AUDIO VIDEO NEWS

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 28, 2001 0 comments

As noted <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1131">last week</A>, since September 11 video rentals have mushroomed, as consumers have opted for the security of their homes instead of heading for the theater. The effects of this recent trend are being felt directly by video rental company <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com/">Blockbuster</A> which recently announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2001.

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Posted: Oct 28, 2001 0 comments

Desktop theater fans will love this. <A HREF="http://www.samsungmonitor.com">Samsung</A> has introduced two new flat-panel TFT computer monitors with full HDTV capability, according to an October 26 <A HREF="http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20011025/NYTH013"> announcement</A>.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 28, 2001 0 comments

According to the latest figures released by the <A HREF="http://www.dvdinformation.com">DVD Entertainment Group</A>, DVD hardware and software sales continued their rapid growth in the third quarter and are anticipated to accelerate through the holiday selling season.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 28, 2001 0 comments

Bandwidth limitations have long been a primary obstacle to transmitting broadcast-quality video over the Internet. Even digital subscriber lines (DSL), so useful for quick access to text and graphics, are typically capable of quality video over short distances only.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2001 0 comments
Many home theater fans have been holding out for affordable DLP projectors. Until recently, "affordable" was merely wishful thinking, with many Digital Light Processing™ -equipped projectors priced well above $10,000.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 28, 2001 0 comments

<I>Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround. 113 minutes. 2001. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 06598. R. $24.95.</I>

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Posted: Oct 28, 2001 0 comments

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has withdrawn its offer to acquire direct broadcast satellite service <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A>, according to reports over the weekend of October 27&ndash;28. News Corp. had been in contention for 18 months to buy DirecTV's parent company Hughes Electronics from its corporate owner General Motors.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 23, 2001 0 comments
Most home theater systems are assembled piece-by-piece from components made by many different manufacturers---each with its own remote control. The resulting system may be a performance delightful, but one marred visually and ergonomically by the clutter of many different remotes.
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HT Staff Posted: Oct 22, 2001 0 comments
Never a company to rest on its previous accomplishments, Mississauga, Ontario-based Sonic Frontiers International is pushing the limits of home theater performance with the Anthem AVM 20, its newest multi-zone preamplifier /processor/tuner. With inputs for up to 7.1 channels of audio, and full bass management capabilities, the AVM ("Audio Video Master") is certain to please the most exacting movie and music fans.
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

Anticipating prolonged strikes by both actors and screenwriters, the film industry earlier this year kicked into hurry-up mode, finishing an unprecedented number of movies before the mid-year deadline for contract renewals.

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Gary Frisch Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

<I>Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Giancarlo Giannini, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Frankie Faison. Directed by Ridley Scott. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1. Two discs. 131 minutes. 2001. MGM Home Entertainment 1002321. R. $29.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

The recent round of Emmys handed out by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has seen several consumer electronics manufacturers lauded for their technical achievements.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

In anticipation of demand for new digital services, <A HREF="http://www.aoltimewarner.com/about/companies/twcable.html">Time Warner Cable</A> says it has committed to purchase 625,000 Explorer digital set-tops from <A HREF="http://www.scientificatlanta.com">Scientific-Atlanta</A>. Under the agreements, announced last week by SA, TWC says it will purchase a mix of Explorer set-tops and other head-end equipment to meet projected consumer demand for digital cable and interactive TV services such as video on demand (VOD), subscription video on demand (SVOD), personal video recording (PVR), and high definition television (HDTV).

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Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

The electronics world was astounded when the Digital Versatile Disc appeared, offering more than six times the storage capacity of standard compact discs. The trend toward ever greater data capacity continues, to the delight of engineers and technophiles everywhere.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

Since September 11, live theater and concert attendance has fallen by as much as 75% in some parts of the country, while video rentals have mushroomed. The reason: people want to stay home.

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