Where Broadcasters Should Put those HDTV Bucks
A recent study—presented at the NAB convention in Las Vegas by Dr. Marvin A. Hecht, assistant professor of psychology at <A HREF="http://www.lacollege.edu/">Louisiana College</A> in Pineville, Louisiana—examined "how broadcasters can make the most use of digital television." The college reports that, in the study, some of its students were shown identical scenes in both high-definition digital television (HDTV) and standard-definition digital television (SDTV) in six different content areas: action, drama, sports, documentaries, entertainment television, and news.
'90s Interactive Hallucination Turns Real
A study released last week claims that in the next five years, smarter TV devices and content will dramatically change how viewers consume television programming. The result, according to a new report from <A HREF="http://www.forrester.com">Forrester Research</A>, will be a significant shift in the business model for television: "Even as they drain $18 billion in ordinary TV advertising revenues, smarter devices will create $25 billion in new revenues from viewers interacting with their TV screens."
Blockbuster Enters 20-year Agreement for Video-on-Demand
Blockbuster has seen the future, and it ain't video rentals—at least not the kind you pick up in person. The video chain has signed an agreement with Enron Broadband Services to begin offering video-on-demand, one of a host of entertainment services to be developed as part of a 20-year pact. The announcement was made July 19.
No Surprise: Survey Says Consumers Like DTV, Dislike Lack of Programming
Owners of digital television (DTV) products are extremely satisfied with their performance, but are unhappy with the lack of available programming in the new format, according to a survey conducted by the <A HREF="http://www.ncl.org/">National Consumers League</A> (NCL) and released July 21, 2000.
Mighty Joe Young Lives Large on DVD
C<I>harlize Theron, Bill Paxton, David Paymer, Regina King, Rade Sherbedgia, Peter Firth. Directed by Ron Underwood. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 5.1. 114 minutes. 1998. Walt Disney 16538. PG. $24.98.</I>
Theta's New DVD/CD Transport Offers Prog-out Option
Many home theater fans believe Theta Digital Corporation
is primarily an audio company, but Theta also makes excellent digital video gear. Case in point: the company's new Carmen DVD transport.
Vidikron's Bright, New Epoch D-2200
Three ultra-high resolution LCD panels and twin projection lamps make Vidikron
's new Epoch D-2200 a frontrunner in the home theater projection race.
Hafler Launches Subwoofer Systems for HT
Nothing adds to the thrill of action/adventure movies like earthshaking bass, and nothing creates earthshaking bass like a good, powered subwoofer. Hafler
has announced several new subwoofers that might please even the most demanding home theater fans.
New Speaker Line from B&W Includes Center Channel, Surrounds
British loudspeaker maker B&W
is moving into the home theater market in a big way with its new affordable CDM NT series. Four high-performance models include a center channel, freshly designed surround speakers, and two new full-range stereo pairs.
Lucasfilm THX’s Optimode Makes HT System Calibration Easy
When serious home theater fans want their systems calibrated, they often have to call in highly paid experts. Even then, variations from one DVD to the next mean that even perfectly calibrated systems may not be perfect for all films.