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SV Staff Posted: Mar 05, 2008 0 comments
Reports in the Japanese business daily Nikkei that Pioneer Electronics is planning to cease production of plasma panels shocked the consumer electronics industry on Tuesday. Along with Panasonic, Pioneer has been one of plasma’s greatest...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 05, 2008 0 comments
How does Toshiba plan to move forward in the wake of HD DVD's demise? The company's CEO says improved DVD upconversion is among the strategies to be pursued. Here's a nugget from a Wall Street Journal interview with Atsutoshi Nishida: "If you watch standard DVDs on our players, the images are of very high quality because they include an 'upconverting' feature. And we're going to improve this even more, so that consumers won't be able to tell the difference from HD DVD images. The players would be much cheaper than Blu-ray players too."
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 04, 2008 0 comments

I wasn't going to post a story about this until we know more about it, but it's too important to wait. According to several news sources, Pioneer is finalizing plans to stop manufacturing plasma panels and concentrate on assembling plasma TVs. The company is negotiating to acquire panels from Matsushita, Panasonic's parent company. A Pioneer spokesperson said an official statement would be forthcoming this Friday.

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If it seems lately that some of your jumpy Netflix discs have been around the block a few times, maybe they have. Newsweek reports this week that video stores, and even public libraries, are gobbling up subscriptions to the online DVD retailer,...
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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 04, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/403dan.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Newspaper columnist Dan Burns (Steve Carell) dispenses advice to families in his column, but his own personal life is in shambles. The widowed father of three girls is afraid of letting go and letting his kids grow up. He's so consumed with their lives that he has no time to live his own.

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No wire hangers Monster Cables ever! Audiophiles are used to hearing abuse about high end cables. High pricing and boastful marketing claims make many home theater-enthusiasts skeptical about differences in cable performance. Here's a test that...
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Sony began phasing out its classic Trinitron television brand in 2004, but March 2008 marks the final stopping point for the CRT displays - tech's original "series of tubes." Sony said Monday it would cease all production by the end of...
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Blu-ray's victory over HD DVD in the high-definition format war has given owners of Blu-ray players a sense of smug satisfaction and the right to infinite I-told-you-sos. But for Blu-ray-owning Netflix subscribers, the end of the format war...
Posted: Mar 04, 2008 0 comments

Newspaper columnist Dan Burns (Steve Carell) dispenses advice to families in his column, but his own personal life is in shambles. The widowed father of three girls is afraid of letting go and letting his kids grow up. He's so consumed with their lives that he has no time to live his own.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 04, 2008 0 comments
Pioneer, one of the leading names in plasma, may stop manufacturing plasma panels. However, it would still market plasma sets, sourcing the panels from Panasonic. So say Japanese press reports anticipating an announcement to follow at the end of this week. The report originated with the Japanese news organization Nikkei and was picked up by both Reuters and the Associated Press.

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