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Friday, 27 June 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
EchoStar, DISH Network, and DIRECTV, just filed a lawsuit against the state of Ohio for passing a discriminatory 6 percent sales tax for satellite television service, which Ohio Governor Bob Taft signed into law earlier today. The sales tax was not imposed on local cable television services, even though satellite television companies compete with incumbent cable operators in the same market. The lawsuit was filed in the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio. The suit seeks a declaratory judgment holding that the satellite-only tax is unconstitutional and requests a permanent injunction against enforcement of the tax on approximately 700,000 satellite TV customers in Ohio.
Wednesday, 14 May 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
CNN and The Wall Street Journal reported that there are rumors that AOL Time-Warner (WEA) and Bertelsmann (BMG) are in discussions for AOL to buyout BMG. The combination of the two labels would reduce the “big five” down to four. CNN says both sides aren’t commenting what is to be expected in such a large scale deal, if it is in fact going down. With the music business sucking wind for the last two years, record companies are prime for consolidation and the economies of scale that come with making two big companies into one. AOL is coming off of the worst quarter for ANY company in U.S. economic history (Q4, 2002) but might see an opportunity in buying up BMG to become even bigger in the music business. Other industry scuttlebutt has AOL looking to buy EMI as well as Apple computers looking to buy Universal. It is hard to tell what ...
Tuesday, 06 May 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Digital Theater Systems (DTS) last week filed with the Securities and Exchange commission to raise as much as $60,000,000 with a stock offering on the NASDAQ exchange. If approved they would trade under the ticker symbol of “DTSI.” DTS is in its tenth year in business and has had investments from companies like Universal since 1993. DTS is best known for its surround sound for Jurassic Park and has since then picked up significant marketshare in the market of commercial theater surround sound. For home theater applications, DTS decoding is a standard feature that comes in every AV receiver and AV preamp. DTS’ lossy compression surround sound competes directly with another lossy compression format – Dolby Digital. DTS surround sound can be used as a surround option for DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs. DTS Entertainment, also part of the DTS products, is a boutique record label that specializes in surround sound mixes of music on DVD-Audio, CD, ...
Friday, 18 April 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
The Los Angeles Times has reported on speculation that Apple Computer is considering buying music giant Universal Music Group (UMG) from its French parent company Vivendi/Universal. Analysts are buzzing, saying that Apple needs “to pull a rabbit from their hat” and that “Apple is acting out of total frustration.” Apple’s CEO, Steven Jobs, is historically pretty good at creating content, as proven by the long-term success of Pixar. Music and PCs are forever married, and Apple, with its iPod, iTunes and iDVD software, paired with easy to use iMac and G4 hardware, can deliver music to consumers the way they want it. Perhaps Jobs isn’t as crazy as he being accused of being. Apple, along with others including a reborn Napster and AOL, will be (or already are currently) selling music by the download, with deals in place with the five major labels and many of the larger indie record labels.
Wednesday, 09 April 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Recoton, the former parent company of speaker company NHT, filed chapter 11 bankruptcy today. Recoton is a publicly held company that owns brands like Acoustic Research and Jensen among others. Recently Recoton sold off the NHT brand to car audio manufacturer, Rockford. In published statements, Recoton’s CEO said that they will “seek to sell Recoton’s assets.” Recoton’s stock has plummeted over time from a high of around $6 per share to about 20 cents. Source: CBS Marketwatch, Twice.com
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