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SV Staff Posted: Jun 25, 2009 0 comments
When I heard the news, I was in the S&V sound room listening to (wait for it) "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." True! Specifically, when my mother called (a true rocker, she), I had just heard "Shine . . . Part VII," which ends...
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Michael Metzger Posted: Apr 02, 2000 0 comments

C. <I>Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Leif Garrett, Tom Waits. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Aspect ratios: 2.35:1 (widescreen), 4:3 (full-frame). Dolby Digital 5.1. 91 minutes. 1983. Warner Bros. 11310. PG. $24.95.</I>

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 02, 2007 0 comments
"All the characters in my films are fighting these problems, needing freedom, trying to find a way to cut themselves loose, but failing to rid themselves of conscience, a sense of sin, the whole bag of tricks." "Hollywood is like being nowhere...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2007 0 comments
It was with shock that within hours of learning, belatedly, of the death of one of my two closest cinematic heroes — Ingmar Bergman — I now hear of the passing of the other. What a week this has been, and it’s still only Tuesday. A generation of...
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Posted: Sep 15, 2002 0 comments

Although most consumers think ultra-flat-panel TVs and monitors have a high "cool factor," rear-projection televisions (RPTVs) continue to be very popular. The trend could determine the future for microdisplay makers, as big-screen RPTVs move away from CRTs and toward microdisplay image sources such as LCDs and DLP chips.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2008 0 comments
You settle in to watch the latest HD streaming content only to be constantly interrupted by stutters and stops as the buffering stalls your video. Nothing like taking an hour and a half to watch an hour long (or 44 minute long) show, right?As...
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 12, 2009 0 comments
For obvious reasons, Microsoft has never been a big fan of people alter their Xbox 360 consoles to play copied games. Their standard punishment usually comes in the form of a quick swing of the Xbox Live banhammer, which disallows modders to play...
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Posted: Jun 06, 1999 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Microsoft</A> and <A HREF="">Wink Communications</A> announced an agreement to promote interactive content and commerce based on the <A HREF="">Advanced Television Enhancement Forum</A> (ATVEF) specification for interactive television. Wink Communications says it will optimize its Response Network Service (which provides the broadcast and cable-television industries with viewer-response services) to support ATVEF-compliant content for television devices that use the Microsoft television-software platform. In turn, Microsoft claims that it will use Wink's Response Network to handle certain ATVEF-based advertising direct-response services. As part of the agreement, Microsoft invested $30 million in Wink Communications.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2006 0 comments

Ending months and months of speculation, Microsoft finally made an official announcement for its external HD DVD drive for the Xbox 360 gaming console. The drive will cost $199.99 and will be available in North America in mid-November and will come bundled with a copy of the HD DVD of Peter Jackson's <I>King Kong</I>.

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2008 0 comments
Are your home videos trapped on your PC? Are your digital photos prisoner to My Pictures? Do you feel digitally disconnected? Then Microsoft wants you. The company is sponsoring a digital home makeover contest that will reward a digitally...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 21, 2008 0 comments
Courting confusion to an even greater degree than usual, Microsoft has renamed its digital rights management. What was formerly known as Microsoft PlaysForSure is now called Certified for Windows Vista. Why?
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Posted: Nov 09, 2006 Published: Nov 10, 2006 0 comments

Microsoft announced this week that it has secured deals with a number of major studios to sell downloads of movies and TV shows through its Xbox Live Internet service for the Xbox 360 game console. Although the bulk of the programming available will be standard definition, some content will be available in HD out of the gate, with more to follow. The service will go live November 22nd.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 21, 2009 0 comments
Here's a lead graf that sounds a bit like "I saw Grandma dancing with a hula hoop": Microsoft is planning to launch a music streaming service.
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Posted: May 18, 2006 0 comments

The amount of news relevant to home theater enthusiasts that came from last week's E3 gaming trade show is striking evidence that whether we want it or not, some form of convergence is happening. As <I>UAV</I> <A HREF="">reported earlier</A> , Sony announced pricing and availability for its eagerly anticipated PlayStation3 gaming console, and Microsoft followed suit in its own way by announcing that its HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will be available in time for Christmas this year. Although no pricing or dates are yet established, the rumors are flying.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 12, 2000 0 comments

What looks on the surface to be an announcement for a new video-game platform may turn into an attempt to control the implementation of interactive services in the digital home. Last week, Bill Gates announced at the annual Game Developers Conference that <A HREF="">Microsoft</A> is entering the world of video games with the introduction of a "future-generation" dedicated video game console, currently code-named X-Box, designed to deliver "action-packed" games.


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