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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,
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."
Monday, 07 April 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Swedish Radio (SR) has announced that it will start Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) multi-channel test transmissions from the Sirius 2 satellite, using DTS’ Coherent Acoustics compression/decompression algorithm. The 24-hour, free-to-air broadcast service will be transmitted across Europe using both the Nordic and European beams of the Nordic Satellite AB (NSAB) Sirius 2 satellite (5 degrees East), on 12.245.34 MHz Vertical and 12.379.60 MHz Horizontal, respectively. The test period will also include terrestrial transmissions over DVB-T supplied by Teracom. “We want to use this opportunity to test what we call High Definition Radio,” says Bosse Ternstrom, SR Senior Sound Engineer/Producer. “The acceptance of 5.1 from the consumer market, along with great sound quality possibilities, now and in the near future, has encouraged us even more.”
Monday, 31 March 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Years ago, the Proceed brand was used by Madrigal (owned by Harman International) for more affordable and/or experimental AV components in their high-end product lineup. Today, Proceed is respected as one of the elite brands in all of high-end AV, but after a disastrous run at making a high-performance DVD-Video transport called the PMDT, Madrigal has decided to end the Proceed brand name by merging it, in part, with the Mark Levinson brand. Select Proceed components will now be re-badged under the Mark Levinson brand, including the AVP2+6 preamp, the CVP2 video switcher and the HPA2 and HPA 3 power amplifiers. Gone will be the PMDT DVD machine, ironically, soon after Madrigal finally smoothed out the software bugs that plagued the unit. Other Proceed components that will not make the cut are the BPA2, BPA3 and the AMP5 amplifiers.
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