Barry Willis

Barry Willis  |  Aug 11, 2002  |  0 comments

How much does it cost to include a digital tuner in a new TV? If you ask members of the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA), they'll tell you as much as $250 at retail. The <A HREF="http://www.nab.org">National Association of Broadcasters</A> (NAB), on the other hand, estimates that the cost is closer to $15. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Barry Willis  |  Aug 04, 2002  |  0 comments

So far, 2002 has been a better year than 2001 was for most large electronics manufacturers, according to the July 31 reported first-quarter results. For most members of the electronics industry, the first fiscal quarter runs April 1 through June 30.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 28, 2002  |  0 comments

Atlanta-based <A HREF="http://www.cox.com">Cox Communications, Inc</A>. is expanding its nationwide rollout of its new high definition television service with HDTV for the Las Vegas market, according to a July 22 announcement. Viewers in Cox's market of more than 600,000 homes in the desert city will be able to avail themselves of new set-top boxes using what the company describes as "completely integrated technology."

Barry Willis  |  Jul 28, 2002  |  0 comments

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell has replied to criticism from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) over FCC insistence that new television sets include digital tuners. The CEA has long maintained that digital tuners are superfluous additions in a market where most viewers use cable provider&ndash;supplied set-top boxes, and that cable compatibility problems and lack of HD programming were far bigger impediments to the digital television changeover. "What continues to be a mystery to us is why the cable industry's view on compatibility continues to be so different," said Thomson Multimedia spokesman Dave Arland.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 28, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Tony Shalhoub, F. Murray Abraham, Shannon Elizabeth, Matthew Lillard, Rah Digga. Directed by Steve Beck. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1(anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). 91 minutes. 2001. Columbia 22083. R. $24.98.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Jul 21, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Branko Djuric, Rene Bitorajac, Filip Sovagovic, Georges Siatidis, Simon Callow, Katrin Cartlidge. Directed by Danis Tanovic. Aspect ratios: 2.35:1 (anamorphic) and 1.33:1. Dolby Digital 5.1 (Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian, French, English). 127 minutes. 2001. United Artists 1003329. R. $26.98.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Jul 21, 2002  |  0 comments

Rental figures for DVD will equal those of VHS by the end of the year, according to recent predictions made at the recent <A HREF="http://www.vsda.org">Video Software Dealers Association</A> (VSDA).

Barry Willis  |  Jul 21, 2002  |  0 comments

The burgeoning market for digital television is being hindered by an increasing number of reports of radio-frequency interference from DTV transmitters. Although DTV is a "technology that is finally beginning to boom," according to a July 16 report from Reed Business Information, some broadcasters, in particular Paxson Communications, have complained about interference problems. Consumers who buy digital televisions are still disappointed by the skimpy high-definition programming offered by their local broadcasters. DTV's picture for the near future therefore remains unclear.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 20, 2002  |  0 comments

Caving to competition from direct broadcast satellite operators, Time Warner Cable plans to offer its customers a digital set-top box (STB) that will let them record, pause, and play back live television programs, much like the devices made by TiVo, Inc. and SonicBlue's ReplayTV division.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments

Jamie Kellner, the <A HREF="http://www.tbs.com">Turner Broadcasting System</A> chairman, who proclaimed that viewers have a "contract" with broadcasters to watch commercials, has predicted that digital video recorders could spell the end of free television programming. Kellner has been widely quoted as saying that viewers who "take too many bathroom breaks" are "stealing the programming."

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