Posts filed under “Digital Media”

U.S. To Amy Winehouse: No, No, No!

Amy Winehouse will not be on hand for the Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 10) in Los Angeles, after her visa application to enter the United States was rejected by the American Embassy in London.

This will surely be derided as puritanical and premature in Europe and the UK. From the NYT blog The Lede:

Her application seemed in doubt on Tuesday, when she exited a rehabilitation clinic in London after 11 days to meet with embassy officials. A day later, she was questioned by police regarding a video that appeared to show her smoking crack cocaine.

“Amy has been progressing well since entering a rehabilitation clinic two weeks ago and although disappointed with the decision has accepted the ruling and will be concentrating on her recovery,” a statement distributed on her behalf said.

Ms. Winehouse’s absence will raise questions for the event’s organizers, who must prepare for her to win at least one of the six awards she’s up for. The nominations include all four of the most prestigious categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.

Organizers also have a severe shortage of drama as well, according to a critic for the Chicago Tribune who penned an essay, “Why the Grammys really need Amy Winehouse.”

“Would the British singer get out of a rehab clinic in time to perform her hit ‘Rehab’ on the nationally televised awards show?,” Greg Kot asked. By now he must know the answer, which like all bad news, came in threes: “No, no, no.”

Ms. Winehouse was by no means the first musician to face restrictions on her global travels. Snoop Dogg was barred from Britain in 2006 and Australia in April, when he was set to co-host the MTV Australia Awards.


Amy Winehouse

Friday Night Jazz: Amy Winehouse

February 7, 2008,  4:44 pm

Amy Winehouse Denied Entry to U.S.


Why the Grammys really need Amy Winehouse
Greg Kot
Chicago Tribune, February 3, 2008,1,7704835.story

Category: Digital Media, Music, Politics

Friday Night Jazz Sarah Silverman

Category: Digital Media, Music, Television

Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge

No surprise here: Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge After Warner Move:

"One week after Warner Brothers Entertainment announced that it was abandoning its support for the next-generation HD DVD format in favor of the Blu-ray high-definition format, consumers abandoned HD DVD.

What was a 50-50 market split in 2007 for the high-definition players shifted sharply in Blu-ray’s favor in the new year. For the week that ended Jan. 12, Blu-ray hardware captured 90 percent of the market, according to data collected by the NPD Group, a market analysis firm."

Wired had the best take on the matter:

Hey HD DVD: It’s Not Just a Flesh Wound   

You’ve got to hand to Toshiba. Even now, when faced with overwhelming evidence that Sony’s Blu-ray has won the high def format war, the mortally wounded HD DVD backer just keeps on prolonging the inevitable.

So to the HD DVD camp I say this: You’ve put up a good fight, guys, but seriously, what are you going to, bleed on Blu-ray? Let’s move on with our lives.


Sales of HD DVD Players Plunge After Warner Move
NYT, January 28, 2008

Hey HD DVD: It’s Not Just a Flesh Wound
Bryan Gardiner
Wired, January 28, 2008 | 4:22:25 PM

NPD Confirms Huge Blu-ray Share Jump

Category: Digital Media, Television, Video

Black Friday Night Jazz



On days like this, where the market opens up over 100 and closes down 170, I always get that "Black Friday" feeling — that no one really wants to carry much equity exposure over the weekend.

On rare occasions, these days set up ugly Mondays (Wait! Didn’t we just have one of those?)


But its Friday night — Enough market talk! Its time for some jazz to mellow out to.

I’m a big Steely Dan fan. Saw ‘em live a few times, always loved this song.

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Category: Digital Media, Friday Night Jazz, Music

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Category: Digital Media, Media

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Wireless Picture Frames?

Category: Digital Media, Web/Tech

CD Sales Plummet 15%; Digital Sales Gain 45%

Category: Digital Media, Music

Game Over in Blu-Ray HD contest?

I’ve mentioned the Blu Ray/HD quandry in the past, but it seems the fight is drawing to its conclusion. In both the US and Europe, Blu-ray discs are significantly outselling HD DVDs.

But its this MacRumors chart (below) that pretty much sums up the battle:



Its hard to see how HD has a shot.

Now the question becomes how fast the prices drop on both the Blu Ray players and movies, but for now, I am sticking with an upconvert Sony for the big TV.


UPDATE: January 8, 2008 8:21pm

Why would prices go down?

As we previously discussed, I suspect many consumers have been on the sidelines awaiting the winner of the format war between Blu-Ray and HD.

As that fades away, the total number of purchases of the winner — Blu Ray — will go up significantly.

Thus, economies of scale, mass adaptation, and desires for deep market penetration will drive prices lower.

As to the monopoly issue — I doubt its an issue. 1) These are video playback toys, not an essential product or service; and B)  There is still legit competition from ordinary DVD players (fer cryin out loud, you can still buy VCRs for $29).   

My apologies for failing to explain the intermediate steps in my thinking  . . .

Category: Digital Media, Film, Technology, Video