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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments

Rental figures for DVD will equal those of VHS by the end of the year, according to recent predictions made at the recent <A HREF="http://www.vsda.org">Video Software Dealers Association</A> (VSDA).

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Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments

Fred Manteghian journeys to the BAT cave for his review of the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?21">Balanced Audio Technology VK-6200 multichannel power amplifier</A>. Manteghian notes that "this museum-quality piece of modern art was forced to sit on the floor during its stay here&mdash;but if you end up buying one, it deserves a seat of honor somewhere in your room."

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments

The burgeoning market for digital television is being hindered by an increasing number of reports of radio-frequency interference from DTV transmitters. Although DTV is a "technology that is finally beginning to boom," according to a July 16 report from Reed Business Information, some broadcasters, in particular Paxson Communications, have complained about interference problems. Consumers who buy digital televisions are still disappointed by the skimpy high-definition programming offered by their local broadcasters. DTV's picture for the near future therefore remains unclear.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 21, 2002 0 comments
Onkyo USA continues to push the performance envelope for affordable home theater systems. On July 19, the Upper Saddle River, NJ-based company announced a 6.1-channel "Home Theater in a Box," the HT-S755DVC.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 20, 2002 0 comments

Caving to competition from direct broadcast satellite operators, Time Warner Cable plans to offer its customers a digital set-top box (STB) that will let them record, pause, and play back live television programs, much like the devices made by TiVo, Inc. and SonicBlue's ReplayTV division.

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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

<I>Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Scott Wulff, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Maya Bond. Directed by David Lynch. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. 147 minutes. 2001. Universal 21780. R. $32.98.</I>

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When Tom Norton reviewed the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?19">Toshiba 50H81 HD-ready 16:9 rear-projection television</A>'s 40-inch baby brother, he raved about the picture quality. In the May 2002 issue, Norton sets out to see if the 50-inch upgrade continues the Toshiba tradition.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments
The fifth generation of any new product cycle is typically when the big benefits begin to reach affordable levels. Madrigal's Proceed AVP2 is very much in this tradition---the new multichannel audio-video surround processor shares plenty of technology found in the $30,000 Mark Levinson #40 Media Console, but the AVP2 sells for only $6,495.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

<A HREF="www.thomson-multimedia.com">Thomson Multimedia</A> announced July 12 that it has joined the Motion Picture Engineering Group Licensing Authority's (MPEG LA) LLC MPEG-2 patent pool as of July 1. The MPEG LA LLC licensing program was launched in 1997 to assure the growth and interoperability of digital video by "providing fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory access to worldwide patent rights that are essential for the MPEG-2 Video and System standards," the announcement stated.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments
What's the point of high definition if your cabling makes it a bit fuzzy around the edges? Ultralink Products Inc. has a new line of cables to answer that question for you.
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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

A soon-to-be-introduced bill in the US House of Representatives could severely alter the legality of behavior so commonplace that most Americans take it for granted.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 14, 2002 0 comments

Jamie Kellner, the <A HREF="http://www.tbs.com">Turner Broadcasting System</A> chairman, who proclaimed that viewers have a "contract" with broadcasters to watch commercials, has predicted that digital video recorders could spell the end of free television programming. Kellner has been widely quoted as saying that viewers who "take too many bathroom breaks" are "stealing the programming."

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Hilary Lynch Posted: Jul 07, 2002 0 comments

<I>Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro, Steve Buscemi, Illeana Douglas. Directed by Terry Zwigoff. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby 5.1 surround. 111 minutes. 2001. MGM 1002564. R. $26.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 07, 2002 0 comments

It's obvious to anyone paying attention that consumers love flat-panel displays&mdash;those who are aware of them, that is. Unfortunately for the consumer electronics industry, only a small percentage of potential flat-panel purchasers are either aware of the devices or aware that prices have been steadily dropping while performance improves.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 07, 2002 0 comments

John Frankenheimer, director of <I>The Manchurian Candidate</I> and <I>Birdman of Alcatraz</I>, died Saturday, July 6, of a stroke following spinal surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 72.

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