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 |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

Canada's consumers may have a bigger per-capita appetite for high technology than the US, according to recently released statistics. The northern nation is one of the world's strongest markets for televisions and related technology, representing a $1.1 billion market annually for such products. DVD players, for example, are the hottest consumer-electronics products in Canada. More than 202,000 machines were sold in 1999, a 121% increase over 1998, with approximately 500,000 expected to be sold by the end of this year.

Wes Phillips  |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

A<I>nthology of prize-winning animation shorts made in the USSR between 1962 and 1968. Includes: </I>The Story of One Crime<I>, </I>The Man in the Frame<I>, </I>My Green Crocodile<I>, others. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). 133 minutes. 2000. Image Entertainment ID5525FJDVD. NR. $24.99.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

Now that e-cinema&mdash;using a non-film, digital projector in a movie theater&mdash;has started to take off, several companies are offering new technologies for getting the high-resolution data to the movie house. Last week brought news of the new <A HREF="">FMD 100GB disc</A> from C-3D, while this week we focus on news concerning the use of a high-bandwidth satellite to do the job.

 |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

Moving the consumer-electronics world a little closer to a universal high-end DVD player, <A HREF="">National Semiconductor</A> announced last week the second generation of its DVD-on-a-chip product family, the Mediamatics NDV8501. National reports that this is the first chip on the market with progressive-scan video support and DVD-Audio capability in one package.

 |  Oct 22, 2000  |  0 comments

One of the major obstacles to wider acceptance of high-definition television is the lack of affordable HD receivers. Almost all HD-compatible equipment in consumers' homes is priced above $5000.

HT Staff  |  Oct 19, 2000  |  0 comments
Korea's Daewoo has something for movie fans with small home theater rooms: a 30" diagonal direct-view HDTV for under $3000.
HT Staff  |  Oct 17, 2000  |  0 comments
Despite their excellent capabilities, bulky video projectors haven't achieved huge market penetration because many homeowners object to their size. Toshiba has two solutions: lightweight, portable LCD projectors offering amazing brightness and resolution.
HT Staff  |  Oct 17, 2000  |  0 comments
Have you been curious about 6.1 channel surround sound, but reluctant to overhaul your entire system just to try it? San Francisco-based Parasound has the answer with its new CSE 6.1 Center Surround Expander.
HT Staff  |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments
Home theater means more than great sound and a gorgeous picture. It also means having a comfortable seat while enjoying the movies, but---as many home theater fans have discovered---what's comfortable isn't necessarily stylish or good-looking.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

Digital cinema has begun to pick up speed in movie houses (see <A HREF="">previous story</A>), but finding ways to deliver the huge datafiles needed to present theater-grade imaging has remained an obstacle. Hoping to provide a solution to the problem of digitally storing high-resolution feature-length films, <A HREF="">Constellation 3D</A> announced last week the impending demonstration of its Fluorescent Multilayer Disc (FMD) videodisc technology at a satellite-delivered digital cinema film premiere of the film <I>Bounce</I>, to be hosted by <A HREF="">Miramax Films</A>.

 |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

VHS-quality video streaming at modem data rates may be coming your way shortly after the first of the year, if Campbell, California&ndash;based <A HREF="">MotionTV</A> can make good on its promise. More than 20 months in development, the technology is the jewel in the crown of the Silicon Valley company, which claims that it will deliver full-screen video at data rates below 200 kilobytes per second (kbps).

 |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

Long heralded as one of the most promising video technologies, the flat-panel display could get a big boost from a recent agreement between <A HREF="">Pixelworks, Inc.</A> and <A HREF="">Analog Devices, Inc.</A> to integrate their respective technologies in a new generation of products.

 |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

Interactive TV (iTV) is about to become a reality, according to a new study released by <A HREF="">The Strategis Group</A>. The study, "Interactive TV: Platforms, Content, and Services," projects that, by 2005, the majority of US households will be iTV-capable, and that active usage will reach over 41 million&mdash;a dramatic rise from the 1 million households using the service this year.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

The slow-as-molasses rollout of digital television has riled <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> chairman William Kennard. If he has his way, broadcasters will eventually pay for the surplus radio-frequency spectrum they now control, and electronics manufacturers will be required to make all new television sets capable of receiving digital signals. The two suggestions were among several that Kennard made in a forceful speech at New York's Museum of Television and Radio on Tuesday, October 10.

Dan Yakir  |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

E<I>dmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman. Directed by Ida Lupino. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (full-frame). Dolby Digital mono. 70 minutes. 1953. The Roan Group AED-2028 ($19.95), Kino Video K144 ($29.95). NR.</I>