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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 25, 2003 Published: Aug 26, 2003 0 comments

Video-on-Demand (VOD), long one of the cable industry's holy grails, is increasingly becoming a reality.

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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 25, 2003 Published: Aug 26, 2003 0 comments

One of the electronics industry's dirty little secrets is that plasma display panels (PDPs) can exhibit all kinds of problems at higher altitudes. Home theater fans in places like Vail, CO (altitude 8500') have been plagued by buzzing noises and other strange behaviors when trying to enjoy films or television programs on PDPs.

Al Griffin Posted: Aug 24, 2003 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza You've got to give credit to the guy who invented the six-pack. What a concept: six bottles, all strapped together in a bundle that can be easily toted from your local 7-11 to your fridge. Although not as portable as a bunch of brewskis, many home theater speaker systems adhere to a similar model.
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Animal House: The Double Secret Probation Edition—Universal
Video: 3
Audio: 3
Extras: 4
National Lampoon's Animal House may be a comedy classic that you can watch again and again, but does that also mean you have to buy it again and again? The new Double Secret Probation Edition is the third version of Animal House to hit DVD shelves, and even the gullible girls at Emily Dickinson College wouldn't fall for this scam, would they? There's no denying the greatness of the film itself, but most fans would likely already own the Collector's Edition released in 1998. Is this new version really worth buying Animal House for a second or even a third time? Surprisingly, it is.
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2003 0 comments
La-Z-Boy
So you've finally put together your dream home theater. The screen is just perfect, the components come together nicely, and you're all ready to settle in for that Rocky marathon this weekend. If only you could enjoy it all from the comfort of your favorite La-Z-Boy recliner. Say no more, my friend. La-Z-Boy has answered your prayers with their new Home Theater Collection. Seven pieces comprise the new Matinee group: right and left one-arm recliners; right and left wedges with armless recliners; a two-arm recliner; a console with a storage drawer; and a standalone wedge. You can customize the recliners with La-Z-Boy's power recline system, which lets you recline or extend to virtually any position. La-Z-Boy says that each cushion is placed at a 15-degree angle and positioned so that the seat back won't block the surround sound. The suggested retail price of the dividing furniture pieces (including the wedge and console) ranges from $299 in fabric to $799 in leather. Prices for the seating furniture pieces (including the one- and two-arm recliners) range from $599 in fabric to $1,899 in leather with the power reclining option.
La-Z-Boy
(734) 242-1444
www.lazboy.com
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Aug 19, 2003 0 comments

Ilustrations by Gary Locke Do you really care? - about home-entertainment gear, that is. If you're only browsing through this issue in the doctor's waiting room, it might be low on your list.

David Ranada Posted: Aug 19, 2003 0 comments

My first encounter with the BeoLab 5 was on an international audio-press tour of the Bang & Olufsen factory in Streuer, Denmark. It's out in quiet, flat, farm country something like the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. But our introduction was anything but staid.

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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 18, 2003 Published: Aug 19, 2003 0 comments

The numbers are up for Littleton, CO-based <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar Communications</A>. The direct broadcast satellite service posted a $129 million profit on sales of $1.4 billion for the second quarter ended June 30. The company also added 270,000 new subscribers in the same period, for a total of 8.8 million subscribers.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Aug 18, 2003 Published: Aug 19, 2003 0 comments

Once again, home theater fans can help themselves and others at the same time by participating in <A HREF="http://www.fatwyre.com">The Cable Company</A>'s eighth annual "Summer Against Hunger" campaign. The Cable Company and a wide cross-section of its vendors (listed below) have set up a program by which up to 10% of The Cable Company's August sales are donated to CARE and the International Rescue Committee, with contributions to be used to assist the worldwide disaster relief efforts of those humanitarian organizations.

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Posted: Aug 18, 2003 Published: Aug 19, 2003 0 comments

A better remote control is on the wish list of almost every home theater enthusiast. <A HREF="http://www.universal-remote.com/">Universal Remote Control, Inc.</A> has introduced two products worth investigating by anyone whose remotes have been hampered by environmental or architectural constraints.

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