Sega-Sammy Combines U.S. Units, Announces Stock Split
TOKYO - As of Sept. 1, Sega-Sammy Holdings was slated to combine Sega Amusements USA Inc. (San Francisco) with Sammy USA Corp. (Elk Grove Village, IL), leaving Sammy as "the surviving entity" according to Forbes, which reported the story based on a Kyodo News agency report. Also, Sega-Sammy will engineer a two-for-one share split effective Nov. 18, Forbes said. Meanwhile, Sega previewed many new amusement games at last week's JAMMA Show in Tokyo (Sept. 1-3), which marked the official debut of Sega's new Lindbergh platform, which powers "House of the Dead 4," "Power Smash 3" (Virtua Tennis 3)," "Virtua Fighter 5," and "AfterBurner." Lindbergh is reportedly a 3 GHz Pentium-4 powered box running an NVIDIA 256mb GPU with GDDR3 256 memory. The company is also working on a video golf simulator called "Sega Golf Club Version 2006: Next Tours."
NSM Reportedly Okays Settlement, Continues Ecast Alliance
WASHINGTON DC , The U.S. Department of Justice has reported that NSM Music Group Ltd. supports its proposed consent decree, which strikes a non-compete clause from NSM's contract with Ecast. However, according to Reuters, NSM's legal counsel Shameer Sacranie has not decided whether the company will market its own software platform, but executives did not believe their contract violated anti-trust statutes and that NSM would continue to work with Ecast. Ecast confirmed its support of the decree to VT yesterday. Today, NSM announced that its first Ecast-powered floor model digital jukebox, the "Phoenix," will be featured at next week's AMOA International Expo in Las Vegas (Sept. 14-16). The unit features a 19-in. touchscreen with 1,000 watts of audio power and sound,sensitive lighting.
Barden Plans 'Digital Video Jukebox'; Hires Joe Pankus
ROMULUS, MI , A new "Digital Video Jukebox" that plays audio and visual music tracks will roll out from Barden Entertainment, based here, under the direction of CEO Joe Pankus. Barden Entertainment is a division of the Barden Co., which owns casinos, cable TV, and real estate interests among other divisions. Pankus introduced CD jukeboxes to the industry in 1985 as president of Seeburg; he later headed Wurlitzer USA for more than a decade. The "DVJ" has been tested in some Midwest locations; Pankus will oversee final product development and direct marketing and sales. For more information, visit http://www.bardenent.com or contact Joe Pankus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manufacturer News And Notes
Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corp. has added three new distributors to its network: WK Distributing (Columbus, OH); Discount Arcade Distributing (Fort Worth, TX); and Ajax Amusements (Herndon, VA). RMC president John Schultz said these distributors expand Rock-Ola's presence in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Virginia and Washington, DC'
'Ecast has secured license deals with Univision, Fonovisa, Sony Discos and others. Executives say the licensers' collective catalogs represent more than 70% of all Latin music available in the U.S. Musical artists such as Shakira, Luis Fonsi, Tony Touch, and classic hits from Vincente Fernandez and others from EMI Latin, Warner Latina, BMG Latin, and Universal Latino are now accessible through the Ecast network'
'View Interactive Entertainment Corp. will unveil final prototypes of two new jukebox digital conversion kits at next week's AMOA show. The "CD-51" kit will convert Rowe CD-51 jukeboxes from CD to broadband, while "The Eagle" performs the same task for oversized wall jukeboxes. Both new kits are functionally identical to VIE's seminal "Jukeboost," with the "CD-51" kit incorporating a metal bezel and artwork that will fit into different sizes of jukebox.