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HT Staff Posted: Jul 08, 2001 0 comments
On Monday, July 2, 2001, Primedia announced that it has agreed to acquire emap usa from Emap plc. This transaction, which will create the second largest magazine company in the United States, is currently under a customary regulatory review. It is expected to close during the third quarter of the calendar year.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 08, 2001 0 comments

There won't be any end to the blitz of new movies and television shows, thanks to an agreement reached late July 3 between members of the <A HREF="">Screen Actors Guild</A> (SAG), the <A HREF="">American Federation of Television and Radio Artists</A> (AFTRA), and Hollywood film studios. Actors agreed to keep working beyond the expiration date of their old contract on June 30; discussions were said to be "amicable" and "low-key."

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Movie tickets worth approximately $3.89 <I>billion</I> were sold in the United States during the first six months of 2001. That number is a 10% increase over the same period in the previous year, according to a report from Exhibitor Relations Company, which tracks business trends for the theater industry.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 08, 2001 0 comments

<I>Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Earl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman. Directed by Perry Henzell. Aspect ratio: 1.66:1. Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). 103 minutes. 1973. The Criterion Collection 83. R. $35.99.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 08, 2001 0 comments

It would seem that online junkies get all the breaks. Music fans are able to find thousands of free MP3 audio files (in spite of Napster's demise), and promo clips for new films are increasingly released first online and then in theaters. And then there are the illicit copies of new films available for download (see <A HREF="">previous story</A>). Video fans can now add tax breaks to the list of Internet perks.

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 07, 2001 0 comments
Each summer we hop in the car, line up in droves at the local multiplex, slap down our cash, settle into our seats, and hope for one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This year promises to be more interesting than most, but isn't that always the case? In the real world, what we finally see on the screen often turns out to be less than we'd hoped for.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2001 0 comments
Pioneer Electronics continues to refine audio and video performance with its new generation of DVD players. The $2000 DV-38A is the company's effort to combine high-resolution sound and image at an upscale but not unattainable price.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2001 0 comments
Which is more important in a DVD player, styling or performance?
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Chris Lewis Posted: Jul 02, 2001 Published: Jul 03, 2001 0 comments
Part two in our high-resolution-audio series introduces SACD and DSD. The CD is dead. Long live the super CD.

You must allow me a bit of hyperbole for the sake of a powerful opening statement (which, as I assume they say in journalism school, is important). The truth is, the CD is about as dead as the analog television, which means it's alive and kicking just as it has always been. Still, the writing is on the wall for both formats. While the CD can at least take consolation in the fact that it doesn't have government mandates guaranteeing its demise, the future of audio has most definitely arrived (as with television) in the form of high-resolution. Let's not forget multichannel, either. While the hard-core music lovers are salivating over the potential of high-resolution, most are well aware that popular acceptance in America usually requires the new and different to be as big and flashy as possible. On many systems, the multichannel format is undoubtedly going to represent a more-noticeable change in the way people listen to music.

Steve Baldwin Posted: Jul 02, 2001 Published: Jul 03, 2001 0 comments
Comparing the Incomparable? The Philips SACD 1000 ushers SACD into the world of multichannel audio. Does this bring the high-resolution format closer to DVD-Audio or drive them farther apart?

Apples and oranges are both great, but generally you like one or the other better. Sure, they're both fruits, and they're both sort of round, but there are lots of things you'd do with one and not the other. Ever mix vodka with apple juice? I haven't either, although the mere thought brings a shudder. Ever tried orange sauce with pork chops? Not likely.


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