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Wes Phillips  |  Aug 13, 2000  |  0 comments

A<I>l Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debbi Mazar, Gina Gershon. Directed by Michael Mann. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 160 minutes. 1999. Touchstone 19298. R. $32.99.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Aug 13, 2000  |  0 comments

It's the dream of home-theater fans and TV addicts everywhere: Video-On-Demand, better known as VOD. The concept is simple: Viewers pick movies or shows from a list and watch them via their cable, satellite, or Internet connection when they want to&mdash;no waiting for the program to start at the top of the hour, or recording something that is broadcast only while you're on vacation. But getting VOD to work, especially in anything approaching DVD quality, is another issue altogether, and has become something of a Holy Grail for VOD developers in the broadcast industry.

HT Staff  |  Aug 13, 2000  |  0 comments
Never say Aiwa doesn't pay attention to the market. Noting the widespread popularity of MP3 audio downloads, the company has included the ability to decode and play MP3s in its new XD-DV370 DVD player. Music fans can now make compilation CDs of their favorite MP3 audio tracks on CD-R or CD-RW discs and play them back over their home theater systems.
Barry Willis  |  Aug 13, 2000  |  0 comments

Beware what you buy on the Internet; it could cost you a hefty fine and a jail term. An almost-two-year-long Federal investigation of phony satellite television access cards has led to several arrests.

 |  Aug 13, 2000  |  0 comments

It seems that <I>Star Wars</I> fans can never get enough. In March 1999, more than six million of them downloaded the QuickTime trailer for <A HREF="http://www.lucasfilm.com/">Lucasfilm</A>'s <I>Episode I: The Phantom Menace</I> in the first three weeks it was available. QuickTime is <A HREF="http://www.apple.com/">Apple Computer</A>'s streaming-media technology, and it has been selected to deliver behind-the-scenes views of <I>Episode II</I> as it develops on location in Australia.

HT Staff  |  Aug 08, 2000  |  0 comments
Plama displays may eventually displace projectors and cathode ray tubes as the video display of choice among home theater fans. Major manufacturers are ramping up production of the screens, improving their performance, and lowering prices. Eventually plasma screens will compete on a dollar-per-dollar basis with other video technologies.
HT Staff  |  Aug 08, 2000  |  0 comments
If you're in the market for a disc spinner compatible with all current DVD and CD formats, Theta Digital has just what you're looking for. The Agoura Hills, CA- digital pioneer has announced its new "Carmen" transport, said to be state-of-the-art in third-generation DVD technology.
 |  Aug 06, 2000  |  0 comments

According to research just released by <A HREF="http://www.strategyanalytics.com">Strategy Analytics</A>, manufacturers will increase worldwide shipments of set-top DVD players by 300% this year, while retail revenues across the three major regions (US, Europe, Japan) will rise by 220%, to $7 billion. SA says that this year's market is being driven by the launch of DVD-based games consoles, and that DVD recorders will fuel the momentum from 2001 on.

 |  Aug 06, 2000  |  0 comments

West Coast&ndash;based consumer-electronics chain <A HREF="http://www.goodguys.com/">Good Guys</A> will be one of the first retailers in the nation to carry <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.com/">Panasonic</A>'s new video recorder. The DMR-E10, capable of recording Dolby Digital 2-track audio and MPEG-2 video, will arrive in all 79 Good Guys locations beginning in late September.

Jon Iverson  |  Aug 06, 2000  |  0 comments

If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then <A HREF="http://www.dvdpreview.tv"><I>DVD Preview</I></A> is likely the ultimate review "magazine" for new DVD releases. Arriving on newsstands in a cardboard package the size of a small magazine (think <I>The Reader's Digest</I>), <I>DVD Preview</I> bills itself as "a new kind of magazine coming to you on the very medium it reports on." To bring this point home, the magazine's website even has one of the recently minted ".tv" domain names (see <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?269">previous story</A>) instead of the ubiquitous ".com."

 |  Aug 06, 2000  |  0 comments

Build it and they will come&mdash;to take it apart. Modifying original equipment has long been one of the most popular activities among electronics hobbyists. Hard-disk video recorders from <A HREF="http://www.tivo.com/">TiVo</A> are the latest consumer-electronics products to go under the hacker's knife and emerge with upgraded capabilities.

Wes Phillips  |  Aug 06, 2000  |  0 comments

H<I>illary Swank, Chlo&euml; Sevigny, Peter Scarsgard. Directed by Kimberly Pierce. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 116 minutes. 1999. 20th Century Fox 2000173. R. $34.98.</I>

HT Staff  |  Aug 06, 2000  |  0 comments
Tight punchy bass, incredible clarity, and high efficiency are qualities all home theater fans look for when shopping for loudspeakers. Great sound is important, but the dealmaker is often the speakers' look.
Barry Willis  |  Aug 06, 2000  |  0 comments

Locally broadcast high-definition television <I>won't</I> be coming to a home theater near you anytime soon. That's the consensus of participants and observers at congressional hearings on the subject in late July, when long-simmering disagreement over a technical standard for terrestrial transmission finally got its day in court.

HT Staff  |  Jul 31, 2000  |  0 comments
Décor-conscious movie buffs dismayed by big, black rear projector sets have something new to look at. Marantz has come up with the PD4290D widescreen plasma monitor--it's only 3.5-inches deep, but offers wide-angle viewing from its 42-inch diagonal screen. Mounted on a wall (with cables hidden) or on its tabletop stand, the $14,999 PD4290D makes an unequivocal statement about melding technology with high style.

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