Mark Fleischmann

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Mark Fleischmann  |  Jul 05, 2007  |  0 comments
If you own a Toshiba rear-projection TV, it's now a family heirloom--or a candidate for the junkyard. The company has stopped making RPTVs and will concentrate exclusively on sexy flat LCDs.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jul 02, 2007  |  0 comments
The leading maker of movie home networking systems continues to fight for its survival. Kaleidescape won another battle last month, convincing the DVD Copy Control Association to postpone a vote that would have banned storage of movies on a home server and thus put the company out of business. But the story is far from over.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 29, 2007  |  0 comments
The Supreme Court adopted a looser standard for price fixing yesterday, ruling that manufacturers may sometimes set minimum prices for products without violating antitrust statutes. Good thing, say manufacturers. Bad thing, say consumer groups.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 28, 2007  |  0 comments
In one nation, at least, downloading--illegal or otherwise--hasn't killed CD sales. British music fans were still buying CDs in 2006 at the same rate as in 2005.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 27, 2007  |  0 comments
It's summer. The trees are in leaf. That means I can't see the river any more.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 26, 2007  |  0 comments
AT&T says it will become the first Internet provider to block pirates from using its network. The promise emerged two weeks ago at the Digital Hollywood Summit.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 25, 2007  |  0 comments
Kenwood and JVC are likely to merge, according to a Japanese press report quoted by TWICE.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 22, 2007  |  0 comments
Ever wanted to pay for the cable channels you want and lose the rest? You might eventually get your way, thanks to a bill just introduced in Congress.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 21, 2007  |  0 comments
Comcast has become the first cable operator to announce that all subscribers will have to pay a few bucks a month more for CableCARD-capable boxes, whether they opt for a new box or not.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 20, 2007  |  2 comments
In a Diablog about my pianistic hero Sviatoslav Richter, I ended by wishing aloud for the re-release of an 18-disc boxed set Philips originally issued about 15 years ago. Following up with an email, I got this response from Ken of the Decca Music Group: "I'm happy to confirm that all Decca and Philips's Richter recordings are due to be re-released over the coming months, and you'll be able to read about them, with US release date information, on the iClassics site." The first three freshly released two-disc sets entitled Richter: The Master celebrate his command of Beethoven and Mozart, with a third volume of Scriabin, Prokoviev, and Shostakovich and presumably more on the way. The packaging is nothing special but it's great to see this material becoming widely available again. The reissue series will cover both the Philips and Decca catalogues, including (I hope) Richter's late-in-life examinations of Haydn. And it will give a new generation of listeners a chance to buy recordings sold until now only in used form by ripoff artists. Some of the Philips "authorized recordings" titles, issued separately from the box, command secondhand prices as high as $60--and the box itself goes for up to $2000. Me happy boy.