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 |  Sep 24, 2000  |  0 comments

Direct-broadcast-satellite service <A HREF="">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> will be first in line to buy Hughes Electronics Corporation, if parent company General Motors decides to spin it off. Hughes operates EchoStar's competitor, <A HREF="">DirecTV</A>. The acquisition would create a virtual monopoly in the skies, according to analysts who attended the <A HREF="">Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association</A>'s SkyForum conference in New York on Thursday, September 21.

HT Staff  |  Sep 20, 2000  |  0 comments
Home theater fans almost universally agree that multichannel sound is great, but not all agree on how best to achieve it. Most find that incorporating five large box speakers---plus subwoofer and all the necessary cabling---into a typical home is difficult at best, and a point of contention that can strain even the most solid domestic relationships.
HT Staff  |  Sep 18, 2000  |  0 comments
Say "MartinLogan" and most home theater fans immediately think "electrostatics." The Lawrence, Kansas-based company has built a solid reputation on its beautiful and great-sounding speaker lines. The elegant translucent panels grace the homes of thousands of movie lovers and music fans.
Wes Phillips  |  Sep 17, 2000  |  0 comments

H<I>ank Azaria, Ruben Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Angus McFadyen, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Emily Watson. Directed by Tim Robbins. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 134 minutes. 1999. Touchstone 18288. R. $24.95.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Sep 17, 2000  |  0 comments

Video hobbyists tend to be pro-choice when it comes to deciding what they can and cannot record. Their choices may soon be limited by a September 14 ruling by the <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> requiring that the next generation of video equipment be copyright-compliant.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 17, 2000  |  0 comments

In the past two years, more than 8 million households returned recently acquired electronic products. Most of the returned goods were thought to be defective, but a new study released September 11 indicates that three out of every four "defects" are actually "operator error"&mdash;the owners didn't understand how the products were supposed to work. More surprising is a finding that most consumers are really pretty happy with the industry's return and repair policies.

Jon Iverson  |  Sep 17, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Direct Movies</A> announced the debut of its website, which the company claims provides "near-DVD-quality" streaming video on a pay-per-view (PPV) basis. The company says that DMOL was created to address the demand for an increase in the quantity and quality of streaming video content available to consumers via broadband Internet access.

HT Staff  |  Sep 10, 2000  |  0 comments
Home Entertainment 2001 (formerly The HI-FI Show) is heading back to the heart of New York for the first time in five years. Described as "a unique hands-on event where attendees will see and hear the newest and the best in home audio and home theater," HE 2001 will take place May 11–13 at the Hilton New York.
HT Staff  |  Sep 10, 2000  |  0 comments
Want to get the maximum from movies and music? Check out Onkyo's top-of-the-line DV-S939, the company's first DVD player with progressive scan video, and its first with the coveted THX Ultra certification. The new single-disc machine plays DVD video and DVD audio discs, as well as standard audio CDs, video CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 10, 2000  |  0 comments

B<I>rad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by David Fincher. Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround 2.0 (English, French), THX-certified. 139 minutes (film). 1999. Fox Home Entertainment 200035. R. $34.98.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Sep 10, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, in a statement coinciding with the International Broadcasting Convention taking place in Amsterdam, <A HREF="">Equator Technologies</A> and <A HREF="">Snell & Wilcox</A> announced that they have developed what they describe as the world's first end-to-end, optimized digital video platform enabling low-cost consumer products to deliver "better-than-VHS-quality" video at sub-megabit bandwidths. The companies claim that the newly developed technology, which they have dubbed "VHS-plus/Megabit-minus," will be available near the end of 2000.

 |  Sep 10, 2000  |  0 comments

H<B>ome Entertainment 2001</B> (formerly The HI-FI Show) is heading back to the heart of New York for the first time in five years. Described as "a unique hands-on event where attendees will see and hear the newest and the best in home audio and home theater," HE 2001 will take place May 11&ndash;13 at the Hilton New York.

 |  Sep 10, 2000  |  0 comments

Thanks to an agreement announced September 8 by <A HREF="">Philips Electronics NV</A> and software giant <A HREF="">Microsoft Corporation</A>, "Enhanced TV" is coming your way. "Philips will license Microsoft TV software and collaborate with Microsoft on the development of a range of set-top boxes based on the Microsoft TV software and Philips Nexperia&ndash;based hardware platform," said the joint press release.

 |  Sep 10, 2000  |  0 comments

The antitrust battle being waged by <A HREF="">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> has escalated. The operator of direct satellite broadcast service Dish Network announced September 6 that it has hired attorney David Boies to lead the litigation against its bigger rival <A HREF="">DirecTV</A>. Boies successfully prosecuted the US government's antitrust suit against software giant Microsoft.

HT Staff  |  Sep 07, 2000  |  0 comments
Too much is never enough for some videophiles. If you count yourself among them, ReplayTV has just the ticket for you: its new 3060 digital video recorder, boasting a 60-hour capacity with a single disc drive.