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Steven Stone takes on not one, not two, but three video processors: the <A HREF="/accessories/1003DVDO">DVDO iScan Ultra, DreamVision Optimizer, and Focus Enhancements CenterStage CS-1</A>. After several hours of screen time, SS finds that only one of the trio deserves your hard-earned cash and explains why.

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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 08, 2003 0 comments

Federal regulators appear to have few objections to the proposed buyout of the satellite broadcaster by News Corporation&mdash;which makes for a completely different scenario than last year's aborted acquisition of DirecTV by rival Echostar.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 07, 2003 0 comments

<I>Voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, Barry Humphries, Austin Pendleton, John Ratzenberger. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (anamorphic), 4:3. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX (English, French, Spanish), THX. Two discs. 100 minutes. 2003. Buena Vista Home Entertainment 3007803. G. $29.99.</I>

Steven Stone Posted: Dec 07, 2003 0 comments

The most common form of video pro-cessor, the deinterlacer-scaler, serves two primary functions. First, it acts as a video switcher, so you need to run only one cable to your display. More important, a video processor converts standard-definition 480i (NTSC) sources either to 480p or a higher resolution, depending on the needs of the video display.

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HT Staff Posted: Dec 03, 2003 0 comments
For every price-no-object home theater there are potentially hundreds of smaller systems in need of space-saving components.
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HT Staff Posted: Dec 03, 2003 0 comments
Falling prices and improved availability of programming combined to boost sales of high-definition television sets by 50% during the past year, according to figures recently published by Port Washington, NY-based research firm NPD Group.
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HT Staff Posted: Dec 02, 2003 0 comments
Congratulations to Daniel McGauley of Austin, Texas. His unique answer to our call for unique DVD bonus features in the November 2003 issue earned him a free copy of the Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken DVD boxed set:
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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 01, 2003 Published: Dec 02, 2003 0 comments

Give-and-take is the essence of politics. On Monday evening, November 24, demonstrating that it's better to compromise than to lose entirely, US lawmakers agreed to cap broadcast ownership at 39% of the national market of potential viewers&mdash;less than half-way between the old limit of 35% and a new one of 45% approved by the Federal Communications Commission last June. Some Democratic lawmakers decried the 39% deal as a betrayal by their Republican colleagues.

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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 01, 2003 Published: Dec 02, 2003 0 comments

HP entering TV business? The line between the computer and consumer electronics industry gets blurrier by the day. During the last week of November, computer giant Hewlett-Packard announced that it would begin offering its own brand of large flat-screen TVs. Already in discussions with several Asian manufacturers, HP will deliver both LCDs and plasma display panels (PDPs) under its own name, probably by spring.

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