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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

The digital TV rollout may have more problems than were previously anticipated. A study released July 25 by <A HREF="http://www.trivenidigital.com">Triveni Digital</A> indicates that a majority of the nation's digital broadcasts have transport stream errors that can cause reception problems ranging from "tuner lock-up" to audio sync errors. In addition, a July 26 report in the <I>Los Angeles Times</I> says that new content protection schemes could be incompatible with early generation high-definition TVs.

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Gary Frisch Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

<I>Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson, John Abrahams, James Rebhorn. Directed by Jay Roach. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS. 108 minutes. 2000. Universal Home Video 21133. PG-13. $26.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

Eighteen months after its introduction, the V-chip has found its way into approximately 40% of TV-equipped American homes, but surprisingly few parents use the device to control their children's viewing habits.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

In a move that promises to significantly enhance HDTV access for consumers across the United States, representatives of a number of industries last week announced their support of the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) with high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) for transmission of high definition video content from set-top boxes to television monitors.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2001 0 comments
Liquid crystal displays have come a long way from their low-resolution origins in watches, calculators and handheld games. The LCD is one of several flat-screen technologies that will grow in prominence as the buying public moves away from bulky CRT monitors and rear-projection enclosures.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2001 0 comments
Mid-July witnessed the introduction of the new RCA Scenium line of digital television products from Thomson Multimedia. The French-American technology conglomerate says the series embodies "the most advanced technologies and the most expressive designs" ever offered to upscale consumers. The new products are claimed to offer exceptional brightness, contrast ratio, and clarity.
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Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar Communications</A> has posted some positive numbers in the wake of its recent announcement of a joint HDTV venture with CBS.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

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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