On This Day … 05 June [2022]

People (Births) 1953 – Kathleen Kennedy, American film producer, co-founded Amblin Entertainment. Kathleen Kennedy Kathleen Kennedy (born 05 June 1953) is an American film producer and current president of Lucasfilm. In 1981, she co-founded the production company Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and her husband Frank Marshall. Her first film as a producer was E.T.… Read More

On This Day … 04 June [2022]

Events 1977 – JVC introduces its VHS videotape at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. It will eventually prevail against Sony’s rival Betamax system in a format war to become the predominant home video medium. JVC JVC (short for Japan Victor Company) is a Japanese brand owned by JVCKenwood corporation and formerly by the Victor… Read More

On This Day … 29 May [2022]

People (Deaths) 1979 – Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founder of United Artists (b. 1892). Mary Pickford Gladys Marie Smith (08 April 1892 to 29 May 1979), known professionally as Mary Pickford, was a Canadian-American film actress and producer with a career that spanned five decades. A pioneer in the American film industry,… Read More

What was the High-Definition Optical Disc Format War?

Introduction The high-definition optical disc format war was between the Blu-ray and HD DVD optical disc standards for storing high-definition video and audio; it took place between 2006 and 2008 and was won by Blu-ray Disc. The two formats emerged between 2000 and 2005 and attracted both the mutual and exclusive support of major consumer… Read More

What is Streaming Media?

Introduction Streaming media is multimedia that is delivered and consumed in a continuous manner from a source, with little or no intermediate storage in network elements. Streaming refers to the delivery method of content, rather than the content itself. Distinguishing delivery method from the media applies specifically to telecommunications networks, as most of the traditional… Read More

What was the Videotape Format War?

Introduction The videotape format war was a period of competition or “format war” of incompatible models of consumer-level analogue video videocassette and video cassette recorders (VCR) in the late 1970s and the 1980s, mainly involving the Betamax and Video Home System (VHS) formats. VHS ultimately emerged as the preeminent format. Overview The first video cassette… Read More

On This Day … 20 May [2022]

Events 1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope. Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison (11 February 1847 to 18 October 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include… Read More