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Sony

Is Sony finally ready to play?

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Since Steve Jobs introduced the iPod, I have been rhetorically asking my clients, “… can you tell me why the number one consumer music product is now manufactured by a computer company and the number one consumer electronics company isn’t even in the game?”  My answer was validated in the following article.  Let’s hope that […]

Cablevision

Voom … did you see that?

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The NY Post Reports: In a rare blow for Cablevision patriarch Chuck Dolan, the company announced last night that it had entered a deal to sell its Voom satellite business to Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar for $200 million. Voom — part of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media unit — had been Dolan’s pet project, but twice in recent […]

Cablevision

Voom … it’s gone!

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From: Charles and Tom Dolan Yesterday, Cablevision’s Board of Directors in a split vote passed a resolution to sell or dispose of Rainbow DBS, i.e., VOOM and VOOM 21. While this news is startling, we wish to assure you that the board’s action is not in the slightest way a negative reflection upon you or […]

Special Agent Jack Bauer

More Mobisodes of 24 on a Cell Phone Near You

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The sight of Kiefer Sutherland’s anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer with a flip-top mobile phone clamped to his ear, barking orders as he once again goes about saving Los Angeles from annihilation, has become one of the enduring images of hit real-time drama 24. Now, with the launch of the fourth series of 24 on Sky […]

Final Cut HD

Apple TV, No … Apple HD

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John Markoff of the NY Times reports that: Onstage at the Macworld Exposition in San Francisco last week, Apple’s chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, proclaimed 2005 as “the year of high-definition video,” a strange declaration from someone who was not trying to sell television sets. He kept his laser-like focus on the iPod and the […]

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