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HT Staff Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments
Two thousand bucks buys a lot of technology these days. Yamaha's RX-V3000 is a good example: with seven channels of amplification, auto-detect surround sound decoding, and a learning touchscreen, it's hard to beat.
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Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

For the first time in five years, New York City will play host to the largest hi-fi and home theater show in the US. Home Entertainment 2001 promises to be the largest and most comprehensive such event to date when it takes place this spring at the Hilton New York & Towers Hotel on May 11-13, 2001.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 25, 2001 0 comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's <A HREF="http://www.lanl.gov/worldview/">Los Alamos National Laboratory</A> say they have developed a technology that could make the coming transition from current analog television to high-definition television a whole lot easier. The scientists describe the technology as a new transmission algorithm capable of compressing a HDTV data stream to the point where the HDTV and analog TV signals can be broadcast over the same channel.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 19, 2001 0 comments
The popularity of camcorders is proof positive that video hobbyists want to do more than watch movies. They want to make them too.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 18, 2001 0 comments

There's some good news and then there's some bad news for video manufacturers so far this year. According to figures released last week by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA), DVD sales were up 55% last month over those from January 2000, with sales of 570,000 units. The trade organization says that sales of DVD players seem poised for another year of record growth in 2001, as the "fastest selling consumer electronics product of all time".

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Posted: Feb 18, 2001 0 comments

The video-on-demand saga marches on, as <A HREF="http://www.intertainer.com">Intertainer</A> and Universal Studios' Pay-Per-View division announced last week that they have signed a long-term output agreement that will deliver the studio's film content over Intertainer's digital VOD cable platform. The companies say that Universal movies will become available on the Intertainer service starting this month.

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Posted: Feb 18, 2001 0 comments

The theater glut has claimed its latest victim. New York-based Loews Cineplex Entertainment, the second largest movie exhibitor in the US, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, February 15 in US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The theater giant simultaneously brought an application under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for its Canadian units, including Cineplex Odeon Corporation, with whom it had merged three years ago.

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Wes Phillips Posted: Feb 18, 2001 0 comments

L<I>ouis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington. Directed by Bert Stern. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (remastered). 84 minutes. 1958. New Yorker Video 16500. NR. $29.95.</I>

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Posted: Feb 18, 2001 0 comments

Television viewers who can't be at home during their favorite shows need fret no longer. <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.com/">Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company</A> has come to their rescue with the introduction of the PV-SS2710, the world's first combination television and hard disk recorder. In combining a 27"-diagonal PanaBlack television with a "ShowStopper" 30-hour hard disk recorder, Panasonic has created an entirely new category of video product. The choice of a 27" set as the first TV/HDR is a wise one, as 27" sets are the most popular sets with consumers.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2001 0 comments
As technology marches on, the price of excellence continues to drop. A superb example is Harman Kardon's new DVD 50, a five-disc carousel changer with progressive video output, high-resolution audio decoding, and compatibility with a wide variety of recorded formats. The price? A mere $650.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2001 0 comments
Continuing its tradition of high-value products, Adcom has introduced the GTP-760, a tuner/preamp made with home theater fans in mind. Its ability to handle DVD-Audio discs in either 5.1 channel surround sound mode or traditional two-channel stereo mode will attract music lovers, too. Movie soundtracks can be decoded by the GTP-760 in both DTS and Dolby Digital formats.
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Joe Leydon Posted: Feb 11, 2001 0 comments

P<I>aul Campbell, Mark Danvers, Carl Bradshaw, Audrey Reid, Winston Bell, Lenford Salmon. Directed by Chris Browne. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 5.1. 98 minutes. 1999. Palm Pictures 3023-2. R. $29.95.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Feb 11, 2001 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://global.hitachi.com">Hitachi</A> announced that, on April 10, it will release what it describes as the world's first 32-inch HDTV plasma TV, the W32-PD2100. The company says that this will be followed by the release of a second version of the set with a built-in BS (Broadcast Satellite) digital receiver on June 11. Both TVs will intitally be released in Japan. Hitachi says it is also planning to introduce a 37-inch HDTV plasma TV at a later date. Pricing for all models is to be announced.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 11, 2001 0 comments

In retail, they are called "loss leaders"&mdash;promotional items used as lures to generate more business. The <A HREF="http://www.bbc.co.uk/">British Broadcasting Corporation</A> is considering giving away digital set-top boxes to subscribers as "seed" to help develop interest in digital television, according to public comments made February 8 by the organization's director general Greg Dyke.

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Barry Willis Posted: Feb 11, 2001 0 comments

Predicting a "collision" between film studios and expanding digital technology, Jack Valenti, president of the <A HREF="http://www.mpaa.org/">Motion Picture Association of America</A> (MPAA), has asked for Congressional help in beefing up copyright protection for his industry.

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