FCC Approves Multi-network Ownership

The erosion of long-standing regulatory policy that began with the Telecommunications Act of 1996 continues under the leadership of <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> chairman Michael Powell. The FCC has approved by a 3&ndash;1 vote the ownership of multiple networks by a single owner, thereby reversing one of the agency's oldest rules.

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E-VSB Technology Announced at NAB

At the insistence of renegade broadcasters led by the Sinclair Group, the Federal Communications Commission began <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?639">reviewing the specifications</A> for over-the-air 8-VSB digital television (DTV) signal transmission back in 1999. Even though tests demonstrated that there may be <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?553">weaknesses</A> in the standard chosen by the Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC), the FCC <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?641">reaffirmed its commitment</A> to 8-VSB a little over a year ago.

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The Patriot Scores a DVD Victory

M<I>el Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tcheky Karyo, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 165 minutes. 2000. Columbia TriStar Home Video 05731. R. $27.96</I>

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Marantz Goes Big with New Rear Projection HDTV

"Looking huge" is an understatement when applied to Marantz's new PV6480W HDTV-ready rear projection television set. Not only is its 64" (diagonal) screen among the biggest on the market, so are its 9" CRTs.
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HE 2001 Seminar Schedule Set

Consumers attending the Home Entertainment 2001 Show in NYC, May 11–13, 2001, will have a unique opportunity to speak with and learn from the home entertainment industry's leading experts. As part of the three-day audio and video extravaganza, the Show will offer educational seminars and panel discussions—included with the admission ticket price on a first come, first served basis. This is a rare opportunity for consumers to meet with legendary industry journalists, manufacturers, dealers, and others.
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DVD Sales Still Going Strong

The DVD format is rolling into its fifth year, and history's most successful consumer electronics product continues to gain momentum. Sales of both hardware and software continue to rise, despite downturns elsewhere in the economy.

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Waking Ned Devine is a Winner

I<I>an Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt. Directed by Kirk Jones. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (widescreen). Dolby Digital 2.0. 91 minutes. 1998. 20th Century Fox 4110285. PG. $24.95.</I>

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Hackers Get Creative in Distributing DeCSS Code

Civil libertarians and computer hackers are united in their opposition to a ruling last summer by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan that banned the posting or propagation of DeCSS. The code, named for its ability to unlock DVD's Content Scrambling System, enables the copying of DVDs. In his ruling, Judge Kaplan ordered website <A HREF:"http://www.2600.com">2600</A> to remove not only the code, but also links to other sites where curious visitors might find it.

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Brighter Future for Hard-Disc Video?

Hard-disc&ndash;based digital video recorder (DVR) products (aka PVRs or personal digital recorders) such as those sold by TiVo and ReplayTV have been getting a lot of press lately, but only a modest share of consumer dollars. In the few short months since DVRs hit the shelves, ReplayTV has already <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?876">bailed out</A> of the manufacturing business, and the ultimate fate of TiVo is still unkown. In spite of its shaky start, the DVR category is slated to take off in the next five years, according to a new report from the <A HREF="http://www.yankeegroup.com">Yankee Group</A>.

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HE 2001 Seminar Schedule Set

Consumers attending the Home Entertainment 2001 Show in NYC, May 11&ndash;13, 2001, will have a unique opportunity to speak with and learn from the home entertainment industry's leading experts. As part of the three-day audio and video extravaganza, the Show will offer educational seminars and panel discussions&mdash;included with the admission ticket price on a first come, first served basis. This is a rare opportunity for consumers to meet with legendary industry journalists, manufacturers, dealers, and others.

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