The cost of digital camcorders is coming down and software is flooding onto the market for video editing. The field is still in its early stages; like many new directions for computers over the years, early adopters are having a fine time learning acronyms and technical details but normal people are well advised to stay away. […] continuedRead more
After eight months of deliberation, a San Francisco federal judge ruled that popular DVD-copying software from 321 Studios has to be yanked off the market within seven days. Here’s an article with more details and a bit of the technical background. The ruling encompasses any product that breaks the copy protection on commercial DVDs. […] continuedRead more
There continues to be chaos in the world of recordable DVDs. The blur of acronyms has not changed in the last year or two – DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-Ram and the rest. There is some movement to reduce the impact on consumers by making players that can play all the formats, but you’re still well advised to stay away from digital video until you’re ready to study hard. […] continuedRead more
The FCC is preparing to move forward with regulations to support the embedding of a “broadcast flag” to encrypt digital television signals. This is a complex issue but it may directly affect your pocketbook and your life for years to come.
Here’s a helpful FAQ by Cory Doctorow about the broadcast flag and the likely consequences if it is imposed on us. […] continuedRead more
Lord of the Rings fans: You have a long memory, right? Think back to last year – you bought the DVD of Fellowship of the Ring right away, and then found out that the extended edition – the one you really wanted – wasn’t released until three months later. You wound up with two copies, right? […] continuedRead more
There’s a huge library of files to download at Download.com. I just found out that it includes movie trailers for 50 or 60 new and upcoming movies at this Movie Trailers – Download.com page. A good way to get psyched for Pirates of the Caribbean, which has an exceptional trailer. […] continuedRead more
You’ve just gotta see the Honda commercial airing in the UK. Here’s a page where you can view the commercial in your browser – Flash required. It’s about 4Mb total, so it may be jerky or slow to appear on a dialup connection. Here’s an article about how the commercial was created. […] continuedRead more
You can read the conversation between Neo and the Architect here, in case you missed anything the first time. (For goodness’ sake, don’t read it if you haven’t seen the movie yet!)[…] continued Read more
The Two Towers will be released on DVD in two editions, as with The Fellowship of the Ring. On August 26, the theatrical release will be available on DVD – but the one you really want is the special edition with 48 extra minutes of footage, available on November 18. Mark your calendar! […] continuedRead more
There’s an exploding market for home media centers. I can’t cover all the new equipment, but maybe this will help.
I have a huge digital music library on my computers, which I maintain scrupulously – all sorted into folders, with ID3 tags for artist and album and genre, all carefully groomed. […] continuedRead more
Learn to live without Real One Player. You won’t be able to play some audio and video streams – but your computer will thank you.
Real Networks has earned a special place for its devious behavior – installing flashing icons down by the clock, popping up incessant pitches for money, concealing the checked boxes during installation that cause you to start receiving volumes of junk mail, and lots more. […] continuedRead more
A great new buzz word has turned up. You’ve heard about “time shifting,” in which you use a video-recording device – a VCR or a TIVO – to delay the viewing of live content, such as TV shows.
This year will see the introduction of a wealth of portable video devices. […] continuedRead more
There’s exciting stuff being developed that will change the way your home entertainment system works. It will take a couple of years for it all to come to fruition, but the devices in the pipeline look very appealing.
Here’s an article that sums up some of the trends. An interesting prediction from the columnist:
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“I’ll go out on a limb and say that, in less than five years, it will be pretty hard to buy a midrange home PC that doesn’t come with a built-in TV tuner and the ability to digitally record television programs.
The New York Times has an article today with an intriguing premise: the world of video on demand is here, and it’s being delivered by . . . the Post Office.Read more
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(1) Beginning July 1, 2004, all new televisions with 36” screens or larger must include digital receivers; in 2007, all new televisions must include digital receivers.
(2) The digital receiver will be required to include copy protection technology, making it impossible to copy digital programs.