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VARIETY – By Paul Sweeting
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 [...]
VARIETY – By Paul Sweeting
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 [...]
Fortune Magazine – Excerpt
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.
Variety – Justin Oppelaar
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 [...]
Gear Magazine – Steve Appleford
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.
eVariety – Justin Oppelaar
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 [...]
MSNBC – MSNBC Staff and Wire Reports
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 [...]
Wired – Debra Kaufman
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 [...]
CBS.MarketWatch.com – Frank Barnako
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 [...]
Information World – Geneva Sapp
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 [...]
The New York Times – John Markoff
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, [...]
USA Today – Josh Chetwynd
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 [...]
The Wall Street Journal – Bruce Orwall
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 [...]
Los Angeles Times – Greg Miller and Davan Maharaj
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 [...]
Time – Joshua Quittner and David E. Thigpen
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 [...]
The Wall Street Journal – Thomas Petzinger Jr.
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 [...]