Barry Willis

Barry Willis  |  Nov 03, 2002  |  0 comments

Sports fans watching NFL football games this past Sunday may have noticed something unusual among the dozens of commercials: an ad for a 42" <A HREF="http://www.gateway.com">Gateway</A> plasma television.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 03, 2002  |  0 comments

DVD has done more than change the way people watch movies at home. It's also changed their rental habits. The format is so superior to VHS tape, and so affordable, that many movie fans are choosing to buy rather than rent.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments

The film community is mourning the death of actor Richard Harris, who passed away Friday, October 25 at London's University College Hospital, where he was being treated for Hodgkin's disease. He was 72.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments

A business model pioneered by <A HREF="http://www.netflix.com">Netflix</A> during the dot-com era appears to be one that consumers love. An increasing number of retailers are adopting it, including movie-rental giant <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com">Blockbuster</A>, with its "<A HREF="http://www.filmcaddy.com/home-v1.asp">Filmcaddy</A>" service, and retail chain <A HREF="http://www.walmart.com">Wal-Mart</A>, which launched its nascent DVD rental program in late October.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments

Attorneys sometimes succeed where lobbyists fail.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments

Set-top box (STB) maker Scientific-Atlanta reached its lowest stock price in almost four years on Friday, October 18, after posting quarterly results well below expectations. The company's stock closed at $11.45, a drop of 14%, making it one of the biggest losers on the New York Stock Exchange that day.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 13, 2002  |  0 comments

In a move that bodes well for the rollout of digital television, if not specifically for manufacturers' bottom lines, discount chain Wal-Mart has announced that it is jumping into the DTV market.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 13, 2002  |  0 comments

Rupert Murdoch may get another shot at DirecTV. On October 9, the News Corp. CEO won a second chance to acquire the direct broadcast satellite operation from General Motors' Hughes Electronics division when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declined to approve a proposed $13 billion acquisition of DirecTV by Littleton, CO&ndash;based EchoStar Communications.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 06, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.sim2USA.com">SIM2 USA</A>, a division of SIM2 Multimedia S.p.A., has become the first manufacturer to launch a projector and monitors using Texas Instruments' new HD2 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) chipset. The company's new projector is the HT300 Plus, the latest addition to the renowned line of Grand Cinema DLP projectors. Also new are two models in its Grand Cinema RTX line.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 29, 2002  |  0 comments

Do self-appointed censors have the right to delete objectionable portions of feature films and offer altered versions for sale? <A HREF="http://www.cleanflicks.com">CleanFlicks of Colorado, LLC</A> and a dozen similar companies believe that they do.

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