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Posted: Apr 25, 1999 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.plasmavision.com">Fujitsu</A> announced a price reduction that brings their Plasmavision 42 below $10,000. According to the company, this move makes the technology more accessible for both corporate customers and home-theater enthusiasts. The new suggested list price will be $9995 for the PDS 4203, which was first introduced in January 1998 for $10,999.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 25, 1999 0 comments

At last week's <A HREF="http://www.nab.org">National Association of Broadcasters</A> convention in Las Vegas, <A HREF="http://www.dolby.com/tvaudio">Dolby Laboratories</A> unveiled the first Dolby E encoder and decoder products, which are intended to help television broadcasters make the transition from two-channel to multichannel audio. According to the company, the DP571 Dolby E Encoder and DP572 Dolby E Decoder allow broadcasters to distribute up to eight channels of audio, as well as additional data, with a pair of channels on a single AES/EBU cable, two audio tracks of a digital video tape, digital audio tape, or video server.

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 25, 1999 0 comments

The television-broadcasting industry is undergoing a metamorphosis. Some observers at last week's <A HREF="http://www.nab.org/">National Association of Broadcasters</A> convention in Las Vegas called it a "generation change" embodied by a new group of energetic "digital content providers"---with a different concept of entertainment---gradually replacing older producers and executives. Other reporters have pointed to technological developments such as high-definition TV and the nascent trend toward interactivity as motive forces behind the 60-year-old industry's growing transformation.

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Posted: Apr 18, 1999 0 comments

Last week, Canadian company <A HREF="http://www.VisuaLABS.com/">VisuaLABS Inc.</A> announced what it describes as a prototype of the first high-definition 3D video projector using the company's proprietary 3D technology. A company statement claims that "for the first time, the sparkling, filmlike reality of HDTV can be seen with true, measurable depth onscreen. The 3D images are entirely viewable with the naked eye."

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 18, 1999 0 comments

The buzzword "Digital" is on everyone's lips at the <A HREF="http://www.nab.org/">National Association of Broadcasters</A>' NAB 99, which opened Saturday in Las Vegas. Most of the noteworthy goodies on display at the convention are designed for the digital-television market. Demonstrations feature high-definition video courtesy of Las Vegas television station KTVN (Channel 41), which will be broadcasting 720p material all week long.

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Posted: Apr 18, 1999 0 comments

The <A HREF="http://www.eetimes.com">EETimes</A> recently reported that <A HREF="http://www.jvc.com/">JVC</A> and <A HREF="http://www.sony.com/">Sony</A> are cooperating to develop IEEE 1394 interface technologies for digital video recorders using Sony's i.Link and JVC's D-VHS format. The idea is to entice consumers to use D-VHS recorders in entertainment systems connected with 1394 cables.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 18, 1999 0 comments

Last week, an important milestone in the development of broadcasting in China was marked with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the <A HREF="http://www.dvb.org">Digital Video Broadcasting Consortium</A> (DVB), a group committed to designing a global family of standards for the delivery of digital television, and the Academy of Broadcasting Science (ABS) of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television of China. The ABS is a research organization responsible for formulating recommendations for digital-television standards for China.

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 11, 1999 0 comments

Don't leave home without it---home theater, that is. You can now take your movies on the road, thanks to <A HREF=http://www.panasonic.com/>Panasonic</A>'s mobile DVD theater. The complete package---in-dash DVD player, surround processor, video monitor, and 5.1-channel audio system---was unveiled at a <A HREF=http://www.cartoys.com/>Car Toys</A> store in Seattle on Friday, April 9. Car Toys specializes in aftermarket automotive sound.

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Posted: Apr 11, 1999 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.foxhome.com/">Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment International</A> announced that it will enter the DVD market beginning in September with the release of <I>Titanic</I>, followed by a slate of Fox's top film titles. Fox's DVD products will be distributed directly in the international marketplace by the company's subsidiary offices in Australia, Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and the UK.

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Posted: Apr 11, 1999 0 comments

According to recent figures released by the <A HREF="http://www.cema.org">Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association</A> (CEMA) last week, DVD-Video experienced continued growth during the first quarter of 1999. More than 360,000 players were shipped to retailers through March 26, with the <A HREF="http://www.dvdvideogroup.com">DVD Video Group</A> projecting that an additional 30,000 units would be shipped during the last week of March, bringing the quarter's total shipment to 390,000.

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Dave Thompson Posted: Apr 11, 1999 0 comments

J<I>eff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller, Russell L. Johnson. Directed by Joseph Newman. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1. Mono (uncompressed PCM). 86 minutes. 1955. Universal ID4268 USDVD. Not rated. $29.99.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 11, 1999 0 comments

If you want to be the first on your block to see <A HREF="http://www.starwars.com/"><I>Star Wars: Episode I---The Phantom Menace</I></A>, you'd better get in line soon---if you can figure out which theater is going to show the film. Theater allocations for the long-awaited May 19 debut hadn't been decided as of last week, but exhibitors eagerly agreed to some strict requirements for running the film. One restriction---that no tickets be pre-sold---will thwart ticket scalpers and deprive ticket agencies of sizable fees.

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Posted: Apr 11, 1999 0 comments

The swingingest cat of them all is 35 years old this week. Monday, April 12, marks the birthday of The Pink Panther. The urbane feline made his first appearance in the Blake Edwards comedy of the same name back in 1964.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Apr 04, 1999 0 comments

G<I>ary Oldman, William Hurt, Matt LeBlanc, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, Lacey Chabert. Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic, 16:9 enhanced). Dolby Digital 5.1. 139 minutes. 1998. New Line Cinema N4667. Rated PG-13. $24.99.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 04, 1999 0 comments

In the film industry as elsewhere, digital technology marches on. Eventually, movies will be downloaded to theaters by satellite, as they are now to many private homes. Film reels delivered by truck will become as anachronistic as excursions through the countryside on steam locomotives. Now, one of Hollywood's oldest and most important film studios has seen the light and formed a division to steer it in this direction.

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