Redbox Taking Over DVD Rentals – Their $1 a night rate for the hottest new movies beats all other physical disc and download services, but they do it by offering only a very limited selection of films that are big with the public at the moment, totally ignoring classic films, indie and art films. (No shipping charge since you go to their kiosk, and they do now offer Blu-ray.) Redbox and Verizon have teamed up to offer a new video streaming service in competition to Netflix. They say it will launch the middle of this year, and allow consumers to enjoy the new and popular entertainment when they want, using the media and devices they prefer. Verizon has recently agreed to buy NCR, the company making the Blockbuster Express kiosks that are Redbox’s chief rival. Redbox would like to take over all aspects of the home video industry.
KEF Launches Square Speakers – KEF’s addition to their Q- and C-series models are both rectangular and square units intended for in-wall or in-ceiling installation. They feature two-way designs, low profile appearance, magnetically-mounted grilles, forward woofer mounting to eliminate diffraction distortion, and “tangerine” waveguide—which is said to widen the dispersion and improve driver protection. The tweeters are in the center of the woofer to operate as a single point source, to disperse sound widely and evenly thruout a room. They also use an asymmetrical tweeter island to reduce diffraction distortion and improve off-axis high-frequency response.
Judge Rules Against Kaleidescape DVD Copying – A judge of the California Superior Court has ruled in favor of the licensing agent for the CSS copy protection on DVDs, and against home entertainment server developer Kaleidescape to stop them from marketing offending equipment. The DVD copy control technology (CSS) is licensed by the six major motion picture studios in concert with the largest consumer electronics and computer firms. Kaleidescape claims they designed their products to protect the rights of content owners. The copies they put on their servers retain all the original copy protection intact and serve to distribute the content thru in-home networks, to make movies easier to find and play back. Kaleidescape even adds more encryption to the original files, and the DVDs on their servers are blocked from being copied to the Net, to writeable DVDs or to computers or mobile devices. Their system identifies rental DVDs and prevents them from being imported. With Blu-rays the actual original disc must be placed in the server’s disc vault before the digital copy can be accessed. The company said their average family owns 506 movies on Blu-ray and DVD. Kaleidescape won its first trial back in 2007 when a judge said their products comply with the CSS license agreement.
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