Hollywood supporting HD-DVD format

PC World | UPDATE – HD-DVD picks up Hollywood support
The group supporting the HD-DVD optical disc format for high-definition video has received a boost in its battle against the rival Blu-ray Disc format with pledges of support from a number of Hollywood studios.

The format will be used by Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, the HD-DVD group said on Monday. It will also be used by HBO, Warner Bros. announced the same day.

TRADE WAR BREWING: South Korea Bans Japanese Plasma TVs

South Korea bans some plasma TV panels
South Korea Monday temporarily banned imports of plasma display panels made by Japan’s Matsushita Co., the Financial Times reported.
The action followed a complaint filed with the Korean Trade Commission by LG Electronics claiming Matsushita violated its intellectual property rights.

DoCoMo invades the UK

Bloomberg.com: U.K.
NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan’s largest mobile-phone operator, and MMO2 Plc will introduce a cellular- phone service in the U.K., Ireland and Germany based on the Japanese carrier’s i-mode wireless Internet technology.

DoCoMo will assist MMO2, the U.K.’s fourth-biggest mobile- phone operator, with data distribution and content development, DoCoMo said

WiFi Standard specially screwed up for Japan

Mobile Pipeline | 802.11 Standard Modified For Japan
The IEEE has approved an amendment to IEEE 802.11 that will enable WLAN vendors to offer wireless products that adapt to new frequencies, different channel widths, and operating parameters for indoor and outdoor use in Japan.

Europe willing to dump Japan from the Fusion Project

The EU will go ahead with locating the International Themonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France if no agreement can be reached with Japan by the end of the year over where to build the plant, according to EU research ministers.

Japanese Netcasts Create Ballball Games for One

Netcasts throw ball clubs a curveball
….Rakuten Golden Eagles plan to offer live Internet coverage of games at its Miyagi Stadium in Sendai. It will provide users with multi-angle footage they can choose from, while also making available stats on players involved. Netcasts covering games until they finish also offer an alternative to TV coverage, which frequently ends while play is still in progress… In Japan, there are lots of ideas that have to be tried out, like letting visitors choose to watch only the player they want to see instead of the entire game …

Sony ‘claiming’ Playstation shortages

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Sony Playstation shortage predicted
PSPs hard to find

THE PORTABLE PLAYSTATION from Sony appears to be so rare and sought after that finding machines is turning into a quest, according to a report.
Sony, while scoring massive points on the PR/hype front for the PSP, seems to have lost out on the distribution front with huge shortages predicted.
Japan’s ITMedia news service reports that Sony has already told major retailers about the number of systems that they will be getting in time for launch and many are complaining that they will not have any. …

Digital broadcasting is being shoved down Japanese consumers’ throuts

Digital broadcasting catching on quickly
….the nation will mark its first anniversary on Dec. 1 as an increasing number of customers tune in to the new service and digital TV set sales continue to be brisk.
But some hurdles must be cleared before 2011, when the current analog format TV broadcasting will be replaced….