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By Gary Arlen President, Arlen Communications My Beverly Hills pal has put his wallet back into his pocket without buying the HDTV set he was eager to own. For nearly six months, he peppered me with all sorts of questions about HDTV. He's just moved into a new house and wants to upgrade from a big-screen projection TV set to a cool flat-screen display. And he wants to keep using the TiVo equipment that he has become so dependent upon. It sounds like an easy sale, especially since he's a wealthy consumer in prime real estate. But he is a lawyer (at the fringes

By Gary Arlen President, Arlen Communications Whenever I talk about MovieLink, CinemaNow, AtomFilms or any of the emerging and legitimate download and streaming movie services, one of the first questions is invariably: "Do you just watch them on your computer screen?" As if there were something wrong with that! But, in fact, broadband delivery of online movies leads well beyond the desktop and laptop-directly to the digital video screens that are promulgating in American homes.  The other oft-asked question is how long it takes for a movie to download. We're no longer in a dial-up modem world, with its painfully slow transmission. Broadband

Another Angle on Display's Future By Gary Arlen President, Arlen Communications "Contrast, Uniformity and Brightness" (call it the CUB criteria) is Ray Kwong's mantra as he explains the "ScramScreen," his company's vision for bringing the price of, let's say, a 52-inch flat display down to the $2,000 range. Moreover, prototype versions are barely seven-inches deep—further suggesting a breakthrough competitor to the LCD, DLP and plasma competitors now reaching the market. Predictably, Scram Technologies Inc., the Maryland company that Kwong heads, is juggling its engineering agenda with marketplace realities, like any tech-centric start-up. It has signed a licensing agreement with Samsung to manufacture the ScramScreen,

By Gary Arlen President, Arlen Communications The Chinese government last month donated $1.4 million to help American high school students learn the Chinese language and culture. Yang Jiechi, the Chinese ambassador to the U.S., in a diplomatically correct statement, observed that, "People-to-people contact between China and the United States is important for increasing mutual understanding, fostering friendship and expanding bilateral relations. The bridge of understanding and friendship cannot be built without language." The China-funded Chinese courses—which have already met with criticism by educational officials concerned about strings being attached to the program—may be put in place by 2006. Supporters of the plan point out that the majority

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