DVD In The Fast Lane Page 2

The DVD format advanced from a high concept to a hot commodity blindingly fast. Navigating the crowded aisles of their local video stores, DVD enthusiasts - who just yesterday felt like elite, high-tech trailblazers - today rub shoulders with increasingly large crowds of new converts. And as models of DVD players have multiplied in number, so have their features and capabilities.

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New Products - Sept. 2001

SONY

Pushing the upper size limits of a cathode-ray tube (CRT), Sony's 40-inch KV-40XBR700 Wega is the largest direct-view CRT set on the market. It's also an HDTV monitor and has two wideband component-video inputs, 2:3 (also called 3:2) pulldown capability to improve the look of film-based material, and aspect ratio control.

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DVD In The Fast Lane

The DVD format advanced from a high concept to a hot commodity blindingly fast. Navigating the crowded aisles of their local video stores, DVD enthusiasts - who just yesterday felt like elite, high-tech trailblazers - today rub shoulders with increasingly large crowds of new converts. And as models of DVD players have multiplied in number, so have their features and capabilities.

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No, Not That DIVX

In the world of video-on-demand broadcast over the Internet, MPEG-4 video codec DivX (not to be confused with the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?453">previous Circuit City fiasco</A> of the same name) has emerged as one of the more popular video compression technologies. Last week, <A HREF="http://www.divx.com">DivXNetworks</A> announced that DivX 4.0, the newest version of the codec (compressor/decompressor), is now available for download at its website.

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Children of a Lesser God On DVD

<I>William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco. Directed by Randa Haines. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). 118 minutes. 1986. Paramount 01839. PG. $29.99.</I>

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Canadian Shoots Rankle Actors' Guild

Is Canada a threat to the US film industry? The <A HREF="http://www.sag.org">Screen Actors Guild</A> seems to think so.

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HDTV For Your DVD?

High definition television is struggling to get off the ground with the hesitant support of local, cable, and satellite broadcasters. But as readers revealed in an <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?176">online <I>SGHT</I> poll</A> a while back, what would really give HDTV a kick in the pants would be a high definition playback medium&mdash;something like an HD-DVD.

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CEA: Cable, Satellite Must Carry DTV

The <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) is once again pushing for a federal mandate that cable services and satellite broadcasters be required to carry digital television signals.

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New York Site of Home Entertainment 2002

After the 2001 show's wildly successful run earlier this year, Home Entertainment 2002 is heading back again to the heart of New York City. HE2002 will take place May 30–June 2, 2002 at the Hilton New York.
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Atlantic Technology Launches T90 Speakers

Success breeds success, the old adage goes.
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