April 17, 2002 |
Six major consumer electronics companies announced their support Tuesday for a new piracy- resistant digital connector for high-definition TV sets, DVD players and other devices. The long-anticipated move could bring more high-definition movies from Hollywood studios, which have pressured the electronics industry to add copy-protected digital connections to their gear. But it also spells bad news for about 2.
October 15, 2003 |
Hughes Electronics Corp. on Tuesday reported a wider quarterly loss but said revenue rose as its exclusive rights to broadcast out-of-market National Football League games propelled growth at its satellite television service DirecTV. The El Segundo-based company reported a net loss of $23 million, compared with a net loss of $14 million last year. The wider loss reflected a $65-million accounting charge taken to assume the liabilities of DirecTV Latin America units in Costa Rica and Venezuela.
July 6, 2001 |
Microsoft Corp. plans to give away new software for playing music and videos on a computer, but consumers who want to convert CDs to MP3 files probably will face an extra charge. The new version of Microsoft's Windows Media Player, like previous versions, will be able to play MP3 files but not record them. However, consumers can add the recording feature by purchasing additional software from other companies, said Jonathan Usher, group manager for Microsoft's Windows Digital Media Division.
July 1, 2002 |
Tensions between Vivendi Universal's besieged Chief Executive Jean-Marie Messier and key board members reached a boiling point over the weekend, with some members renewing their calls for Messier's resignation. The Bronfman family, which owns 5% of the company's shares and is its single largest shareholder, is trying to convene an emergency board meeting as early as today to take another vote on Messier's future as head of the Paris media giant, according to a source close to the board.
December 13, 2001 |
Question: I've been reading that the new Windows XP operating system doesn't support the MP3 format. I use the MusicMatch jukebox as my player, and I'm curious--what's going to happen when I buy a new computer in a few years and I want to transfer my MP3s onto the new computer? Answer: First, let's assume you acquired all those MP3s by converting songs from your own CDs, tapes and LPs, not by downloading them off the Net.
January 10, 2002 |
Digital TVs are getting thinner, wider and less expensive. But one important piece is still missing from several manufacturers' models: the digital inputs that would enable new forms of entertainment. Manufacturers previewed the sets they will be introducing this year at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. Wide, flat screens dominated the lineup, even in small monitors aimed at desktops and kitchens.
December 19, 2002 |
Cable operators and TV manufacturers have struck a long-awaited agreement designed to make it easier for consumers to get high-definition television from cable, ensure their ability to record most digital programs and preserve the value of older HDTV sets. The deal, which is expected to be announced today, would open the door for cable-ready digital TV sets that could deliver HDTV without a separate set-top box.
March 1, 2002 |
Alarmed by rampant online pirating of music and videos, Hollywood executives urged Congress on Thursday to set a deadline that would force the bickering entertainment and electronics companies to develop an anti-piracy standard--before the government does it for them. Walt Disney Co. Chairman Michael Eisner and News Corp.
June 14, 2001 |
Portable digital devices are like purses: They become more attractive, but less useful, as they shrink. Unlike leather, however, the microchips and software in digital gear can be retooled over time to increase their storage capacity dramatically. And consumers are starting to see major gains on both fronts, as flash memory prices have dropped sharply and better compression software has been released.
August 16, 2001 |
Plasma monitor televisions, which feature spectacular picture quality and are so thin you can hang them on a wall like a piece of art, are appropriately named. They will bleed your wallet. The prices for plasma display panel, or PDP, TVs range from about $7,500 for a 42-inch model to about $15,000 for a 50-inch model equipped for high-definition digital television. PDP TVs are offered by Sony, Hitachi, NEC, Panasonic, Sharp and others. The non-plasma alternatives are much cheaper.