Barry Willis

Barry Willis  |  May 11, 2003  |  0 comments

Computer geeks and sci-fi action thrillers go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's therefore no accident that the first-ever high definition DVD will feature Arnold Swarzenegger's monosyllabic cyborg on a disc playable on computers only.

Barry Willis  |  May 04, 2003  |  0 comments

The key to growth for digital television is a broad array of readily available content, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Michael Powell.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 27, 2003  |  0 comments

FCC feet to the fire: The Bush administration will hold the Federal Communications Commission to an early June deadline for rewriting regulations for media ownership. The changes will likely lift most remaining restrictions on control of radio and television stations in single markets, as well as throughout the nation.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 27, 2003  |  0 comments

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a proven instinct for what sells.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 27, 2003  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">Digital Theater Systems Inc</A> hopes to get a financial boost through an initial public offering of stock to take place later this year.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 20, 2003  |  0 comments

The weekend of June 5-8 promises to be a busy one for high-definition fans on the West Coast. <A HREF="">Home Entertainment Expo 2003</A> takes place during those days at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, simultaneously with this year's <A HREF="">HDFEST</A> at the Los Angeles Film School.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 13, 2003  |  0 comments

More than a year of relentless campaigning to acquire DirecTV ultimately put EchoStar exactly back where it started, but patiently waiting in the wings has paid off handsomely for News Corp. and its CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 06, 2003  |  0 comments

Later this year, <A HREF="">Zenith Electronics Corporation</A> will launch the LG brand of premium electronics to complement its own brand name, according to an April 4 announcement. LG-branded products will be positioned above Zenith, with limited distribution of full-featured plasma displays, LCD TVs and digital set-top boxes. A letter to Zenith dealers went out simultaneously with the press release, informing them of impending developments. The LG name is derived from LG Electronics, Inc. (LGE), the Korean electronics giant that acquired Zenith in 1999.

Barry Willis  |  Mar 30, 2003  |  0 comments

Digital TV is hot. Factory-to-dealer sales of DTV products jumped by 36% over the same period in 2002, with a total of 196,113 units shipped, according to figures released in late March by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Barry Willis  |  Mar 23, 2003  |  0 comments

The next generation of video projectors will be several magnitudes better than the best ones available now. A hint of things to come was unveiled by Sony Electronics earlier in March, with a public demonstration of its Silicon Crystal Reflective (SXRD) technology. At the heart of SXRD is a high-density fixed-pixel micro display generating over 2 million pixels (1920 x 1080 pixels) of picture data from a 0.78"-diagonal panel with a pixel pitch of 9mm each and an inter-pixel spacing of just 0.35mm.