AUDIO VIDEO NEWS

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Barry Willis  |  Jan 16, 2000  |  0 comments

A war of words has broken out between television networks <A HREF="http://www.nbc.com/">NBC</A> and <A HREF="http://cbs.com/">CBS</A> over the use of digital effects that altered the background during CBS coverage of New Year's Eve festivities in New York's Times Square. "Shocked and outraged" is one of the milder phrases used by NBC executives over the use of digital effects by CBS technicians to block a huge NBC video sign visible behind newsman Dan Rather during the broadcast. A CBS logo was inserted in its place.

 |  Jan 16, 2000  |  0 comments

One of the most cherished assumptions about a market economy is that competition drives down prices for goods and services. Widespread availability from numerous providers guarantees low prices, the conventional wisdom has it.

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 09, 2000  |  0 comments

NAD showcased a DVD player and an A/V receiver, both new at this year's CES. NAD's first DVD machine is called the T550 and will retail at $799. In addition to built-in Dolby Digital is a feature sure to please audiophiles using the machine as a music source: separate high-quality audio outputs when used with a 24/96 source. The T760 receiver includes both Dolby Digital and DTS and is modestly rated at 60W for all five channels. (NAD is known for conservative power ratings.) The T760 will retail for $999.

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 08, 2000  |  0 comments

Video is always big news at CES, and this year is no exception. HH Scott, a name long associated with quality audio, has entered the fray with its first flat-screen television set, a 27-inch-diagonal model designated the STV207. Available at what its maker calls an "extraordinary price point," the set is cable-ready for up to 181 channels, and includes an onboard stereo amplifier and speakers. The STV207 isn't a DTV receiver, but Scott claims it will be ideal for "families, offices, and college dorm rooms."

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 07, 2000  |  0 comments

Despite the apparent eagerness of consumer electronics manufacturers to bring out new, improved, and much cheaper high-definition television equipment, the situation behind the scenes is anything but rosy. Satellite services are coming on board with the new format at an encouraging rate, but cable companies, who deliver most of the television signals to most American viewers, have been dragging their feet for years. Reluctance to adapt digital transmission because of its bandwidth demands has hindered the rollout of the new system by as much as five years, according to some estimates.

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 06, 2000  |  0 comments

Satellite receivers with HDTV capability are big news here in Las Vegas. Several companies have followed in the wake of RCA's announcement of its $649 DTC100, an HDTV-ready DirecTV satellite receiver, among them Hughes, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and Toshiba. Now Samsung Electronics America has announced a set-top box with all the latest technology.

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 05, 2000  |  0 comments

Early predictions for 2001: prices will decline, and products will improve. That's the upbeat message delivered at pre-show press conferences held consecutively on January 5 by frequent partners <A HREF="http://www.philips.com/">Philips Electronics</A> and <A HREF="http://www.sony.com/">Sony Corporation</A>.

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 05, 2000  |  0 comments

When the phase-out of NTSC analog television finally comes to pass, the viewing public may welcome its disappearance, especially if the decline in prices evident at this year's Consumer Electronics Show continues at the present rate. Display hardware is beginning to come down in price as services begin to blossom&mdash;a trend that should continue long into the future. The development bodes well for sofa spuds everywhere.

 |  Jan 02, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, Audio Line Source announced a new product it calls Richard Gray's Power Company. ALS claims the Power Company reinvents power by delivering high current on demand via a "reactive electronic interface device," that it is the only product of its kind on the market, and that an entire system can be plugged into it.

 |  Jan 02, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.faroudja.com">Faroudja</A> announced that it will introduce its new flagship DVP5000 Digital Video Processor/Scaler at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company claims that the DVP5000 is the first processor to automatically upconvert 1080i (interlaced) high-definition signals to 1080p (progressive) resolution, "improving on the best that HDTV currently offers by removing the interlace stairstepping and motion artifacts found in the 1080i signal." The company also adds that standard 480i sources can be upconverted to 1080p.

Barry Willis  |  Jan 02, 2000  |  0 comments

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge has denied a request for a temporary restraining order against 72 computer enthusiasts brought by the DVD Copy Control Association. The computer folk were accused of distributing a string of code, called DeCSS, that enables them to play DVD movies on Linux-based machines and thereby violate intellectual property laws. Linux is user-developed software widely perceived as a possible competitor to Microsoft's Windows.

Barry Willis  |  Jan 02, 2000  |  0 comments

Film fans in Thailand won't get a chance to see <I>Anna and the King</I> in theaters. Censors in that country have banned the Jodie Foster film because of what they call its "disrespect" toward Thai nobility. The film was released worldwide a few weeks ago.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 26, 1999  |  0 comments

Late last week, the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> outlined steps it says are being taken by its Video Division Board to expand existing voluntary industry definitions for digital television. This follows a vote the previous week in which the CEA decided to futher define the technical requirements a television set must satisfy to be labeled "HDTV."

Barry Willis  |  Dec 26, 1999  |  0 comments

The upswell in the popularity of DVD, and its low cost per disc, would seem to be a good thing for all concerned&mdash;movie fans, video stores, and film studios. But the very aspects of the new format that are making it grow so huge so fast may cause permanent changes in the business of video rentals and sales, especially for the studios.

 |  Dec 26, 1999  |  0 comments

The most successful consumer-electronics format of all time has hit a new record for software sales. Well over one million of the silver discs were sold in the week ending Sunday, December 19, the <A HREF="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/">Hollywood Reporter</A> noted on December 22.

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