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|CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 22 • 5/31/2003|
20 Years Ago In CED History: June 1, 1983: * Musa Awad (Abu Akram), a leading civilian member of Al Fatah, announces that he and other prominent members of Yasir Arafat's group are joining those opposed to Arafat's continued leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). * RCA VideoDisc Releases for June 1983: Airplane II: The Sequel Airport (2) Amazing Spiderman, The Baseball's Hall of Fame Beast Within, The** Blues Alive* Candid Candid Camera Carbon Copy Carole King: One To One* Chatterbox Class Reunion* Collector, The Earthling, The Emanuelle in Bangkok Endangered Species Evening with Robin Williams, An Gauntlet, The Gilda Goodbye, Columbus Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday, The Great Whales, The/Sharks, The He Knows You're Alone Huckleberry Finn I, The Jury In the Heat of the Night [RCA] Inherit the Wind (2) [CBS] Jinxed! Last Chase, The Last Valley, The (2) Little River Band: Live Exposure* Love Me Tender M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen Monty Python- Live at the Hollywood Bowl Mr. Rogers Vol. 2: Mister Rogers Goes to School My Favorite Year North By Northwest (2) [UA] Oscar, The Psycho Road Games Serpico (2) Sharky's Machine Shining, The (2) Sons of Katie Elder, The Spellbound Still of the Night The Who Rocks America 1982 American Tour* Village of the Damned Wasn't That A Time: The Weavers Winter Kills Ziegfeld Follies June 2, 1983: * Richard B. Stone, the new U.S. special envoy to Central America, begins a 12-day fact-finding tour. * At the close of a two-day meeting in Brussels, defense ministers from the NATO countries reaffirm their commitment to deploy U.S. medium-range missiles in Europe by December unless an agreement is reached in the US - Soviet arms control talks in Geneva. June 3, 1983: * President Reagan announces the designation of eight members of the National Security Council staff as Special Assistants to the President, reporting to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, William P. Clark. * Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: War Games. June 4, 1983: * China's sixth National People's Congress begins in Beijing. June 5, 1983: * A soviet cruise ship hits a bridge over the Volga River, killing more than 100 people. The accident occurs near Ulyanovsk, a city about 430 miles east of Moscow. * 37TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (WINNERS IN ALL CAPS): PLAY OF THE YEAR Angels Fall 'night Mother Plenty TORCH SONG TRILOGY MUSICAL OF THE YEAR Blues In the Night CATS Merlin My One and Only REVIVAL All's Well That Ends Well The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial ON YOUR TOES A View From the Bridge LEADING ACTOR - PLAY Jeffrey DeMunn in K2 HARVEY FIERSTEIN IN TORCH SONG TRILOGY Edward Herrmann in Plenty Tony Lo Bianco in A View From the Bridge LEADING ACTOR - MUSICAL Al Green in Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God George Hearn in A Doll's Life Michael V. Smartt in Porgy and Bess TOMMY TUNE IN MY ONE AND ONLY LEADING ACTRESS - PLAY Kathy Bates in 'night Mother Kate Nelligan in Plenty Anne Pitoniak in 'night Mother JESSICA TANDY IN FOXFIRE LEADING ACTRESS - MUSICAL NATALIA MAKAROVA IN ON YOUR TOES Lonette McKee in Show Boat Chita Rivera in Merlin Twiggy in My One and Only FEATURED ACTOR - PLAY MATTHEW BRODERICK IN BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Zeljko Ivanek in Brighton Beach Memoirs George N. Martin in Plenty Stephen Moore in All's Well That Ends Well FEATURED ACTOR - MUSICAL CHARLES COLES IN MY ONE AND ONLY Harry Groener in Cats Stephen Hanah in Cats Lara Tetter in On Your Toes FEATURED ACTRESS - PLAY Elizabeth Franz in Brighton Beach Memoirs Roxanne Hart in Passion DANA IVEY IN STEAMING Margaret Tyzack in All's Well That Ends Well FEATURED ACTRESS - MUSICAL Christine Andreas in On Your Toes BETTY BUCKLEY IN CATS Karla Burns in Show Boat Denny Dillon in My One and Only DIRECTOR - PLAY Marshall W. Mason for Angels Fall Tom Moore for 'night Mother Trevor Nunn for All's Well That Ends Well GENE SAKS FOR BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS DIRECTOR - MUSICAL Michael Kahn for Show Boat TREVOR NUNN FOR CATS Ivan Reitman for Merlin Tommy Tune, Thommie Walsh for My One and Only BOOK OF A MUSICAL CATS A Doll's Life Merlin My One and Only SCORE CATS A Doll's Life Merlin Seven Brides For Seven Brothers SCENIC DESIGN All's Well That Ends Well Cats Foxfire K2 COSTUME DESIGN Alice In Wonderland All's Well That Ends Well CATS My One and Only LIGHTING DESIGN All's Well That Ends Well CATS Foxfire K2 CHOREOGRAPHY CATS My One and Only On Your Toes Porgy and Bess REGIONAL THEATRE Oregon Shakespeare Festival Organization, Ashland, Oregon SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT The Theatre Collection - The Museum Of the City Of New York June 6, 1983: * The Summer Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opens in Chicago, Illinois. Personal computers and video game systems remain popular, but the major new consumer product is the compact audio disc player with a number of manufacturers offering units in the $1000 range. Toshiba introduces the stereo VP550 CED player to replace the short-lived VP500 unit, and the company promises to have an interactive CED player available within a year. * RCA PRESS RELEASE: Video Industry Outpacing National Economy; Will Reach Record Retail Sales in 1983 CHICAGO, June 6 -- Industry sales of video products are running well ahead of the growth in the national economy and will surpass a record $13 billion in retail sales this year, an RCA executive forecast here over the weekend. Jack K. Sauter, RCA Group Vice President, said at the opening of the industry's Consumer Electronics Show that "the consumer is clearly leading the video industry into an era of sales and profit growth that is surprising even the optimists among us." He noted that a little more than a year ago it was generally expected that the basic video industry -- television receivers, video cassette recorders, video disc players, tapes and discs -- would grow to $11 billion in retail sales in 1983. "Instead, we are approaching 1985's anticipated sales level this year." A buying public that is more video-conscious, and the faster replacement of older video products were the two primary reasons cited by the RCA executive for the industry's strong sales pace in 1983. "This favorable acceleration in growth carries with it the promise of improved profitability as the consumer accepts more quickly the industry's advanced video products which offer higher levels of performance and more deluxe features," Mr. Sauter said. Mr. Sauter emphasized that color television "remains the core of an expanding video products business, with industry sales to dealers now running 15 percent ahead of last year's record level. Current indicators point to a near-13 million unit sales year in 1983, which would be the highest total in the industry's 29-year history. "The common belief that the color TV industry was not affected by the deep recession in 1982 needs to be re-examined in view of this year's strong sales pace," he said. "It is now more likely that color TV was indeed adversely affected by the economy, and the sales rate being experienced this year is more reflective of pent-up consumer demand which promises to have a favorable impact on the higher-end segments of the color TV business." He said the relatively quick acceptance by the public of monitor receivers and more advanced remote control models has resulted in: -- Larger screen table models, now more likely to be monitor receivers, have increased in unit sales by 68 per cent this year compared with 1982. RCA, which helped pioneer the video monitor segment of the market, is registering a 226 per cent sales gain in this category of product so far this year. -- Remote control receiver sales are growing rapidly and presently account for 50 per cent of all console models sold, and close to 40 per cent of all color receivers, including portables and table models. -- A recent study of retail pricing indicates that the $700 and above color TV price category now accounts for 16 per cent of all industry color sales, or more than double the mix of recent years. "The fear held by many dealers and distributors that higher priced table models with advanced technical features would be difficult to sell, let alone explain to consumers, is being dispelled every day on the retail sales floor," Mr. Sauter said. RCA has expanded its video monitor line to eight models this year in response to far broader consumer interest in high performance TV receivers that are designed for use with the expanded array of video accessory products now being offered by the industry. Mr. Sauter noted that more than one-third of the industry's retail sales, measured in dollars, will be generated this year by high-end color receivers. "High performance television is undoubtedly the industry's most favorable development in recent years. Combined with the prospect of a 47-million unit replacement market, we can expect continuing growth for many years, particularly for those brands that have an established presence in technically-advanced receivers," Mr. Sauter added. * RCA PRESS RELEASE: 'The Muppet Movie' Becomes RCA's Best Selling Disc; Eighteen Titles Awarded Gold Video Awards by RIAA "The Muppet Movie" became the first video disc album in RCA's catalog to top the 68,000-mark in factory sales, Thomas G. Kuhn, Division Vice President, RCA VideoDiscs, announced today. He said it also was one of 18 RCA video disc albums to be certified as "Gold" by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the only video discs so honored. To receive the RIAA's Gold Video Award, a video disc album must have certified sales of at least 25,000 units and $1 million at retail price value. In addition to "The Muppet Movie," the other "Gold" video discs are: "Airplane!," "The Black Stallion," "Fiddler On The Roof," "The Godfather," "Goldfinger," "Grease," "Heaven Can Wait," "M*A*S*H," "On Golden Pond," "Ordinary People," "Rocky," "Rocky III," "Saturday Night Fever," "Star Trek-The Motion Picture," "Star Trek-The Wrath of Khan," "Superman," and "The Ten Commandments." Mr. Kuhn said these 18 disc albums have sold more than $30 million at retail price value, clearly indicating that the American public will spend money -- even in the deepest recession since the 1930's -- to build home video libraries of favorite programs. The RCA video disc system was introduced to the public in March 1981. Today, players are priced from under $300 and discs from under $15. Mr. Kuhn said of the more than 400 titles in RCA's video disc catalog, six have sold more than 60,000 copies, 13 more than 50,000, 22 more than 40,000 and 42 more than 30,000. "We continue to be impressed by the strength of disc sales and by the rate at which consumers are acquiring video discs for their home video libraries," Mr. Kuhn said. * RCA PRESS RELEASE: RCA Survey Shows Consumers Use Video Disc Players an Average of 8.5 Hours A Week and Repeat Programs The video disc is proving to be a popular consumer product in the home, with the average player owner using it 8.5 hours a week, an RCA survey showed today. In addition, the survey revealed that consumer satisfaction with their "CED" players is steadily rising and that nearly all VDP owners watch programs more than once. Stuart Gray, Division Vice President, Program and Market Research, RCA VideoDiscs, said video disc owners who subscribe to Home Box Office use their players 8.8 hours a week and households with children use it 10.3 hours a week. Mr. Gray said those who also own a video cassette recorder use their video disc player an average of 7.9 hours a week. "We also continue to see that cable television has not been a competitive problem to marketing video disc players, since VDP owners are just as likely to subscribe to basic and pay-cable as the general population," he added. He said 79 percent of VDP owners subscribing to cable already had cable when they bought their players. The survey also showed that VDP owners are nearly four times as likely to have a video cassette recorder than the general population (23% vs. 6%), more than three times as likely to have a home computer (14% vs. 4%), and twice as likely to have a video game (48% vs. 20%). The findings of the latest survey confirm that there is a strong appetite to view programs more than once. Among those who own "On Golden Pond," for example, 93 percent have watched it more than once and the average number of viewings during the first five months of ownership was 6.3 times. In addition, 35 percent of the respondents who owned the title one year said they watched it more than 15 times. "We asked the respondents who did not own 'On Golden Pond' about the last disc they watched," Mr. Gray added. "We found that 94 percent had viewed the last disc watched more than once and that the disc had been owned 3.7 months and watched 5.8 times." Mr. Gray said the latest survey verifies that "there are substantial numbers of people interested in viewing titles numerous times, a key factor in the appeal of building an inexpensive home video library." Suggested retail prices of "CED" video disc players start at under $300 and video disc albums at $14.98. Video disc player owners continue to be excellent salesmen. Owners claiming to have influenced others towards buying a player rose to 29 percent from 24 percent in the October survey, with that figure reaching 37 percent for those who have owned their players over two years. The April 1983 survey covered 1,272 VDP owners. June 7, 1983: * The U.S. orders Nicaragua to close all six of its consulates and informs 21 Nicaraguan consular officials they could no longer remain in the country. The orders followed by one day Nicaragua's expulsion of three U.S. diplomats on charges of plotting to poison Nicaragua's defense minister. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 21:16:56 +1000 Subject: Strobe speed check From: Stan <sparkerm> To: <email@example.com> It is possible that your line frequency is off. This will not show up with a strobe light check as the frequency of the strobe will be off the same amount and everything will look fine. The turntable running off speed will cause black and white display. Also, there is an adjustment for the chroma oscillator which will cause the same symptoms. Adjustment is best done with the player running and watch for the return of the color. They have a test point to check the frequency, but it is very difficult to check without some pretty fancy test equipment. Stan ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 16:14:35 -0700 (PDT) From: Aj Pawlowski <cbandwny> Subject: ...follow up on SJT-100 To: firstname.lastname@example.org This is becoming an adventure... I posted last week about the cut traces on the pickup arm.... I have since repaired the traces, and here's the result. No video, no counter. If I turn the volume all the way up, I get audio. I figured ruined stylus, as it was bent. I picked up another unit. Same model, same place, same price. Same problem. No video, no counter. Volume up yields audio. I am going to poke around at it, but I have no idea. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: SonyFan13 Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 00:41:59 EDT Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 21 To: email@example.com, cbandwny >I have one >of these and a VH-8000 DiscoVision from the FleaZONE, and these >would make excellent cool "ghetto" appliances for my TV. The VH-8000 would be good as a conversation piece, but really nothing more. The Magnavox VH-8000 Magnavision, and it's completely same remote equipped replacement, the VH-8005, were some of the worst LD players ever made. The VH-8000 was the first consumer LD player, though, and the fact that MCA DiscoVision was unable to replicate discs of any decent quality at the time of introduction would not help matters much. Various mechanical parts were undersized, functionality was very crude, playback was tempermental at best, was extremely intolerant of less-than-perfect discs, and overall picture and sound quality were very lacking. The VP-1000, Pioneer's first consumer LD player released about a year later, blew this hunk-o-junk out into orbit, although a few first-run VP-1000s are known to have a problem that caused some spectacular power supply failures which even resulted in fires! Funny. I own three CED players and a few discs (RCA SJT-200 and SGT-250, Hitachi VIP-2000 that needs a new stylus cartridge), but I know more about LaserVision. - Reinhart ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Free to a Good Home Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 12:51:26 -0400 From: "Helopoulos, Chris" <chelopoulos> To: <digest@CEDmagic.com> Must make room. Have bad back. Over 300 CED titles. I'm in Miami, FL, area. You come & get them & they're yours. Will throw in working CED player too. Chris Helopoulos e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 14:21:04 -0700 Subject: FWD: CED Player and 66 Discs, $40 (Chicago) Fwd From: Jim (jim) To: email@example.com From: Jim (jim) Subject: Vintage Schwinn-Videodiscs w/Player-Washer & Dryer-Mac G3 Newsgroups: chi.forsale Date: 2003-05-27 10:11:01 PST Vintage Red Speedster Schwinn Bicycle: $45 RCA Selectavision Videodisc player with 66 discs. Works! (pre-Laserdisc technology) $40 Norge gas dryer and Kenmore washer older models, work fine: $80 for both. Power Mac G3 233Mhz, 64MB/4GB ethernet, scsi, USB (card installed), external 56k modem, 19" Samsung Syncmaster monitor, keyboard, mouse, microphone. Great shape: $220 312-850-4977 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 15:13:33 +0100 (BST) From: paul cooke <paulcooke20032003> Subject: ced black/whiteh To: firstname.lastname@example.org hi. can anyone tell me if it is possible to repair a ced ,(g e c mcmichael v5000h) which is playing in black and white? sound is good and in sterio, the picture is sharp and clear, tracking is excellent. email@example.com thanks paul in the uk ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Sat, 31 May 2003 07:52:22 -0400 From: TakeTheActive <TakeTheActive> Subject: Announcing: The NEW "RCA SelectaVision CED Player Maintenance" Yahoo Group! To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hello All RCA SelectaVision CED Player Enthusiasts! I've just created a new Yahoo Group, the "RCA SelectaVision CED Player Maintenance" Group. The goal of this forum is to become a Central Repository of technical maintenance and repair information for the RCA SelectaVision CED Players. If you own a RCA CED Player with a problem, please feel free to leave a detailed message describing what's wrong. If you know how to solve someone else's problem, please reply. I've searched for newsgroups and I've searched for other forums, but, I could not find anyplace on the Internet where RCA CED enthusiasts could meet and exchange information in as near to real-time as possible. Yes, there is this wonderful CED Digest that Tom Howe puts out every week, and I've been a subscriber for years. But since my interest in RCA CEDs has been re-kindled lately (I bought a new Function Motor Drive belt, #3, and a bottle of Goo Gone and "fixed" my original SJT-200 again.), I thought it would be interesting to see if a Technical Forum would takeoff and become popular. I've never moderated a forum of any kind before, although I was the Sysop of a RCP/M BBS for many years, back in the 80s. So, if things here don't seem to work right at the start, send me an E-Mail and I'll try to "fix" them. Although the stated goal of this forum is to become a Central Repository, if some members wish to sell or trade RCA CED parts and/or equipment, please post your ads in the DATABASE (I've created a "template" example for members to follow). Ads entered as MESSAGES will be deleted and the offending member will be restricted from further Posting. And finally, please be sure to VOTE in the Poll for which CED Player(s) you own on your FIRST VISIT. If I understood the Poll instructions correctly, all results should be immediately available to all and they should list the CED Player(s) and the member who owns them. That way, new members can identify other members with the same machines as a starting point for a discussion. If you start posting messages BEFORE you VOTE, you will be restricted from further Posting. Please realize that this whole concept will only work if you "play by the rules". Let's all have fun and learn!
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