Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann  |  May 30, 2007  |  3 comments
The British Broadcasting Corporation has been busy lately. Its iPlayer is about to relaunch following a beta test. It will enable viewers to download single episodes or entire series a month after airing. In other BBC news, an archival project will put a million hours of historic material online for free, according to the Guardian. In this case there's a catch. You'll have to pay the annual BBC license fee to access it. The archives include an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, conducted two days before the shooting, in which they candidly discuss the impact of their relationship on the Beatles. There's also an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., conducted the day before his death, in which he says: "The important thing isn't how long you live, but how well you live."
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 29, 2007  |  0 comments
Runco, arguably the high-end projection television brand, has been acquired by Beaverton, Oregon-based Planar Systems in a cash deal worth $36.7 million.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 25, 2007  |  0 comments
Blu-ray has reached another milestone. The infant format has attracted its first patent lawsuit, reports GameSpot.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 24, 2007  |  0 comments
Members of the Consumer Electronics Association will support the transition to digital television with timely delivery of digital-to-analog set-top convertors, the head of the organization says in response to a public challenge from the National Association of Broadcasters.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 23, 2007  |  7 comments
Can a brand that has made its biggest mark in television also muster credible music players? Whether or not you've noticed, RCA has been doing that for several years. The 2007 line includes three flavors: the Jet, the Opal, and the Pearl. I got hold of the 1GB version of the Pearl for review. It plays both music and Audible e-books. With its modest size and rounded shape, this is a player you can easily shove in a pocket before getting on with your mobile life.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 22, 2007  |  0 comments
TV station owners are worried that a lack of convertors may let analog sets fade to black after the transition to digital television.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 21, 2007  |  0 comments
Free HDTV are two words dear to the hearts of videophiles. We'll have a new source of it this summer when ABC launches a free online high-def channel at abc.com
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 18, 2007  |  0 comments
At the root of recent woes in the TV-retailing business is the legendary "Wal-Mart effect," according to a news analysis by Business Week.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 17, 2007  |  0 comments
Copying music or movies? Don't even think about it, says attorney general Alberto Gonzales. He's supporting a new law that would make even attempting copyright infringement a new federal offense.
Mark Fleischmann  |  May 16, 2007  |  0 comments
One of the cool things about digital television is the potential for creativity on the subchannels. Case in point: The Tube. It's carried in many markets by DTV stations owned by Raycom, Sinclair, Tribune, and others; and by Comcast, Time Warner, and other cable systems. The independently owned channel delivers nonstop rock and pop music videos with minimal channel IDs and no commercials. Programming races back and forth in time, from the 1960s to the present, mixing raw live footage with conventional promo music videos. Some items in heavy rotation are surprising--I would never have gone out of my way to add Queen concerts to my DVD stash, but wow, Freddie rocks! My only complaint is that heavy audio compression results in harsh, grainy sound with virtually no dynamic range. Even so, it's a great place to surf during commercial breaks on other channels, and repays longer spells of attention with a wide and ever-changing array of music. Check the Wiki to see if The Tube is available in your area. The channel also has an official site, an unofficial site, and a myspace presence.

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