Manufacturers Pumping Up DTV Output
Some consumer-electronics manufacturers are plunging ahead with increased production and new models of digital television sets, despite continuing controversy about broadcasting standards and a scarcity of high-definition programming.
Hitachi Deck Combines DVD Player, CD Recorder
Simplify, simplify. Hitachi
has applied this wise old adage to high technology, with a new product that should tweak the interest of movie and music fans everywhere.
Silverline Audio Announces Corona Mk.II Loudspeaker
What do you call a loudspeaker that works with any amp, plays loud and clean, offers amazing detail, window-rattling bass, and looks good in any home? Alan Yun calls it the "Corona Mk.II."
Everything You Wanted to Know About Video-on-Demand
It's the dream of home-theater fans and TV addicts everywhere: Video-On-Demand, better known as VOD. The concept is simple: Viewers pick movies or shows from a list and watch them via their cable, satellite, or Internet connection when they want to—no waiting for the program to start at the top of the hour, or recording something that is broadcast only while you're on vacation. But getting VOD to work, especially in anything approaching DVD quality, is another issue altogether, and has become something of a Holy Grail for VOD developers in the broadcast industry.
Beautifully Made: The Insider on DVD
A<I>l Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debbi Mazar, Gina Gershon. Directed by Michael Mann. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 160 minutes. 1999. Touchstone 19298. R. $32.99.</I>
Study: Low Demand for PVRs Hides Market for Personal TV Services
Makers of personal video recorders (PVRs) like <A HREF="http://www.tivo.com/">TiVo</A> and <A HREF="http://www.replaytv.com/">ReplayTV</A> have been fighting an uphill battle to get consumers to understand and purchase their products. This reluctance has caused some marketing executives to question whether there is much of a market for personal video services. But consumer apathy toward unknown technology shouldn't be confused with the potential for such services, according to a recently released report from market analysts <A HREF="http://www.techtrends.net/">TechTrends</A>.
Bringing Remote Control to the Internet
A lot of folks seem stymied by the remote controls that come with consumer-electronics gear. But is using the Internet any easier? <A HREF="http://www.replaytv.com">ReplayTV</A> thinks so, and last week announced its new service: MyReplayTV. The company says that MyReplayTV "creates a Web portal where viewers can find out about TV programming, gather additional information about shows of interest, and control the ReplayTV Service and digital video recorder via the Web." ReplayTV expects the Internet remote feature to be online later this fall.
Star Wars Fans Go Behind Scenes with QuickTime
It seems that <I>Star Wars</I> fans can never get enough. In March 1999, more than six million of them downloaded the QuickTime trailer for <A HREF="http://www.lucasfilm.com/">Lucasfilm</A>'s <I>Episode I: The Phantom Menace</I> in the first three weeks it was available. QuickTime is <A HREF="http://www.apple.com/">Apple Computer</A>'s streaming-media technology, and it has been selected to deliver behind-the-scenes views of <I>Episode II</I> as it develops on location in Australia.
Feds Make Arrests in Satellite TV Sting
Beware what you buy on the Internet; it could cost you a hefty fine and a jail term. An almost-two-year-long Federal investigation of phony satellite television access cards has led to several arrests.
New Aiwa DVD Player Does High-Rez Audio and MP3
Never say Aiwa
doesn't pay attention to the market. Noting the widespread popularity of MP3 audio downloads, the company has included the ability to decode and play MP3s in its new XD-DV370 DVD player. Music fans can now make compilation CDs of their favorite MP3 audio tracks on CD-R or CD-RW discs and play them back over their home theater systems.