PHILIPS DCC PRESENTS U2 BROADCAST ON FOX TV
Press Release, PRNewswire (1992-11-05)
To support the introduction of its new Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) music system, Philips, the inventor of the compact disc and the music cassette, is the exclusive sponsor of ZOO TV, a multimedia television event featuring one of the world’s greatest rock bands, U2. The program will be broadcast on the FOX network on November 29, and on MTV on December 16.
Philips DCC Presents: ZOO TV is an hour-long television special featuring performance highlights from U2’s two-year, worldwide “Outside Broadcast” stadium tour. The television special will incorporate songs from many of U2’s recordings, including their current multi-million selling album, Achtung Baby, which will be released on DCC this month as the DCC music system is being introduced in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
The program will air on November 28 in countries throughout Europe on major broadcast networks including: Channel 4 in the United Kingdom; RAI UNO in Italy; RTVE in Spain; France 2; Veronica in the Netherlands; Premiere in Germany and TV 1000 in Scandinavia.
“We fully support the introduction of the ingenious new DCC music system,” says U2 manager Paul McGuinness. “This is a very exciting global television event. Much of the technology used in the ZOO TV stage production comes from Philips, and I am delighted to have Philips DCC as the worldwide sponsor of the broadcast. It’s a unique testimony to the synergy between Philips and PolyGram.” U2 is signed to Island Records which is owned by PolyGram.
Utilizing interactive satellites, phone lines and computer data to create visuals on more than 35 video monitors and video walls that accompany the band’s live performance, the ZOO-TV stadium production has been heralded as the most technologically advanced concert production ever assembled.
The television program is produced by Malcolm Gerric of Initial Film and Television and directed by Kevin Godley.
Invented by Philips Consumer Electronics of the Netherlands, and co- developed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Company of Japan, the DCC music system provides CD-quality sound plus a combination of new features previously unavailable on recordable music systems, including digital recording, direct track access, text information display and Serial Copy Management System. DCC is designed for home, car, personal and portable use and plays not only DCCs, but cassettes from listeners’ existing collections.
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