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Thanks to an agreement announced September 8 by <A HREF="http://www.philips.com/">Philips Electronics NV</A> and software giant <A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/">Microsoft Corporation</A>, "Enhanced TV" is coming your way. "Philips will license Microsoft TV software and collaborate with Microsoft on the development of a range of set-top boxes based on the Microsoft TV software and Philips Nexperia&ndash;based hardware platform," said the joint press release.

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HT Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2000 0 comments
Home Entertainment 2001 (formerly The HI-FI Show) is heading back to the heart of New York for the first time in five years. Described as "a unique hands-on event where attendees will see and hear the newest and the best in home audio and home theater," HE 2001 will take place May 11–13 at the Hilton New York.
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The antitrust battle being waged by <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com/">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> has escalated. The operator of direct satellite broadcast service Dish Network announced September 6 that it has hired attorney David Boies to lead the litigation against its bigger rival <A HREF="http://www.directv.com/">DirecTV</A>. Boies successfully prosecuted the US government's antitrust suit against software giant Microsoft.

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HT Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2000 0 comments
Want to get the maximum from movies and music? Check out Onkyo's top-of-the-line DV-S939, the company's first DVD player with progressive scan video, and its first with the coveted THX Ultra certification. The new single-disc machine plays DVD video and DVD audio discs, as well as standard audio CDs, video CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs.
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HT Staff Posted: Sep 07, 2000 0 comments
Too much is never enough for some videophiles. If you count yourself among them, ReplayTV has just the ticket for you: its new 3060 digital video recorder, boasting a 60-hour capacity with a single disc drive.
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HT Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2000 0 comments
Movies or music? Sony has solved this dilemma with its new Sony DVP-S9000ES, an all-purpose disc spinner that offers progressive-scan video with Super Audio CD capability. Not only will the machine output flicker-free 480p video, it will also play standard music CDs, CD-Rs and DVD-Rs. Such versatility enables home theater fans to get the most from their present music and film libraries while being prepared for the future.
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Robert Deutsch Posted: Sep 03, 2000 0 comments

T<I>im Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman. Directed by Dean Parisot. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 102 minutes. 2000. DreamWorks 86017. PG. $19.99.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 03, 2000 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.fujitsu-fme.com">Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Limited</A> (FHP) announced that it has succeeded in developing what it calls the world's first 32- and 37-inch high-definition plasma display panels (PDPs). The new displays, which join FHP's existing lineup of 42-inch PDPs, use the company's proprietary ALIS (Alternate Lighting of Surfaces) drive-circuit technology and are intended for use as household television sets.

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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 03, 2000 0 comments

New movies from <A HREF="http://www.universalpictures.com/">Universal Pictures</A> will soon be advertised through an untried channel: interactive television.

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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 03, 2000 0 comments

What's in a name? If it's a "Digital Television," no one has been quite sure, and the resulting confusion over basic nomenclature has been one of many factors inhibiting market acceptance of the new format. Now, the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org/">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) has decided that clear definitions are needed to cut through the fog.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 03, 2000 0 comments

Last week, digital video and networking companies Optibase, Lucent, 3Com, DiviCom, ECI Telecom, and Siemens announced that they have formed <A HREF="http://www.bigbandnet.com">BigBand Networks</A> in an effort to provide "a new network platform to deliver entertainment-quality content and services combining video, voice, and data over multiple broadband networks including cable, DSL, satellite, and wireless."

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HT Staff Posted: Aug 31, 2000 0 comments
San Francisco-based Parasound, long noted for making great-sounding products at affordable prices, has announced updates for two of its most highly regarded home theater products, the AVC-2500 preamp/processor and the HCA-2205A power amp.
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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 27, 2000 0 comments

A strike next year by the <A HREF="http://www.sag.org/">Screen Actors Guild</A> (SAG) is not likely, according to a recent statement by the organization's president, William Daniels. "I'm optimistic that we can work something out with the industry," Daniels told reporters after a meeting with industry heavyweight Lew Wasserman at Universal Studios on Wednesday, August 23. Wasserman, the former head of MCA, is now a consultant at Universal, and is known throughout the industry as a shrewd negotiator and dealmaker.

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Posted: Aug 27, 2000 0 comments

A while back, we <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?269">reported</A> on the small island of Tuvalu in the South Pacific, which, as fate would have it, was assigned the international domain of ".tv." It didn't take long for a company called <A HREF="www.tv">dotTV</A> to make a deal with the Tuvalu government to administer and sell the ".tv" domains. Last week, dotTV announced that they have auctioned off three high-priced domain names&mdash;free.tv, china.tv, and net.tv&mdash;each selling for initial annual registration fees of $100,000.

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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 27, 2000 0 comments

The world's largest video rental chain has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit over what plaintiffs' attorneys are calling "excessive late fees." Asserting that late fees are punitive and exceed any real costs incurred, Santa Monica law firm O'Neill, Lysaght & Sunn, LLP filed suit against <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com/">Blockbuster Inc.</A> Wednesday, August 23, in Los Angeles. The plaintiff: one Monica Rocha of Hollywood, and a "class" of other Blockbuster customers.

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