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Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

According to figures recently compiled by the <A HREF="http://www.dvdinformation.com">DVD Entertainment Group</A>, DVD hardware and software sales continued on a strong upward curve in the first six months of 2001. In the first half of the year, the DEG reports, more than 5 million DVD players were shipped to retailers (not all have sold through to consumers), bringing the total units shipped since the format's launch to 20.4 million. Just over 3 million players had been shipped by the same time last year.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

In a move that promises to significantly enhance HDTV access for consumers across the United States, representatives of a number of industries last week announced their support of the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) with high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) for transmission of high definition video content from set-top boxes to television monitors.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jul 25, 2001 0 comments

When I reviewed the first Super Audio CD (SACD) player, Sony's ultra-expensive SCD-1, in these pages almost two years ago, I envisioned the format as designed for audiophile "purists" who turned up their noses at CD and even (for reasons still very debatable) DVD playback.

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2001 0 comments

Hitachi

FHP, a joint venture of Fujitsu and Hitachi, has donated some plasma to Hitachi's UltraVision TV line. Inconveniently designated the CMP4120HDUS, the 42-inch, 3 1/2-inch-deep widescreen HDTV can accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals through its high-definition inputs, which include RGB+H/V, wideband component video, and VGA.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2001 0 comments
Mid-July witnessed the introduction of the new RCA Scenium line of digital television products from Thomson Multimedia. The French-American technology conglomerate says the series embodies "the most advanced technologies and the most expressive designs" ever offered to upscale consumers. The new products are claimed to offer exceptional brightness, contrast ratio, and clarity.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2001 0 comments
Liquid crystal displays have come a long way from their low-resolution origins in watches, calculators and handheld games. The LCD is one of several flat-screen technologies that will grow in prominence as the buying public moves away from bulky CRT monitors and rear-projection enclosures.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

In a move the companies are calling a major step toward "realization of the digital home entertainment environment," the <A HREF="http://www.dtcp.com">Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator</A> (DTLA), Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced last week that they have entered into long-term license agreements to promote the all-digital home transmission and display of motion pictures and other video content using DTLA's Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP).

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Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

June was the third consecutive month of increases in sales of digital video products, according to figures released July 18 by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A>.

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Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar Communications</A> has posted some positive numbers in the wake of its recent announcement of a joint HDTV venture with CBS.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

<I>Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jean Simmons. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1. Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). 101 minutes. 1947. Criterion Collection 93. NR. $39.99.</I>

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