Yamaha's New Big-Screen Vision

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.yamaha.com/yec/index1.htm">Yamaha</A>, traditionally known to American consumers as a specialist in audio equipment, announced that it will enter the home entertainment projector market. The first offering in Yamaha's new product line is a high-resolution projector, based on <A HREF="http://www.dlp.com">Digital Light Processing</A> (DLP) technology and intended for home theater use. Yamaha says that the projector is due to be released next spring.

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Thanksgiving Day: Patriots vs. Lions in HDTV

Rumors of the demise of HDTV football may have been greatly exaggerated. <A HREF="http://www.cbs.com/">CBS</A> has announced that this year's Thanksgiving Day <A HREF="http://www.nfl.com/">NFL</A> game between the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions will be broadcast in 1080I HDTV. The digital broadcast, sponsored by <A HREF="http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/">Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America</A> (MDEA), will be produced separately from the standard NTSC version.

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CEA Pushes for Digital Programming

The wearisome chicken-or-egg debate over the rollout of digital television went another round last week, as television manufacturers appealed to the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov/">Federal Communications Commission</A> to require more digital programming from broadcasters.

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Gentleman's Agreement Shines On DVD

G<I>regory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Dean Stockwell. Directed by Elia Kazan. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (full-frame). Mono. 118 minutes. 1947. Fox Home Entertainment 4112748. NR. $29.95.</I>

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The Ultimate Couch Potato Device?

While computer makers are still struggling to find consensus for the recordable DVD format, with the front-running rivals DVD-RW and DVD-RAM duking it out, a few consumer electronics products incorporating DVD-R are beginning to appear. Last week, <A HREF="http://www.toshiba.com/">Toshiba</A> announced its introduction of the RD-2000, which it describes as "the world's first combination of hard disk drive and DVD-RAM video recorder" for recording TV programs. The new recorder is planned for sale in the Japanese market only, starting December 22.

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Multi-Industry Push into Digital Film Distribution

Add this to your list of fading artifacts of the 20th century: bulky reels of film delivered to theaters by truck. Digital video satellite feeds are destined to replace shipments of physical product.

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Move Over, TiVo: Hauppauge PC-TV Recorder Debuts

Convergence is more than a buzzword in the minds of the engineers at <A HREF="http://www.hauppauge.com/"> Hauppauge Digital, Inc</A>. The New York electronics manufacturer has announced what it is calling "the first personal video recorder for PCs." In development for eighteen months, the WinTV-PVR is built to occupy a single PCI slot, and allows the recording and playback of television programs via computer. The device is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows ME, and comes bundled with a remote control and an FM receiver for the PC.

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Streaming HDTV Appears At Comdex This Week

This week, <A HREF="http://www.2netFX.com">2netFX</A>, which specializes in providing streaming technology for intranet and broadband Internet media delivery, has announced that its new HDTV-over-IP streaming technology will be featured in a live demonstration of Gigabit Ethernet over fiber in conjunction with <A HREF="http://www.worldwidepackets.com">World Wide Packets</A> at Comdex in Las Vegas. The new approach is intended to enable Internet Service Providers, cable television companies, and telecommunication carriers to base new services on HDTV technology.

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Razor Sharp Monument Ave. On DVD

D<I>enis Leary, Billy Crudup, Ian Hart, Jason Barry, Famke Janssen, Colm Meaney, Martin Sheen, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Noah Emmerich, John Diehl. Directed by Ted Demme. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (widescreen). Dolby Digital 5.1. 94 minutes. 1998. Miramax 17093. R. $24.98.</I>

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Toshiba X-Series Projectors Offer Twice the Light

You want brightness? Toshiba's got it. The company's new X-Series LCD multimedia projectors produce up to 2400 ANSI lumens, bright enough to create startling images in well-lit rooms.
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