Top Treats for Home-Theater Fans Revealed
Maybe somebody should invent an exer-couch: According to a recent national survey commissioned by <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com">Blockbuster</A>, popcorn and soft drinks top the list of favorite foods and drinks that people consume when watching videos at home.
Petersen Publishing Agrees to Acquire Stereophile, Inc.
On May 18, James D. Dunning, Jr., Chairman and CEO of the Petersen Companies, Inc., announced an agreement to acquire <I>Stereophile Magazine</I> and <I>Stereophile Guide to Home Theater</I>---two of this country's leading high-end audio and home-theater publications---as well as HI-FI '98, The Home theater & Specialty Audio Show.
Connecting Your DVD Player to a Toaster Draws Ever Nearer
On May 14, <A HREF="http://www.hitachi.co.jp">Hitachi</A>, <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.co.jp/corp">Panasonic</A>, <A HREF="http://www.sv.philips.com">Philips</A>, <A HREF="http://www.grundig.com/">Grundig</A>, <A HREF="http://www.sharp.co.jp">Sharp</A>, <A HREF="http://www.sony.co.jp">Sony</A>, <A HREF="http://www.thomson-multimedia.com/">Thomson Multimedia</A>, and <A HREF="http://www.toshiba.co.jp">Toshiba</A> announced that they have compiled a core home-networks specification for AV electronics appliances. The eight companies plan to actively promote this spec, called HAVi (Home Audio-Video interoperability), as a home-network standard for the AV electronics and multimedia industries.
Showtime Picks up Lyne's Lolita
Like its nymphet namesake, <I>Lolita</I> seems to create nothing but trouble for those who fall under its spell. Director Adrian Lyne's cinematic interpretation of Vladimir Nabokov's still-controversial novel about a middle-aged man's obsession with a teenage girl spent a year in the Hollywood revolving door because no major studio was willing to risk a distribution deal---until now. <A HREF="http://www.viacom.com/press.tin?ixPressRelease=40000482">Showtime Networks</A>, a cable-TV unit of <A HREF="http://www.viacom.com">Viacom</A>, has picked up the film's US rights.
Bound finds its glory on DVD
J<I>ennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano. Directed by The Wachowski Brothers. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital. Two sides. 109 minutes. 1996. Republic ID4628DSDVD. Rated R. $29.95</I>
Amazon.com Swallows Internet Movie Database
HI-FI '98 Product Previews
Several manufacturers will be demonstrating state-of-the-art home-theater products at <A HREF="http://www.hifishow.com">HI-FI '98</A>, some of which have never been seen by the public before. From now until Show time, we'll be running several announcements each week to give you a taste of what to expect. Here's the first assortment:
TCI's Malone Says No to HDTV
Plans by the NBC and CBS networks to transmit 1080i HDTV this fall are "suicidal," according to John Malone, chairman of <A HREF="http://www.tci.com/">Tele-Communications, Inc.</A> On May 5, at the <A HREF="http://www.ncta.com/">National Cable Television Association's</A> annual convention in Atlanta, Malone vowed that TCI won't carry HDTV in its ultimate form. A single channel of full-bore HDTV occupies the same transmission bandwidth as 12 low-resolution channels or several standard-resolution channels.
Blade Runner: The Director's Cut on DVD
H<I>arrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, Joe Turkel. Directed by Ridley Scott. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1. Dolby Surround. Two sides. 117 minutes. Theatrical version, 1982; director's cut, 1991. Warner Bros. Home Video 12682. Rated R. $29.95.</I>
Three Days of Home Theater, Music, and Advice Only Weeks Away
It's just about a month away: <A HREF="http://www.hifishow.com">HI-FI '98</A>, The Home Theater & Specialty Audio Show, will attract thousands of home-theater enthusiasts when it visits The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, California from Wednesday, June 10 to Sunday, June 14, 1998.