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MUSIC E-TAILERS AGREE TO PLAY SIGHTSOUND’S TUNE

Settlement reached before case went to federal district court

VARIETY – By Paul Sweeting
02/23/2004

WASHINGTON — In an accord with wide-reaching implications for the music and movie download biz, Bertelsmann Music subsids CDNow and N2K have agreed not to contest a series of patents held by SightSound Technologies covering the commercial downloading of [...]

SIGHTSOUND WINS DOWNLOAD DECISION JUDGE EXPANDS PATENT TO WEB

VARIETY – By Paul Sweeting
02/14/2002

WASHINGTON — In a twist that could put a kink in studio and record company online plans, a federal magistrate in Pennsylvania has ruled that patents held by SightSound Technologies for distributing audio and video files over telecommunications networks covers Internet distribution.

The ruling, in a suit brought [...]

CHANGING – NAVIGATE THE BEST MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT, AND MULTIMEDIA SITES.

Fortune Magazine – Excerpt
01/01/2001

SightSound.com hopes you’ll pay for some of the coolest shorts, movies and music on the Web. The idea of paying may not appeal to all Net surfers, but the prices are very reasonable, and the content is top notch. The 32-minute hit, Quantum Project v 4.0, goes for $3.95.

VIRTUAL MAKEOVER

Variety – Justin Oppelaar
11/30/2000

SightSound retools for move from content to tech

NEW YORK — In an apparent move to distance itself from the perilous world of online entertainment distribution, SightSound.com is expanding and reorienting its corporate structure toward technology rather than content, as well as taking on a new name.

The Pennsylvania-based [...]

THE GEAR 100 – THE HOTTEST PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS ON THE PLANET

Gear Magazine – Steve Appleford
12/31/2000

[#70] SIGHTSOUND.COM

A film, animation and music site, Sightsound.com has made its name with ‘The Quantum Project’, a downloadable sci-fi drama starring Stephen Dorff and John Cleese that is the first feature film made specifically for the Internet.

“EXPENSIVE LESSONS”

eVariety – Justin Oppelaar
10/01/2000

With all the crowding by online media pundits lately about the impending broadband Internet revolution, you’d think everyone is now hooked up to the fat data pipe, enjoying all sorts of multimedia content at lightning speed. Hardly.

While ‘Net monitor Jupiter Communications predicts that over 15 million U.S. homes [...]

‘SOUTH PARK’ ON SIGHTSOUND.COM

MSNBC – MSNBC Staff and Wire Reports
09/25/2000

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 — Almost every week a high- profile dot-com entertainment venture seems to shut down or lay off much of its staff. But it’s not all doom and gloom in the world of Webcasting. Sightsound.com will become the online home for past episodes [...]

QUANTUM PROJECT, HOLLYWOOD’S FIRST 100-MEGABYTE BLOCKBUSTER, IS COMING TO A COMPUTER NEAR YOU.

Wired – Debra Kaufman
06/01/2000

While the studios dither over Web strategies, a relatively small production house called Metafilmics rolled tape, clapped states, and produced Quantum Project – a 35-minute drama now playing exclusively at www.sightsound.com. “We’re hoping,” says its coproducer Barnet Bain, “that Quantum Project will help instigate a quantum leap.”

Countless movies [...]

WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER SUPPORTS CD BURNING

CBS.MarketWatch.com – Frank Barnako
07/17/2000

Microsoft (MSFT: news. msgs) said Monday its final version of Windows Media Player 7, to be released at midnight, Pacific time, will include software from Adaptec (ADPT: news, msgs) to support creating custom CDs. The software also offers a built-in media guide. CD copying, a radio tuner, and support [...]

MEETING THE SURGING DEMAND FOR BROADBAND

Information World – Geneva Sapp
07/01/2000

THE EMERGENCE OF broadband technology, with its promise to reach an even greater number of Internet users, is forcing many digital-media companies to rethink their business strategies. Specifically, companies such as Miramax, Sony, Time Warner, and Universal try to take advantage of a channel that unites sales and [...]

DISPUTED SOFTWARE TO BE USED FOR ONLINE FILM DISTRIBUTION

The New York Times – John Markoff
06/14/2000

SAN FRANCISCO, June 13– A digital video and music distribution company plans to announce on Wednesday that it will make its movies available as encrypted files on the Internet using the controversial Gnutella software, a company spokeswoman said today.

The company, Sightsound.com, based in Mount Lebanon, [...]

HOLLYWOOD EXPERIMENTS ONLINE WITH ‘QUANTUM’ LEAP TO FEATURES

USA Today – Josh Chetwynd
05/04/2000

When SightSound.com unveils Quantum Project at midnight ET Thursday(9 p.m. PT), the Internet revolution -and Hollywood’s role in it -will get a serious test.

The 36-minute Quantum is billed as the first feature film to be made for and distributed exclusively on the World Wide Web. While it’s [...]

DISNEY’S MIRAMAX TO DISTRIBUTE FILMS ONLINE VIA SIGHTSOUND.COM TECHNOLOGY

The Wall Street Journal – Bruce Orwall
04/18/2000

Walt Disney Co.’s Miramax Films unit is making its first foray into online film distribution via a new agreement with Web company SightSound.com to make 12 Miramax films available online for downloading on a computer.

Miramax and other big film concerns have taken a slow approach [...]

WILL CYBER PATENTS STYMIE HOLLYWOOD GIANTS?

Los Angeles Times – Greg Miller and Davan Maharaj

09/13/1999

Internet: Debate swirls as rights are granted for delivery of movies online and other business models.

Disney, Sony, Time Warner and other entertainment giants are preparing for the day when they can pipe their movies and music into consumers’ homes over the Internet.

But a [...]

MOVIES HIT THE NET

Time – Joshua Quittner and David E. Thigpen
09/06/1999

The words from the movie trailer flicker across the small screen with quietly creepy menace: “Six miners lost in the wilds of Colorado in the 1870s,” reads the first line, which disolves as a suspenseful,subtonic noise rumbles from the soundtrack. “Five half-eaten corpses. One survivor [...]

TWO ENTREPRENEURS TRY TO TURN NET PATENT INTO A BLOCKBUSTER

The Wall Street Journal – Thomas Petzinger Jr.
05/07/1999

SCOTT SANDER and Arthur Hair don’t come off as entertainment moguls. Their office is next to a suburban high school. Between them they have nearly as many children-eight-as they have employees. They ooze sincerity. They live in Pittsburgh, for Pete’s sake.

But during a lunch [...]