GO-VIDEO ASKS FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF TESTIMONY GIVEN BY SONY OFFICIALS
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 25 ~PRNewswire~ -- Go-Video, Inc. (AMEX: VCR), the creator and United States patent holder (No. 4,768,110 and No. 5,124,807) of the Dual-Deck VCR today announced that it has asked federal judges to investigate testimony given by Sony officers during last year's jury trial in the Phoenix Federal District Court, Go- Video v. Sony, et al. Go-Video has filed a motion asking the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for a remand of the matter to the Federal District Court for development of a full factual record. The motion asks the court to investigate statements made by Sony officials to the Federal District Court in 1991, now contradicted by Sony's recent press release in Japan. For the purpose of convincing a Phoenix jury that Sony had not agreed with others to refrain from marketing a Dual-Deck VCR (including 8mm~VHS and VHS~VHS formats) and that these formats were not commercially feasible products, Sony's officials and lawyers just last year said regarding the Dual-Deck VCR, "This product that he (R. Terren Dunlap, chairman of Go-Video, Inc.) came to us with was not something we were making, was not something we wanted to make, was something we'd already determined that we didn't want to make, and was not something that was innovative." Only a few days ago (Nov. 13, 1992), Sony contradicted its earlier testimony and announced its intention to sell a Sony brand consumer double deck VCR (Model WV-BS1), which sells only in Japan ($1,500). R. Terren Dunlap, Go-Video's CEO and co-inventor of the Dual-Deck VCR commented about Sony's recent public endorsement of the Dual-Deck VCR: "When Sony officials told a federal jury that various formats of Dual-Deck VCRs were 'not something that was innovative' it was an attempt to put down Go-Video's Dual-Deck VCR and mislead the public, mislead our stockholders and mislead the federal courts. Almost five years ago, in January of 1988, I gave the option directly to Mr. Morita, Sony's chairman, to grant his company a license of Go-Video's 8mm~VHS Dual-Deck VCR system for distribution in the United States. I received a written reply that Sony 'wasn't interested in a Dual-Deck VCR' whether 8mm~VHS or VHS~VHS. Sony's announcement last week demonstrates that it recognized from the very beginning that Go-Video's Dual-Deck VCR was the VCR of the future." "Sony and other Japanese consumer electronics companies have announced that they have no intention to export their double-deck VCR products to the U.S.
However, these companies apparently are willing to risk tooling and development costs in the hope that Go-Video's Japanese patents are delayed a few more years. Go-Video's Dual-Deck VCR patent applications have been pending in Japan since 1985."
Bob Palko, president of Go-Video, said, "Now that they see the success of our Dual-Deck VCRs and have heard that we plan to introduce an 8mm~VHS in 1993 in the United States, Sony is forced to publicly admit that the 'next generation' of VCRs throughout the world will be Dual-Deck VCRs. We predicted that Sony couldn't ignore the potential of Dual-Deck VCRs just as the audio industry has moved to dual-deck audio recorders as an industry standard. Since the 1990 introduction of Go- Video's patented Dual-Deck VCR in the United States, several double 'tray' or double 'port' VCRs have been introduced in Japan: for example, introduced last year was the Panasonic (Model NV-CFI) VHS~VHS-C at $1,440 (with no tuner and no record capability in the small VHS-C port). Also last year, introduced by Toshiba (Model BS84TC) and Hitachi (Models BS 22 T and BS 20 T) listing for about $1,100 to $1,300 each, were three models of double-tray, single drum VHS VCRs which can't edit or copy from tape to tape, but will allow two VHS tapes to be recorded and played in succession (like Go-Video's Video Sequencing (TM) feature). "Apparently Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Hitachi all have recognized that even at three times the retail selling price of single deck VCRs and with fewer features than Go-Video's Dual-Deck VCR, the Japanese consumers want the convenience, simplicity and ease of the Dual-Deck VCR editing and copying capability to use with their camcorders and want the twin cassette continuous play~record from deck to deck, like Go-Video's Video Sequencing feature. None of these Japanese models include technology similar to Go-Video's enhanced AmeriChrome circuitry which will allow a consumer to record any video, even if electronically copy encoded, for personal home use. Some models of Go-Video's Dual-Deck VCR which feature the patented AmeriChrome circuitry are selling as low as $699 in retail stores in the United States and the company is planning to introduce new models in early 1993 projecting an even lower price point. Based upon the retailer demand and the introduction of several new models featuring Hi Fi stereo, 4-head, video indexing, video time- stamping, and more, the company is projecting a significant increase in sales." As previously announced, Go-Video has been working with Samsung on the introduction of the 8mm~VHS Dual-Deck VCR for release in the United States in 1993. -0- 11~25~92 ~CONTACT: R. Terren Dunlap, chairman and CEO of Go-Video, 602-998-3400~ (VCR SNE)
CO: Go-Video, Inc.; Sony Corporation ST: Arizona IN: CPR SU:
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