(4/7/99 - 3/30/98)
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT RESPONDS QUICKLY
TO SURROUND SOUND DIFFICULTIES IN DVD VERSION OF THE BLACK HOLE
Troy, MI - Anchor Bay Entertainment released the following
statement today regarding the reports of surround sound difficulties
in the DVD version of The Black Hole.
"Last week, we received reports of a problem with the 5.1
sound in the DVD release of the sci-fi thriller The
Black Hole. We've confirmed that there is a problem in
the sound on channel 5 of the Dolby 5.1 mix. The problem should be
noticeable in the Dolby 5.1 mode only.
"As a result, Buena Vista Technical Services will deliver a
new DLT on Saturday April 10, 1999. Anchor Bay Entertainment expects
to ship the corrected product by April 19, 1999 and will take care
of any retailer or individual customer who has experienced a
NetFlix and Amazon.com have just announced a new DVD rental
agreement. Here's the full text of the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AMAZON.COM AND NETFLIX.COM ESTABLISH PROMOTIONAL RELATIONSHIP FOR
THE SALE AND RENTAL OF DVD TITLES
NetFlix.com Strengthens Its Focus on DVD Rentals While Amazon.com
Handles DVD Movie Sales
Scotts Valley, Calif. (December 4, 1998) --
Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) today announced a marketing relationship
focused on making it even easier for online shoppers to rent or buy
DVD movies. Under the terms of the agreement, NetFlix.com will
direct its customers to Amazon.com for DVD purchases and Amazon.com
will offer its customers special promotions for DVD rentals at
The new online relationship will allow both partners to offer their
respective customers even higher levels of service and selection
through cross-promotions, special DVD offers and access to virtually
every DVD title a customer could want to rent or buy.
"NetFlix.com has chosen to concentrate all of our energies on
our core rental customers, who have made NetFlix.com the world's
largest online DVD rental store in seven short months," said
Marc B. Randolph, president of NetFlix.com. "At the same time,
Amazon.com's reputation for tremendous selection and first-class
customer service makes them the ideal partner to handle the sales of
DVD movies to our customers. In addition, NetFlix.com looks forward
to introducing Amazon.com customers to our compelling DVD rental
service through exclusive special offers and promotions."
"The launch of our new video store has vastly increased our
DVD selection and content," said Ram Shriram, Amazon.com vice
president of business development. "Working with NetFlix.com,
we can extend our service to DVD customers one step further, by
offering exclusive special offers from a source that is solely
dedicated to helping customers rent DVDs online."
The Amazon.com video store, launched on November 17, 1998, offers
more than 2,300 DVDs, all accompanied by Amazon.com's search
features and unmatched editorial content, which allow shoppers to
find exactly the video they want at sharply discounted prices.
About NetFlix.com, Inc.
NetFlix.com is the world's first and largest online DVD rental
store. The NetFlix.com online store, located at www.netflix.com,
carries virtually every DVD movie-- currently numbering more than
2,300 titles -- and rents them to owners of DVD video players and
DVD-ROM equipped PCs. In addition to offering its customers the
world's largest selection of DVD movies, NetFlix.com provides 7-day
rentals, same-day-shipping to anywhere in the United States,
easy-to-use search features, advance movie reservations, and
multi-rental discounts. By focusing on online rentals, NetFlix.com
is pioneering a new online retail model and e-commerce category.
Founded in 1997, NetFlix.com is headquartered in Scotts Valley,
About Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), the Internet's No. 1 book and No.
1 music retailer, opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in
July 1995 and quickly became Earth's Biggest Bookstore(SM). Today,
the Amazon.com store has expanded to offer more than 3 million
books, music CDs, videos, DVDs, computer games, and other titles,
plus secure credit card payment, personalized recommendations, and
streamlined ordering through 1-Click(SM) technology.
Amazon.com operates two international bookstore Web sites:
in the United Kingdom and www.amazon.de
in Germany. Amazon.com also operates PlanetAll (www.planetall.com),
a Web-based address book, calendar, and reminder service. It also
operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com),
the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on
more than 150,000 movies and entertainment programs and 500,000 cast
and crewmembers dating from the birth of film in 1892 to the
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties that include, among others, Amazon.com's
limited operating history, the unpredictability of its future
revenues, and risks associated with capacity constraints, management
of growth, and new business opportunities.
More information about factors that potentially could affect
Amazon.com's financial results is included in the company's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 1997, and the
quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30,
Goodtimes Home Video has announced the DVD release of a number of
interesting titles, including Psycho II,
Jaws: The Revenge and Airport.
Here's the full text of their press release:
GOODTIMES HOME VIDEO OFFERS STAR-STUDDED
LINE-UP OF DVD TITLES
Discs Will Be Available At Retail In January 1999
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(November 9, 1998 - New York) Continuing its strategy to take an
aggressive stake in the DVD market, GoodTimes Home Video will offer
an all-new, star- studded line-up of seven feature films on DVD to
the retail market, announced Jeff Baker, Sr. Vice President.
Slated for release on January 15, 1999, the titles include Jaws:
The Revenge, the first of the Jaws films to be issued on DVD, and
Psycho II, which follows the December 1998 theatrical release of the
Psycho remake starring Anne Heche (Six Days Seven Nights) and
William Macy (Fargo). The DVD discs will retail for $19.98 SRP.
Included in the January line-up are:
Jaws: The Revenge - From the
mega-hit Jaws series, Jaws: The Revenge stars Lorraine Gary (Jaws,
Jaws II), Michael Caine (Hannah and Her Sisters) and Mario Van
Peebles (Posse) as they take on a Great White shark threatening the
Brody family in the Bahamas.
Psycho II - Oscar nominees
Anthony Perkins (Friendly Persuasion), Meg Tilly (Agnes of God) and
Robert Loggia (Jagged Edge) star in this spine-tingling sequel to
the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller as Norman Bates returns to the
Bates Motel along with a new wave of brutal killings.
Airport - The original
airplane disaster movie and boxoffice hit features an all-star cast
including Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Helen Hayes,
Jacqueline Bisset and George Kennedy. Martin portrays a pilot who
must maintain control of a 707 with a bomb-toting maniac aboard.
Airport was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
White Palace - Oscar winer
Susan Sarandan (Dead Man Walking) sets the screen on fire as a sexy
waitress who has a torrid affair with a much younger man (Stargate's
James Spader) who has just lost his wife.
Double Dragon - The hit video
game roars to life with amazing special effects and spectacular
action sequences. This high-octane action spectacular stars Robert
Patrick (Terminator 2) and Alyssa Milano (Charmed).
New Jersey Drive - Sharron
Corley stars as a teenaged car thief caught in an escalating cycle
of violence which will surely lead to a deadly conclusion unless he
can beat the overwhelming odds against survival. New Jersey Drive is
set against a riveting rap sound track that features songs from
Queen Latifa. Executive Producer for the film was Spike Lee.
Ulzana's Raid - Legendary
actor Burt Lancaster and Bruce Davidson star in this explosive
Western that pits marauding Apaches against weary Indian fighters
and naïve U.S. cavalrymen.
"This spectacular line-up of action films gives home audiences
just what they crave - A list casts and compelling storylines,"
said Baker. "GoodTimes Home Video is thrilled to be issuing
these titles on DVD."
Headquartered in New York, GoodTimes Entertainment Company is a
fully- integrated, diversified, international multimedia
entertainment organization. GoodTimes Entertainment Company is
comprised of the following divisions: GoodTimes Home Video,
GoodTimes Entertainment International, GT Licensing and
Merchandising, GT Publishing, GT Productions, GT Food and GT Direct.
Here's the text of CD
PlayRight's latest press release, announcing the endorsement
of Hewlett Packard:
September 22,10:00am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
Hewlett Packard Features CD PLAYRIGHT Accessory offer, CD / DVD
TRIO, in HP Pavilion PCs
Shawnee, Kansas--( Wire Service ) September 22, 1998 CD PLAYRIGHT
announced today that Hewlett Packards Home PC division will
include a Special offer for CD PLAYRIGHTs, CD / DVD TRIO in
each HP Pavilion PC sold this fall. TRIO is a three pack of after
market accessories which provide the products, practice, and methods
for caring for CD Rom and DVD Rom Media.
According to David Whitesel; CD PLAYRIGHTS ( Make this Hot Link)
products provide CD & DVD Rom users with the materials consumers
need to keep their optical media in optimum working order. We
believe that the PLAYRIGHT TRIO, will provide HP Pavilion owners
with an edge against the environment where they use CD and DVD ROMS.
The special offer will be bundled with HP Pavilion PCs
allowing purchasers to receive a discount on TRIO directly from CD
TRIO consists of a 4 oz bottle of Quick Shield (Protects 100
disks), which sprays directly on a disks surface and provides
protection against scratches, dirt and hand oils from accumulating
on a disk during routine handling. A 100 Pack of Quick Wipes which
aid in handling media between disk drive and disk case, Quick Wipes
contain an anti static agent to repel dust and electrostatics from
building on a disks surface. In Addition, TRIO includes PLAYRIGHTS
Patented CD / DVD Repair kit, which provides materials to reclaim CD
or DVD ROMS that are inoperative due to scratches. PLAYRIGHTS repair
kit has been tested and endorsed by Warner Advanced Media Operation,
the largest manufacturer of DVD Roms. In that endorsement Warner
Engineers using CD PLAYRIGHTS Repair kit were able to restore
digital error rates on deliberately scratched DVD media, to levels
of new. In addition tests showed that Quick Shield was able to offer
protection against minor scratches which affect DVD performance.
CD PLAYRIGHT spokesperson; David Whitesel said that the HP Pavilion
PC offer compliments a previously signed agreement with TOSHIBA
America, which makes available a different version of TRIO for
Toshiba DVD Player buyers. Combined these agreements ensure that
customers of both companies, will be far ahead of their peers in the
Care, Protection, & Restoration of all their optical Media. Mr.
Whitesel, went on to say that the TRIO bundle address the
common problems CD & DVD ROM users experience during the use of
their optical media, the under $30.00 package is as complete a
solution as can be purchased. According to Mr. Whitesel;
Windows is smart, it directs you to the problem, while CD PLAYRIGHTS
TRIOs, provides the solutions to the suggestions Windows makes
for cleaning and repairing your disks.
About CD/ DVD PLAYRIGHT
CD PLAYRIGHT began branding its own products during 1997, its
US operations are dedicated to the needs of optical disk owners, it
sells its products direct on the Internet, www.
cdplayright.com, by phone, at 800 800 8879 , and through a growing
network of retailers including CD/ DVD rental outlets. Rental
Outlets are experiencing very positive results from using the TRIO
products on their rental stock, which is considered to be a really
CD PLAYRIGHT Sales 800 800 8879
The following is a transcription of an article that appeared in the
Marketplace section of today's Wall
Street Journal (Sept 8th, page B1):
DVDs Catch On (but Don't Junk the VCR
By Bruce Orwall - Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal
Digital videodisks, the long-heralded "next-generation"
technology for watching movies at home, are coming of age.
The size of audio compact disks, DVDs are touted by many as
superior to videocassettes and videocassette recorders. But DVD
virtues - most notably, a sharper picture - were initially clouded
by technological and and political hurdles, including the reluctance
of movie studios and video retailers to in any way injure the
videocassette cash cow.
Now, a year after the disks' national rollout, studios, retailers
and video dealers are warming to DVD. The reason: Just as the
videocassette market is showing signs of maturity, DVD is growing
more quickly than expected. And after making a strong showing with
so-called "early adopters" - the hard-core movie and
technology buffs who are always eager to try something new - there
are signs that DVD is making inroads with mainstream consumers.
Michael Johnson, president of Walt Disney Co.'s powerful home-video
unit, thinks DVD is more than just another new niche product. And
Warren Lieberfarb, president of Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Home
Video, says, "The vital signs are strong." Time Warner
helped develop the DVD technology, and its Warner Bros. unit has
been the format's strongest backer.
One significant step for DVD is scheduled for today, when Viacom
Inc.'s Blockbuster unit plans to announce the national rollout of a
new program to rent movies in the DVD format, for the same price as
renting a videocassette. Blockbuster will also begin renting DVD
players provided by Philips Electronics NV, giving consumers a
chance to try out the machines for five nights at a cost of about
$14.99. Blockbuster says the program will be introduced in about 500
of its 3,400 stores.
Jim Notarnicola, Blockbuster's chief marketing officer, says the
chain hopes to be a catalyst in moving the DVD format into the
mainstream. The ability to rent DVDs is seen as critical to gaining
widespread acceptance; to date, most people have seen DVD as a movie
format that consumers buy, rather than rent.
Notwithstanding its DVD enthusiasm, Blockbuster isn't eager to
hasten the demise of the stalwart VCR. Nor will that happen anytime
soon. For all the attractions of DVD - including a feature letting
viewers jump to any point in the movie with the click of a button -
DVD players can't record TV programs, and models that can record are
still several years away.
DVD made its debut in seven test markets in March 1997 before going
national. In all, about 500,000 DVD players have been sold to
consumers in the U.S. so far, and DVD backers expect that to rise to
nearly 800,000 by the end of the year. Shipments to retailers should
top one million by the end of 1998. Both figures compare favorably
with the earliest years of compact-disk players and VCRs.
Sparking the growth has been a drop in the price of DVD players and
wider availability. Hardware prices have now dropped as low as $299.
Meanwhile, mass-market discount retailers like Dayton Hudson Corp.'s
Target stores, Kmart Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are expanding
their DVD hardware offerings this fall, giving rise to hopes of a
strong Christmas season.
Steve Birke, vice president and general merchandise manager for
Target, says that chain began carrying DVD in all 800 of its stores
on July 1. "I don't think it's a short-term fad, I think it's a
long-term trend," he says. He is expecting a strong holiday
season for DVD but adds that "it's got to hit that magical $199
price point" to truly catch on.
Also contributing to the momentum: All the major studios except
start-up DreamWorks SKG have finally agreed to issue movies on DVD -
and DreamWorks is expected to announce its DVD imminently. The last
two major holdouts, Viacom's Paramount Pictures and News Corp.'s
Twentieth Century Fox, both agreed to participate in DVD this
Altogether, about 2,000 movie titles will be available by the end
of the year, up from about 1,750 now. They can typically be bought
for about $19.99 per title; some are already priced at $14.99,
though, and many may drop to $10.99 in the not-too-distant future.
Best Buy Co, which sells both hardware and software, sells a robust
30 software titles for each hardware unit, says Joe Pagano, vice
president of merchandising for movies and music.
There are still stumbling blocks in Hollywood for DVD. Not all
studios are releasing films on DVD simultaneously with their release
on videocassette. Paramount Pictures sent box-office king "Titanic"
sailing into the home-video market last week without a DVD offering,
and so far there are no plans for one.
At Twentieth Century Fox, Patricia Wyatt, consumer-products
president, says that studio announced its entry into DVD last month
because the format appeared to be reaching a "critical mass."
But Fox is being very cautious, not wanting to drain business from
videocassettes. "I think we need to look carefully at the
dynamic between the two formats," Ms. Wyatt says.
Many of the movies that aren't yet available on DVD are exactly the
titles that people build movie collections around. Steven Spielberg,
director and producer of some of the biggest movies ever made, has
blocked the release of most of his films on DVD. A spokesman for Mr.
Spielberg says he is waiting for the market to mature.
Disney plans to show its faith in the DVD format later this year
when it hopes to release its summer hit "Armageddon" on
DVD and videocassette simultaneously. Disney will also offer a DVD
version of "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas,"
a made-for-video sequel to the original animated hit. But Disney's
Mr. Johnson says the company's animated classics won't be released
on DVD until the format achieves broader market penetration.
A remaining wild card is Digital Video Express, or Divx, a
videodisk format developed by electronics retailer Circuit City
Stores Inc. and a Los Angeles law firm.
The Divx system, like DVD, comprises a player and discs. But under
the Divx system, a customer wanting to see a movie pays $4.49 for an
encrypted disk that can be played for 48 hours beginning with the
first use; after that period, encryption resumes. If the viewer
chooses, the disk can be recharged permanently, via modem, for an
additional charge. While Divx's encrypted disks can't be played on a
DVD player, DVD disks can be used with a Divx player.
Divx's national rollout is a month away, but there are signs that
its start will be rocky. For one thing, the Divx partnership is late
in raising $100 million in financing for the next year of
development and operations. For another, industry insiders are
saying that results in two test markets - San Francisco and
Richmond, Va. - aren't encouraging.
Nevertheless, a Digital Video Express spokesman says the company is
convinced its product will be a successful complement to DVD. He
declines to discuss specifics concerning the test markets but says
the company is pleased with the results.
The following article was found on
PC Meter Meets Its Maker
by Chris Oakes
Wave Systems Corp. (WAVX) thinks you won't always want to buy
software. More and more, rather, you'll want to rent it.
Proof is in the Internet, the company says, where content is
supported by advertising and (some) pay-per-view. Similarly, the
future's dominant software and content business model will be
supported on a per-use basis, not outright ownership.
On this reasoning, Wave is equipping PCs with a usage meter -- the
built-in ability to track and bill a consumer's use of content and
software. WaveMeter is the company's proprietary hardware-based
system for measuring, controlling, and billing the use of electronic
content for this purpose.
"It's a piece of hardware in your computer," said Wave
Systems president Steven Sprague. "Using a dial-up connection
and your credit card, you put money on the meter."
To get this technology under the hood of consumers' PCs, the
company announced today that integrated circuit-maker Standard
Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) has licensed the technology to build
WaveMeter technology into its chips.
Users of PCs with meter-equipped Standard Microsystems chips will
thus be able to purchase pay-per-use or rent-to-own entertainment,
education, and software titles. Wave Systems says it has
partnerships with some 30 consumer software companies offering game
and family software titles, such as Red Storm Entertainment,
McGraw-Hill Home Interactive, and GT Interactive.
With metered usage, these publishers see lower marketing and
distribution costs, along with the ability to reach new users not
interested in buying software outright.
Consumers meanwhile can pay for software and information based upon
actual use in incremental amounts. If it's a software title, the
payment system might be something like $1 or $2 per day, capped at a
total expense of 80 percent of the retail purchase price. (At that
point, the user would own the software.)
But Wave Systems has been trying to advance its ideas in hardware
for over four years now, with no successes to this point. For the
fiscal year 1997, revenues were a mere US$11,000 for the company,
with a $16.4 million loss.
Some observers think there's a reason the company has yet to make
money on its technology.
"I don't perceive a considerable consumer pull for the
applications this technology will be used with," said Jupiter
Communications analyst Seamus McAteer, an opinion echoed by another
analyst, Zona Research's Vernon Keenan.
"Overall I'm pessimistic on metered content. Like
micropayment, it relies on capabilities built into the client --
i.e. the user's PC. That needs to be widespread with a critical
mass," Keenan said.
Part of the lack of interest on the part of consumers, McAteer
believes, is an aversion to monitoring technology built into their
PC, be it a smart-card reader or a usage meter. "I don't know
if people are comfortable with that notion."
Nor does McAteer see the pay-as-you-go market. Consumers, he said,
like to own. "There is a real value in ownership." Part of
that value is the consumer's ability to take their time in getting
to know a piece of software, he said.
As far as the Internet being proof of the pay-per-use model,
McAteer says such content has been a small part of Web use, and
primarily confined to pornography publishing. Even there, he said, "I
don't know if people are gong to want to have a chip on their
motherboard for pay-per-view porn."
These negatives are why these analysts see a niche application at
best, though Keenan believes that if Wave Systems can achieve the
all-important critical mass, with PC manufacturers building the
technology into PCs, it may have a chance.
Wave is relying on the field-of-dreams, "if you build it they
will come" philosophy, he said. But in this case, he points out
that there are several parties that have to build it -- from chip
suppliers like Standard to PC manufacturers to software companies,
including Microsoft Corp. building metering APIs into its operating
When there are that many builders involved, Keenan says new
technologies such as the WaveMeter usually don't achieve the
critical mass they demand.
Still, Wave Systems recognizes that ubiquity is the name of the
game for such technology to work, and hope that today's announcement
is the beginning of such a trend. And that will depend on PC
manufacturers opting for the added cost of WaveMeter in the
motherboard circuitry they purchase from Standard Microsystems.
Sprague estimates that the cost for manufacturers will come in at an
acceptable, sub-$5 per PC.
Standard Microsystems is a sizable partner too, supplying
integrated circuits to PC-makers worldwide. It shares the market for
such chips primarily with National Semiconductor. Wave Systems'
Sprague believes Standard Microsystems' hardware is found in 30
percent to 40 percent of the PCs sold.
The initial plan calls for Standard Microsystems to build the
metering capability into an input/output motherboard device it
supplies to PC manufacturers. Independent of the CPU and the
operating system, the triple-DES-encrypted technology is very
secure, Sprague said.
To sweeten the pot for manufacturers opting to order meter-enabled
hardware, the Wave licensing arrangement lets them draw a percentage
of all pay-per-use revenue.
"You have to be pervasive on the desktop before you can
introduce a client security solution," Sprague said. "This
helps us get the technology broadly deployed."
The following is a brief article taken from
Repair Kit Saves Delicate DVDs
(05/20/98; 7:05 p.m. EST)
By Andy Patrizio, TechWeb
Toshiba launched five digital versatile disc players and three
large-screen TVs on Tuesday, but lost in the hoopla was a much more
significant piece of news for DVD owners: the consumer electronics
company is promoting a new product that can restore scratched DVDs
to their original condition.
Stores that rent out DVD discs have long complained about their
fragility. After just a few uses, they say, discs can come back with
scratches or other damage that renders them unusable.
But CD PlayRight, a German company with U.S. headquarters in
Shawnee, Kan., is marketing Trio, which provides scratch protection
and restoration for all optical media, including CDs, DVDs, and
Trio for DVD sells for less than $30 and consists of three
products: DVD Quick Wipes for removing smudges, DVD Quick Shield and
Cleaner to protect them from the scratches and scrapes, and most
importantly, the DVD Repair Kit. The kit has a mild abrasive that
can remove scratches.
Quick Shield adds a layer of protection to make the discs more
durable, while the repair kit can remove even a scratch resulting
from a nail being drawn across the surface of the disc.
Besides Toshiba, Trio has been endorsed by Time Warner's Advanced
Media Operations unit. "We would never have included this in
our packaging if we didn't see proof that it was a usable and
workable solution," said Craig Eggers, director of product
planning for Toshiba in Wayne, N.J.
Along with its new DVD players, Toshiba is offering a $5 discount
for Trio for DVD, and three free movies from NetFlix, a DVD rental
site on the Internet.
But Trio is not widely available in the United States yet. Dave
Dassa, manager of Laser Blazer, a large laser disc and DVD rental
outlet in West Los Angeles, is somewhat skeptical about whether DVDs
can be repaired. "It sounds interesting, but I have to see it
first," he said.
CD PlayRight is already established in Europe, but is just
beginning to penetrate the U.S. market, according to David
Whitesell, director of the company's U.S. operations. Trio is only
for sale through the CD PlayRight
website but will
eventually reach retail outlets, he added.
As many of you know, Toshiba yesterday announced a new line of DVD
players and projection TVs, which use progressive-scan technology.
You can view the actual press conference on the Toshiba web site by
The following is a copy of Toshiba's official press release:
Toshiba Introduces New Era of Video
Performance With Colorstream Pro Progressive Scan Technology And DTV
Tuesday May 19, 3:30 pm Eastern Time
WAYNE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 19, 1998--Toshiba today opened
the door to a new era of video performance with the introduction of
its revolutionary ColorStream PRO(TM) progressive scan technology
and DTV Interface Terminals. These two technologies bring together
the maximum performance capabilities of color TV and DVD-Video, as
well as provide consumers with the ability to enjoy the full
benefits of future DTV programs.
ColorStream PRO progressive scan provides a non-interlaced
component video DVD/TV connection that allows DVD-Video to reach its
maximum picture quality potential. Toshiba includes a ColorStream
PRO progressive scan output on its new Platinum Standard SD7108
DVD-Video player and ColorStream PRO inputs on three new projection
TVs: the Cinema Series 71-inch TP71H95 and 61-inch TP61H95, as well
as the TheaterWide 65-inch Model TW65H80.
The benefits of ColorStream PRO are rooted in the nature of the
DVD-Video format. Every DVD-Video disc is mastered in MPEG-2
progressive scan (480P). But until now, DVD-Video players have had
to re-format the progressive scan signal into an interlaced NTSC
image for display on conventional TV sets. This process entails an
inevitable loss in vertical resolution, the appearance of visible
scan lines, and some perceptible flicker -- all weaknesses inherent
to the interlaced NTSC system.
By preserving DVD's progressive scan image, the ColorStream PRO
connection provides a new dimension in total picture quality,
delivering a more film-like, three-dimensional image. The
progressive scan image is flicker-free, with virtually no visible
NTSC line structure or motion artifacts, and offers better temporal
and vertical resolution. The difference is immediately visible,
especially when seen on a large-screen projection television.
Further complementing its ColorStream PRO technology, Toshiba's
Platinum Standard SD7108 DVD-Video player features automatic 3:2
pull-down compensation, a film-recognition mode that displays
24-frame film sources as a high-resolution 60-frame progressively
scanned video signal. The Platinum Standard SD7108 is truly the
world's first DVD player fully prepared for the DTV era.
All of Toshiba's ColorStream PRO-equipped projection TVs also
feature a new DTV Interface Terminal -- making them DTV-ready
display devices. With the addition of a compatible set-top receiver
box, the DTV interface terminal permits these Toshiba projection
sets to display the maximum picture resolution of DTV programming.
Adding yet another level of DTV-readiness, the TheaterWide TW65H80
provides users with the ability to view DTV programming in the full
16:9 widescreen aspect ratio.
Steve Nickerson, Toshiba Vice President of Video Marketing,
commented: ``Both ColorStream component video and the introduction
of our breakthrough ColorStream PRO flow from the unique advantage
Toshiba enjoys as a leader in both color TV and video source
manufacturing. This enables us to stay ahead of the competition by
designing complementary technologies and building them into both the
source and the display device, which is exactly what was needed to
implement ColorStream PRO.''
Toshiba America Consumer Products is an independent operating
company, owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba
Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with
Make sure to visit Toshiba on the World Wide Web at
The following was found on Time.com,
and reveal the true reason for the lack of Amblin titles on open
DVD. Here's a hint: it's not Divx and it ain't DTS. Basically, it's
what I've been saying for a while now - you can't have a million
selling DVD, if there aren't a million DVD players out there yet.
The good news? Spielberg will do DVD, it's just a matter of time...
TIME.COM NOTEBOOK/THE SCOOP APRIL 6, 1998
VOL. 151 NO. 13
Spielberg: DVD Means Definite Video Delay
(Hollywood) If you've just bought a DVD player and can't wait to
watch favorite flicks like E.T.
and Gremlins, better not
disconnect your dusty old VCR. Although there are nearly half a
million DVD machines in U.S. homes, STEVEN SPIELBERG is keeping his
entire film library--including pictures produced by his company
Amblin--off the format. Some DVD boosters think Spielberg is
resisting because he favors a sonics alternative made by Digital
Theater Systems, a company he partly owns, which has not been
embraced by major hardware manufacturers. The director's spokesman
says he's merely waiting for millions more consumers to buy the
players: "It's a question of the marketplace maturing, and
Steven feels very strongly about it." One Amblin title, Twister,
slipped out "under the radar" through Warner Home Video,
but other films made for various studios are being held back. "Why
would we want to upset Spielberg?" asks an exec from Universal,
which owns rights to Jaws but
won't release it for fear of alienating the man responsible for many
of the studio's greatest hits. Spielberg isn't the only holdout.
Paramount and Fox have also steered clear of DVD, while Disney has
yet to commit any animated classics to the format. It isn't the
first time major content providers have resisted new technology:
Capitol-EMI refused to put out any Beatles titles during the early
years of the compact-disc revolution.
--By Jeffrey Ressner /Los Angeles