Owners of digital television (DTV) products are extremely satisfied with their performance, but are unhappy with the lack of available programming in the new format, according to a survey conducted by the <A HREF="http://www.ncl.org/">National Consumers League</A> (NCL) and released July 21, 2000.
C<I>harlize Theron, Bill Paxton, David Paymer, Regina King, Rade Sherbedgia, Peter Firth. Directed by Ron Underwood. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 5.1. 114 minutes. 1998. Walt Disney 16538. PG. $24.98.</I>
Blockbuster has seen the future, and it ain't video rentals—at least not the kind you pick up in person. The video chain has signed an agreement with Enron Broadband Services to begin offering video-on-demand, one of a host of entertainment services to be developed as part of a 20-year pact. The announcement was made July 19.
A study released last week claims that in the next five years, smarter TV devices and content will dramatically change how viewers consume television programming. The result, according to a new report from <A HREF="http://www.forrester.com">Forrester Research</A>, will be a significant shift in the business model for television: "Even as they drain $18 billion in ordinary TV advertising revenues, smarter devices will create $25 billion in new revenues from viewers interacting with their TV screens."
Lawrence, Kansas—based MartinLogan, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of electrostatic loudspeakers, has announced its new “Theater” center channel speaker for home theater use. The Theater is intended to accompany any of the company’s CLS[TM] (curvilinear line source) electrostatic panels, which range in price from $1,695 to $70,000 per pair. The “Theater” is claimed to offer a “new reference level” for center channel speakers.
British loudspeaker maker B&W is moving into the home theater market in a big way with its new affordable CDM NT series. Four high-performance models include a center channel, freshly designed surround speakers, and two new full-range stereo pairs.
When serious home theater fans want their systems calibrated, they often have to call in highly paid experts. Even then, variations from one DVD to the next mean that even perfectly calibrated systems may not be perfect for all films.
Nothing adds to the thrill of action/adventure movies like earthshaking bass, and nothing creates earthshaking bass like a good, powered subwoofer. Hafler has announced several new subwoofers that might please even the most demanding home theater fans.