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Jon Iverson Posted: Aug 05, 2001 0 comments

According to new consumer research, more than 95% of digital television (DTV) owners would purchase a DTV set again. That overwhelmingly definitive stamp of approval for DTV was presented last week to conference attendees struggling with HDTV's rollout at the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A>'s (CEA) DTV Summit, "Is Laissez-Faire Fair?" in Washington, DC.

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Last week, <A HREF="http://www.samsung.com">Samsung</A>, <A HREF="http://www.sears.com">Sears</A>, and <A HREF="http://www.cbs.com">CBS Television</A> announced a partnership that will allow fans to watch a full season of college football games in HDTV. The agreement marks the first time a full season of college football will be broadcast in HDTV, as well as the first time a retailer, broadcaster, and manufacturer have joined forces to jointly promote HDTV usage.

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Posted: Aug 05, 2001 0 comments

The world's largest video rental chain wants to renegotiate its video supply agreements with Hollywood film studios. In late June, <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com">Blockbuster Inc.</A> chairman John Antioco announced to Wall Street analysts that his company is reassessing its distribution deals with the studios&mdash;including possibly letting some deals lapse when renewal time comes.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2001 0 comments
What's incredibly bright, compatible with almost any video format, and weighs only about eight pounds? Answer: Canon's new LV-7345, a high-performance portable projector with a price tag under $5000.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2001 0 comments
Sony is taking "home theater in a box" to the next level. Upscale all-in-one home theater systems may be the next big trend; with a few notable exceptions, the electronics industry follows Sony's lead.
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Gary Frisch Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

<I>Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson, John Abrahams, James Rebhorn. Directed by Jay Roach. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS. 108 minutes. 2000. Universal Home Video 21133. PG-13. $26.98.</I>

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Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

According to figures recently compiled by the <A HREF="http://www.dvdinformation.com">DVD Entertainment Group</A>, DVD hardware and software sales continued on a strong upward curve in the first six months of 2001. In the first half of the year, the DEG reports, more than 5 million DVD players were shipped to retailers (not all have sold through to consumers), bringing the total units shipped since the format's launch to 20.4 million. Just over 3 million players had been shipped by the same time last year.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

The digital TV rollout may have more problems than were previously anticipated. A study released July 25 by <A HREF="http://www.trivenidigital.com">Triveni Digital</A> indicates that a majority of the nation's digital broadcasts have transport stream errors that can cause reception problems ranging from "tuner lock-up" to audio sync errors. In addition, a July 26 report in the <I>Los Angeles Times</I> says that new content protection schemes could be incompatible with early generation high-definition TVs.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

In a move that promises to significantly enhance HDTV access for consumers across the United States, representatives of a number of industries last week announced their support of the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) with high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) for transmission of high definition video content from set-top boxes to television monitors.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 29, 2001 0 comments

Eighteen months after its introduction, the V-chip has found its way into approximately 40% of TV-equipped American homes, but surprisingly few parents use the device to control their children's viewing habits.

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2001 0 comments
Liquid crystal displays have come a long way from their low-resolution origins in watches, calculators and handheld games. The LCD is one of several flat-screen technologies that will grow in prominence as the buying public moves away from bulky CRT monitors and rear-projection enclosures.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2001 0 comments
Mid-July witnessed the introduction of the new RCA Scenium line of digital television products from Thomson Multimedia. The French-American technology conglomerate says the series embodies "the most advanced technologies and the most expressive designs" ever offered to upscale consumers. The new products are claimed to offer exceptional brightness, contrast ratio, and clarity.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

<I>Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jean Simmons. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1. Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono). 101 minutes. 1947. Criterion Collection 93. NR. $39.99.</I>

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Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

June was the third consecutive month of increases in sales of digital video products, according to figures released July 18 by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A>.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jul 22, 2001 0 comments

In a move the companies are calling a major step toward "realization of the digital home entertainment environment," the <A HREF="http://www.dtcp.com">Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator</A> (DTLA), Warner Bros., and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced last week that they have entered into long-term license agreements to promote the all-digital home transmission and display of motion pictures and other video content using DTLA's Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP).

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