Fox Abandons VOD

Walt Disney's <A HREF="http://www.movies.com">Movies.com</A> won't be streaming any Fox Entertainment Group releases any time in the foreseeable future.

Blockbuster Does Subs

The great thing about a video store is being able to walk right in, see what's available on the shelf, and then grab what you like for some instant home theater gratification. The bad thing about video stores is that getting your rental back on time can be a hassle, not to mention the late fees the stores count on to bolster their profits.

Tauzin Pushes for DTV

Federal Communications Chairman Michael Powell isn't the only powerful figure in Washington who is working toward a solution to the digital television impasse. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) is doing his part, too.

The War of the Roses: Special Edition

<I>Michael Douglas, Kathleen Tuner, Danny DeVito, Marianne S&#228;gebrecht. Directed by Danny DeVito. Aspect ratio: 1:85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. 116 minutes. 1989. 20th Century Fox 25392. R. $19.98.</I>

Sunfire TGIII Processor: Software Upgradeable

Sunfire Corporation has introduced the third generation of its Theater Grand surround sound processors. The new Theater Grand III supports all current surround formats, including Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround EX, and is software upgradeable via a watermarked CD.

Proton Remote Handles 10 Devices

Remote clutter got you down? Proton has a solution that will perk you up. The cost? A mere $200.

Discovery HD Theater

When it comes to persuasive reasons to purchase an HDTV, nothing beats having compelling content&mdash;and lots of it. Add one more notch to the content totals: Discovery Communications announced last week that it will launch Discovery HD Theater. The company describes HD Theater as a new 24-hour network "which will transmit high-definition content in all the popular categories of entertainment offered by Discovery" including nature, history, world cultures, geographic explorations, science, education, travel, and a wealth of children's and how-to programming.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch on DVD

<I>John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Martin, Michael Pitt, Miriam Shor. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Surround (English). 91 minutes. 2001. New Line N5401. R. $24.98.</I>

FCC OKs Satellite Services

New broadband offerings, including high-speed Internet access and video-on-demand, may be coming soon, thanks to an April 18 decision by the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> (FCC).

SBCA Opposes Arizona Tax

Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services are up in arms over a proposed 5% sales tax that could be imposed on their subscribers in Arizona.

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