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Posted: May 06, 2001 0 comments

Poly-OLED. Add this new acronym to your technophile lexicon. It's short for "polymer organic light emitting diode," a type of display technology developed by Wilmington, Delaware&ndash;based <A HREF="http://www.ritekdisplay.com/in_English/index_English.htm">RiTEK Display Technology Company</A>, the beneficiary of a recent investment by <A HREF="http://www.dupont.com/displays">DuPont Displays</A>, a unit of DuPont iTechnologies of the DuPont chemical conglomerate. Poly-OLED is said to be considerably better than the traditional liquid crystal display (LCD) because of its greater brightness, better contrast, and lower manufacturing costs.

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Posted: May 06, 2001 0 comments

Home Entertainment 2001 arrives at the Hilton Hotel & Towers in New York this week for three days, May 11-13. There will be more than 80 rooms stuffed with the latest high end audio and video gear, including dozens of brand new products. For more information about the show, go to the <A HREF="http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com">HE 2001 website</A>.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 06, 2001 0 comments

<I>Voices of Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (English), Dolby Surround 2.0 (English, French). 95 minutes. 2000. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2000924. PG. $26.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: May 06, 2001 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.ravisent.com">Ravisent Technologies</A> announced a technology partnership with <A HREF="http://www.oren.com">Oren Semiconductor</A>, which sells DSP-based digital television demodulator ICs to manufacturers such as Sony, Hughes, and Global Telemann Systems for use in TVs, VCRs, PC cards, and set-top boxes. Ravisent and Oren say they will jointly develop complete broadcast reception and playback solutions for delivering HDTV broadcasts to consumers using the current generation of personal computers.

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HT Staff Posted: May 06, 2001 0 comments
Home Entertainment 2001 arrives in New York this week for three days, May 11-13, at the Hilton Hotel & Towers. There will be more than 80 rooms stuffed with the latest high end audio and video gear, including dozens of brand new products. For more information about the show, go to the HE 2001 web site.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 29, 2001 0 comments

According to <A HREF="http://www.zenith.com">Zenith</A>, the orginator of the VSB digital transmission system behind over-the-air broadcast of DTV and HDTV, "there will be no urban-rural 'digital divide' in the delivery of digital television (DTV) service." The company says that this is thanks in large part to ATSC VSB translators that it has developed.

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Gary Frisch Posted: Apr 29, 2001 0 comments

G<I>eorge Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Diane Lane, William Fichtner, John Hawkes. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 130 minutes. 2000. Warner Home Video 18584. PG-13. $24.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 29, 2001 0 comments

The idea of watermarking high-resolution audio signals has riled audiophiles for months, ever since Verance announced that the controversial tracking signals would be incorporated into DVD-Audio discs. Now videophiles can get in on the action: last week, <A HREF="http://www.digimarc.com">Digimarc</A> announced that it is partnering with Hitachi, Macrovision, NEC, Philips, Pioneer, and Sony to form the Video Watermarking Group (VWM Group) to provide video copy prevention and play control solutions for digital recording devices.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 29, 2001 0 comments
Far too many home entertainment products are obsolete six months after they are introduced. A new variation on surround sound or video processing comes out, and you have to buy a new processor to take advantage of it.
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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 29, 2001 0 comments

Better late than never, the old adage goes. The <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> and the <A HREF="http://www.nab.org">National Association of Broadcasters</A>, former adversaries in the digital television rollout debacle, have decided to bury the hatchet and begin promoting DTV cooperatively.

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Barry Willis Posted: Apr 28, 2001 0 comments

The entire city of Los Angeles depends on the entertainment industry, and Mayor Richard Riordan is doing his best to find a way to prevent strikes by screenwriters and actors that could have crippling economic repercussions.

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HT Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2001 0 comments
The makers of the renowned Power Plant "regenerators" have come up with another ingenious solution to an all-too-common problem: noisy electrical power.
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2001 0 comments
Prediction: film industry attorneys and executives will experience unprecedented high blood pressure this summer. The reason: the arrival of DVD recorders from Swiss manufacturer Vivastar.
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HT Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2001 0 comments
Sensory Science is upping the ante in the video processor game. On April 12, the Scottsdale, AR-based electronics firm introduced the new CL-2500 Video Processor from its California Audio Labs division. The processor is "a videophile-quality home theater component functioning as both an HDTV-ready video switcher as well as video processor," according to the announcement, and is claimed to "raise the standard in home theater performance and operation."
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Apr 22, 2001 0 comments

M<I>el Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tcheky Karyo, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 165 minutes. 2000. Columbia TriStar Home Video 05731. R. $27.96</I>

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