecTV</A> and Thomson Consumer Electronics, charging them with conspiring to keep EchoStar's products out of electronics stores.

Jon Iverson  |  Feb 06, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, before its appeal had been denied by the FCC (see <A HREF="">related story</A>), the <A HREF="">Sinclair Broadcast Group</A> announced that it had demonstrated live, over-the-air digital television (DTV) reception last week in Washington, DC, "in response to numerous Congressional inquiries." These demonstrations were "intended to demonstrate to members of Congress the flaw in the DTV standard."