Barry Willis

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Barry Willis  |  Jan 23, 2000  |  0 comments

What's a tag line worth? Try five million bucks. That's the price <A HREF="">LA Group, Inc.</A>, paid in mid-January for "As Seen On TV," one of the oldest phrases in the marketing lexicon. The domain name <A HREF=""></A> will be used for a portal site for customers looking for products they have seen&mdash;that's right&mdash;on TV.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 19, 1999  |  0 comments

Movie fans don't normally associate an organization as stodgy as the <A HREF="">American Institute of Certified Public Accountants</A> (AICPA) with the glamour of Hollywood, but as of Tuesday, September 14, the accountants' group will have had an everlasting effect on the industry and its notoriously loose accounting procedures. A new set of rules about the way the industry figures profits and losses will soon cause some irrevocable changes in the financial picture of the movie business.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 11, 2004  |  0 comments

Better late than never. Years after mandating a changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission (<A HREF="">FCC</A>) has launched a campaign to inform consumers about the benefits of the new format.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments

A soon-to-be-introduced bill in the US House of Representatives could severely alter the legality of behavior so commonplace that most Americans take it for granted.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 30, 2000  |  0 comments

When the retransmission of local TV signals by direct satellite broadcasters became legal, analysts and industry insiders expected an increase in business. They did not expect the surge in new subscribers that came in the wake of the decision. <A HREF="">EchoStar</A>, the perpetual runner-up to dominant DBSer <A HREF="">DirecTV</A>, added 455,000 new subscribers to its DISH network in the first quarter of this year, bringing its total customer base to more than 4 million as of the end of April.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 04, 2004  |  Published: Oct 05, 2004  |  0 comments

Each step in the evolution of the optical disc has been astounding. With its 750-megabyte storage capacity, the Compact Disc revolutionized the way music was recorded and played back. The DVD's 4.7 gigabyte capacity&mdash;twice that for a dual-layered disc&mdash;made possible the archiving of high-quality feature films on a durable, affordable medium. DVD is the first format that made building a film library a reality for ordinary movie fans. It's not a vast overstatement to say that DVD revived the film industry, creating unanticipated revenue streams.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 15, 2003  |  Published: Sep 16, 2003  |  0 comments

Set-top converter boxes (STBs) may eventually disappear, thanks to cable compatibility rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday, September 10. The rules ratify an agreement reached by cable companies and electronics makers late last year, and insure that new televisions will be able to connect directly to cable feeds nationwide without the need for an adaptive device.

Barry Willis  |  Aug 29, 1998  |  0 comments

New music revitalizes old movie: the Kronos Quartet has just completed an intense eight-day recording session at Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch studio in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The Quartet laid down a Philip Glass score for a reissue of <I>Dracula</I>, the 1931 horror flick starring B&#233;la Lugosi. The effort is part of a <A HREF="">Universal Home Video</A> project that will bring classic early horror films to a new audience.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 23, 1998  |  0 comments

Media giant <A HREF="">20th Century Fox Home Entertainment</A> has joined DreamWorks SKG, <A HREF="">Paramount Home Video</A>, <A HREF="">Disney</A>, and <A HREF="">Universal</A> in their support for Divx. The announcement was made jointly last Thursday, Feb. 19, by 20th Century Fox representatives in Beverly Hills and by <A HREF="">Digital Video Express</A> executives at corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 23, 2004  |  0 comments

If you were thinking about buying a copy of <A HREF="">321Studios</A>' DVD-backup software, you'd better hurry. On Friday, February 20, a San Francisco federal judge ruled that the company's popular "DVD X Copy" software is illegal, and ordered a halt to its distribution within seven days.