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By Markkus Rovito Amidst the bulk of professional broadcasting and content creation news and products announced at the National Association of Broadcasters 2001 trade show, an underlying theme was the momentum gain the industry feels is happening in the transition to digital television. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that they would be partnering in a promotional effort to expand consumer awareness of DTV products and programming options. A print and broadcasts advertising campaign will launch in the fall along with retailer tie-ins. The groups will be meeting in June to work out more details.

By David Dritsas There has been a lot of talk about DVD recording. Movie studios and broadcasters are worried about copyright protection, and CE manufacturers are still coming to terms with which re-cordable format to use. Some hardware is already selling, but is this really going to be the year for consumer DVD re-cording? Or are we just in for a slow and rocky start? "We believe it will take more time," said Chris Bailey, digital and optical products manager for TDK, commenting that, while the DVD recordable market is going to grow, he didn't agree it would explode this year. TDK currently offers three levels

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