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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
Wednesday, 09 April 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
CBS Marketwatch is reporting that media giant News Corp. has bought 19.9 percent of Hughes Electronics for 6.6 billion dollars in order to gain control of DirecTV and its 11,000,000 subscribers. GM will retain a minority share in Hughes. EchoStar, the parent of DirecTV rival Dish Network, failed to get FCC approval for their bid to buy DirecTV from Hughes. Rupert Murdock’s News Corp. has long been rumored to be the most likely suitor for DirecTV because they also own the Fox Network as well as other satellite networks in other parts of the world.
Wednesday, 09 April 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
The recording industry and Internet music broadcasters hope a new agreement will prevent a repeat of their recent battle over online music royalties, allowing them to focus instead on providing better music services for consumers. The two sides agreed on how much big webcasters like Yahoo!, America Online, Microsoft and RealNetworks must pay to broadcast songs over the Internet during 2003 and 2004. The new deal, if approved by the U.S. Copyright Office, will allow the two industries to avoid a lengthy arbitration process to set the royalty rates. Jonathan Potter, executive director of the Digital Media Association, which represents webcasters, said that by saving his industry millions of dollars in legal fees, the agreement will allow webcasters to focus on providing "high-quality programming that is enjoyed by millions of listeners."
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