Friday, November 30, 2001
01:04 PM ET
Sony Music International Marketing Through YesAsia.com
Sony Music International today said it is marketing its Asian releases in the U.S. through a pact with San Francisco-based retailer YesAsia.com. YesAsia will promote Sony artists including CoCo Lee, Leon Lai and Chemistry both online and off-line. The retailer operates three web sites offering multiple language and currency services. YesAsia sells music, video, karaoke, games, electronics and toys, and also has a marketing deal with EMI Music Asia.
12:34 PM ET
NAB Says It's Opposed to EchoStar-DirecTV Merger
The National Association of Broadcasters Thursday announced its opposition to the proposed merger of satellite broadcasters EchoStar Communications and Hughes Electronics' DirecTV. "This merger would create the world's largest monopoly video delivery system," NAB President and CEO Edward Fritts said in a statement. "The burden is on EchoStar to explain how America will benefit by combining the only two satellite companies that compete with cable," Fritts added. EchoStar won the bidding war for Hughes last month,, agreeing to pay nearly $26 billion to acquire its rival. In announcing the deal, EchoStar Chairman and CEO Charles Ergen said the merged company would be able to compete with cable broadcasters "on all levels." The NAB, which represents television and radio broadcasters, made the announcement following a discussion of the proposed merger this week.
11:04 AM ET
Industry Group Endorses IBiquity Digital Radio Technology
A joint committee for the radio and consumer electronics industries has endorsed technology developed by IBiquity Digital, saying the system offers FM broadcasters "an excellent opportunity" to make the transition from analog to digital. IBiquity said Thursday that the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) has completed its evaluation of IBiquity's in-band, on-channel (IBOC) FM technology and recommended that the Federal Communications Commission authorize IBOC as an enhancement to the current analog FM broadcasting system. IBOC will enable radio stations to broadcast digital-quality audio signals as well as wireless data for applications including song information, traffic and weather data to radio receivers, according to the company. The NRSC is jointly sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and the Consumer Electronics Association. NAB President and CEO Edward Fritts said in a statement that the trade group will work with the FCC "in moving the process forward." IBiquity claims to be the sole developer and licenser of digital AM and FM radio broadcast technology in the U.S. The company formed in July 2000 with the merger of Lucent Digital Radio and USA Digital Radio.
09:43 AM ET
BMG Selling Downloads in the Netherlands Via Wireless Messaging
BMG Entertainment this week began selling downloadable singles in the Netherlands to mobile phone users who order the tracks via short messaging service (SMS). The label group said it is letting listeners to Dutch radio station Radio 538 order five songs by sending a keyword via SMS to 5380. Once 5380 receives the message, the station emails an encrypted download with the key to decrypt the file. Consumers may not only listen to the track on their PC, but also transfer the file to a portable music player, according to BMG. Downloadable tracks from the forthcoming major label-backed services MusicNet and Pressplay will not initially allow users to transfer tracks to portable devices. Consumers for the 538 service are billed for the tracks through their mobile service providers. Artists involved in the service are Alicia Keys, Westlife, Alcazar, Volumia and Kane. Tracks are available at the site through the end of this year.
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Thursday, November 29, 2001
Dutch Judge Orders Kazaa to Shut Down
ABC Plans to Add Wink's Interactive Service to TV Programming
Liberate Shopping Games To Cable Operators
Mondo Media in Syndication Deal with Heavy.com
Digimarc Settles Suit Against SESAC
OpenTV to Bring Interactive TV to Major Japanese Cable Network
Comcast to Debut Games Channel in April
Bankruptcy Court Approves Williams' IBeam Asset Purchase
Court Rejects Corley Appeal in DeCSS Case
Palm Says It Will Cut Staff, Meet Revenue Guidance
Judge Dismisses Felten Case Against RIAA
Wednesday, November 28, 2001
RioPort to Offer Music Subscriptions in Early 2002
Video Tech Developer Diva Secures VOD Patents
Excite May Have to Suspend Service Friday
SONICblue to Ship Controversial DVR This Week
Schmidt Leaving As Bertelsmann Reorganizes Ecommerce Group