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HT Staff Posted: Mar 06, 2001 0 comments
If thirteen thousand bucks doesn't sound too steep for a video projector and processor, DWIN Electronics has just what you're looking for. The Burbank, CA-based manufacturer has packed the most advanced features into its TransVision DLP projector and dedicated processor for what are claimed to be "film-like images."
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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 04, 2001 0 comments

Obviously taking the concept of a "director's cut" quite seriously, Francis Ford Coppola announced this week that he will soon be releasing a radically different version of his 1979 classic <I>Apocalypse Now</I>. The new version of the film will feature 53 minutes of new material and will debut at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival in France May 9&ndash;20.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 04, 2001 0 comments

Many of <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com/">Blockbuster Inc</A>.'s 5100 US video outlets will soon become satellite stores for <A HREF="http://www.radioshack.com/">RadioShack Corporation</A>, thanks to a partnership agreement announced by the retailing giants February 27.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Mar 04, 2001 0 comments

F<I>red A. Leuchter, Jr. Directed by Errol Morris. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0. 91 minutes. 1999. Lionsgate Films 20717. PG-13. $24.98.</I>

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Posted: Mar 04, 2001 0 comments

The direct broadcast satellite industry is making great progress over cable providers in the digital TV arena, according to a recently published study by research firm <A HREF="http://www.strategyanalytics.com"> Strategy Analytics</A>. Worldwide, more than twice as many new subscribers to digital television signed up with DBS services than with cable last year, the study finds.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2001 0 comments
Camarillo, California-based SineLock has introduced the first of a series of advanced AC conditioners intended for use in both the consumer and professional markets. The devices provide a minimum of -80dB reduction in line-borne noise and -50dB of isolation between outlets dedicated for either digital or analog gear. The result: better audio detail and clearer video images.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 26, 2001 0 comments
There is sufficient doubt about digital television transmission standards that few manufacturers are putting tuners inside their monitors. Not even Philips will do that. The Dutch electronics giant will, however, take its latest video display as far into the future as possible while still making it compatible with the past.
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Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

For the first time in five years, New York City will play host to the largest hi-fi and home theater show in the US. Home Entertainment 2001 promises to be the largest and most comprehensive such event to date when it takes place this spring at the Hilton New York & Towers Hotel on May 11-13, 2001.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments
Two thousand bucks buys a lot of technology these days. Yamaha's RX-V3000 is a good example: with seven channels of amplification, auto-detect surround sound decoding, and a learning touchscreen, it's hard to beat.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's <A HREF="http://www.lanl.gov/worldview/">Los Alamos National Laboratory</A> say they have developed a technology that could make the coming transition from current analog television to high-definition television a whole lot easier. The scientists describe the technology as a new transmission algorithm capable of compressing a HDTV data stream to the point where the HDTV and analog TV signals can be broadcast over the same channel.

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Michael Metzger Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

M<I>ichael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook, John C. McGinley, James Spader, Terence Stamp, Sean Young. Directed by Oliver Stone. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 126 minutes. 1987. 20th Century Fox 2000633. R. $24.99.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

An Asian telecommunications company has successfully transmitted uncompressed HDTV and SDTV video between Japan and the US using fiber optic cable. The results prove the superiority of fiber optics over satellite transmission, the company claims.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 19, 2001 0 comments
The popularity of camcorders is proof positive that video hobbyists want to do more than watch movies. They want to make them too.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 18, 2001 0 comments

There's some good news and then there's some bad news for video manufacturers so far this year. According to figures released last week by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA), DVD sales were up 55% last month over those from January 2000, with sales of 570,000 units. The trade organization says that sales of DVD players seem poised for another year of record growth in 2001, as the "fastest selling consumer electronics product of all time".

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Posted: Feb 18, 2001 0 comments

The theater glut has claimed its latest victim. New York-based Loews Cineplex Entertainment, the second largest movie exhibitor in the US, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, February 15 in US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The theater giant simultaneously brought an application under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for its Canadian units, including Cineplex Odeon Corporation, with whom it had merged three years ago.

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