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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

<I>Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jean Simmons. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1. Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). 101 minutes. 1947. Criterion Collection 93. NR. $39.99.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

In a move the companies are calling a major step toward "realization of the digital home entertainment environment," the <A HREF="http://www.dtcp.com">Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator</A> (DTLA), Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced last week that they have entered into long-term license agreements to promote the all-digital home transmission and display of motion pictures and other video content using DTLA's Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP).

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Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

June was the third consecutive month of increases in sales of digital video products, according to figures released July 18 by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A>.

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user Posted: Jul 16, 2001 0 comments
Owners of three Onkyo-made home theater products introduced in 2000 can benefit from a software upgrade introduced this month. The new software will equip the products for DTS-ES Discrete, Neo 6, and Dolby Pro Logic II processing, according to an announcement released July 17.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 16, 2001 0 comments
Projectors still rule the high-definition market, but plasma display panels (PDPs) may eventually displace them. Versatility and ease of installation are among the flat screen's biggest selling points, but size limits (the typical plasma screen is 42" diagonally) have hindered their acceptance.
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Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

The <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> announced July 11 that it will postpone indefinitely its much&ndash;discussed auction of the analog broadcast spectrum. Many observers interpreted the decision as evidence that the 2006 deadline for converting the nation's television system to digital will not be met.

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Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.dolby.com">Dolby Laboratories</A> announced that Home Box Office's primary channel will debut programming in Dolby Digital 5.1 with the pay network's premiere of <I>The Perfect Storm</I>. Dolby claims that the movie, which begins airing Saturday, July 14, is the first of many films and other programming to be broadcast by HBO in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

Last week <A HREF="http://www.jvc.com">JVC</A> announced that the final touches have been applied and the D'Ahlia 61" D-ILA hologram HDTV rear projection television (official model number AV-61S902) has begun shipping to several retailers nationwide and will soon be available to consumers at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $13k.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

<I>Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendon Gleeson, Rade Serbedzija, Ving Rhames. Directed by John Woo. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby 2.0 (French). 123 minutes. 2000. Paramount Home Video 33487. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

High definition television will get a big boost this fall, thanks to an agreement announced July 12 by <A HREF="http://www.dishnetwork.com">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> and <A HREF="http://www.cbs.com/hdtv">CBS Television</A>, a unit of <A HREF="http://www.viacom.com">Viacom Inc</A>.

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The film industry is going to hate this. A Santa Monica technology company has announced a digital video compression scheme that supposedly can increase the data density of ordinary DVDs by three to ten times.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2001 0 comments
Increasing the length of a product's warranty is a pretty good indication that a manufacturer has plenty of confidence in that product---and plenty of confidence in the market.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2001 0 comments
One of the most difficult aspects of home entertainment systems is getting equipment from many different manufacturers to operate as one system. It's bad enough with a simple video-and-sound setup, but add projector, screen, drapes, lighting, and security, and you've got a technical nightmare.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 08, 2001 0 comments

It would seem that online junkies get all the breaks. Music fans are able to find thousands of free MP3 audio files (in spite of Napster's demise), and promo clips for new films are increasingly released first online and then in theaters. And then there are the illicit copies of new films available for download (see <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1038">previous story</A>). Video fans can now add tax breaks to the list of Internet perks.

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Posted: Jul 08, 2001 0 comments

On Monday, July 2, 2001, Primedia announced that it has agreed to acquire emap usa from Emap plc. This transaction, which will create the second largest magazine company in the United States, is currently under a customary regulatory review. It is expected to close during the third quarter of the calendar year.

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