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David Ranada Posted: Apr 02, 2002 0 comments

Okay, I know I shouldn't gloat. But I told you so. In a keynote speech at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual convention a year ago, I warned that if the broadcast and cable industries didn't get their act together when it came to putting high-definition signals out there in a big way, high-def programming would be provided by other means.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2002 0 comments
The two hottest trends in video displays are DLP projection and LCD television. Sharp Electronics Corporation is on top of both of them. On April 3, Sharp announced the retail availability of it first 30" widescreen liquid crystal television, the Aquos LC-30HV2U. The new LCD set is the first in a line of such products to debut this year.
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2002 0 comments
Many home theater fans think all subwoofers are alike.
Peter Pachal Posted: Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

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David Ranada Posted: Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

At $2,800, the least expensive Vaio PC in Sony's MX desktop line doesn't seem like much of a bargain these days, even for a 1.7-GHz, Pentium 4 with an 80-gigabyte (GB) hard drive, 512 megabytes (MB) of memory, the exciting "home" version of Windows XP, and two better-than-average speakers (the 15-inch Sony LCD monitor shown is $600 extra).

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2002 0 comments

Harman Kardon You'll feel surrounded by surround sound choices with Harman Kardon's AVR 520. The receiver decodes Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1- and 6.1-channel soundtracks, including DTS-ES Discrete. You'll need an outboard amp if you have one or two back surround speakers, though, as there are only five powered channels, rated to deliver 75 watts each into 8 ohms.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

In the era of DVD, videotape gets no respect—some might say deservedly so. But according to the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) VidTrac program, considered by some to be the most accurate video rental point-of-sale tracking technology, the 2001 year-end rental revenue market share for VHS was 83.4% while DVD accounted for 16.6%. This variance means that VHS rental spending outpaced that for DVDs by $5.6 billion.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

The film industry lost one of its legends on March 27, when writer-director Billy Wilder passed away at his Beverly Hills home. Wilder had been suffering from pneumonia. He was 95.

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MPEG-4 is getting plenty of attention from high-tech companies these days. On March 27, a joint venture involving the technology was announced in Tokyo by seven major electronics and technology companies.

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Bob Gulla Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

<I>Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, Ray Winstone. Directed by Franc Roddam. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround. 114 minutes. 1979. Rhino Home Video R2 976624. R. $24.99.</I>

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