Jon Iverson

Jon Iverson  |  Apr 29, 2001  |  0 comments

According to <A HREF="">Zenith</A>, the orginator of the VSB digital transmission system behind over-the-air broadcast of DTV and HDTV, "there will be no urban-rural 'digital divide' in the delivery of digital television (DTV) service." The company says that this is thanks in large part to ATSC VSB translators that it has developed.

Jon Iverson  |  Apr 22, 2001  |  0 comments

At the insistence of renegade broadcasters led by the Sinclair Group, the Federal Communications Commission began <A HREF="">reviewing the specifications</A> for over-the-air 8-VSB digital television (DTV) signal transmission back in 1999. Even though tests demonstrated that there may be <A HREF="">weaknesses</A> in the standard chosen by the Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC), the FCC <A HREF="">reaffirmed its commitment</A> to 8-VSB a little over a year ago.

Jon Iverson  |  Apr 15, 2001  |  0 comments

Hard-disc&ndash;based digital video recorder (DVR) products (aka PVRs or personal digital recorders) such as those sold by TiVo and ReplayTV have been getting a lot of press lately, but only a modest share of consumer dollars. In the few short months since DVRs hit the shelves, ReplayTV has already <A HREF="">bailed out</A> of the manufacturing business, and the ultimate fate of TiVo is still unkown. In spite of its shaky start, the DVR category is slated to take off in the next five years, according to a new report from the <A HREF="">Yankee Group</A>.

Jon Iverson  |  Apr 08, 2001  |  0 comments

There may be more than 220 <A HREF="">IMAX</A> theaters operating in 28 countries around the world, but videophiles still love to get their hands on IMAX videos, long acknowledged to be some of home theater's finest demo materials. Favorites among the dozen IMAX DVDs already available include <I>Super Speedway</I>, <I>Everest</I>, and <I>The Magic of Flight</I>. Now, more are on the way.

Jon Iverson  |  Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments

HDTV has been broadcast via the Internet2 (see <A HREF="">previous story</A>), and several companies such as <A HREF="">Lucent</A>, Motorola, and <A HREF="">2NetFX</A> say they have been working on the technology. But <I><A HREF="">InternetWeek</A></I> announced last week that they have conducted what they claim is the first ever high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast over the Internet.

Jon Iverson  |  Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments

Last week, TiVo found itself the focus flurry of unwanted media attention as a new <A HREF=""... was released by the <A HREF="">Privacy Foundation</A> detailing at length how the TiVo system collects personal data. The report also reveals what the Privacy Foundation found while comparing a TiVo PVR's actual behavior under test with the company's stated privacy policy. The Foundation says that it and University of Denver Privacy Center have recently completed a fourth independent investigation of the TiVo device.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 25, 2001  |  0 comments

Flat screen fans will be pleased to hear that, last week, <A HREF="">Fujitsu</A> announced that it is lowering the suggested retail prices on its PDS-4222 and PDS-4214 Plasmavision Slimscreen 42-inch widescreen plasma display monitors. Effective immediately, the suggested retail price for the PDS-4222 has been reduced from $13,999 to $9999, while the PDS-4214's suggested retail price has been reduced from $9999 to $7999.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 18, 2001  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Thomson Multimedia</A> announced what the company terms "an aggressive new effort" designed to bring HDTV within reach of more American consumers. Thomson, which manufactures and markets the RCA brand of television and video products, says it will be trimming suggested retail prices of RCA HDTV sets by 20%, effective in April.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 11, 2001  |  0 comments

Both <A HREF="">Blockbuster</A> and <A HREF="">Enron Broadband Services</A> announced last week that they have terminated the exclusive services agreement the companies launched only three months ago (see <A HREF="">previous story</A>). In spite of the setback, both companies claim that they will continue to develop "entertainment-on-demand" (EOD) services independently.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 04, 2001  |  0 comments

Obviously taking the concept of a "director's cut" quite seriously, Francis Ford Coppola announced this week that he will soon be releasing a radically different version of his 1979 classic <I>Apocalypse Now</I>. The new version of the film will feature 53 minutes of new material and will debut at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in France May 9&ndash;20.