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SV Staff Posted: Aug 16, 2010 0 comments
It's been a long time coming, but the Star Wars trilogy is finally coming to Blu-ray Disc. That's the good news. The bad news, at least for some, is that it will be the Special Editions of the films and not the original cuts. The "meh" news is...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2010 0 comments
25 years ago, The Goonies came out in theaters and became an American classic. Now, Warner Home Video is releasing a huge and rather strange Blu-ray Disc version of the movie. The release not only includes the film in funky new packaging, but...
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2010 0 comments
This is a very interesting use of BD-Live. Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that users of The Office Season 6 Blu-ray Disc will be able to stream the 5 most recent episodes of season 7 whenever they want. The episodes will be...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2009 0 comments
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/television/Top_Gear_now_recording_in_HD'; I love Top Gear. I might not be a "car guy," but Top Gear always manages to captivate me. Fast cars, strange vehicles, great humor, it's one of the most entertaining series...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 24, 2008 0 comments
How appropriate. On the same day as the one-night viewing of the early-'80s computer geek classic WarGames, WIRED.com has posted an interview with the creators of the classic movie about an innocent hacker who launches the end of the world as we...
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 04, 2004 0 comments
While we can't vouch for the scientific nature of a recent survey conducted by Quixel Research at Best Buy stores in three different USA locations, the results do fill our hearts with gladness that the average consumer-type person (or at least the average Best Buy visitor) can tell quality when he or she sees it. At least that's how we interpret the results. Sponsored by "several major CE and component manufacturers", Quixel's survey team had "TV purchase intenders" compare Plasma TVs, LCD TVs, front projectors, and MicroDisplay rear-pro sets side-by-side. After careful evaluation in the retail store environment, the consumers then told the Quixel Research scribes what they wanted in a new TV and how much they were willing to pay for it. Quixel claims that the study "is the first of its kind to compare all the products side by side in a retail environment across the USA."
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 07, 2009 0 comments
When the phrase "video revolution" was in vogue, a generation of viewers weaned on commercial broadcast TV suddenly found they could skip ads in a whole bunch of new ways. With a VCR, they could time-shift programming and fast-scan through ads. They could rent ad-free movies at a video store (trailers don't count). And they could subscribe to pay-TV channels, paying for hipper programming almost without ads. But the heirs to those technologies--DVRs and video on demand --are increasingly overrun by ads, even though consumers have paid to avoid them.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2009 0 comments
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/10_Beatles_Songs_We_Wish_Rock_Band_Included'; This week 44 of the 45 tracks off of The Beatles: Rock Band video game have been announced, leaving the mystery 45th track up in the air until the Sept. 9...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 21, 2010 0 comments
There are all kinds of reasons to buy an HDTV at a big box electronics store. Maybe you found a really good price in one of their ads. Maybe you have a family member who's suspicious about getting a big-ticket item over the web. It doesn't...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2009 0 comments
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/10_Dreamcast_Games_Still_Worth_Playing_Today'; tweetmeme_url = 'http://bitstream.soundandvisionmag.com/blog/2009/09/10-dreamcast-games-still-worth-playing-today.html'; Before Xbox, Game Cube and...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 17, 2009 0 comments
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/10_Giant_HD_Screens_We_d_Die_to_Game_On'; tweetmeme_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/10_Giant_HD_Screens_We_d_Die_to_Game_On'; Getting a TV...
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 25, 2009 0 comments
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/music/10_Iconic_Music_Voices_That_Would_Sound_Great_In_Your_GPS'; You may not want to hit the mute button on your GPS during your next cross-country trip, because that annoying computerized voice might be...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/movies/Bitstream_10_Movie_Scenes_We_Want_To_See_On_Yoostar'; There was no shortage of wannabe actors trying to recreate their favorite movie scene on the internet before. But, now that YooStar has made its way to...
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Posted: Oct 17, 1999 0 comments

In the past 12 months, 1.8 million homes have signed on to <A HREF="http://www.skydigital.co.uk/">British Sky Broadcasting</A>'s digital Direct Broadcast Satellite service, the company reported in mid-October. Approximately 45% of them are completely new subscribers. With an estimated half-million homes connected to the COFDM DTV service, the total market penetration of digital television in the United Kingdom is now 2.3 million homes, or slightly more than 10%. By comparison, market penetration of digital delivery services (cable and DBS) in the US is now about 12%, after five years of service from <A HREF="http://www.directv.com/">DirecTV</A>, <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com/">Echostar</A>, and digital cable.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 02, 2010 0 comments
This is a genuinely impressive graphic for anyone who's enjoyed Pixar's films. Chilean artist Juan Pablo Bravo has produced a huge picture depicting 100 Pixar characters, from the company's mascot Luxo to Up's Kevin, drawn to scale. Well, sort of...

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