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Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

The film industry is going to hate this. A Santa Monica technology company has announced a digital video compression scheme that supposedly can increase the data density of ordinary DVDs by three to ten times.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

High definition television will get a big boost this fall, thanks to an agreement announced July 12 by <A HREF="http://www.dishnetwork.com">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> and <A HREF="http://www.cbs.com/hdtv">CBS Television</A>, a unit of <A HREF="http://www.viacom.com">Viacom Inc</A>.

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The <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> announced July 11 that it will postpone indefinitely its much&ndash;discussed auction of the analog broadcast spectrum. Many observers interpreted the decision as evidence that the 2006 deadline for converting the nation's television system to digital will not be met.

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Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.dolby.com">Dolby Laboratories</A> announced that Home Box Office's primary channel will debut programming in Dolby Digital 5.1 with the pay network's premiere of <I>The Perfect Storm</I>. Dolby claims that the movie, which begins airing Saturday, July 14, is the first of many films and other programming to be broadcast by HBO in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio.

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2001 0 comments

Do I get letters? You bet I do! Everyone has a question for the Gear Guy. I get letters from people who want to buy high-definition TVs, minisystems, exotic speakers - you name it. I also get lots of eviction notices, subpoenas, and an occasional letter bomb. But that's another story.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2001 0 comments
One of the most difficult aspects of home entertainment systems is getting equipment from many different manufacturers to operate as one system. It's bad enough with a simple video-and-sound setup, but add projector, screen, drapes, lighting, and security, and you've got a technical nightmare.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2001 0 comments
Increasing the length of a product's warranty is a pretty good indication that a manufacturer has plenty of confidence in that product---and plenty of confidence in the market.
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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 10, 2001 0 comments

It seems like yesterday that the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival began as a local gathering in Austin, Texas. But it's actually been 15 years - and today, what is simply known as SXSW has morphed into the American music industry's largest event.

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Jeffrey Spaulding Posted: Jul 09, 2001 0 comments

Cool began with jazz - be-bop in particular, which still is cool. In the '60s, it meant stuff like bell-bottoms - which aren't cool anymore, unless a girl's wearing them. A guy wearing them as a joke could be cool, I guess, but the lines are kind of fuzzy there. Afros definitely aren't cool anymore, at least not on white guys - or at least not at the moment.

Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jul 09, 2001 0 comments

Tell me if any of this sounds familiar: You want to buy a DVD-Video player to impress your friends with your techo-hipness (and besides, you're tired of watching fuzzy VHS rentals). You have a digital surround receiver, so the player doesn't need a Dolby Digital or DTS decoder.

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