January 25, 2003 |
Sunday's Super Bowl on ABC is likely to reach about 40 million U.S. homes, the largest audience for any broadcast this year. But Rick Mandler, who runs ABC's interactive TV efforts, is focused on a different milestone. His team expects to deliver an enhanced version of the game to more than half a million computer screens -- the largest audience ever for an interactive TV program. The enhanced program has another distinction that's even more important to Walt Disney Co.'s ABC.
January 14, 2003 |
Thanks to its interactive capabilities and unprecedented storage space, the 6-year-old medium known as DVDs has become an increasingly sought-after canvas for some of Hollywood's most talented artists. And no, we're not talking about filmmakers. Although the feature films grab viewers' attention and are the first thing most people watch, millions of people also want the extras.
October 21, 2002 |
In early September, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates staged a Hollywood gala to impress the recording and movie industries with his company's latest software for digital music and video, Windows Media 9. A few weeks later, Microsoft started showing off Windows Media 9 to an audience reviled by the entertainment industry: the Kazaa file-sharing network, where users routinely copy digital songs, films and software free.
September 5, 2002 |
Venturing into the heart of Hollywood, Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday unveiled the preliminary version of its latest software for watching movies and listening to music, hoping to persuade consumers and entertainment companies to give Windows-based computers a starring role in the future of entertainment. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was joined by a handful of entertainment luminaries who endorsed the more than 120 improvements to the company's Windows Media technologies.
August 11, 2002 |
The Bessarabian Germans mourned the loss of their homeland and possessions. The Jews danced and rejoiced; they lost everything but their lives had been saved. Still, the uncanny parallelism is a matter of record. These Jews and Germans were both transported to safety and documented on film by the same river captain, who ferried them into historical memory.
July 29, 2002 |
Interactive TV, already a feature of some football and baseball broadcasts, comes to golf today as ABC lets fans test their prognosticating and trivia skills during coverage of a made-for-television tournament in Palm Desert. While Tiger Woods and three other pro golfers battle on the course, viewers will be able to compete for golf-themed prizes online at www.espn.com.