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.
April 16, 2002 |
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Monday announced a new Emmy for interactive TV programming, signaling that the long-hyped but little-seen marriage of technology and TV has finally won a foothold in the industry. Chances are good, however, that the winning enhancements won't have been seen by most TV viewers. That's because relatively few sets, cable converter boxes or satellite receivers in the U.S. are delivering that kind of interactivity today.
September 5, 2001 |
In the latest effort to bring the Internet to the living room, electronics companies are unveiling a new breed of digital recorders that can download video from the Web and play it on TV sets. Today, Sonicblue Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., is expected to revive the defunct ReplayTV brand with four new digital video recorders that can tap into the Web as well as conventional TV broadcasts. A similar device was announced earlier this year by Echostar Communications Corp.