|  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="">Lucasfilm</A>'s <I>Episode I: The Phantom Menace</I> in the first three weeks it was available. QuickTime is <A HREF="">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.

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.

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.
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

A lot of folks seem stymied by the remote controls that come with consumer-electronics gear. But is using the Internet any easier? <A HREF="">ReplayTV</A> thinks so, and last week announced its new service: MyReplayTV. The company says that MyReplayTV "creates a Web portal where viewers can find out about TV programming, gather additional information about shows of interest, and control the ReplayTV Service and digital video recorder via the Web." ReplayTV expects the Internet remote feature to be online later this fall.

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Makers of personal video recorders (PVRs) like <A HREF="">TiVo</A> and <A HREF="">ReplayTV</A> have been fighting an uphill battle to get consumers to understand and purchase their products. This reluctance has caused some marketing executives to question whether there is much of a market for personal video services. But consumer apathy toward unknown technology shouldn't be confused with the potential for such services, according to a recently released report from market analysts <A HREF="">TechTrends</A>.

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 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.
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.
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>