Barry Willis

Barry Willis  |  May 26, 2002  |  0 comments

Taiwanese and Chinese electronics makers hope to save billions in royalty fees by developing proprietary optical disc formats for the Chinese region, according to reports from Taipei in late May.

Barry Willis  |  May 19, 2002  |  0 comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may stop making suggestions and start meting out punishment to broadcasters who fail to make adequate progress in changing over to digital technology, according to reports from Washington.

Barry Willis  |  May 12, 2002  |  0 comments

Networks and cable providers are slowly getting behind the HDTV effort. Responding to criticism that it has lagged behind competitors ABC and CBS in rolling out HDTV programming, <A HREF="http://www.nbc.com">NBC</A> has announced that it will offer more HD prime-time shows next season.

Barry Willis  |  May 12, 2002  |  0 comments

The <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) has reacted strongly to a recent federal court order that would force consumer electronics manufacturer <A HREF="http://www.sonicblue.com">SonicBlue</A> to develop and install information-gathering software in its ReplayTV personal video recorders (PVRs).

Barry Willis  |  May 05, 2002  |  0 comments

New Year's Day, 2003 may be a day of special celebration for sports and movie fans. Ten of the nation's biggest cable providers have pledged to begin delivering digital signals by then, according to a May 2 report by Bill McConnell in the trade journal <I>Broadcasting and Cable</I>.

Barry Willis  |  May 05, 2002  |  0 comments

Plans by the entertainment industry to control the distribution of digital programming could have dire consequences for consumers, a <A HREF="http://www.philips.com">Philips Electronics</A> executive told US congressmen in late April.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 28, 2002  |  0 comments

Federal Communications Chairman Michael Powell isn't the only powerful figure in Washington who is working toward a solution to the digital television impasse. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) is doing his part, too.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 28, 2002  |  0 comments

Would-be merger mates DirecTV and EchoStar Communications may not be the only television action in the Western sky if European satellite operator SES Global can win approval to beam its signals to American dishes.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 21, 2002  |  0 comments

One of the hottest buzz phases in telecommunications is "video-on-demand," a service that allows customers to plug into the universal content library and watch anything they wish whenever they wish. VOD and interactive television (ITV) are the twin holy grails of cable companies and Internet service providers.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 21, 2002  |  0 comments

Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services are up in arms over a proposed 5% sales tax that could be imposed on their subscribers in Arizona.

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