Civil libertarians and computer hackers are united in their opposition to a ruling last summer by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan that banned the posting or propagation of DeCSS. The code, named for its ability to unlock DVD's Content Scrambling System, enables the copying of DVDs. In his ruling, Judge Kaplan ordered website <A HREF:"http://www.2600.com">2600</A> to remove not only the code, but also links to other sites where curious visitors might find it.
Hard-disc–based digital video recorder (DVR) products (aka PVRs or personal digital recorders) such as those sold by TiVo and ReplayTV have been getting a lot of press lately, but only a modest share of consumer dollars. In the few short months since DVRs hit the shelves, ReplayTV has already <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?876">bailed out</A> of the manufacturing business, and the ultimate fate of TiVo is still unkown. In spite of its shaky start, the DVR category is slated to take off in the next five years, according to a new report from the <A HREF="http://www.yankeegroup.com">Yankee Group</A>.
I<I>an Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt. Directed by Kirk Jones. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (widescreen). Dolby Digital 2.0. 91 minutes. 1998. 20th Century Fox 4110285. PG. $24.95.</I>
Is your video system proliferating out of control? Do you have too many sources? Or do you want to feed multiple displays from the same source? Tributaries Cable has designed the VX2 "video integration system" with you in mind.
New York City, one of the world's most diverse and eclectic cities, will play host to an outstanding group of musicians who will perform live at the Home Entertainment 2001 Show, May 11-13, 2001 at the Hilton New York & Towers.
Last week, <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.co.jp/global/top.html">Matsushita</A>, known to most consumers by its <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.com">Panasonic</A> brand name, announced the establishment of the Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory in Universal City, CA. The company says that the new lab, a division of Panasonic Technologies, will conduct research and development on "next-generation digital video compression and technologies" for broadband distribution of video and other digital content.
There may be more than 220 <A HREF="http://www.imax.com">IMAX</A> theaters operating in 28 countries around the world, but videophiles still love to get their hands on IMAX videos, long acknowledged to be some of home theater's finest demo materials. Favorites among the dozen IMAX DVDs already available include <I>Super Speedway</I>, <I>Everest</I>, and <I>The Magic of Flight</I>. Now, more are on the way.