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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 17, 2002 0 comments

One of the primary obstacles to getting high-bandwidth video such as HDTV to the home via cable is the limited signal-carrying capacity of what is termed "the last mile." Currently, cable modem users share a data pipe with TV channels that can carry about 30 megabits-per-second (mbps) into their homes.

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Hilary Lynch Posted: Feb 17, 2002 0 comments

<I>Ren&#233;e Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent, James Callis, Shirley Henderson, Sally Phillips. Directed by Sharon Maguire. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic).Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 (French). 98 minutes. 2001. Disney Studios B00003CXT7. R. $29.99.</I>

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Many home theater enthusiasts grumble about the slow pace of the development of digital television without considering the cost of the transition for broadcasters&mdash;approximately $2 million per studio. The great change isn't occurring only in our viewing rooms, but also in studios throughout North America.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 17, 2002 0 comments

Warren Lieberfarb, head of <A HREF="http://www.warnerhomevideo.com">Warner Home Video</A>, thinks Hollywood just doesn't get it when it comes to DVD. In his view, the film industry is making a big mistake by continuing to support the rental market when the real bucks are in sales.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2002 0 comments
One of the biggest names in video projection technology has a hot new DLP projector on the market. (DLP, or "Digital Light Processing," originated at Texas Instruments and has been licensed to projector makers worldwide.) Runco's VX-1000c uses a new TI digital micromirror device (DMD) with a 1280 x 720 pixel array, ideal for 16:9 screens.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2002 0 comments
In typical British understatement, product literature for B&W's new subwoofers mentions that "movies in particular can be very demanding of subwoofers and some special effects can test them to the limit."
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Russ Herschelmann Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

Update from Russ Herschelmann: Wow! <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1203">I asked for feedback</A> about what to do with future Home Theater Architect columns, and you gave it to me! I got 60 replies&mdash;with <I>lots</I> (over 25,000 words) of suggestions and great ideas! Many of you (over 70%) want me to finish discussing Jack and Diane's home theater in detail. Five of you (8.3%) do not. The rest either didn't say, or want me to finish with J&D in the next several issues. Respondents seemed to fall into three groups:

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Michael Fremer Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

You want to believe. I want to believe. We all want to believe that, some day, a tiny chip the size of a 35mm transparency in a video-display device the size and weight of a slide projector will be capable of producing a moving video image so exquisitely filmlike that it will banish bulky, expensive, tweaky CRT projectors to the trash heap of technological history.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking carefully at the proposed acquisition of Hughes Electronics Corporation by Littleton, CO&ndash;based EchoStar Communications Corporation. Hughes is the parent company of EchoStar rival DirecTV. Voting shareholders of General Motors, Hughes' corporate overlord, approved the sale late last year. If the deal is approved, the two direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services could become one&mdash;and, with 17 million subscribers, one of the largest distributors of television programming in North America.

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Dan Yakir Posted: Feb 10, 2002 0 comments

<I>Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan, Edward Arnold, James Gleason. Directed by Frank Capra. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital mono. 121 minutes. 1941. Image Entertainment B000007SFA. NR. $19.95.</I>

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