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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 35  •  8/31/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

September 1, 1982:
* In a televised address, President Reagan endorses "full autonomy" under
Jordanian supervision for Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip;
demands a freeze on Israeli settlements; and calls for negotiations leading to
an undivided Jerusalem. The speech comes on the same day that the last
Palestinian and Syrian fighters leave west Beirut.
* Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo closes all of the country's private
banks so they can be "incorporated directly into the service of the nation." He
also announces the imposition of a system of strict currency exchange controls.

* Robert Frederick, a former vice president of General Electric, is appointed
President of RCA Corporation: * RCA PRESS RELEASE: 'STAR WARS' to Highlight RCA Promotions for VideoDisc System this Fall INDIANAPOLIS, September 1 -- Five separate promotions will be launched by RCA this fall in support of its "CED" VideoDisc system, including plans for a national "Star Wars" campaign that features the box office champion movie currently being introduced on video disc. RCA's fall activities are designed "to build on new momentum now favoring VideoDisc," said Jack K. Sauter, RCA Group Vice President. "One year after the introduction of the RCA VideoDisc system, we have fashioned a strong marketing effort that combines the new $299.95 optional retail price level for a player with the proven success of outstanding movies that a consumer will want to own for convenient viewing." Thomas G. Kuhn, Division Vice President, RCA VideoDiscs, noted that consumer reaction to the offering of more current movies such as "On Golden Pond" and "Superman" had been very positive this summer, particularly when retailers offered the discs free with the purchase of a player. "It is quite clear that software has become a major sales opportunity for a variety of consumer electronic dealers, particularly those who make a strong display commitment to the expanding 'CED' catalog," Mr. Kuhn said. He noted that RCA has just concluded a pilot agreement with Sears that will result in RCA VideoDiscs being displayed in more than 750 of the company's stores. Mr. Sauter said the signs of momentum in favor of the "CED" VideoDisc system included "a growing awareness by retailers of the favorable business opportunities represented by this new product that will certainly benefit from an improvement in the nation's economy. As the cumulative impact of national advertising and strong software-oriented promotions take effect with the consumer, we fully expect that VideoDisc will be a demand item at retail this holiday season." The RCA executive also noted that the "CED" system has clearly "forged to the front in the video disc competition." RCA sales to dealers rose sharply this summer, he said, with more players sold in total over the past 12 weeks than the previous 37 weeks combined. He attributed recent sales gains by the "CED" system to the introduction of stereo players. RCA now offers two stereo models in its full line of four VideoDisc players, and "the demand for stereo VideoDisc has been exceptionally strong," Mr. Sauter said. "We now expect that nearly half our total player sales will be in stereo models." RCA's new deluxe model, SGT250, with wireless remote control and electronic function controls, has already been increased in production plans. Both RCA stereo VideoDisc players are equipped with output jacks for hookup to an external amplifier/speaker system or stereo-ready TV. RCA's first major national promotion begins Friday, September 3 and features a free disc offer and a money-back guarantee. Participating dealers will arrange for the purchaser of any model RCA VideoDisc player to receive two free VideoDisc albums direct from RCA. Purchasers can also take advantage of a five-day free home trial of an RCA VideoDisc player as part of the promotion. Factory RCA advertising in support of this event will be highlighted by a major newspaper ad in some 200 markets in mid September, followed by two 1500-line ads in late September and October. The free disc offer will also be highlighted on RCA's network TV commercials. The company's planned "Star Wars" promotion will begin October 21 and will be built around an offer of the just-released stereo "CED" video disc title with an optional retail price of $34.98. The "Star Wars" disc will be offered free with the purchase of an RCA VideoDisc player at participating dealers. RCA will introduce the promotion next month with a major advertising and merchandising campaign that builds on the unprecedented appeal of the George Lucas-produced movie that surpassed all previous box office records and was seen by more than a billion movie goers. RCA will spend over $2 million on national television and in newspapers to advertise the free "Star Wars" promotion. Mr. Sauter noted that the proven mass appeal of "Star Wars" will "certainly help establish video disc as an entertainment medium in its own right and as a more attractive and economical means for consumers to build their own movie libraries at home." He noted that "Star Wars" as a 20th Century-Fox video disc is optionally priced less than half that of the tape version. Three special RCA promotions this fall are designed to appeal to fans of specific categories of entertainment, such as the James Bond series, horror films and comedy. As noted, Mr. Kuhn said that during the period September 14 through October 16, consumers will be offered a $10 incentive with the purchase of three Bond titles. Following up that particular software promotion will be a similar Halloween event based on a selection of seven major horror titles now on RCA VideoDisc. New releases for this event include "Carrie", "Rosemary's Baby" and an "American Werewolf in London." A third theme promotion is scheduled for November with 13 comedy discs offered as part of a rebate and coupon retail merchandising activity. Mr. Kuhn also noted the beginning of a special RCA magazine advertising campaign with "an upbeat, winning personality" that stresses the consumer's home life can be more entertaining with the RCA VideoDisc system. The second half campaign will include 34 insertions in 10 national magazines. RCA has significantly expanded its catalog of VideoDisc programs to 295 titles, with more than 400 "CED" titles from RCA and other brands to be available by the end of the year. Mr. Kuhn noted that RCA's original catalog one year ago consisted of only 100 titles. * CED Title Releases for September 1982: Big Fights, Vol. 3: Sugar Ray Robinson's Greatest Fights Carrie [RCA] Don't Look Now Doobie Brothers Live In Concert- Santa Barbara* Every Which Way But Loose Four Musketeers, The Howling, The In-Laws, The Kenny Loggins Alive!* La Cage Aux Folles Marathon Man Public Enemy, The Ragtime (2) Rebel Without A Cause Rosemary's Baby (2) Saturday Night Live, Vol. 2: Richard Pryor/Steve Martin Shaggy Dog, The Streetcar Named Desire, A Tony Bennett Songbook, A* What's Up, Doc? September 2, 1982: * Wladyslaw Gomulka, former Polish Communist leader, dies at the age of 78. September 3, 1982: * President Reagan signs into law a bill providing $98.3 billion in tax increases and $17.5 billion in spending reductions for the fiscal years 1983-85. * Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: The Incubus. September 4, 1982: * Twenty-four people are killed and 38 injured by a fire in a downtown Los Angeles apartment house. * "Abracadabra" by Steve Miller becomes the No. 1 U.S. Single. The music video of this song appears on the CED title "Picture Music." September 5, 1982: * The shock wave of an extraordinarily powerful solar flare arrives at the outer magnetic field of the Earth causing spectacular auroras and briefly disrupting some electric power systems. September 6, 1982: * During a news conference organized by the Salvadoran Human Rights Commission, three women accuse government troops of indiscriminately killing 300 unarmed civilians during a seven-day antiguerrilla campaign in San Vicente Province. September 7, 1982: * The discovery is reported, by scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health, of synthetic chemicals that fit brain cell receptors so well as to instantly turn on or off symptoms of extreme anxiety in monkeys. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Mat" <matthew.tuck> To: <> Subject: New CED discs Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 21:56:18 +0100 I have a number of new CED discs in PAL/UK format, still sealed in original cellophane, they are on ebay. take a look if your are interested. Regards Matthew ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: JacksMustangs Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2002 20:31:49 EDT Subject: hi....? please To: hi i,m retired an don,t under stand some have rca videodisc player stylus cart replacment guide and they [all 3] you show have no needle your showing just the case is good i just need needle..can you help me buy just a needle ? thank you jon in minn ------------------------------------------------------------------------ To: Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 20:34:16 -0800 From: "Tom Howe" <> Subject: RE: Stylus Loose Connector Problem >I have a vague memory (and they're all getting more so every day) about an >electrolytic glue being available on the market. I don't know where...perhaps, >Radio Shack. Would this not be a simple and solution to fixing the problem >without the threat of "burning your bridges before you?" I haven't tried using conductive glue on stylus cartridges, but there are a couple different kinds on the market. One is epoxy-style conductive silver: The other is based on conductive carbon, not unlike a CED itself: These products claim strength comparable to conventional solder, and would be worthwhile testing on some of these stylus cartridges with the broken flyleads. --Tom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ To: Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 20:43:45 -0800 From: "Tom Howe" <> Subject: RE: SJT400 Sound >Been working on this SJT-400 for some time to replace loading >mechanism that arrived with several broken pieces. Now I find >that it has a great picture but no sound. Stereo players have two Audio FM Demodulator IC's, one for each audio channel, while mono players have only one. If the single IC in monaural players fails there is no sound period, while stereo players usually fail on one audio channel or the other. Although failure of these chips is the most common reason for sound problems, it's unlikely they would both simultaneously fail in a stereo player, but perhaps the prior owner of the machine used it as a mono machine after one chip failed until the second one also failed. The audio demodulator IC is the RCA CA3215E FM-IF Amplifier/Detector Limiter chip. This part is no longer readily available, but can be scavenged from parts machines. The problem could also be in the audio processing circuitry past the demodulator chips. This includes the Audio Matrix/Buffer (a quad op-amp IC), the decoder/rectifier IC, and the decoder/amplifier IC. >While I'm writing, has anyone encountered J or K series players >that had the loading belt turn to ooze? It's rather common for this belt to decompose into difficult-to-remove black tar. I haven't found a solvent that effectively dissolves this without also dissolving the 1st reduction gear. But Goo Gone does a passable job of removing the ooze when applied liberally with a small piece of coarse kitchen sponge: --Tom


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