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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 08, 2000 0 comments

N<I>arrated by Kenneth Branagh. Series producer: Tim Haines. Producer: Jasper James. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Surround. Two discs. 230 minutes. 1999. BBC Video (distributed by CBS). CBS Fox Video 2000040. NR. $34.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 08, 2000 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.semiconductors.com">Philips Semiconductors</A> (a division of Philips Electronics) announced the first in a new family of silicon chips that they claim "will revolutionize the way we use television." The company says its pnx8500 Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine will enable the combination of digital video, audio, graphics, and Internet content into "highly interactive" program material and will allow cable and satellite service providers to add new digital subscriber services to their existing TV program offerings. At the same time, Philips also announced Samsung's support for the new chip in its next-generation consumer set-top box.

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Posted: Oct 08, 2000 0 comments

Another DVD hurdle is jumped: 10 million DVD-Video players have now officially shipped to market, according to the <A HREF="http://www.dvdinformation.com">DVD Entertainment Group</A> (DVDEG). The announcement was made last week at the annual DVD Forum meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 04, 2000 0 comments
Autumn's shortening days and cooling temperatures bring people inside, where they can enjoy sports, the latest movies, and new network programming. Sony Electronics has introduced several new products to enhance the home theater lifestyle.
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HT Staff Posted: Oct 03, 2000 0 comments
Onkyo continues to carve a name for itself as a maker of affordable home theater receivers. The company's new THX Select-certified TX-DS787 is the only 6.1-channel Surround EX receiver in the under-$1500 price class. The receiver's suggested list price is $1099.95.
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Gary Frisch Posted: Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

P<I>aul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross. Directed by George Roy Hill. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital mono. 110 minutes. 1969. Fox Home Entertainment 2000043. PG. $29.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Last November, <A HREF="http://www.flatdisplaysystems.philips.com">Philips</A>' flat-panel display division and <A HREF="http://www.rainbowdisplays.com">Rainbow Displays</A> announced their agreement to jointly develop large, "tiled" LCDs for a variety of next-generation consumer and business applications. Making good on that promise, last week the companies announced that they will showcase the industry's first 37.5-inch "tiled" flat-panel display at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) Japan 2000, to be held October 3&ndash;7, 2000, in Tokyo.

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Posted: Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

High-Definition Television is getting a big boost this season, thanks to a partnership between <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.com/">Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company</A> and the <A HREF="http://www.cbs.com/">Columbia Broadcasting System</A>. Seventeen of the network's 18 weekly comedy and drama shows will appear in the new format, according to a schedule released Wednesday, September 27. A sponsorship from Panasonic is making possible an almost-complete schedule of primetime HDTV programming from CBS, a unit of media conglomerate <A HREF="http://www.viacom.com/">Viacom, Inc.</A>

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Posted: Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Sales and rentals of digital video discs (DVDs) are exploding this year and will lead to a resurgence of growth for the overall retail movie market in the decade to come, according to a series of reports prepared by <A HREF="http://www.adamsmediaresearch.com">Adams Media Research</A> (AMR), and published in the bi-weekly <I>Hollywood Aftermarket</I> newsletter. The report adds that, after just three years on the market, DVD players are on track to penetrate 12% of US homes by the end of this year, making this the fastest rollout of a consumer entertainment technology since black-and-white television in the 1940s.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 01, 2000 0 comments

Last week, EchoStar Communications Corporation announced that, starting this week, its <A HREF="http://www.dishnetwork.com">Dish Network</A> will begin showing HDTV versions of popular motion pictures, beginning with the James Bond film <I>The World Is Not Enough</I>. EchoStar claims that the Dish Network currently serves more than 4.3 million customers.

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