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Derek Germano Posted: Oct 11, 1998 0 comments

S<I>teve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda May, Patrick Stewart. Directed by Tobe Hooper. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 5.1. 116 minutes. 1985. MGM Home Entertainment 907017. Rated R. $24.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 11, 1998 0 comments

For decades, <A HREF="http://www.disney.com">Disney</A> has dominated the animated feature-film business. Recently, Dreamworks SKG, which scored a hit with this summer's <I>Saving Private Ryan</I>, jumped into the fray with the film <I>Antz</I>, about the life of an idealistic ant who feels trapped amoung his colony's soldiers and workers. Considered better than any other animated feature released so far this year, <I><A HREF="http://www.antz.com/">Antz</A></I> needed an early start out of the gate, as Disney had planned a big splash for their own insect story.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 11, 1998 0 comments

Tele-Webbers---almost sounds like a mindless new children's TV show, but instead describes what a new report claims is the next big revolution in home television. According to the report from <A HREF="http://www.inteco.com">Inteco</A>, Tele-Webbers are the eight million adults in the US who use the Internet and watch TV simultaneously at least once a week. (So do another five million, but less often.)

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 10, 1998 0 comments

High-Definition Television will make its broadcast debut next month, and television stations in most parts of the country will participate. The <A HREF="http://www.nab.org/">National Association of Broadcasters</A> announced last week that 42 stations are good to go for the November 1 launch of 21st-century television. The first HDTV stations include the original 26 volunteers in the 10 largest US markets, as mandated by a schedule agreed to by the NAB and the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov/">Federal Communications Commission</A>; and an additional 16 that have completed their equipment upgrades ahead of time.

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Derek Germano Posted: Oct 04, 1998 0 comments

B<I>ridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer, Anne Bancroft, Olivia d'Abo, Richard Romanus, Harvey Keitel. Directed by John Badham. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround (French), monaural (Spanish). 109 minutes. 1993. Warner Home Video 12819. Rated R. $24.98</I>.

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Posted: Oct 04, 1998 0 comments

Home-theater fans are excited by HDTV, and the first display products are hitting the shelves right now. But how long will it be before high-definition signals become common as a broadcast medium? The answer to this question involves not only the television to receive the signal, but the entire broadcast chain, from camera to transmitter.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 1998 0 comments

In what they've billed as their continuing commitment to the growth and development of the DVD marketplace, <A HREF="http://www.universalstudios.com">Universal Studios</A> announced 20 DVD titles with DTS audio tracks to be released in the first half of 1999. The opening volley, which includes <I>Dante's Peak</I>, <I>Waterworld</I>, <I>Liar Liar</I>, and <I>Daylight</I>, is expected in January. Other titles to follow are <I>The Shadow</I>, <I>Babe</I>, <I>The River Wild</I>, <I>The Getaway</I>, <I>The Nutty Professor</I>, <I>Apollo 13</I>, <I>Happy Gilmore</I>, <I>12 Monkeys</I>, <I>Dragonheart</I>, <I>The Jackal</I>, <I>The Frighteners</I>, <I>Born on the Fourth of July</I>, <I>The Boxer</I>, <I>For Richer or Poorer</I>, <I>Blues Brothers 2000</I>, and <I>Primary Colors</I>.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 03, 1998 0 comments

CD is the dominant software medium today, but DVD will gradually replace it, according to panelists at the DVD-Audio Forum conference last week at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the San Francisco airport. Higher storage capacity and greater versatility, including multichannel audio, mean greater value for consumers. The panel also predicted that the popularity of DVD-ROM will grow exponentially in the next three years, and the use of DVD-RAM---recordable media-----will easily triple within that period. Computers equipped with DVD "burners" are already on the market.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 03, 1998 0 comments

Where do captains of industry go when their cash cows begin to produce sour milk? To Washington DC, where they beg for regulatory intervention. That's where CBS Station Group Manager Mel Kazmarin was last week, and that's what he was doing---asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its prohibition against one TV network owning more than 35% of the available commercial broadcast stations in the country.

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Posted: Sep 27, 1998 0 comments

Last week, IBM announced the introduction of its <A HREF="http://www.ibm.com/homedirector">IBM Home Director</A> home networking system, controllable from a PC or television screen. Although initially targeted at the new-home construction market, IBM says that Home Director can be retrofitted to most existing homes.

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