November 12, 2007 |
American video stores have new-release sections. Chinese video stores have not-yet-released sections. On a recent weeknight here, four people entered a neighborhood shop, where a clerk escorted them through a back door to a closet-sized room. Floor-to-ceiling shelves brimmed with some of the latest Hollywood movies, including "Ratatouille," which had just reached Chinese theaters a week earlier and wasn't due out on DVD until January.
October 8, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- It's not your typical "Sesame Street" episode. There are no lessons in letters or numbers, but there are plenty of hugs and lots of talk about feelings. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the hit kids' show, is working on a DVD that will be distributed to military families. It's designed to help injured veterans talk about their disabilities with their children. Gary E.
September 27, 2007 |
A long-anticipated technology that will let consumers burn downloaded movies to DVDs is expected to be announced today, representing a potential milestone in the development of online movie services. Sonic Solutions Inc. of Novato, Calif., said it had won approval for its technology, which makes it possible for people to record homemade DVDs containing the same copy protection found on professionally made DVDs. The approval came after protracted negotiations with the DVD Copy Control Assn.
September 21, 2007 |
The organization that licenses DVD security software cleared the way Thursday for movies bought over the Internet to be burned onto a DVD that can play on any machine -- a move that could dramatically change the way movies are sold. Industry executives hailed the decision by the DVD Copy Control Assn. to license software designed to allow content to be burned to one disc but not copied to others. "This is great news," said Curt Marvis, chief executive of movie download service CinemaNow.
August 27, 2007 |
On April 9, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced the appointment of Gustavo Dudamel as the orchestra's next music director, beginning in 2009. The news was a bombshell, and the global media went into astonishing high gear. India called. Al Jazeera requested an interview. "60 Minutes" insisted upon its 20 minutes with the fastest-rising star in classical music. But after a Philharmonic news conference, the fastest-rising star in classical music was nowhere to be found.
July 17, 2007 |
Much-anticipated contract negotiations between Hollywood's writers and their employers got off to a predictably contentious start Monday, with each side publicly lambasting the other's proposals. Writers Guild of America negotiators are seeking to double the rate of compensation writers receive from DVD sales, want union pay and benefits for writers working in reality television and on basic cable shows and are proposing a much higher rate of pay when shows are downloaded from the Internet.