|  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."

 |  Feb 06, 2000  |  0 comments

According to recent statistics released by the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A>, manufacturer-to-dealer sales of video products grew by 28.6% in December, totaling just under 5.6 million units and rounding out a year of growth in the category. The CEA also reports that total sales of video products in 1999 topped 60 million units, increasing by 22% over 1998. In addition, the numbers indicate that virtually every category (with the exception of direct-view color TVs) experienced double-digit increases for the year.

 |  Feb 01, 2000  |  0 comments

The Home Entertainment 2000 show, originally planned to be held in Rye, New York this spring, has been canceled. Show staff has received feedback from manufacturers and dealers, who feel that the rooms at the Rye venue are too small, and that a suburban location is not optimal. EmapUSA VP Jaqueline Augustine states that "We want to hold a successful show, and this venue could not guarantee our success."

 |  Jan 30, 2000  |  0 comments

High school and college students whose parents may be wondering if little Ricky will ever stop playing with the video camera now have a scholarship program to call their own. The creation of the Zoom Culture Undiscovered Genius Scholarship program was announced last week at the Sundance Festival.

Barry Willis  |  Jan 30, 2000  |  0 comments

The Internet's video parallel to the controversial MP3 free-music phenomenon&mdash;currently being contested in US courts&mdash;quickly reached crisis proportions last week. A judge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ruled against <A HREF=""></A>, a Canadian startup that late last year began retransmitting Canadian and American TV programming over the Internet without permission. On January 28, the judge found in favor of a coalition of plaintiffs, including three of the four major television networks, several movie studios, the <A HREF="">National Basketball Association</A>, and the <A HREF="">National Football League</A>. At the moment, iCraveTV's site has a notice informing visitors that "access to stations and program listings is not available."