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DirecTV subscribers will soon be able to enjoy the kind of digital television performance that cable subscribers can only dream about. On August 7, <A HREF="http://www.sony.sel.com">Sony Electronics</A> announced the SAT-HD200 set-top box (STB), an advanced DirecTV high-definition receiver with multiple format modes, keyword search, a favorite channel list, 20-event reminder, and an electronic programming guide. Subscribers with Digital Visual Interface (DVI) enabled high definition monitors will be able to receive uncompressed wideband high-def programming encoded with Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technology.

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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 11, 2002 0 comments

How much does it cost to include a digital tuner in a new TV? If you ask members of the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA), they'll tell you as much as $250 at retail. The <A HREF="http://www.nab.org">National Association of Broadcasters</A> (NAB), on the other hand, estimates that the cost is closer to $15. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Aug 11, 2002 0 comments

<B><I>SGHT</I>: </B>What is the importance of a DVD release to a film director?

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 11, 2002 0 comments

<I>Voices of Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, Mary Wickes. Directed by Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French, Spanish), DTS. 91 minutes. 1996. Buena Vista D23315. G. $29.99.</I>

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HT Staff Posted: Aug 06, 2002 0 comments
Sony has announced two new XBR series widescreen plasma television sets. The high-resolution flat panel plasma televisions feature advanced picture technology, a sophisticated silver-and-black design, and a DVI-HDTV interface.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Aug 05, 2002 Published: Aug 06, 2002 0 comments
After billions of years of evolution, Mother Nature still needs a proper soundtrack.

As a Home Theater reader, you probably fit into the fine category of people for whom music and movies are a big part of life. I'm willing to bet that, when it comes to electronic entertainment, you think inside the box. Well, I guess it's more like two boxes: your home and your car. Sure, no self-respecting Home Theaters reader feels complete without a DVD player and full-blown home theater in his or her living room, and most of you probably couldn't live without a CD player in your car. But how many of you have come to realize that Mother Nature's soundtrack could use a little assistance (especially if you happen to be, like me, an environmentally challenged city dweller)?

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Mike Wood Posted: Aug 05, 2002 Published: Aug 06, 2002 0 comments
If you call Runco's company headquarters and get put on hold, you'll hear about Roger Ebert's love for the film and Runco products, as well as his opinion that the latter makes home theater look much like the former. As my wife and I recently watched Panic Room in a real movie theater, I couldn't help but wonder if Ebert's comment was much of an endorsement. The picture quality was good. We just realized that, among other things, film has a lousy black level. Dark scenes were dark enough, but the blackout drapes along the sides of the screen were much darker. I've often used to the black level of CRT-based home theater projectors; I've been spoiled. I wondered, if film isn't the panacea of imaging, what is?
Chris Chiarella Posted: Aug 05, 2002 Published: Aug 06, 2002 0 comments
Time marches on. DVD software has steadily improved in its half-decade history, so you'll see lots of recent releases on this year's best-of list. The never-ending tide of discs keeps our perspective (while subjective) in a constant state of flux. Time, DVD's evolution, and the chance to plumb the most elaborate discs' untold depths have yielded some modified rankings from last year's list. As for our criteria, the film itself must be good, or at least good enough—or even so bad that it's back to good. Given DVD's storage potential, few movie-only discs made the cut. Picture and sound quality are essential, as are quantity, value, and originality of extras. Our comments cut right to the chase; so, if you want further insight, why not rent or buy the discs we list below to find out for yourself what makes a great DVD?
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Aug 05, 2002 Published: Aug 06, 2002 0 comments
Few things have dropped in price as quickly as DVD players. Less than a year ago, progressive-scan models like this one would have cost over $1,000. Now, you can find the Samsung DVD-P421 progressive-scan player for well under $200.
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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Aug 04, 2002 0 comments

<I>Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker, Sarah York, Philip A. Gillis, Ted Raimi. Directed by Sam Raimi. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1(anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 & 6.1 (matrixed), DTS EX (discrete). 85 minutes. 1983. Anchor Bay 38569. R. $49.98.</I>

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