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HT Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2001 0 comments
Continuing its tradition of high-value products, Adcom has introduced the GTP-760, a tuner/preamp made with home theater fans in mind. Its ability to handle DVD-Audio discs in either 5.1 channel surround sound mode or traditional two-channel stereo mode will attract music lovers, too. Movie soundtracks can be decoded by the GTP-760 in both DTS and Dolby Digital formats.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2001 0 comments
As technology marches on, the price of excellence continues to drop. A superb example is Harman Kardon's new DVD 50, a five-disc carousel changer with progressive video output, high-resolution audio decoding, and compatibility with a wide variety of recorded formats. The price? A mere $650.
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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 11, 2001 0 comments

Predicting a "collision" between film studios and expanding digital technology, Jack Valenti, president of the <A HREF="http://www.mpaa.org/">Motion Picture Association of America</A> (MPAA), has asked for Congressional help in beefing up copyright protection for his industry.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 11, 2001 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://global.hitachi.com">Hitachi</A> announced that, on April 10, it will release what it describes as the world's first 32-inch HDTV plasma TV, the W32-PD2100. The company says that this will be followed by the release of a second version of the set with a built-in BS (Broadcast Satellite) digital receiver on June 11. Both TVs will intitally be released in Japan. Hitachi says it is also planning to introduce a 37-inch HDTV plasma TV at a later date. Pricing for all models is to be announced.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 11, 2001 0 comments

In retail, they are called "loss leaders"&mdash;promotional items used as lures to generate more business. The <A HREF="http://www.bbc.co.uk/">British Broadcasting Corporation</A> is considering giving away digital set-top boxes to subscribers as "seed" to help develop interest in digital television, according to public comments made February 8 by the organization's director general Greg Dyke.

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Joe Leydon Posted: Feb 11, 2001 0 comments

P<I>aul Campbell, Mark Danvers, Carl Bradshaw, Audrey Reid, Winston Bell, Lenford Salmon. Directed by Chris Browne. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 5.1. 98 minutes. 1999. Palm Pictures 3023-2. R. $29.95.</I>

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The latest holiday season numbers are now in, and the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) is reporting that manufacturer-to-dealer video products sales in December, 2000 grew by 15% over last year's figures, giving a total of more than 6.4 million units shipped, and culminating a year of strong growth. The CEA reports that total sales of video products in 2000 reached 67.8 million units, representing a 12% increase over total sales for 1999. The trade group adds that the year finished with sales increases in almost every category.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 10, 2001 0 comments

The year 2001 wasn't a good one for <A HREF="http://www.philips.com">Philips Electronics NV</A>. On February 8, the Dutch electronics giant reported a massive $2.26 billion (2.6 billion euros) loss for the year, blaming slowing demand for both finished consumer goods and raw semiconductors. Philips is one of the few companies with an equal presence in both markets.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 04, 2001 0 comments

Are bulk discounts and revenue sharing arrangements with suppliers illegal? A group of independent video dealers thinks so. The dealers have teamed up to sue <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com/">Blockbuster Video</A>, the industry's undisputed leader, over what they claim are "illegal practices" that they contend have caused many of their colleagues to go out of business.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 04, 2001 0 comments

According to the numbers revealed by the <A HREF="http://vsda.org/">Video Software Dealers Association</A> (VSDA) last week, American consumers spent more than ever on home video in 2000, with rentals and sales of VHS and DVD hitting the $20 billion mark for the first time in home video's twenty-plus&ndash;year history. On the rental side of the video business, the VSDA reports that the total combined revenues of both DVD and VHS video formats rose 2.2% in 2000 over 1999. The "remarkably popular" new DVD video format made a major impact on this mark, says the not-for-profit trade group.

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