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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 30, 2001 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.zenith.com">Zenith Electronics</A> and <A HREF="http://nxtwavecomm.com">NxtWave Communications</A> announced they have finalized their agreement to jointly develop compatible enhancements to the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) DTV standard. The companies had previously responded separately to the ATSC's "VSB Enhancements" Request for Proposals (RFP).

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Posted: Sep 30, 2001 0 comments

Custom installation is <I>the</I> growth area for the consumer electronics industry. To expand training opportunities for installers, the <A HREF="http://www.cedia.org">Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association</A> (CEDIA) has announced a new partnership with the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) to bring CEDIA training to the 2002 International Consumer Electronics Show, to be held January 8&#160;11 in Las Vegas. The upcoming CES will be the first one to be held during weekdays rather than over a weekend.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Sep 30, 2001 0 comments

<I>Michael Douglas, Benicio Del Toro, Don Cheadle, Luiz Guzm&#225;n, Dennis Quaid, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Erika Christensen, Amy Irving, Albert Finney, Steven Bauer. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 147 minutes. 2001. USA Home Entertainment 98306 0181-2. R. $26.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 30, 2001 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com">Blockbuster</A>, the world's largest video rental chain, will label video games and movies with terrorist themes, company executives announced September 26.

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HT Staff Posted: Sep 29, 2001 0 comments
Many home theater sound systems are claimed to create "palpable" sound, but how many really deliver? If your action films are less than visceral, Clark Synthesis has the answer.
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HT Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2001 0 comments
Are you about to build a home theater? If so, you have probably researched acoustic treatment---and the need to hide it. Until recently, most acoustical insulation was made in some light color---yellow, pink, or gray---that required covering with paint, tape, or fabric to make it look acceptable.
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HT Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments
The plasma screen is a product that cuts across all segments of the video market. Everyone---from ordinary TV viewers to the most exacting videophiles---loves the concept of a thin-panel, high-definition display.
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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments

Broadcasters will have an easier task ahead of them when it comes time to make the permanent change to digital, thanks to a recent decision by the <A HRF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> (FCC).

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Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments

Seeking refuge from the incessantly depressing news of the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center, Americans have hit their neighborhood video rental outlets in unusual numbers recently.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments

Last week <A HREF="http://www.broadcom.com">Broadcom</A>, <A HREF="http://www.genesis-microchip.com">Genesis Microchip</A>, and <A HREF="http://www.ti.com">Texas Instruments</A> announced the introduction of what they describe as a cross-platform digital interconnect standard for the consumer electronics industry and an extension of the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) version 1.0. The companies say that this new standard encompasses the necessary requirements for a "superior digital interconnect technology" used in a variety of consumer electronics such as DVD players, high definition television, and digital set-top boxes.

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Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com">Blockbuster</A>, the world's biggest video rental chain, is coming to grips with the swelling popularity of DVD by revamping its inventory.

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HT Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments
Good consumer electronics keep getting better and cheaper.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments

<I>George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Charles Durning, Michael Badalocco, Holly Hunter. Directed by Joel Coen. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS. 102 minutes. 2000. Universal 21654. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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HT Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments
A good audio/video receiver is the solution for many home theater fans. Marantz has introduced a multichannel unit that seems to offer everything that most folks could want: plenty of power, a variety of surround formats, high-resolution digital-to-analog audio converters, and component video switching. The price? About $850.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 23, 2001 0 comments

With some manufacturers pushing prices down in the 60" plasma display market (see <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1075">previous</A>), <A HREF="http://www.runco.com">Runco</A> is pushing the performance and price edge even higher with its introduction of a new 61" diagonal widescreen plasma monitor with outboard video processor.

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