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The <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) is reporting that manufacturer-to-dealer sales of digital television (DTV) monitors and sets (monitors with integrated tuners) totaled 117,851 units with $222 million in revenue during July. The CEA adds that these unit sales figures represent a 165% increase over the same period in 2000.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 16, 2001 0 comments

First we had Dolby Digital with 5.1 channels (five speakers plus one subwoofer) for DVDs, then the THX and Dolby Digital <A HREF="">Surround EX</A> 6.1 format, which added a center channel in the rear. Now comes word that <A HREF="">THX</A> is ready to start certifying 7.1 channels with their new Ultra2 format.

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High-definition television will get a big push from at least two major networks this fall. Both <A HREF="">ABC</A> and <A HREF="">CBS</A> have announced extensive programming in the format, which almost certainly will improve the awareness of the format among viewers.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Sep 16, 2001 0 comments

<I>Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French, Spanish), THX. Two discs. 107 minutes. 2000. Touchstone Home Video 21656. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Marc Horowitz Posted: Sep 14, 2001 0 comments
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Like its predecessor, The Sixth Sense, writer/director M.
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In the United States, the government's traditional stance on big business has been to accommodate independent distributors whenever possible. The policy has long been seen as a way of encouraging competition and preventing the growth of monopolies; automakers don't operate their own dealerships, and cable providers typically don't produce their own programming. In general, you can't own the "pipes" and the "water," too.

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HT Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2001 0 comments
The annual CEDIA show is the scene for the launch of many new home theater products. On September 10, Hitachi announced a high-definition rear projection monitor, the 55DMX01W, which uses Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP)device as a light source. The 55"-diagonal high-definition set has a 16:9 screen and what Hitachi calls an "exclusive 10-element high contrast wide-angle lens system and high-resolution screen. Every component has been engineered to faithfully reproduce accurate images."
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Wes Phillips Posted: Sep 09, 2001 0 comments

<I>Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth. Various directors. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0. 364 minutes. 1998. HBO Home Video 99330. NR. $39.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 09, 2001 0 comments

DVD fans may soon be complaining less about the lack of available titles.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Sep 09, 2001 1 comments

In a low-key rollout last week, <A HREF="">HDNet</A>, which bills itself as "the world's only all-high definition national television network", went live on DirecTV channel 199 with a broadcast of the Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers. HDNet, with offices in Dallas and Denver, says that this is the first of 15 Major League Baseball games it intends to air throughout the month.


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