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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 31, 2002 0 comments

In the era of DVD, videotape gets no respect—some might say deservedly so. But according to the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) VidTrac program, considered by some to be the most accurate video rental point-of-sale tracking technology, the 2001 year-end rental revenue market share for VHS was 83.4% while DVD accounted for 16.6%. This variance means that VHS rental spending outpaced that for DVDs by $5.6 billion.

Kris Deering Posted: Dec 02, 2013 1 comments
This year’s CEDIA convention had a lot of high profile products that generated a lot of buzz. One of the companies that caught my eye was Vicoustic, whose booth featured an assortment of acoustic panels that looked nothing like the boring rectangles and squares we typically associate with room treatments; instead, they looked like something you’d find in the lobby of an upscale office or hotel.
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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 18, 2001 0 comments

FCC commissioner Michael Copps has promised to look into dozens of complaints that have flooded his office in the wake of promotional spots for the November 15 airing of <I>The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show</I> on the Walt Disney Company-owned ABC television network.

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Posted: Oct 27, 2006 0 comments

Vidabox LLC recently announced an interesting entry into the next-gen HD disc format war in the form of two lines of "dual HD" Media Center PCs that will playback both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. In addition to playing standard DVDs, Vidabox's LUX and MAX dual HD systems analog and dual HDTV tuners allowing users to record as many as four TV programs at once, obviating the need for a DVR.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2008 0 comments
YouTube is all good and fine, but jeez, sometimes the quality of the video is so poor you can barely see what's going on. Viddyou, a service similar to YouTube, had already launched an HD service (for a fee) but they just announced they're getting...
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2009 0 comments
Whether you think it's good or bad, at least it's a step in some technological direction. The September 18 issue of Entertainment Weekly will run video ads placed by CBS. You read that correctly. A print magazine will run video ads. According to...
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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 27, 2000 0 comments

Most of us have had to return videos to the rental store, sometimes making a mad dash late at night while still in our loungewear or worse. But if you thought nobody was noticing, think again.

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Barry Willis Posted: May 23, 1998 0 comments

Home theater just keeps getting better. New products from <A HREF="http://www.toshiba.com">Toshiba,</A> <A HREF="http://www.meitca.com">Mitsubishi,</A> and other companies promise huge improvements in picture quality and greater system flexibility. For example, Toshiba's ColorStream PRO technology in its Platinum Standard SD7108 DVD-Video player preserves the MPEG-2 480-line progressive video scanning inherent in DVDs and outputs it directly to one of the company's new Cinema Series projection TV sets, such as the 71-inch TP71H95.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 08, 2001 0 comments

It would seem that online junkies get all the breaks. Music fans are able to find thousands of free MP3 audio files (in spite of Napster's demise), and promo clips for new films are increasingly released first online and then in theaters. And then there are the illicit copies of new films available for download (see <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1038">previous story</A>). Video fans can now add tax breaks to the list of Internet perks.

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John J. Gannon Posted: Jan 16, 2005 0 comments

"Rain, rain go away" was my mantra on the trek down to the annual audio-video Mecca; the forecasters were warning that the winter desert was set to deliver wet weather for the Consumer Electronic Show. I never thought my prayers would be answered so obliquely&mdash;Las Vegas enjoyed more than a few moments of <I>snow</I> on Friday of the convention. You could tell those who had never seen flurries of the chilly white stuff before: they wandered comically in circles with w-i-d-e eyes and slack jaws.

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SV Staff Posted: Jan 30, 2009 0 comments
Philips hasn't been eager to divulge many details about their upcoming 56-inch 21:9 TV, but some lucky British reporters got a chance to see it in person. You can't really tell much from the video, but we know it has five HDMI ports...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 11, 2008 0 comments
What's that gutteral oinking and snorting sound? That's the sound of a video game console at the energy trough. Leave the console on and you might add more than a hundred bucks a year to your power bill.
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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 02, 2000 0 comments

Divx, Circuit City's pay-per-view DVD format, may be dead, but DivX, a new video-copying phenomenon, is alive and well. The hacker-developed technology is said to allow copying and transmission of "high-quality pictures" over the Internet in much the way MP3 audio files can be shared by music fans. With DivX and a broadband connection, a full-length film can be downloaded in a few hours and stored on a recordable CD, according to several reports in late March.

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HT Staff Posted: Nov 10, 2003 Published: Nov 11, 2003 0 comments
Portable DVD players have been around for years, but the electronics industry has yet to launch the video equivalent of Apple Computer's wildly successful iPod portable music player.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Mar 13, 2007 0 comments
If you have $349 and the need to switch between standard definition or high definition sources (component video) and scale them to resolutions up to 1080p, Gefen has the box for you.

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