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Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

MPEG-4 is getting plenty of attention from high-tech companies these days. On March 27, a joint venture involving the technology was announced in Tokyo by seven major electronics and technology companies.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

In the era of DVD, videotape gets no respect—some might say deservedly so. But according to the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) VidTrac program, considered by some to be the most accurate video rental point-of-sale tracking technology, the 2001 year-end rental revenue market share for VHS was 83.4% while DVD accounted for 16.6%. This variance means that VHS rental spending outpaced that for DVDs by $5.6 billion.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2002 0 comments
Liquid crystal displays have been around a long time, but only in the past year or so have they gotten the engineering attention they deserve---as potentially movie-quality displays.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2002 0 comments
Speaker wiring is one of the most problematic aspects of any home theater installation. Many of the best grades of speaker cables are big and bulky, making them impossible to hide. It's a problem custom installers and system designers have to work around every day, and it's one that adds enormously to the cost of any system installation. The advent of multichannel audio has only made the problem worse.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2002 0 comments
Most home theater fans are aware of the fact that electrical noise can degrade the performance of their audio and video equipment.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

Things continue to look up for HDTV fans wedded to a cable provider. Following close on the heels of a similar <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1244">recent announcement</A> from Comcast Cable, <A HREF="http://www.charter.com">Charter Communications</A> announced last week that high definition television (HDTV) programming will be made available to some of its customers during the second quarter of this year.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

<I>Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay, Siobhan McKenna, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham. Directed by David Lean. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). Two discs. 200 minutes. 1965. Warner Home Video 6557. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

In <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?224">poll</A> after <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?217">poll</A>, <I>Guide to Home Theater</I> readers suggest that some form of high definition DVD will be one of the key developments needed to give HDTV a real kick in the pants. It may be a while before the copyright issues are resolved sufficiently to make it happen, but the technology appears to be on its way.

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Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

May 1, the federally-mandated deadline for US television stations to begin digital broadcasting, will come and go without the full participation of many, according to a March 18 report in the trade journal <I>Multichannel News</I>.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 24, 2002 0 comments

In the past three years, Chinese-made DVD players have flooded the market, bringing low-cost, high-quality video to millions of consumers. Their success has also brought millions of dollars to Chinese electronics manufacturers. Now those same manufacturers are being asked to pay their fair share for the technology that is making them rich.

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