One More Time For Wall Street

M<I>ichael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook, John C. McGinley, James Spader, Terence Stamp, Sean Young. Directed by Oliver Stone. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 126 minutes. 1987. 20th Century Fox 2000633. R. $24.99.</I>

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Home Entertainment Show 2001 Coming to New York City

For the first time in five years, New York City will play host to the largest hi-fi and home theater show in the US. Home Entertainment 2001 promises to be the largest and most comprehensive such event to date when it takes place this spring at the Hilton New York & Towers Hotel on May 11-13, 2001.

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Turning Swords Into High-Rez Plowshares?

Scientists at the Department of Energy's <A HREF="">Los Alamos National Laboratory</A> say they have developed a technology that could make the coming transition from current analog television to high-definition television a whole lot easier. The scientists describe the technology as a new transmission algorithm capable of compressing a HDTV data stream to the point where the HDTV and analog TV signals can be broadcast over the same channel.

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Fiber Optic Transmission Better for HDTV than Satellite, Company Claims

An Asian telecommunications company has successfully transmitted uncompressed HDTV and SDTV video between Japan and the US using fiber optic cable. The results prove the superiority of fiber optics over satellite transmission, the company claims.

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"Future Proof" Yamaha RX-V3000 Does 7.1, 6.1, 5.1 and Stereo

Two thousand bucks buys a lot of technology these days. Yamaha's RX-V3000 is a good example: with seven channels of amplification, auto-detect surround sound decoding, and a learning touchscreen, it's hard to beat.
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CORIOgen Eclipse Puts Pro Video Tools in Hobbyists' Hands

The popularity of camcorders is proof positive that video hobbyists want to do more than watch movies. They want to make them too.
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Loews Cineplex in Chapter 11; American and Canadian Theaters Begin Shutdown

The theater glut has claimed its latest victim. New York-based Loews Cineplex Entertainment, the second largest movie exhibitor in the US, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, February 15 in US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The theater giant simultaneously brought an application under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for its Canadian units, including Cineplex Odeon Corporation, with whom it had merged three years ago.

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Panasonic Debuts TV/HDR Combo

Television viewers who can't be at home during their favorite shows need fret no longer. <A HREF="">Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company</A> has come to their rescue with the introduction of the PV-SS2710, the world's first combination television and hard disk recorder. In combining a 27"-diagonal PanaBlack television with a "ShowStopper" 30-hour hard disk recorder, Panasonic has created an entirely new category of video product. The choice of a 27" set as the first TV/HDR is a wise one, as 27" sets are the most popular sets with consumers.

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Mixed Results for Video Equipment Sales

There's some good news and then there's some bad news for video manufacturers so far this year. According to figures released last week by the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA), DVD sales were up 55% last month over those from January 2000, with sales of 570,000 units. The trade organization says that sales of DVD players seem poised for another year of record growth in 2001, as the "fastest selling consumer electronics product of all time".

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More VOD Movies Ahead

The video-on-demand saga marches on, as <A HREF="">Intertainer</A> and Universal Studios' Pay-Per-View division announced last week that they have signed a long-term output agreement that will deliver the studio's film content over Intertainer's digital VOD cable platform. The companies say that Universal movies will become available on the Intertainer service starting this month.

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