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Volume I, Issue No.2 June 21, 1995


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INFOTECH: Burdened By Format War, Digital Videodisc Won't MatchCD-Audio's Early Growth Rate

Projected DVD and HDCD-ROM Sales Over Next Five Years Will NotRequire Substantial Increase in Current CD Manufacturing Capacity

Santa Clara, CA, The next generation of optical media will belaunched in 1996 amid a likely standards war between two rivalformats, Multimedia CD (MMCD) from Sony/Philips and Super DensityCD (SD) from Time / Toshiba? Unlike today's CD-Audio and CD-ROMtechnologies, which benefited from a single standard from theirinception.

In a speech at REPLItech International, the annual conventionof the tape, disc and diskette duplication industries, InfoTechChairman Ted Pine cautioned that a format war will dampen adoptionrates of both linear and interactive applications. Digital videodisc(DVD) and high density CD-ROM (HDCD-ROM), by causing consumeruncertainty and raising prices.

ZELOS: Signs Distribution Partnership With Meca Deal IncludesEntire Line Of Zelos Products

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Zelos Digital Learning, a leading publisherof educational CD-ROM titles, signed an exclusive agreement withMECA Software, Inc., a leading developer and distributor of businessand personal productivity titles. MECA will now handle distributionof the entire Zelos product line to software retailers, mass merchants,wholesale clubs, office superstores and consumer electronic chains,according to Randall Stickrod, CEO & president of Zelos.

INSIGHTS SOFTWARE: Debuts "Books On Disk"

$12.95 "SuccessWare" Titles Summarize Leading MotivationalBestsellers, Including Books by Dr. Wayne Dyer, Anthony Robbins,Og Mandino And Current #1 Bestseller, CHICKEN SOUP FOR THESOUL.

(PLAYA DEL REY, CA) Insights Software, a pioneer in the fieldof "motivational technology" software, will roll outa dozen $12.95 software titles based on major, best-selling booksby motivational, business and self-help authors in time for theFall and Christmas buying seasons, according to Andrew Maltin,president. All titles will ship by September 1.

COMPTON'S NEWMEDIA: Unveils The Most Comprehensive And InnovativeEdition Of Its Flagship And Best-Selling Product... Compton'sInteractive Encyclopedia, 1996 Edition

CARLSBAD, CA - Ushering in a new era in home reference tools andfamily interactive software, Compton's NewMedia announces an excitingbreakthrough in CD-ROM encyclopedias with the July 17 availabilityof COMPTON'S INTERACTIVE ENCYCLOPEDIA, 1996 Edition. Withdirect connectivity via America Online as well as other upcominggateways to the Internet, this latest edition provides familieswith an extremely user-friendly introduction to the on-line universe.

The launch of this product represents the most comprehensive marketingcampaign from the company to date, according to James Longson,Compton's NewMedia's president and chief executive officer. Theproduct will be available for the estimated street price of $79.95.

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