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April 7, 2004

DVD-A Compatibility Problems with Universal Player - One of the popular new universal disc players is Pioneer’s entry-level DV-563a (around $140). Unfortunately it has been discovered that a number of recent pop DVD-A titles originating from Universal will not play on the player. Pioneer suggested it was related to copy protection and Universal felt it might be due to a recent revision to the DVD-authoring software used. Both are investigating the problem.

DVD-RAM Usage Increases - Speaking of DVD authoring, Panasonic has announced the addition of Ulead Systems to their list of providers of digital media software employing their DVD-RAM format. Three of Ulead’s DVD & CD software solutions use DVD-RAM to speed transfer of video and for its qualities of interoperability between PC, camcorder and set-top units. DVD-RAM also has several times the storage capacity of CD-R and CD-RW and can be re-written approximately 100,000 times.

DTS Develops Lossless Audio Process - Digital Theater Systems is currently demonstrating to distributors and exhibitors a new lossless technology which can deliver soundtracks in movie theaters which are bit-for-bit identical to the original masters. It is an extension of the DTS Coherent Acoustics codec, and can be used on any film format from 16mm to 70mm as well as digital cinema. Sample rates include 44.1, 48 and 96K and 16 to 24 bits. Nearly all films from major Hollywood studios now feature DTS digital sound.

Classical Music News - The Florida Philharmonic has folded and had to hold an auction of its goods to pay creditors. American tenor David Pisaro recently completed an unusual two-week recital tour. He walked across northern England in January, performing Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise in small villages each night of the 230-mile trek. He said he wanted to put his body and feet into trying to reach an audience who care about the human condition and not just the human voice. Gidon Kremer left his $3 million dollar Guarneri violin on a train to Washington DC; Amtrak officials returned it to him the same day. A Miami driver accused of playing loud rap music and violating a noise ordinace was sentenced to listen to opera as punishment. He chose La Traviata and said he enjoyed it.

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