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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 21, 2002 0 comments

Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services are up in arms over a proposed 5% sales tax that could be imposed on their subscribers in Arizona.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2002 0 comments

New broadband offerings, including high-speed Internet access and video-on-demand, may be coming soon, thanks to an April 18 decision by the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> (FCC).

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 21, 2002 0 comments

High definition television has been slow to gain traction in consumer markets, partly due to ongoing struggles between the content providers and equipment manufacturers. Movie studios wish to restrict the consumer's use of an HDTV signal while manufacturers recognize that consumers will be slow to embrace any technology that becomes too cumbersome or restrictive to implement.

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 21, 2002 0 comments

One of the hottest buzz phases in telecommunications is "video-on-demand," a service that allows customers to plug into the universal content library and watch anything they wish whenever they wish. VOD and interactive television (ITV) are the twin holy grails of cable companies and Internet service providers.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 21, 2002 0 comments

When it comes to persuasive reasons to purchase an HDTV, nothing beats having compelling content&mdash;and lots of it. Add one more notch to the content totals: Discovery Communications announced last week that it will launch Discovery HD Theater. The company describes HD Theater as a new 24-hour network "which will transmit high-definition content in all the popular categories of entertainment offered by Discovery" including nature, history, world cultures, geographic explorations, science, education, travel, and a wealth of children's and how-to programming.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 17, 2002 0 comments
If there's anything home theater fans want in loudspeakers, it's high performance per dollar, easy of system design, and a clear upgrade path.
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 17, 2002 0 comments
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America (MDEA) has announced a new large-format high definition plasma screen and matching receiver. The combination is claimed to be the industry's first complete high-definition television system.
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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 14, 2002 0 comments

Consumers don't always appreciate the ingenuity involved in bringing high technology to market.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 14, 2002 0 comments

In the good old days of over-the-air (OTA) broadcast TV, before the proliferation of cable and DBS, pointing your rooftop antenna was a common ritual when switching between channels. OTA HDTV has brought those days back, as viewers carefully orient their specialized HDTV antennas to lock in fussy signals.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2002 0 comments

There's still not much digital programming to enjoy, but consumers are going for digital television sets in ever-increasing numbers. The <A HREF="http://www.CE.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> reports that sales of DTV sets rose 83% in February 2002 compared to the same period the previous year.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 14, 2002 0 comments
Integrated A/V systems may not appeal to home theater elitists, but they have enormous appeal for people with less-than-capacious living quarters---apartments, condominiums, and town houses. That's a category that includes most people in most cities. It's also a market niche traditionally catered to by Bang & Olufsen.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Apr 14, 2002 0 comments

<I>Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson, William Hurt. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Surround (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French). Two DVDs. 145 minutes. 2001. DreamWorks Home Entertainment 89567. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 14, 2002 0 comments

Slowly, but perhaps inevitably, digital television will become a reality. The <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) has announced that its members will include digital tuners in large model television sets by the year 2004.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 09, 2002 0 comments
With its latest offerings, Rotel has leveraged four decades of experience in designing affordable high-end equipment for serious audiophile and home-theater fans. The new RSP-1066 Surround Processor/Preamplifier is a sophisticated A/V control center that combines simplicity and convenience with the latest in digital-surround technologies for film-sound and music.
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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 07, 2002 0 comments

The first week of April was a tumultuous one for <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar</A>. On April 3, the Littleton, CO&ndash;based direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service abruptly announced that it would terminate any further effort to promote Internet access via StarBand Communications, Inc. The next day, the FCC ruled that EchoStar was in violation of federal regulations with its "two-dish" system for delivering local television signals. The week's one bright spot for the service was a settlement with Walt Disney Company that will keep Disney and ABC programming on EchoStar's menu.

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