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HT Staff  |  Oct 10, 2000  |  0 comments
Long known for quality and value, Rotel has introduced an advanced surround-sound processor/preamplifier intended to simplify operation even when used with a multi-room system. Wideband video switching capabilities, ease of operation, and unusual flexibility are but three attractive features of the RSP-976.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Philips Semiconductors</A> (a division of Philips Electronics) announced the first in a new family of silicon chips that they claim "will revolutionize the way we use television." The company says its pnx8500 Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine will enable the combination of digital video, audio, graphics, and Internet content into "highly interactive" program material and will allow cable and satellite service providers to add new digital subscriber services to their existing TV program offerings. At the same time, Philips also announced Samsung's support for the new chip in its next-generation consumer set-top box.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

High-definition broadcasting is here, if the marketing problems are ever solved. Hi-def playback is here in the 480p native format of the Digital Versatile Disc. What's missing? Hi-def recording technology for consumers.

 |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

Another DVD hurdle is jumped: 10 million DVD-Video players have now officially shipped to market, according to the <A HREF="">DVD Entertainment Group</A> (DVDEG). The announcement was made last week at the annual DVD Forum meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

Electronics retailers are lobbying Congress to ensure their right to sell broadband cable converter boxes. Wary of the coming dominance of the combined power of merger partners <A HREF="">America Online</A> and <A HREF="">Time Warner Inc.</A>, retailers such as <A HREF="">Circuit City Stores, Inc.</A> are seeking legislative help.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

N<I>arrated by Kenneth Branagh. Series producer: Tim Haines. Producer: Jasper James. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Surround. Two discs. 230 minutes. 1999. BBC Video (distributed by CBS). CBS Fox Video 2000040. NR. $34.98.</I>

HT Staff  |  Oct 04, 2000  |  0 comments
Autumn's shortening days and cooling temperatures bring people inside, where they can enjoy sports, the latest movies, and new network programming. Sony Electronics has introduced several new products to enhance the home theater lifestyle.
HT Staff  |  Oct 03, 2000  |  0 comments
Onkyo continues to carve a name for itself as a maker of affordable home theater receivers. The company's new THX Select-certified TX-DS787 is the only 6.1-channel Surround EX receiver in the under-$1500 price class. The receiver's suggested list price is $1099.95.
 |  Oct 01, 2000  |  0 comments

Sales and rentals of digital video discs (DVDs) are exploding this year and will lead to a resurgence of growth for the overall retail movie market in the decade to come, according to a series of reports prepared by <A HREF="">Adams Media Research</A> (AMR), and published in the bi-weekly <I>Hollywood Aftermarket</I> newsletter. The report adds that, after just three years on the market, DVD players are on track to penetrate 12% of US homes by the end of this year, making this the fastest rollout of a consumer entertainment technology since black-and-white television in the 1940s.

Gary Frisch  |  Oct 01, 2000  |  0 comments

P<I>aul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross. Directed by George Roy Hill. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital mono. 110 minutes. 1969. Fox Home Entertainment 2000043. PG. $29.98.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Oct 01, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, EchoStar Communications Corporation announced that, starting this week, its <A HREF="">Dish Network</A> will begin showing HDTV versions of popular motion pictures, beginning with the James Bond film <I>The World Is Not Enough</I>. EchoStar claims that the Dish Network currently serves more than 4.3 million customers.

 |  Oct 01, 2000  |  0 comments

High-Definition Television is getting a big boost this season, thanks to a partnership between <A HREF="">Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company</A> and the <A HREF="">Columbia Broadcasting System</A>. Seventeen of the network's 18 weekly comedy and drama shows will appear in the new format, according to a schedule released Wednesday, September 27. A sponsorship from Panasonic is making possible an almost-complete schedule of primetime HDTV programming from CBS, a unit of media conglomerate <A HREF="">Viacom, Inc.</A>

Jon Iverson  |  Oct 01, 2000  |  0 comments

Last November, <A HREF="">Philips</A>' flat-panel display division and <A HREF="">Rainbow Displays</A> announced their agreement to jointly develop large, "tiled" LCDs for a variety of next-generation consumer and business applications. Making good on that promise, last week the companies announced that they will showcase the industry's first 37.5-inch "tiled" flat-panel display at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) Japan 2000, to be held October 3&ndash;7, 2000, in Tokyo.

HT Staff  |  Sep 26, 2000  |  0 comments
TV addicts, rejoice. If scheduling conflicts prevent you from watching all the programs you want to see, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company has help for what ails you. The consumer electronics giant has announced the PV-HS3000, its first 60-hour-capable "ShowStopper" hard disk recorder.
 |  Sep 24, 2000  |  0 comments

If the first week of Olympic Games coverage is any indication of <A HREF="">NBC</A>'s performance in Sydney, the best the network can hope for in the race for viewers is a bronze medal. The network's carefully orchestrated tape-delayed broadcasts aren't pulling in sports fans the way live action from Atlanta did in 1996. Even the Barcelona games in 1992 attracted more viewers, according to polls conducted during the first week of the Sydney Games.