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Jon Iverson  |  Dec 03, 2000  |  0 comments

In an effort to place the cable set-top box at the center of the home entertainment universe, <A HREF="">Scientific-Atlanta</A> last week unveiled its new Explorer 8000 set-top, which is expected to begin shipping during the summer of 2001. The company also announced that Time Warner Cable has signed purchase orders, commiting them to buy sufficient numbers of the device to satisfy most of the cable operator's forecasted requirements for calendar years 2001 and 2002 for this class of digital set-top.

HT Staff  |  Nov 28, 2000  |  0 comments
Despite progress made by LCD displays and DLP projectors, among videophiles, cathode ray tubes (CRTs) still rule the roost. "Direct-view" sets, as they are often called, offer better brightness, contrast, and color purity than other types of displays, especially when used in well-lighted rooms.
HT Staff  |  Nov 27, 2000  |  0 comments
The great advantage of a home theater system in a small room is the nice feeling of intimacy it offers. The disadvantage is that most suitable loudspeakers don't offer good bass response, depriving you of many of the visceral thrills built into movie soundtracks.
HT Staff  |  Nov 27, 2000  |  0 comments
Audio and home theater dealers will tell you that the biggest obstacle to getting a sound system into customers' homes is overcoming their objections about the size of the speakers. Big boxes, no matter how stylish, are simply unacceptable to some people. If you are one of them, Anthony Gallo Acoustics has just what you're looking for.
 |  Nov 26, 2000  |  0 comments

According to comments filed by the<A HREF=""> Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) last week, if the Federal Communications Commission is serious about developing a robust commercial market for digital cable set-top navigation devices, the agency must immediately revise its rules and the market incentives available to cable operators. The comments were filed in response to the Commission's <I>Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking</I>, regarding the commercial availability of navigation devices.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 26, 2000  |  0 comments

Questioning their own legal authority, <A HREF="">Federal Trade Commission</A> regulators have backed away from suggestions that they move to limit promoting and marketing violent films and video games to children and adolescents. "After a careful review of the entertainment industry's marketing practices and an analysis of the law, the commission believes that there are a number of significant legal limitations, including substantial and unsettled constitutional questions, to effective law enforcement actions under the FTC Act," FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky stated.

Jon Iverson  |  Nov 26, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Lucasfilm THX</A> announced the availability of the first THX certified PCs under a newly created THX program that the company says is designed to deliver "the best picture and sound to date on a personal computer." A Lucasfilm press release states that "with consumers increasingly turning to the PC for entertainment content, a THX certified PC ensures that movies, music, games and more will be enjoyed with a sound and visual impact that will satisfy the most demanding multimedia user."

Wes Phillips  |  Nov 26, 2000  |  0 comments

O<I>liver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Bracco, Steve Buscemi, Billy Connolly, Allan Corduner, Hope Davis, Dana Ivey, Allison Janney, Richard Jemkins, Matt McGrath, Alfred Molina, Isabella Rossellini, Campbell Scott, Tony Shaloub, Lili Taylor. Directed by Stanley Tucci. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (letterboxed). Dolby Digital 5.1. 101 minutes. 1999. 20th Century Fox 4110383. R. $24.95.</I>

 |  Nov 25, 2000  |  0 comments

Personal TV will never be the same, says Kim LeMasters, CEO of <A HREF="">ReplayTV, Inc</A>. On November 20, the Mountain View, California-based maker of the ReplayTV personal video recorder announced the establishment of ReplayTV Studios, a joint venture with Universal Studios to produce and broadcast original programming for the ReplayTV network.

HT Staff  |  Nov 21, 2000  |  0 comments
Entry-level single-disc DVD players have hovered around the $200 price point for more than a year now. Carousel-type CD changers can be found below $150, but DVD changers are generally well above $500. Zenith intends to change all that with its new $350 DVC2550, a carousel DVD changer with DTS and Dolby Digital capabilities.
HT Staff  |  Nov 20, 2000  |  0 comments
Big, bright, and beautiful: that's Panasonic's new PT-52DL10. The rear projector set is a 52"-diagonal HDTV with a 16:9 aspect ratio, with images provided by the latest Digital Light Projection (DLP) technology from Texas Instruments. The combination is "the highest picture quality available in rear projection televisions," according to a recent Panasonic announcement. With properly decoded signals---as from the optional set-top decoder box, the TU-HDS20---the PT-52DL10 will display both 1280I and 720P images.
Barry Willis  |  Nov 19, 2000  |  0 comments

Add this to your list of fading artifacts of the 20th century: bulky reels of film delivered to theaters by truck. Digital video satellite feeds are destined to replace shipments of physical product.

Jon Iverson  |  Nov 19, 2000  |  0 comments

While computer makers are still struggling to find consensus for the recordable DVD format, with the front-running rivals DVD-RW and DVD-RAM duking it out, a few consumer electronics products incorporating DVD-R are beginning to appear. Last week, <A HREF="">Toshiba</A> announced its introduction of the RD-2000, which it describes as "the world's first combination of hard disk drive and DVD-RAM video recorder" for recording TV programs. The new recorder is planned for sale in the Japanese market only, starting December 22.

Dan Yakir  |  Nov 19, 2000  |  0 comments

G<I>regory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Dean Stockwell. Directed by Elia Kazan. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (full-frame). Mono. 118 minutes. 1947. Fox Home Entertainment 4112748. NR. $29.95.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Nov 19, 2000  |  0 comments

The wearisome chicken-or-egg debate over the rollout of digital television went another round last week, as television manufacturers appealed to the <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> to require more digital programming from broadcasters.