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Tuesday, 28 October 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied a petition for review of the Federal Communication Commission’s tuner order in a 20-page ruling issued today. FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell issued the following statement: “We’re on track to have most television sets digital-ready by 2007. This will ensure that consumers are able to enjoy high-quality digital broadcast programming without the hassle and expense of hooking up a separate set-top box. We’re pleased that the court has upheld a key component of our digital television transition plan.” CEA chairman Gary Shapiro was less jubilant saying “We obviously are disappointed by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which we are still studying. We will be reviewing the full opinion and consulting with our member companies, but of course will be compliant with any final court order.
Tuesday, 28 October 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
DTV sales continue to boom despite a prolonged U.S. recession and worldwide economic problems. Marking the highest one-month total for digital television (DTV) product sales, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today issued factory-to-dealer sales figures for September totaling 530,656 units and $791,487,344. "These figures not only top the sales charts - they're off the charts," said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. "We've clearly reached the mass market point for DTV, particularly high-definition television (HDTV) products, which account for 87 percent of the sales total. "If you look at CEA's sales figures since product introduction in the fourth quarter of 1998, you see that we've had steadily stronger sales months throughout the DTV transition. But September 2003 marks a new realm in terms of DTV adoption and momentum. The consumer survey we released last month at our Industry Forum revealed that nine million households would be purchasing HDTV over the next 18 months. That fact already ...
Monday, 29 September 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano has learned that Classe’ has become part of the B&W group. The relationship will give B&W a more lofty brand of electronics to market above Rotel which will better suit the higher end speakers in B&W’s current line up. B&W now distributes Classe’ into most worldwide markets. B&W has recently invested significant capital in Classe’ to develop a significant line of new high end audio and home theater products designed to challenge Krell, Mark Levinson and Meridian directly. At the recent CEDIA trade show Classe showed 12 new products in a 15 product lineup including 5 new power amps, 4 DVD-Audio/SACD players, 3 AV preamps, 2 stereo preamps, an integrated amp and a Red Book CD player. All of the products have a new look that is more indicative of a cost-no-object high end audio product. Classe’s goal is to make high performance audio-video components that are true to the standards that audiophiles historically demanded ...
Monday, 29 September 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Friday, 26 September 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Rumors reported by the Los Angeles Times and Reuters say that DirecTV, under the control of News Corp, is planning to end its four year relationship with TiVo. The rumor sent TiVo’s stock down 16 percent today. TiVo spokespeople have told reporters that they intend to continue to do business with DirecTV and for good reason. Reportedly over half of TiVo’s 800,000 subscribers come from DirecTV. What might Rupert Murdoch and News Corp have up their sleeves? Possibly a deal with Microsoft who unsuccessfully launched a personal video recorder system named Ultimate TV. ReplayTV also has a competing service both of which could be had by DirecTV in a way that could lower costs and or improve earnings. Sources that work closely with the DirecTV installed product say that by the end of the year (or by Q1 2004) TiVo has a DirecTV HDTV version of their PVR. This is a highly anticipated product for ...
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