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HT Staff Posted: Nov 14, 2001 0 comments
Is your coffee table littered with remotes? Do you want to clean up your act and insure a little domestic tranquility? Proton Corporation has the cure for what ails you.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

There are a variety of reasons you might want to watch a DVD while listening through a pair of headphones: You're on a plane, you need to be quiet while others sleep/work, or you've got a portable DVD player and no decent sound system to hook it up to. But there's also one big reason you wouldn't want to use headphones: no surround sound.

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Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

The rollout of digital television will continue to be hampered, unless the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> (FCC) assumes a stronger leadership role, according to a semi-annual report filed November 7 by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA).

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Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

The folks who are trying to bring us high definition television are in the process of creating a sub-group whose sole focus will be the promotion of the format. The move comes as the <A HREF="http://www.atsc.org">Advanced Television Standards Committee</A> approaches its tenth anniversary.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

<I>Thelonious Monk, others. Directed by Charlotte Zwerin. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. 89 minutes. 1989. Warner Home Video 11896. PG-13. $19.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

Recordable DVD has been struggling through a swamp of obstacles, from movie studio restrictions preventing DVD back-ups of movies to expensive, hard-to-find DVD recorders. Computer-based systems offer a popular alternative to pricey stand-alone units, but the real barrier to consumer acceptance of a recordable DVD format is likely the multitude of competing approaches fighting for domination: DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW.

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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 11, 2001 0 comments

Expressing fear that consumers' fair use rights will be eroded, the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) has weighed in on a recent copyright infringement <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1144">lawsuit</A> brought against <A HREF="http://www.sonicblue.com">SonicBlue, Inc.</A> by a triumvirate of companies from the entertainment industry. At issue is the ability of SonicBlue's latest hard-disk video recorder to skip commercials and transmit recorded programs.

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HT Staff Posted: Nov 09, 2001 0 comments
Familiar to most of us as laptop computer screens, LCD displays have yet to win many converts among the home theater faithful. The product category is coming along, however, as evidenced by Samsung’s extended-definition SLK407W Tantus television receiver.
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HT Staff Posted: Nov 06, 2001 0 comments
Powered subwoofers have been used for years in combination with planar radiators and other types of passive loudspeakers to boost overall low-end capabilities. Definitive Technology, however, is the first company to apply the concept to bookshelf loudspeakers.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

HDTV is finally getting another push from the cable industry, according to the announcement from <A HREF="http://www.comcast.com">Comcast Cable Communications</A> last week that it will soon launch HDTV services. Comcast estimates that the HDTV service will reach more than 1.3 million customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, providing access to high definition broadcasts of ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, and Showtime in November.

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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

General Motors has agreed to sell <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A> parent Hughes Electronics, but upstart buyer <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar</A> may face opposition in Washington. The unanswered question: Is direct broadcast satellite (DBS) cable's competitor or an industry unto itself? How this issue is resolved will determine the fate of the merger.

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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

A lower court injunction barring the DVD-cracking program known as DeCSS from being published has been overturned by a three-judge panel of California's Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

Last week, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) reported that it has successfully developed what it describes as the world's first system for delivering 1.5 Gbps volume uncompressed HDTV video data in real time over the Internet. NTT says it will exhibit the Linux-based system during the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (InterBEE 2001) at the Nippon Convention Center from November 14 to 16, 2001.

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Barry Willis Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.sonicblue.com">SonicBlue, Inc.</A> has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit over its new ReplayTV 4000. The device is a personal video recorder (PVR) that allows users to skip past commercials and send copies of recorded television programs over the Internet to other Replay-equipped viewers. The Silicon Valley company plans to introduce the ReplayTV 4000 early in November.

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Gary Frisch Posted: Nov 04, 2001 0 comments

<I>Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ron Perlman. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 131 minutes. 2001. Paramount Home Video 33862. R. $29.99.</I>

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