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Friday, 16 January 2004 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Having just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas I can report that it was, even after 10 previous trips to the show, even more overwhelming than I have could have predicted. More and more companies from businesses ranging from handheld PDAs to hardcore smut have flocked to the show. It is a great environment with lots of enthusiasm for the future of AV, electronics and the U.S. economy in general. I am certainly glad I went. In my travels I saw only a fraction of what was available yet I was able to catch a few very notable items that you might want to consider for future or current upgrades. Here they are in no specific order: Kalidescape Video Server ($27,000 and up) – Before you faint over the price this video server allows well heeled movie buffs to load over 1 terabyte of hard drive space (and infinitely ...
Friday, 09 January 2004 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
A recent study released by Exhibitor Relations, movie ticket revenue in 2003 fell 0.5 percent to $9.27 billion, from $9.317 billion in 2002. The exact number of tickets sold was lower by 4.5 percent to 1.5 billion from 1.6 billion in 2002. The study says it now costs on average $6.03 to attend a movie, up from $5.85 in 2002, and the $10 threshold has been broken in many major markets.
Monday, 22 December 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Dual Electronics has just announced that its first wave of branded televisions and related video models will ship to North American retailers in late March 2004. Dual’s long-term agreement with Skyworth Group, Ltd. will manifest in an extensive line of HDTV televisions, monitors, and DVD products. Skyworth is a large supplier of video products in China, with manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen and other Chinese provinces. Over 20 Dual video products will be unveiled at CES ’04 including 16:9 HDTV LCD flat screen models, TV/DVD combos, 4:3 LCD models, DVD+RW recorders/players, Pure Flat televisions, and all-in-one TV/HTIB systems. For more information, visit:
Monday, 08 December 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Reports surfaced today on multiple news sources including Fox News that the FCC will approve the pending deal that has News Corp. (the parent of the Fox network of stations) purchasing satellite TV provider DirecTV. The deal reportedly comes with a few strings attached including an arbitration clause which allows cable providers a place to settle any possible hardball plays from Fox. Cable providers are worried that Fox will pull NFL games from their cable systems to make DirecTV more attractive to new subscribers. Cable TV still makes up about 80 percent of the total pay-TV audience. The question audio-video enthusiasts want to have answered is will News Corp provide more HDTV programming via satellite? Currently, their $10.99 per month HDTV package is a nice offering of stations (HDNet, ESPN, Discovery HD and more) but cable systems in major cities like New York and Los Angeles offer significantly more channels. If you just purchased a ...
Monday, 01 December 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Publicists say ‘any publicity is good publicity – even bad publicity” and recently I am getting a bit curious about the timing of entertainment scandals and the release of such a entertainer or celebrities new album, TV show etc... You gotta love the troubled Hollywood sexiness of the waif Paris Hilton but would everyone in America be talking about her if somehow this sex tape hadn’t made it to the internet? Do you find it at all curious that she and her best friend are about to introduce a show on Fox that features the two spoiled, rich girls working on a farm. The timing of this scandalous video being released couldn’t be any better. And it is unlikely that Fox could have arranged for a more powerful ad campaign to promote Hilton’s new show. What is likely is the morbid curiosity of U.S. television consumers will likely turn her new TV show ...
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