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The CE Pro Complaints Choir

In the tradition of Valituskuoro, Finnish for “complaints choir,” CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson wonders how the home-technology industry might sing about their woes.

Julie Jacobson · February 14, 2008

The CE Pro Complaints Choir

What would a CE Pro complaint choir sound like? A new musical genre called Valituskuoro is finding favor among millions of malcontents around the world.  Finnish for “complaints choir,” the term originally was meant to describe situations in which a lot of people kvetch simultaneously.  But some enterprising artists took the term literally, launching a […]

Julie Jacobson · February 14, 2008

Porn Industry Warms Up to Blu-ray

Leading video producer Digital Playground to ship first XXX title in Blu-ray format, after year-long success with HD DVD.

Julie Jacobson · December 20, 2007

Escient Says Vision DVD Server Complies with DVD CCA and DMCA

Ripped DVDs maintain copy protection; cannot leave the Escient network

Julie Jacobson · December 19, 2007

Circuit City Firedog Employees Defy Cargo Pants Rule

An exclusive investigation into just what makes up cargo pants.

Julie Jacobson · December 22, 2006

Circuit City Firedog Employees Defy Cargo Pants Rule

An exclusive investigation into just what makes up cargo pants.

Julie Jacobson · December 22, 2006

Silly Things Integrators Say

Failure is the only thing that undermines the fabric of the CE industry, and failure is what happens to a lot of companies that create every system from scratch and give every customer everything they ask for.

Julie Jacobson · May 02, 2006

Saavihome, Theater Xtreme Launch Home Technology Franchise Coompanies

Two new franchise companies think they can do for custom home technology what Performahome, Smart House and so many others could not.

Julie Jacobson · September 01, 2005

Julie Jacobson: DVD CCA Is an Innovation-Stifling Cartel

The DVD Copyright Control Association (DVD CCA) is a bunch of bullies. Not just because this legalized cartel sued Kaleidescape, but because the organization manages to coerce all manufacturers of DVD players to sign away their rights to innovation. The DVD CCA was created in 1999 to be the sole licensor of the Content Scramble System (CSS), an […]

Julie Jacobson · January 01, 2005

Copy Protection Group Sues Kaleidescape

The legal action being taken by the DVD Copy Control Association against video server manufacturer Kaleidescape raises many questions about the product category. Among those questions: Is its future in jeopardy?

Julie Jacobson · January 01, 2005