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HT Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2001 0 comments
Mid-July witnessed the introduction of the new RCA Scenium line of digital television products from Thomson Multimedia. The French-American technology conglomerate says the series embodies "the most advanced technologies and the most expressive designs" ever offered to upscale consumers. The new products are claimed to offer exceptional brightness, contrast ratio, and clarity.
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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 01, 1998 0 comments

On July 30, Thomson Multimedia announced a five-way agreement with a consortium of high-tech companies to produce its next generation of interactive TV software and hardware. <A HREF="http://microsoft.com/">Microsoft</A>, <A HREF="http://www.nec.co.jp/">NEC of Japan</A>, <A HREF="http://www.directv.com/">DirecTV</A>, and <A HREF="http://www.alcatel.com/">Alcatel SA</A> of France will each take a 7.5% stake in the company to start the new venture. The nation of France, which owns parent company Thomson SA, will hold the remaining 70% of Thomson stock.

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Posted: Dec 12, 1999 0 comments

A demonstration of digital television broadcasting in New York City last week may have laid to rest fears about the viability of the Advanced Television Standards Committee's transmission technology. The technique, known as 8-VSB, has been under attack from some quarters, particularly Sinclair Broadcasting, as being inadequate to prevent severe multipath distortion, which results from reflected signals arriving at a receiver slightly later than direct signals. In digital TV, multipath can cause a screen to go blank.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2008 0 comments
Nothing like buying a shiny new Blu-ray Disc movie, and discovering that its BD-Live or BD-Java feature doesn't work properly, or takes forever to load. Kinda sucks, doesn't it? Technicolor, a division of Thomson, has opened a facility to test...
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Posted: May 03, 1998 0 comments

It's just about a month away: <A HREF="http://www.hifishow.com">HI-FI '98</A>, The Home Theater & Specialty Audio Show, will attract thousands of home-theater enthusiasts when it visits The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, California from Wednesday, June 10 to Sunday, June 14, 1998.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2009 0 comments
Marantz has announced a trio of new A/V receivers, two of which feature optional Bluetooth support, and one which boasts a slim size not found in most receivers. The SR6004 and SR5004 are the company's two new full-size, Bluetooth-capable...
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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 27, 2011 0 comments

The iPad is cool for a lot of things, but does it work for music? Various opinions came from the SXSW Music Festival, and together they're an interesting follow-up to Michael Berk's earlier post here on the concept of the iPad Album.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 16, 2009 0 comments
A three-month delay of the DTV transition is in the works at Congress. Sen. John Rockefeller (D-WV) has introduced a bill that would delay the switchover from analog to digital broadcasting from the currently scheduled February 17th to June 12th.
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Barry Willis Posted: Dec 05, 1998 0 comments

Two new satellites, 28 new digital broadcasting frequencies, and a new broadcast-operations center are among the trophies <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com/">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> will take home in a stock-swap agreement with Rupert Murdoch's <A HREF="http://www.newscorp.com/">News Corporation</A> and <A HREF="http://www.mci.com/">MCI WorldCom</A>. The agreement with News Corp. brings litigation between the two companies to an end, and it is expected to substantially strengthen EchoStar's position as a leader in direct broadcast satellite (DBS). <A HREF="http://www.directv.com/">DirecTV</A> and <A HREF="http://www.ussb.com/">USSB</A> are the only other serious contenders in the North American DBS market.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2015 1 comments
Every now and then we get word about an awesome deal that’s worth passing along. Like this one, heard through the grapevine…
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Nov 19, 2004 0 comments
I've spewed countless compliments upon this movie, or more accurately the DVD, in the print magazine over the past year, and like a good consumer my fondness eventually gives rise to the question, "What else can I BUY?" Not all of my favorite movies have Star Wars in the title, and some (Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October) have yielded precious little tie-in merchandise, and so when an unusual product like the Old Century Master and Commander game is released, I am compelled to take note.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 03, 2016 2 comments
John Strohbeen is an audiophile through and through. In 1964, he founded the legendary Boston-born retailer Tech Hifi and after serving as president for 14 years, went to work for Ohm Acoustics where he has served as president and chief designer since 1978.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 10, 2015 0 comments
In December 1999 the music industry sued (and ultimately shut down) downloading service Napster. Three years later Apple opened the iTunes Music Store, pointing the way to the future of music distribution and turning the recording industry on its ear.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 08, 2015 4 comments
Check out the behind-the-scenes camcorder footage from the set of 1990’s Back to the Future Part III. You’ll definitely want to use the slider bar to buzz through some of the shaky parts of the 20-minute video. Toward the end (about 18:17) Michael J. Fox does a meet and greet with neighborhood kids.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 19, 2015 7 comments
Nothing quite like a good old format war. Ten years ago this month we reported on Toshiba’s decision to postpone the U.S. launch of HD DVD from December 2005 to early 2006.

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