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Monday, 24 November 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Reports today say TimeWarner will rid itself of the their vast music operations to an investment group lead by former Seagram’s CEO, Edgar Bronfman for 2.6 billion (U.S.) dollars. The Bronfman investment group beat out a bid from EMI (currently the 3rd largest music company) and comes as Sony Music and BMG have just entered into a musical merger. This deal has been predicted for weeks and rids TimeWarner of an unprofitable asset which should help them show a short to mid-term profit – a move designed to please Wall Street. Some sources online say EMI is now a takeover target but no possible suitors were mentioned. Plans for what Bronfman and his investment team intend to do with WEA have not been made public but with a rich back catalog of artists and many viable current artists, WEA could return to profitability.
Friday, 21 November 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
JVC, the inventor of the VHS video format, recently announced the completion of technical specifications to enable authoring of DTS® sound on its D-VHS D-Theater high definition prerecorded video software platform as an optional sound system in addition to mandatory Dolby Digital and MPEG Audio (MPEG-1/layer 2). The D-VHS D-Theater platform incorporates a proprietary encryption system to prevent the unauthorized duplication of high value content. The DTS system has been added as an option to the D-Theater platform for HD prerecorded content in the North American market. In January 2002, JVC announced the development of the D-VHS D-Theater platform incorporating a proprietary encryption system to enable the release of high definition content from major film studios. D-VHS D-Theater content is currently the only software platform in the world that allows consumers to view high definition content surpassing HD broadcast standards.
Thursday, 20 November 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter’s readership surged 21 percent in its recent audit of the September 2003 month from 152,695 total monthly readers in October 2002 (source: ABC Interactive) to 185,240 total monthly readers in September 2003 (source IM Services audit).
Monday, 10 November 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Audio Products International Corp. (API) has just announced their entry into the video game and computer industry. The SPHEREX 5.1 multimedia audio platform was designed to set “the reference standard for video game audio recording and playback” according to API’s spokesperson Alex Romanov. In making this announcement, Alex Romanov, API’s Director of New Business Development stated “Over the past 20 years, the video and computer game industry has revolutionized entertainment, creating a $12 billion industry in North America with Microsoft’s XBOX and Sony’s PlayStation driving the market.” API’s “Virtual World” looking 5.1 system consists of 5 identical satellite speakers and a 100 Watt powered 8” Subwoofer. It is also designed to directly connect to Microsoft and Sony game consoles as well as all other media sources.
Friday, 07 November 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Bose Corporation has filed suit in the United States Patent and Trademark Office to cancel CEDIA’s four federal trademark registrations for its mark “Electronic Lifestyles®.” CEDIA began using “Electronic Lifestyles” in 1995 in connection with the association’s non-profit activities. In 1998 and 1999, CEDIA received four federal trademark registrations for “Electronic Lifestyles.” Bose, which is a CEDIA member, markets a line of loudspeakers known as “Lifestyle®.” In its suit, Bose claims that CEDIA’s “Electronic Lifestyles” trademark so resembles Bose’s “Lifestyle” trademark as to cause confusion. CEDIA denies that confusion exists or is likely, and CEDIA is defending the proceeding vigorously.
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