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Barry Willis Posted: May 30, 1999 0 comments

We've all heard of electronic devices so advanced they do everything but make your breakfast. However, you can almost smell the bacon frying with <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com/">EchoStar</A>'s DishPlayer. The price? Try two hundred bucks.

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Posted: May 30, 1999 0 comments

Your cable company might not be the only television pipeline in town for much longer, thanks to legislation passed late Thursday, May 20, by the US Senate. The measure, backed by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), allows direct broadcast satellite (DBS) program providers to begin beaming local TV channels into the same localities from which they originate, just as cable providers have always done. A similar bill was recently passed by the US House of Representatives.

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Posted: May 23, 1999 0 comments

According to <A HREF="http://www.cyberstar.com">CyberStar L.P.</A>, the world's first satellite-broadcast distribution of high-definition, all-digital motion-picture content to a movie theater was successfully conducted last week at the Cannes Film Festival. The company, which is a provider of broadband services developed by <A HREF="http://www.loral.com">Loral Space & Communications</A>, teamed with independent film producers/distributors <A HREF="http://www.tebweb.com/lastbroadcast/">Wavelength Releasing</A> and digital film-server manufacturer QuVIS to distribute and show two short films: the Academy Award-winning <I>Bunny</I>, directed by Chris Wedge, and <I>Protest</I>, directed by S.D. Katz. Audiences viewed both films at Cannes' eCinema exhibition at the Palais Miramar on May 18-20.

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Barry Willis Posted: May 23, 1999 0 comments

Move over, TiVo. Step aside, ReplayTV. Canada's <A HREF="http://www.mgisoft.com/">MGI Software</A> has introduced new software that will turn Pentium III computers into digital VCRs. The development was announced in mid-May at the Electronic Entertainment Expo '99 in Los Angeles.

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Barry Willis Posted: May 23, 1999 0 comments

The race for home networking could be over before it really begins. On May 11, <A HREF="http://www.enikia.com/">Enikia Inc.</A> demonstrated a working model of a 10-megabit-per-second network using active AC powerlines as the medium. The demo took place at the Networld + Interop gathering in Las Vegas, a confab for the networking industry.

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Paula Nechak Posted: May 23, 1999 0 comments

R<I>obert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl Hannah, Brian Dennehy. Directed by Ivan Reitman. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 2.0 (Dolby Surround). 116 minutes. 1986. Universal ID4287US. Rated PG. $29.95.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 23, 1999 0 comments

In a perfect home-theater world, <I>all</I> consumers would demand ever-better video technologies with which to watch films and other programming at home. We would enthusiastically support companies that brought us video displays of increasing size and resolution, and we would favor movie studios that supported our quest for images and sounds of the highest definition. But the real world could be an unfriendly place for HDTV fans, according to a report just released by the <A HREF="http://www.mcgweb.com">McLaughlin Consulting Group</A>.

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Posted: May 11, 1999 0 comments

Consumer Days begin this Friday, but Wednesday saw the first of two Trade Days. Although not the full-blown killer demos that crank up when Joe Public roams the halls, there were a few notable displays.

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 09, 1999 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.timewarnercable.com">Time Warner Cable</A> said that it has successfully tested distribution of a high-definition TV feed from Home Box Office and will soon begin delivering it in the upgraded areas of its Tampa, Florida cable operation using equipment from <A HREF="http://www.sciatl.com">Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.</A> According to Time Warner, this marks the first time HBO's HDTV signal has been made available to cable customers using a form of signal-modulation technology known as QAM, which allows two HDTV channels to be delivered in the same bandwidth needed for one off-air HDTV channel.

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Barry Willis Posted: May 09, 1999 0 comments

Lately, the movie business has been nothing but trouble for <A HREF="http://www.seagram.com/">Seagram, Ltd.</A> The Montreal-based liquor and entertainment conglomerate reported losses totaling $199 million on a net income of $461 million for its third fiscal quarter, ending March 31.

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