Old tech

The way we watch movies at home changes relatively quickly, as the death of the videocassette illustrates. What's more, commercially successful technology isn't always as good as that which it replaces.

Sunday, 10 April, 2011, 12:00am

Better colours, sound and pictures

With software on DVD yet to arrive, and DVD camcorders still in development, the only use for DVDs is home theatre. So how does it compare with the other three popular video formats? Let's start with videotape. This provides the lowest picture resolution, the worst sound standard and includes all of the hiccups and glitches that come with reproducing video from an analogue source.

25 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

China Star eyes fund channels

China Star Entertainment says it is studying various channels to raise funds. The company, which distributes and sells videocassettes and laser discs, said it was unaware of any reason for the recent rise in its share price and trading volume.

9 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Simply wanting free and fair competition

I refer to the report headlined, 'Film imports 'risk' future of cinemas' (South China Morning Post, September 16).

27 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Little fun in store during a wet weekend

ON a wet weekend in Hong Kong, seafood on Lamma is out, the Maclehose Trail covered in mist, and the cinemas booked. What to do? No problem - a trip to KPS, a phone call to the pizza shop and everything is taken care of.

But in Singapore it is not so simple.

17 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Blitz on pirate laser discs

POLICE have issued an emergency order instructing officers across China to step up raids against the sale and manufacture of pirated laser discs, reports said yesterday.

The move coincided with a meeting between top United States trade negotiators and their Chinese counterparts in Beijing.

9 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Record haul

CUSTOMS officers seized a record four million cigarettes and 859 pirated laser discs in two separate operations. The cigarettes were uncovered during a routine search at Man Kam To, while the laser discs, worth about $260,000, were imported by air from Singapore.

11 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Copyright violators decimate industry

THE film industry claims to have lost tens of millions of dollars over the past five years because of violation of laser disc copyright in China.

Hollywood films such as Schindler's List, Indecent Proposal and Intersection and Hong Kong movies such as Love and the City and Crossings are being shown in Guangzhou laser disc theatres without permission.

3 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Working with imponderables

JOHN Paul Massey likes to wander around the KPS Video Express outlet in Central's Prince's Building - the chain's number one sales store - and talk to customers about available stock.

This is because, although KPS has proved itself to be one of the territory's more technologically sophisticated retailers, nothing beats first-hand information about what the market wants.

1 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Fakes seized

MORE than 4,000 Japanese-made counterfeit karaoke laser discs destined for the burgeoning China market were seized by customs. The haul was made at Kai Tak airport and a building in Fo Tan. A 46-year-old man was arrested.

18 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Pirated laser discs seized

HONG Kong Customs authorities have sought help from Japan and Macau in connection with the seizure of 10,000 pirated laser karaoke discs worth $5 million at Kai Tak airport.

Senior Superintendent Vincent Poon Yeung-kwong of the intellectual property investigation bureau believed the goods discovered by airport command officers last Wednesday were intended for Macau.

22 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Sight and sound converge

PIONEER has developed a system that offers audio and video fans the best of both worlds.

LaserActive has been developed in conjunction with Sega Enterprises and NEC Home Electronics.

The multi-platform system consists of a main unit, (a combination of laserdisc and compact disc player), and three optional control packs.

27 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Revolution in compact discs proves a real education

COMPACT Disc-Interactive (CD-I), the revolutionary entertainment and educational system invented by Philips, is acknowledged as a major technological breakthrough.

Unlike an ordinary CD, the CD-I contains digitally stored sound, text, still pictures and moving video images.

2 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Wo Kee Hong net spins 35.9pc higher

WO Kee Hong (Holdings), the electronics distributor which is also the largest presser of laser discs in the territory, saw net profits for the six months to June push ahead 35.9 per cent to $135.15 million.

Turnover soared 56.1 per cent to $1.44 billion and chairman Richard Lee Man-fai promised shareholders further new business ventures in the second half to keep up the pace.

2 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Close watch on cinema sex

I REFER to the letter ''Too much sex and violence'' from Ms Miranda Hong (South China Morning Post, April 23). Under the three-tier film classification system, there are strict standards governing the portrayal of sex, violence and triad elements.

4 May 1993 - 12:00am