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News Headlines For Tuesday 29th February 2000
 
  • IMMERSION’s “Event on a Disc”
    Time: 02:04 EST/07:04 GMT News Source: DVD Insider Posted By: Alex Harris

    With the nearly simultaneous explosion of both DVD and the Web, the convergence of all forms of media is nearing completion. Part of this convergence is the capability to create DVD titles and to link them to the Web, either through a computer or television. That is the principle behind iMMERSION New Media, Inc.'s ``Event on a Disc.'' Event on a Disc is a hybrid Web-enable DVD video that combines the rich media content of DVD with the immediacy and transactive nature of the Web.

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  • ITV Digital Utilizes DVD Format
    Time: 02:02 EST/07:02 GMT News Source: DVD Insider Posted By: Alex Harris

    iTV Digital is one of the few cutting-edge video producers of business-to-business and business-to-consumer programming utilizing the DVD format in this exploding field of technology. iTV Digital, launched last August as part of Boca Raton's iTV (Information Television Network) expansion, has signed contracts with two new heavy-weight clients: Sun MicroSystems and The Federal Highway Administration.

    Because DVD's can store up to 25 times more information than a standard compact disc, a multitude of applications can be used simultaneously on one, interactive disc. The sale of DVD players has outpaced those of VCRs, CD players and home satellite systems in its initial year of sales by more than ten to one, making it the fastest selling technology in consumer history! The latest technology is also the ideal medium for corporate websites because a hybrid DVD-ROM can access the Internet keeping all the information up to date while supplying full-frame, full-motion video in a web-friendly interface. In short, it makes an excellent sales tool.

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News Headlines For Monday 28th February 2000
 
  • Cyberspace Prosecutor
    Time: 06:13 EST/11:13 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Jack Valenti, the Motion Picture Association of America's lobbyist to the stars, is quickly becoming the Internet's Kenneth Starr. High from victory in jailing a 16-year-old Norwegian for offering a way to run DVD movies on Linux, Valenti has been singing victory again in the recent battle over iCraveTV.com, a company of "cyberthieves" that was rebroadcasting television programs over the Net.

    Toronto-based iCraveTV offered television via the Net. Under Canadian law, such rebroadcasting is apparently legal - at least for cable and satellite broadcasters. ICraveTV claims the Net is just like cable - and that it, too, should have the right to offer TV.

    It is the nature of the Net that content in one location bleeds to another. Remember, this was the great promise of online speech: While China could silence dissidents in real space, it could not block protests of that silencing in cyberspace. The Net is global; as Electronic Frontier Foundation cofounder John Gilmore said, censorship it routes around.

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  • The No. 1 Thriller of the Year, ``The Sixth Sense,'' Comes to Rental March 28
    Time: 06:00 EST/11:00 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The $282 million box-office mega-smash and No. 1 thriller of the year, Hollywood Pictures' and Spyglass Entertainment's "The Sixth Sense," appears on VHS and DVD on March 28, 2000.

    The supernatural thriller, featuring international superstar Bruce Willis ("Armageddon," "The Siege") and, in a breakthrough performance, Academy Award(R) Actor nominee Haley Joel Osment ("Forrest Gump"), is expected to be one of the biggest titles of the year to go to the rental and the DVD markets. The film also will be available in a Spanish subtitled version on VHS. The DVD will be priced at $29.99 (SRP). Pre-book is Feb. 29.

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News Headlines For Sunday 27nd February 2000
 
  • DVD Genie 3.31 released
    Time: 10:49 EST/15:49 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Alex Harris

    DVD Infomatrix have released a new version of DVD Genie. Here is what is new in version 3.31:

    - I have tried to make DVD Genie as "Registry Complaint" as it can with regards to NT based operating systems. All calls use the bare minimum requirements under the NT registry security settings. Hopefully, this will make DVD Genie function better under Windows 2000.

    - The Matrox G400 Auto PAL/NTSC setting should be functioning again under Windows 9x, sorry about the mishap last version.

    You can download the new version here.

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  • Ultera Brings Award-Winning Array Controller Technology to DVD Market with New DVD-R Multimaster
    Time: 10:47 EST/15:47 GMT News Source: DVD File Posted By: Alex Harris

    Ultera Systems Inc., the leading tape array controller and tape array system supplier, today announced its entry into the burgeoning DVD-Recordable market with its new DVD-R MultiMaster(TM) array controller, bringing a new level of performance and flexibility to small-scale DVD replication applications.

    Ultera Systems, an acknowledged leader of innovative, award-winning tape array controllers, is aggressively expanding its business into the DVD market, which is projected to outpace the CD-R format in the coming year. Not new to the optical arena, Ultera has deployed its advanced controller technology in optical storage applications for years, in thousands of installations worldwide.

    The DVD-R MultiMaster builds on Ultera's innovative array technology implemented in the company's CD-R MultiMaster, and allows up to 12 DVDs to be created in the time it typically takes to create a single disc. The unit supports up to 12 SCSI-based DVD-R drives from Pioneer New Media Technologies Inc., making DVD-R MultiMaster the ideal solution for companies with requirements beyond single DVD replication but without the need for costly, high-volume disc duplication.

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  • Philips Consumer Electronics Using Genesis Chip in Three New High-Definition Televisions
    Time: 10:45 EST/15:45 GMT News Source: DVD File Posted By: Alex Harris

    Genesis Microchip (Nasdaq:GNSS) today reported Philips Consumer Electronics is using the Genesis gmVLX1A-X video processor in three new high-definition television (HDTV) sets.

    Philips recently introduced three new projection television models: the 55PP9701, 60PP9701 and 60PP9601. Each rear-projection television boasts superior high definition image quality and offers a variety of digital display and format-conversion modes. Other features include a "dual tuner picture-in-picture" display (for scanning other channels in a video window), automatic phosphor aging compensation (to avoid stationary image retention on the screen), PixelMax advanced optics system, and a wide range of connectivity options for the ultimate home theater experience regardless of whether the video source is standard-definition or high-definition material.

    The 55-inch 55PP9701 and the 60-inch 60PP9701 are widescreen sets (16:9 aspect ratio) while the 60-inch 60PP9601 provides a conventional 4:3 aspect ratio. Each television displays interlaced or progressive-scan video and relies on the gmVLX1A-X chip for critical video processing.

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  • Columbia TriStar finally announces Men In Black
    Time: 10:43 EST/15:43 GMT News Source: DVD Review Posted By: Alex Harris

    We have just received official word from Columbia TriStar Home Video that the studio will release a Collector's Series of Men In Black. The special release will hit the streets on September 5 and will come as a limited release only! "Men In Black" is the action and fun-filled story of two alien hunters who save the Earth from invasions from Outer Space. As you can see in the movie, there is a dire need for that, as Aliens are everywhere, disguised, making us believe they were completely human. This movie has been a fan-favorite since its release almost three years ago, but a DVD release had been hampered by many obstacles in the past, but finally all these issues seem to be resolved and Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will clean up the earth from alien scum in this exciting upcoming release. No details are available yet, but we'll keep you posted!

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  • Universal schedules The Dinner Game and I Married A Strange Person
    Time: 10:41 EST/15:41 GMT News Source: DVD Review Posted By: Alex Harris

    We just got some more information for some upcoming titles from Universal Home Video in. Scheduled for April 25 is The Dinner Game a film by Francis Veber about a group of friends who meet every Wednesday night to have dinner together. They also have game that goes with the dinner. Every week each one of them is challenged to bring along the dumbest person he can find. The resulting conversations are supposed to entertain the hosts and at the end of the night they vote for the idiot of the evening. Pierre, the host of the entire event is fully convinced that his champ will steal the show and win the title, but things go horribly wrong, leaving him stuck with his own "idiot".

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News Headlines For Tuesday 22nd February 2000
 
  • Microsoft Selects QPS Que! DVD-RAM Drive for Windows 2000 Launch
    Time: 19:35 EST/00:35 GMT News Source: Business Wire Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    QPS Inc. said today that its Que!(TM) DVD-RAM Drive was selected by Microsoft to be part of the Windows 2000 launch in San Francisco last week. The drive was installed on a desktop and was used to demonstrate the playback of a DVD movie, using a desktop computer and Windows 2000.

    "We were thrilled to be chosen to participate in one of Microsoft's most important launches ever," said Pierre Abboud, QPS vice president. "QPS was one of only four companies selected in the `fun product' category to be part of the Windows 2000 launch. The Que! DVD-RAM Drive performed perfectly, I am pleased to say."

    The Que! DVD-RAM Drive for PC desktop computers is ideal for desktop publishing, archiving and presentations. With some additional hardware, it can be used to record any kind of data, including MPEG-2 files and DVD movies for playback on television sets or computer monitors in full screen.

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  • Sony PlayStation2 seen to fuel Japan DVD market
    Time: 19:17 EST/00:17 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Sony's launch of its new PlayStation2 video game console, the world's first with a DVD player, should give Japan's struggling DVD market a chance to finally take off, analysts said.

    Japan's DVD (digital versatile disc ) market has long suffered from weak turnover in both hardware and software, a vicious cycle as poor sales in one undermine sales in the other.

    "PlayStation2 will definitely open a new door for the DVD market," said Kazuharu Miura, analyst at Daiwa Institute of Research. "People will become more familiar with DVDs, and most importantly, we should see a wider range of software hitting the market."

    Japanese consumers, usually quick to pick up the latest new gadgets, generally have opted for traditional VHS video players over DVDs. Although DVDs boast superior audio and visual quality to conventional VHS or CDs, and offer higher data storage capacity, most Japanese have balked at the price for both the players and the discs themselves.

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News Headlines For Saturday 19th February 2000
 DVD Genie
  • New DVD Genie (3.30)
    Time: 14:02 EST/19:02 GMT News Source: 3D Spotlight Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A new version of DVD genie has been release, version 3.30 Download it from here http://www.inmatrix.com/files/dvdgenie_download.html What's new in v3.30:

    * It seems that the Interlaced WinDVD NVIDIA mode is in fact a TNT fix-up mode. When enabled WinDVD speeds up on TNT/TNT2 cards to more or less the same speed as PowerDVD, which is to say, a lot faster ... Highly recommended for TNT based cards. Please note, that it may only be faster on Interlaced 29.97fps movies, and may introduce interlaced output otherwise.

    * New Force BOB/Weave mode for WinDVD.

    * New WinDVD audio amplification mode.

    * In an attempt to stop DVD Genie from GPFing when using Matrox cards under NT based operating systems, I am disabling the Matrox Auto-TV Mode support when running under NT.

    * DVD Genie will give notification if the Cinemaster edlog.dat file exists in the windows directory. See more information on this file in the on-line documentation.

    * Two new video tweaks for the Hollywood-Plus card for you to play with.

    * I believe I solved the reason why the ATI Player wouldn't always run when the Run ATI button was pressed or when the Auto-Region was enabled.

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  • Hitachi Releases World's First Consumer Product With Dolby Headphone Technology
    Time: 04:05 EST/09:05 GMT News Source: Business Wire Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Dolby Laboratories, the world leader in multichannel sound, announced that the new Prius DECK 610N all-in-one desktop computer developed by Hitachi Co. Ltd. Digital Media Group is the word's first consumer product to incorporate Dolby Headphone, a unique signal processing system that enables standard stereo headphones to realistically portray the sound of a 5.1-channel playback system.

    The Prius DECK 610N, which incorporates MGI's Pure Diva software DVD player that realizes Dolby Digital 5.1 decoding and the Dolby Headphone process all-in-one software, will be released in Japan on Feb. 19, allowing buyers to experience cinema-quality surround sound via a personal computer.

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  • Internet Science ``Faction'' Classic To Be Updated Utilizing Newest In Electronic Publishing Technologies
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    iMMERSION Media has pioneered a solution for Web-enabled DVD Video which combines the rich media content of DVD with the immediacy and transactive nature of the Web. It is called ``Event on a Disc.'' (TM)

    As a tool for advertisers and content producers ``Event on a Disc'' (TM) represents a new channel to drive traffic above the existing portals and gatekeepers to targeted Web sites as well as to gain valuable insights on consumer interests.

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News Headlines For Friday 18th February 2000
Ending Region Control
  • Sonic Solutions and Pioneer Team to Create World's First DVD-Audio Disc
    Time: 14:53 EST/19:53 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC - news) announced today and will be showing later this week at the Audio Engineering Society Convention (AES) in Paris that it has collaborated with Pioneer to successfully create the world's first DVD-Audio discs with SonicStudio HD, Sonic's next-generation professional audio workstation, and DVD Creator AV, the DVD-Audio version of Sonic's award-winning DVD-Video production system. The Pioneer DVD-Audio disc demonstrates the advanced features of the new format - high-resolution sound, graphics, and interactivity - and is being shown at this year's AES convention.

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  • Tesco challenges Time Warner on DVD pricing-paper
    Time: 14:53 EST/19:53 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    British supermarket group Tesco Plc (quote from Yahoo! UK & Ireland: TSCO.L) has challenged Time Warner's (NYSE:TWX - news) Warner Home Video to end the practice of making digital video discs (DVDs) that only work on players bought in the same part of the world, the Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.

    The practice, known as ``zoning,'' has allowed substantial price differences to develop for the same discs sold in different countries.

    Tesco has begun selling players that can play DVDs produced anywhere when properly programmed, thus allowing customers to circumvent existing price controls, the Telegraph said. It also said that Tesco has written to Warner Home Video demanding an end to the zoning policy.

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News Headlines For Tuesday 15th February 2000
Warner
  • Plunkett & Macleane
    Time: 15:59 EST/20:59 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The pretty awful Plunkett & Macleane will be getting a USA release at last (It has been out in the UK for a few months) the date is 21st March. It comes with an anamorphic transfer, trailer and 5.1 Dolby Digital sound for $24.95.

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  • Warner DTS DVD Titles - More Details
    Time: 15:59 EST/20:59 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Interview With The Vampire

    Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1
    Documentary
    Introduction by Anne Rice and Neil Jordan
    Commentary by Neil Jordan
    Stills gallery

    Twister

    Doby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1
    Two documentaries
    Two music videos
    Commentary by Jan DeBont and the visual effects supervisor

    Lethal Weapon 1-3

    Director's expanded versions
    Brand new Dolby Digital 5.1 remixes and DTS 5.1
    LW1 - 7 additional minutes
    LW2 - 4 additional minutes
    LW3 - 3 additional minutes

    All are due on June 6th at $24.95 retail. All are listed as "dual layer for optimal picture quality".

    Additional Warner releases due in June:

    Ken Burns' Baseball

    10 disc set in slipcase. $179.95 retail

    Also, three Shaft films, beginning with the original.

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  • New Warner Releases On The Way
    Time: 15:57 EST/20:57 GMT News Source: DVD File/DVD Review Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Caddyshack: 20th Anniversary Edition will be released on the 4th April, thankfully it is coming on an  anamorphic transfer and includes a few special features such as, documentary with outtakes, rare footage, interviews and trailer. The other comedies due on this date are all anamorphic, plus include bios and a trailer each. Look for Big Bully, Stay Tuned, Major League 2 and Major League 3: Back In The Minors. Two thrillers out on 9th May in the form of Silent Fall and The Crush.

    Out on 23rd May is a reissue of Frank Oz's musical version of The Little Shop of Horrors, effectively the same disc just without the alternate directors cut ending. Producer David Geffen has the rights to the alternate ending which is faithful to the stage version, and its the fact he didn't give Warner permission to use it which has caused the reissue. Features for this disc now stand at a directors commentary, documentary, isolated music score, outtakes, deleted scenes with commentary, cast bios, trailers and TV spots.

    Warner are also releasing their first DTS discs, starting with remastered versions of old discs on 6th June. Interview With The Vampire will have a video introduction, directors commentary, making-of featurette, still gallery and trailer. Twister will sport directors commentary and 2 music videos, with both these titles containing DTS and 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks. RRP for these will be $24.95, whilst the previous versions of these will be discontinued.

    The 6th June should see a Lethal Weapon box set containing extended cuts of Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2 and Lethal Weapon 3, all of course anamorphic and containing 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks. These discs will also be available seperately, price for any of them is still unknown though.

    Again on 6th June is PBS title Ken Burn's Baseball, a 10 disc set featuring the entire series and DVD-ROM features for $179.95.

    In the distance and land of uncertainty, June could see Seven and Boogie Nights re-released in 2-disc special editions. Also on the remastering board are The Color Purple, The Goonies and Gremlins 2: The New Batch.

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News Headlines For Monday 14th February 2000
NetFlix - Video Buddy
  • The Baby Einstein Company to Release Revolutionary 'Digital Board Books' on Interactive DVD
    Time: 19:20 EST/00:20 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The Baby Einstein Company, leading producer of developmental media products for infants, today announced it will release revolutionary ``Digital Board Book(TM)'' versions of ``Baby Einstein(TM),'' ``Baby Mozart®,'' ``Baby Bach(TM)'' and ``Baby Shakespeare(TM).'' The announcement was made at the American International Toy Fair. All four DVD titles will be released in April.

    ``As a publishing format, DVD offers three extraordinary advantages: interactivity; the capability to store video, audio and print programming; and stunning digital playback quality,'' said Julie Aigner-Clark, founder and CEO of The Baby Einstein Company. ``The ability of parents to control the images and sound stored on DVD makes this emerging technology a revolutionary teaching tool.''

    According to Aigner-Clark, each ``Digital Board Book'' will feature three activity centers -- The Baby Einstein Home Theatre, The Baby Einstein Listening Center and The Baby Einstein Language Lab. The company's award-winning videos will be presented in the Home Theatre. DVD chapter cues will be encoded throughout the videos, allowing parents to repeat or skip particular parts of the programs.

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  • VPD, Inc. Excited About the Sales Potential Of Video Buddy
    Time: 18:59 EST/23:59 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Video Products Distributors, Inc. (VPD), one of the nation's premier distributors of videos and DVDs, is excited about distributing Video Buddy(TM), the new interactive system for kids aged three to six. The company believes Video Buddy(TM) will be in great demand with kids by holiday 2000. Video Buddy(TM) is being launched for national distribution this week at the International Toy Center in New York City, as part of Toy Fair 2000.

    Video Buddy(TM), the breakthrough product developed by Minneapolis-based Interactive Learning Group, Inc., turns videos into interactive learning toys, allowing kids to interact with special videos of popular programs. Video Buddy(TM) turns TV/VCRs into fun, interactive play that challenges young minds.

    According to Marty Jorgensen, senior vice president, marketing and business strategies for VPD, ``The feedback we have gotten on Video Buddy has been outstanding. Video retailers are always looking for new, innovative products to present to their customers- especially family-oriented products. Video Buddy fits that need perfectly.''

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  • NetFlix Launches 'All You Can Watch' DVD Rental Program
    Time: 18:55 EST/23:55 GMT News Source: Yahoo! Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Continuing to transform the home entertainment landscape, Internet movie rental market leader, NetFlix, today announced the launch of its Unlimited Movie Rental service for an affordable monthly fee of $19.95. The new service enables subscribers to rent any number of DVD movies per month without incurring per-movie rental charges, shipping charges, or late fees. Customers can keep movies as long as they want. To introduce the service, NetFlix is inviting consumers to test the program for a free one-month trial period.

    ``Imagine watching whatever DVD movies you want, keeping them for as long as you want, and watching as many as you want, all for a flat fee of $19.95 per month,'' said NetFlix CEO Reed Hastings. ``We have a vast library of nearly 1,000,000 DVD movies that members get unlimited access to -- from the hottest hits to foreign art films. With so many great films available on DVD, this program enables us to provide our customers with an extraordinary movie rental experience.''

    ``Similar to AOL's transformation of the Internet with its unlimited access plan for a flat fee, NetFlix is changing the rules of the movie rental market,'' added Hastings.

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  • Sony demo shows Playstation 2 as rival to DVD-Video players
    Time: 18:40 EST/23:40 GMT News Source: EETimes Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    "The picture quality of DVD-Video played by Playstation 2 is high, well comparable to that of dedicated DVD players," claimed Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) at the demonstration Thursday (Feb. 10) in Tokyo of DVD-Video using its Playstation2 gaming console, which is scheduled to hit the Japanese market on March 4. The feature could help make the new Playstation a rival to dedicated DVD-Video players.

    Manufacturers of audio/video systems were shocked last September when SCE disclosed that Playstation 2 would have a DVD-Video player function. A single console offering both game and DVD-Video functions at a price of 39,800 yen (about $365) could make Playstation 2 a strong competitor to dedicated DVD products. Sony hasn't yet announced the U.S. market price of Playstation 2.

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News Headlines For Sunday 13th February 2000
 
  • The Iron Giant & Southpark Hitting Region 2
    Time: 10:12 EST/15:12 GMT News Source: UK DVD Debate Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut: For those of you who don't follow all the news sites on a daily basis, the disc is released on March 27 with an anamorphic 2.35:1 picture (and a P&S version for you sickos out there) and comes with 5.1 audio. It also has some extras not included on the region 1 disc (which was released through Paramount), 'What Would Brian Boitano Do?' and three teaser trailers. It's not all good news though - the price is £19.99 and it comes in a Warner snapper!

    Warner have managed to get the details for the next big release to us. The Iron Giant will be available to buy or rent on April 17 for £15.99. This animated classic will feature 2.35:1 anamorphic picture and 5.1 audio as well as a few interesting extras.

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  • DVD Fans Refuse the Force
    Time: 10:05 EST/15:05 GMT News Source: Washington Post Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Two weeks ago, Twentieth Century Fox and Lucasfilm Ltd. began accepting reservations for the upcoming home release of "Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace." It will arrive in stores April 4--on videotape only. There it will join the home releases of the other three "Star Wars" flicks--on videotape and laser disc only.

    That puts the "Star Wars" series in a very exclusive group, that of popular movies that have never been released on digital video disc. Movie fans, videophiles and home-theater addicts--a rebel alliance, if you will--have reacted with confusion, dismay and anger at the prospect of their favorite movies being available only on the 1970s technology of VHS or the 1980s technology of laser disc.

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News Headlines For Saturday 12th February 2000
Sony
  • Sony Comment On PSX 2 DVD Rumors
    Time: 12:38 EST/17:38 GMT News Source: Gamespot Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sony Computer Entertainment has demonstrated the features of its DVD player to the Japanese press, and new details have been uncovered.

    First off, we have now learned that the PlayStation2 DVD player will be activated by a driver - and DVDs will not play without it. The 634 K Driver file is preinstalled in the memory card that comes packaged with the PlayStation2 and will be required to be in the first memory-card slot of the PlayStation2 in order for it to play DVD movies. The driver will also be found on the special utility disc that comes packaged with the PlayStation2, in case users happen to delete it.

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News Headlines For Thursday 10th February 2000
ActiveDVD Community

News Headlines For Wednesday 9th February 2000
Three Kings
  • Three Kings - DVD Info
    Time: 15:16 EST/20:16 GMT News Source: DVD Revolution Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Release Date: April 11, 2000. 
    Commentary by director David O. Russell
    Theatrical trailer(s)
    Behind-the-Scenes Footage Including Interviews With Cast & Crew
    Making-Of Featurette
    Deleted Scenes 

    "A confident hybrid of M*A*S*H, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Dr. Strangelove, Three Kings is one of the most seriously funny war movies ever made."

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  • Whole World Listens as New DVD Arrives
    Time: 15:10 EST/20:10 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Dolby Laboratories announces the long awaited distribution of its new DVD, ``We've Got the Whole World Listening.'' Following on the heels of the incredibly successful ``DVD Demo and Test Disc,'' Dolby Laboratories has created a brand new disc specifically designed for the consumer. The new disc contains six of Dolby's theatrical trailers and the Dolby Digital ``Game'' trailer included in PC titles utilizing that technology.

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  • DV Studio Adds Five New Distributors
    Time: 15:05 EST/20:05 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    DV Studio Technologies LLC (www.dv-studio.com) today announced the addition of five new distributors for its MPEG-2 and DVD authoring products.

    With coverage in the United States, Canada, Europe and Taiwan, the company is well on its way of fulfilling its goal to achieve total market penetration worldwide.

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  • DVD International Signs Distribution Deal With World's Leading Classical Music Label
    Time: 15:03 EST/20:03 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    DVD International, one of the industry's leading independent DVD suppliers, has signed a licensing agreement with Naxos of America, Inc., the world's leading classical music label, to release ``A Naxos Musical Journey.''

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  • Scooby-Doo's Original Mysteries - Preview
    Time: 05:51 EST/10:51 GMT News Source: DVD Angle Posted By: Byron Hinson

    DVD Angle has posted a preview of the upcoming Scooby-Doo's Original Mysteries DVD. Here is a snippet:

    As you may expect from a cartoon over 30 years old there are several visible signs of aging. The occasional scratch, fleck of dirt, and debris appear from time to time. After spending years watching Scooby-Doo on TV I can happily say the DVD presentation looks outstanding in comparison. The colors are extraordinarily vivid. Rarely are the blacks muted and the character silhouettes look sharp and crisp. The picture does lack depth. It's understandable considering there never was any depth to begin with. Overall the digital quality is high enough to impress the little ones and entertain the big ones without taking your attention away from the show.

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News Date: Tuesday 8th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
DVD Consoles

  • 20th Century Fox commits to anamorphic DVD across the board
    Time: 17:51 EST/22:51 GMT News Source: DVD Review Posted By: Byron Hinson

    It has taken some time, but we have just been able to learn that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is beginning to take a new approach to DVD. Seeing the impressive success of the format, and of course, their own titles, the studio has decided to give their future DVD releases full 16x9 support. The discussions whether 16x9 enhanced DVDs are something desired by DVD fans or not are flaring up with nice regularity, the major benefit of these discs is that they come from new high definition transfers. Since telecine technology has evolved quite a bit over the past years, newer transfers usually have a much better definition and maintain more detail and quality from the original film print. As such a DVD stemming from a brand-new transfer, usually yields a better-looking picture. Now we got word from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment that the studio will re-transfer all movies that will have a DVD release. Although some selected titles will still have to be standard letterboxed versions, due to technical or artistic difficulties, the vast majority of Fox titles coming to market from this day forward will be 16x9 enhanced!

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  • Matsushita To Introduce Tiny DVD Player
    Time: 15:51 EST/20:51 GMT News Source: IMDB Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Foreshadowing the day of "movies on the go," Japan's Matsushita Electric Co. says it will begin marketing a 1.4 pound portable DVD player, complete with a 7-inch LCD screen, beginning March 10 in Japan. The lightest of any DVD portable, it is priced at $1,000. Another unit, without a screen and weighing only about three-quarters of a pound, will also be introduced for about $500.

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  • It's a DVD. No, it's a game console
    Time: 15:16 EST/20:16 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Everybody knows that Sony's PlayStation2 will be a game console that plays movies. Fewer people know about a new line of DVD movie decks that will play games. Toshiba, Motorola, Samsung, and Raite Optoelectronics (pronounced "Rite") have announced plans to manufacture DVD movie players with a new technology called NUON that will enable them to play games.

    Developed by Silicon Valley-based VM Labs, NUON (which was previously known as Merlin and Project X) is a technology that adds interactivity to digital products. As VM Labs and its partners demonstrated at this month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it does much more than play games.

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  • Jaws DVD Remixed In 5.1
    Time: 15:00 EST/20:00 GMT News Source: Digital Bits Posted By: Byron Hinson

    You Spielberg fans out there will be happy to know that we've uncovered more evidence thatis in production for DVD. We've been told that the film is receiving boffo special edition treatment from Universal, and that the film is being re-mixed for full Dolby Digital 5.1. Look for it later in the year.

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  • Indigo And Kammann Announce Digital Disc-Printing System Sets New Quality Standards for CD, Dvd And CD-ROM Industry
    Time: 09:08 EST/14:08 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Indigo (Nasdaq: INDG) and Werner Kammann Maschinenfabrik, Germany, today jointly announced the Indigo-Kammann K15 Digital Press, a full-color, offset-quality, digital printing press for CDs, CD-ROMs, and DVDs. Combining Indigo's Digital Offset Color printing technology and Kammann's unique disc processing capabilities, the K15 Digital produces superb quality discs in all mainstream disc formats including audio CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs.

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  • Cygnet Sets The Benchmark for A Network-Attached Dvd-RAM Jukebox
    Time: 09:06 EST/14:06 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    InfiniNET and InfiniRAID Are Perfect Companions to InfiniDISC. Cygnet Storage Solutions, Inc., a privately held company, announces the industry's first fully integrated RAID and Networked DVD-RAM Jukebox.

    Cygnet, an ISO9001 certified manufacturer, has taken its superior InfiniDISC(TM) robotic management system that controls multiple drives to read from and write to hundreds of DVDs within the same enclosure and adds two integrated components called InfiniNET(TM) Network Attached Storage and InfiniRAID(TM) Accelerated Throughput Storage modules.

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  • 1965 Dylan Film Coming to DVD
    Time: 08:47 EST/13:47 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    D.A. Pennebaker still remembers the look on young Bob Dylan's face. The 26-year-old singer was watching himself in Pennebaker's soon-to-be released documentary, ``Don't Look Back.'' Dylan appeared ... well, stunned is a good word.

    ``I think the first time he saw it, he went into shock,'' Pennebaker recalls, laughing slightly. ``He had no idea that one camera sitting on one guy's shoulder could make him feel so naked.''

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  • Interactive MPEG-2 Channels To Go Live On The Net!
    Time: 08:45 EST/13:45 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    thebroadscreen.com, announced today that it has laid all of the groundwork to begin MPEG-2 production of digital news and entertainment over broadband Internet connections. The format will be dubbed iDVD(sm) which stands for Internet Digital Video Disk which is a take off of DVD which stands for Digital Versatile Disk, a format becoming widely popular for the distribution of video and interactive entertainment worldwide

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  • That Perfect Gift for Your True Love
    Time: 08:43 EST/13:43 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Consumers looking to test their skills in the romance game or who are ``addicted to love'' and searching for that perfect gift need look no further than DVD EXPRESS (www.dvdexpress.com), the leading online entertainment destination, bringing together DVD, entertainment and gaming.

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  • DVant Digital and Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology collaborate on DVD Honoring Kiowa and Commanche Cradlemakers
    Time: 08:42 EST/13:42 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    DVant Digital, an award winning DVD authoring facility, and Brown University's Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Providence, RI, recently completed an interactive DVD honoring Kiowa and Comanche cradlemakers that will accompany a major educational exhibit explaining the cultural significance of the cradles as well as their history and construction.

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News Date: Monday 7th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Boys Don't Cry - Imagine

  • The Mummy Breaks Records In Region 2
    Time: 16:04 EST/21:04 GMT News Source: DVD Times Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The Mummy has become the fastest selling DVD to date - with an impressive 74,000 sales in its first week according to the R2 Project. This even beats The Matrix by a fair margin. It just shows what a great DVD can do! Congratulations to Columbia/Universal.

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  • Boys Don't Cry
    Time: 16:02 EST/21:02 GMT News Source: DVD Den Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Fox has announced the release date for their highly popular movie Boys Don't Cry. It will be released on 4/18 without any features other than a theatrical trailer. Expect this disc to be priced at $34.95. Leave it to Fox for charging an arm and a leg just for a DVD.

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  • Imagine An Interactive DVD Featuring Musical Mastermind John Lennon
    Time: 15:59 EST/20:59 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    IMAGINE, the 1971 album by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band has now been remixed and remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, supervised by Yoko Ono, and will be reissued in a new version on vinyl, CD and cassette by Capitol Records on March 28th. The album release coincides with the premiere of a revealing behind-the-scenes documentary, "GIMME SOME TRUTH - THE MAKING OF JOHN LENNON's IMAGINE ALBUM," which examines the intense creative process that took place at Lennon's home recording studio in Ascot, England during the 1971 recording sessions. The 56-minute film, produced and directed by Andrew Solt and executive produced by Yoko Ono, was edited from 16mm film footage shot by John and Yoko and hidden from public view for nearly three decades.

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News Date: Sunday 6th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
DVD Genie

  • Playstation 2 - Minimal DVD Features?
    Time: 10:29 EST/15:29 GMT News Source: DVD Times Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A new, quite worrying rumour has sprung up with regards to the Sony Playstation 2.

    According to Gamespot, the next generation Sony console will have minimal DVD features. An article in the Japanese magazine Bart said "users will not have the multi-angle, multi-story, and subtitling options available".

    While this is unconfirmed, it is entirely plausible. Would Sony really release a games console which can also double up as a full DVD player? If they did they'd be seriously damaging sales of their own range of players. Of course, this also means that Sony wouldn't be able to market the PS2 as a DVD player due to it not meeting the DVD specification with regards to these features.

    Hopefully, these rumours are unfounded - we'll all know next month when the console is launched in Japan. UK consumers will have to wait until the autumn before getting their hands on the official UK product.

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  • Glossary Of DVD Terms - Updated
    Time: 10:21 EST/15:21 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As promised a few weeks ago, we have completed the big update of the Glossary Of DVD Terms. There are many new additions and a few bits and pieces removed.

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  • DVD Genie 3.29
    Time: 06:16 EST/11:16 GMT News Source: 3DSpotlight Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Version 3.29 of DVD Genie has been released. You can download it from here. DVD Genie allows you to modify the region code for popular software-based DVD Players such as Software Cinemaster, PowerDVD and WinDVD (among a few). It also allows you to tweak these programs with undocumented features to better fit your system.

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  • Lawsuits cloud open-source DVD player
    Time: 06:06 EST/11:06 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    A trio of lawsuits over DVD de-encryption technology threatens development of a DVD player for Linux.

    Linux users attacked the DVD industry on Friday, publicly debating the potentially far-ranging effects of pending litigation on the availability of an open-source DVD player on Linux.

    More than 150 members of the Linux community gathered at the Jacob Javits Center during the LinuxWorld show, worried about how the DVD industry's lawsuit against supporters of the unlicensed Windows-based DVD player known as DeCSS will affect their own efforts to bring DVD to the Linux platform.

    Last month a New York court granted the Motion Picture Association of America a preliminary injunction against three Web sites that had posted the source code to the DeCSS program, which potentially allows users to unlock DVD discs for viewing and copying.

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News Date: Saturday 5th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Easter Eggs


News Date: Friday 4th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:

  • ActiveDVD: The Thing: Collector's Edition: DVD - Re-Review
    Time: 16:40 EST/21:40 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    I have posted my re-review of The Thing: Collector's Edition. Here is a snippet:

    There are a number of bonus extras packed onto this DVD, they include an great documentary "The Thing: Terror Takes Shape" which features Carpenter, Russell, Cundey and many other members of the cast, they go into great detail explaining film, special effects etc. The running commentary is also well made, with Carpenter and Russell discussing all aspects of the movie and for once on a DVD, never boring you to death with pointless dribble.

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  • Anchor Bay finally supports Closed Captioning
    Time: 15:03 EST/20:03 GMT News Source: DVD File Posted By: Byron Hinson

    In what is victory for hearing-impaired people, Anchor Bay has sent us an email that their upcoming Supergirl disc will be their first to employ Closed Captioning. We've heard from the frustration from many of you that no previous Anchor Bay releases contained any sort of subtitle of closed captioning, and I have to admit it was very sad for me to get countless emails expressing anger and disappointment that a hearing-impaired reader couldn't enjoy his or her favorite movie because there was no subtitles or captions. I remember one email in particular from a fan of Halloween, which is also one of my favorite films. They told me they had been waiting and waiting for a great version of the film on DVD, and when it arrived, they could watch it at all because it contained no subtitles or captions. Can you imagine your favorite film coming to DVD in a kick-ass special edition, only to not be able to enjoy it while most everyone else can? It is really a shame, and such an unnecessary one at that.

    So while I would normally say "way to go Anchor Bay", quite frankly they should have been doing it all along. I certainly hope Supergirl is the start of an across-the-board support of captioning, and along with Image and Criterion, it seems most of the independents are now supporting captioning of some kind (I believe all the studios currently do). It's about time.

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  • Cygnet and Hitachi Increase Storage Capacity
    Time: 15:02 EST/20:02 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Cygnet Storage Solutions, Inc., a privately held company, announces that it has increased its shipping volume of DVD-RAM drives that are manufactured by Hitachi America, Ltd.

    Since the introduction of Cygnet's InfiniDISC DVD/CD Jukebox, DVD-RAM technology has been a key component to providing a low cost and high-capacity optical disc-based storage solution. Cygnet was the first jukebox manufacturer to introduce and ship a DVD-RAM based jukebox.

    Since September of 1998, the use of Hitachi's GF-1050 DVD-RAM drives has offered a reliable way to retrieve information from CD and DVD titles housed within a single unit as well as provide storage for timely and critical data to backup a server's hard drive.

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News Date: Thursday 3rd February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Tarzan Problems

  • Star Trek: TNG On The Way?
    Time: 15:30 EST/20:30 GMT News Source: Digital Bits Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A trio of sources have checked in with more updates on Paramount's upcoming DVD lineup for early 2000, and there's great news for Star Trek fans. According to our sources, the recently released DVDs of The Original Series episodes have sold better than expected. So much so in fact, that the studio has decided to push ahead with plans to release the complete episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation on DVD as well! There's no word on street dates, but the first discs should be out by summer. Speaking of Star Trek, the third movie in the series, The Search for Spock, will be released on April 11th. And work is currently underway on The Wrath of Kahn and The Motion Picture. May we suggest that the DVDs include the longer extended cuts of both of these films? The longer cut of Star Trek II has a number of additional scenes, or pieces of scenes (see this listing at IMDB), and has been shown on ABC here in the States.

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  • No recall for Tarzan
    Time: 15:26 EST/20:26 GMT News Source: DVD File Posted By: Byron Hinson

    When I first heard the details for Disney's Tarzan on DVD, I was excited. Aside from the issue of the rather high price, it seemed to me Disney had all the elements of a great release. They announced both the movie-only and special edition versions at the same time, and infused both with strong features, an anamorphic transfer and 5.0 mixes. Especially coming after the lackluster sales and negative press over their late-1999 animated disc, it really seemed like Disney was finally getting it right...

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  • Bone Collector - March 14th
    Time: 15:23 EST/20:263GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Universal Studios will be releasing "The Bone Collector" in the middle of next month with a few nice features including both the Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, letting the users choose without buying extra discs. The disc will also offer an audio commentary featuring the director of the movie as well as a making-of documentary as well as some more of the usual Universal addition like Cast & Crew bios, Trailer and DVD-ROM stuff. Look for it on March 14.

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ews Date: Wednesday 2nd February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Decss - Warner

  • Site News & General Information
    Time: 16:24 EST/21:24 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As you have all probably noticed, we have increased the amount of updates and information we are carrying with ActiveDVD. Well we have more good news, as of a few days ago we decided to do regular daily updates for the site. We will also be adding much more content in terms of DVD Hardware news, reviews and tips instead of sticking with only DVD-ROM news. To start with we will be reviewing our first DVD Player, the Pioneer DV-626D the review will be posted next weekend with full and in-depth information.

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  • DVD & Windows 2000
    Time: 16:14 EST/21:14 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A large number of people have been contacting us asking how to get their DVD players working on Windows 2000, well the simple fact is, only a few DVD Decoder companies have products out with Windows 2000 drivers we have contacted a few of the companies and they all state that final drivers will be released just before Windows 2000 is officially in stores on Feb 17th. Software decoder companies are also planning newer updated releases in the near future, although some of them already have Windows 2000 compatible players.

    Download Beta 1 Drivers & Applications for Hollywood Plus - Windows 2000

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  • Ravisent First to Ship HDTV-Ready Dvd Player; Millions of PCS Prepared to Decode Full High-Definition Television Video in 2000
    Time: 15:52 EST/20:52 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    RAVISENT Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:RVST), a leading supplier of software solutions to the personal computer and consumer electronics markets, in an industry first, today announced that all of its shipping DVD/MPEG-2 decoder/player products are "HDTV-ready." All copies of the company's CineMaster(R) decoder product line, the leading software-based DVD decoder/players for personal computers shipping since mid-1999, now incorporate advanced proprietary algorithms enabling the decoding of all eighteen (18) digital television formats specified by the Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC), including all the high definition television (HDTV) formats.

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  • Judges Rule in Favor of Industry, Norwegian Programmer Arrested As Decss Crackdown Begins
    Time: 15:51 EST/20:51 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The motion picture and DVD industries have scored victories against the distribution of the CSS crack, with two different judges ordering defendants to remove copies of the DeCSS source code from their Web sites and Norwegian authorities arresting the 16-year-old programmer thought to be responsible for initially publishing the program. While neither court order guarantees that the judges involved will eventually rule in favor of the plaintiffs, they do show that the legal tide has shifted against the online movement for free distribution of DeCSS.

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  • Warner Home Video Kicks Off The Century with New Favorites And Classic Collectibles on Dvd
    Time: 15:49 EST/20:49 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    February DVD Releases Feature Gripping Dramas, Heartwarming Romances and a Celebration of America's Greatest Movie Legend With Four Humphrey Bogart Classics. Warner Home Video (WHV) today announced an entertaining lineup of DVD releases for February including four timeless Humphrey Bogart titles. Each priced at $24.98, suggested retail, the diverse slate of releases will provide something for every member of the family to enjoy.

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News Date: Tuesday 1st February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Wild Wild West

  • Behind DVD Legal Scramble
    Time: 11:53 EST/16:53 GMT News Source: Upside Today Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Leave it to a teen-age boy to trigger the legal scramble that may present the first real test of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. When 16-year-old Jon Johansen of Norway and his friends created the DeCSS utility, the motion picture industry took notice. You see, according to the Motion Picture Association of America, DeCSS allows “motion pictures in DVD format to be decrypted and illegally copied.”

    Johansen, however, says that he created DeCSS simply so that he could play DVD movies on his Linux operating system. (Currently, software DVD players are only available for Microsoft Windows and Apple’s MacOS.).

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  • Sigma Designs Announces Linux Support for DVD and MPEG Video Streaming
    Time: 11:52 EST/16:52 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sigma Designs®, Inc. (Nasdaq:SIGM - news), a recognized leader in digital video solutions, announced today that it will add Linux support to its new REALmagic® NetStream(TM) 2000 card and EM8400 progressive MPEG-2/DVD decoder chip. Sigma will demonstrate Linux DVD playback at InfoValue Computing's Booth 274-276 during the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo this week at New York's Jacob Javits Center.

    Additionally, Sigma and Eagle Wireless International (Nasdaq:EGLW - news) have announced that Eagle has selected Sigma's EM8400 chip for its Webflyer Linux-based Convergence Set-Top Box products. The Eagle Wireless CSTB(TM) featuring REALmagic decoder silicon on the motherboard for DVD and streaming MPEG-2 playback is designed for residential deployment by broadband ISPs. Eagle chose Sigma's REALmagic decoder silicon to help ensure that the Webflyer Linux set-top box meets customers' video quality requirements.

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  • ActiveDVD: Wild Wild West: DVD - Review
    Time: 10:56 EST/15:56 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Wild Wild West - ReviewI have posted my review of Will Smith's recently released box office flop, Wild Wild West. Here is a snippet:

    Most people in Hollywood believed that Will Smith could do no wrong, no matter what type of film he was starring, but when Wild Wild West was in production there were rumors afoot that the movie had a poor script and very few ideas but it was a script that Smith and his Director from Men In Black, Barry Sonnenfeld both read through and accepted as a good one.

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  • Sonic Solutions Sales Of DVDit! Tops the 10,000 Unit Mark
    Time: 10:56 EST/15:56 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Sonic Solutions (Nasdaq:SNIC - news) announced today that sales of DVDit!, the company's DVD authoring application for Windows PC systems, have topped the 10,000 unit mark.

    Coming only a few months after its launch, the sale of the 10,000th copy of DVDit! further reinforces Sonic's role as the world's leading provider of DVD authoring tools, with what is believed to be an over 75 percent market share.

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