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Posted: May 20, 2001 0 comments

If there's no computer in your entertainment system&mdash;or no entertainment in your computer&mdash;there probably will be soon.<A HREF=""> Texas Instruments</A> has announced two new digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that accept and output all available video and PC graphics formats&mdash;including HDTV signals. The new chips may make "all-formats video" economically viable for many manufacturers.

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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 19, 1999 0 comments

Movie fans don't normally associate an organization as stodgy as the <A HREF="">American Institute of Certified Public Accountants</A> (AICPA) with the glamour of Hollywood, but as of Tuesday, September 14, the accountants' group will have had an everlasting effect on the industry and its notoriously loose accounting procedures. A new set of rules about the way the industry figures profits and losses will soon cause some irrevocable changes in the financial picture of the movie business.

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SV Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2009 0 comments
I haven't had much use for 3-D. But with the advent of RealD — and since I am, after all, the entertainment editor of this magazine — I figured it was high time for me to check out the latest state of the 3-D art. And what better film to do...
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Ultimate AV Staff Posted: Oct 11, 2004 0 comments

Texas Instruments continues to push the envelope of projector technology, and high-end manufacturers continue to adopt TI devices into ever-better projectors. TI's latest Digital Light Processing (DLP) devices are known as "DarkChips" for their improved contrast, a result of narrower gaps between mirror elements, smaller mirror hinges, higher reflectivity, and in a seeming paradox, better light absorption thanks to a new coating. DarkChips are said to offer better color uniformity and much lower dithering effects than their predecessors.

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Lauren Dragan Posted: Sep 22, 2014 0 comments
In the center of an all-white video screen, stands a young David Bowie. He is miming the story of a man who finds a mask that generates him enormous success and yet ultimately causes his suffocation. And so it’s fitting, perhaps, that the Bowie retrospective at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (September 23 through January 4, 2015), titled “David Bowie Is,” contains little detail concerning the life of David Jones, the man who would become Bowie.
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 11, 2004 0 comments

Better late than never. Years after mandating a changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission (<A HREF="">FCC</A>) has launched a campaign to inform consumers about the benefits of the new format.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

A soon-to-be-introduced bill in the US House of Representatives could severely alter the legality of behavior so commonplace that most Americans take it for granted.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments
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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Posted: Jul 20, 2003 0 comments

Canon, Sharp, Sony and JVC have teamed up on proposed specifications for high definition digital videocassette tape.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2003 Published: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments
Any custom installer will tell you that placement limitations are among the primary obstacles in turning residential rooms into home theaters. This may no longer be so problematic thanks to a new video scaler from Silicon Optix Inc.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 19, 2008 0 comments
Did you see Brendan Fraser in 3-D this summer? Journey to the Center of the Earth was in select theaters and IMAX theaters in 3-D, in addition to a widespread 2-D release. Missed it?  This remake of the classic Jules Verne tale is coming to...
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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 30, 2000 0 comments

When the retransmission of local TV signals by direct satellite broadcasters became legal, analysts and industry insiders expected an increase in business. They did not expect the surge in new subscribers that came in the wake of the decision. <A HREF="">EchoStar</A>, the perpetual runner-up to dominant DBSer <A HREF="">DirecTV</A>, added 455,000 new subscribers to its DISH network in the first quarter of this year, bringing its total customer base to more than 4 million as of the end of April.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2007 0 comments
Hot on the heels of my Bruce Springsteen post last week comes word that his new album with the E Street Band, due October 2 on CD, will appear on LP a full week earlier, on September 25. Why? Because the cutoff date for albums to be eligible for...
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 04, 2004 Published: Oct 05, 2004 0 comments

Each step in the evolution of the optical disc has been astounding. With its 750-megabyte storage capacity, the Compact Disc revolutionized the way music was recorded and played back. The DVD's 4.7 gigabyte capacity&mdash;twice that for a dual-layered disc&mdash;made possible the archiving of high-quality feature films on a durable, affordable medium. DVD is the first format that made building a film library a reality for ordinary movie fans. It's not a vast overstatement to say that DVD revived the film industry, creating unanticipated revenue streams.

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Aug 08, 2006 0 comments
Sony has a definite knack for making ultra-cool looking gadgets, and the new mylo "personal communicator" (despite the annoying all-lower-case spelling of the model name) is yet another example of the company's high-tech design prowess.


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