Electronic Items at Top of Xmas Lists - A new survey from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) shows that 67% of U.S. consumers plan on buying at least one consumer electronics product as a gift during the upcoming holiday shopping season. Also, spending on those products is expected to be up three percent over last year. The No. 1 CE gift item this year is a digital camera, replacing DVD players at the top of the planned gift list for the first time in years. The No. 1 desired gift is neither of these but a plasma TV.
Dolby Headphone Integrated with DualDisc - Dolby Labs and 5.1 Entertainment/Silverline Records are collaborating to integrate Dolby Headphone options into the new DualDiscs becoming available this month. Silverlines are the first multichannel music discs providing users with a personal surround sound experience using any stereo headphones. 30 DVD-As featuring Dolby Headphone-encoded AAC tracks will constitute the first Silverline release. The mostly rock titles will include music videos, interviews, still photos, concert footage, lyrics and web link extras.
Denon Drops Hi-Res in Entry-Level Players - Denon is discontinuing offering either SACD or DVD-Audio playback in their budget and entry-level players. A Denon PR rep observed These formats are being totally ignored by general consumers and at this price point their inclusion is a waste of time and money. Denon continues to support both new formats in their high-end players.
First Full-Length Feature Film on the Net - Paranormal specialists Adoni.us have announced what they claim to be the first full length full screen movie to be distributed via the Internet. (There are many movies already available on certain sites for those with the proper software and patience to download them - since half a day of downloading is normal even with a DSL connection, but perhaps they are referring to legal downloads.) Their film is "Real UFOs" - it is 90 minutes length and viewable in high quality full screen with Microsoft Media Player.