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SV Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2007 0 comments
Of all the directors I've ever talked to, no two have ever taken the same approach to watching movies at home - which isn't too surprising, since each has had an extremely idiosyncratic approach to making movies.   Pete, with his son Bob...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 03, 2008 0 comments
Today at CEDIA a new alliance of superheroes has been formed. And instead of fighting crime and world domination with X-ray vision and supersonic flight, this group will focus their power on sharing practices, establishing standards and developing...
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 17, 2010 0 comments
Remember when OLED technology was the future of HDTVs? That future is looking a bit hazy now. According to Engadget HD, Sony has decided to discontinue its XEL-1 OLED screen in Japan, citing low demand for the 11-inch, $2,000 HDTV. It's not...
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 09, 2009 0 comments
The list of devices ready to bring Netflix's decidedly awesome online streaming service into your home theater is getting longer all the time. The latest addition is Sony's Internet-connected Bravia HDTVs. Whether you have a newer set with...
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SV Staff Posted: May 29, 2008 0 comments
News from the Netflix Investor Day was quite interesting. The CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, said that the DVD-by-mail business will peak in as soon as five years. What? That's not going to inspire confidence in investors, will it? Good news for...
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2008 0 comments
DirecTV will flip a switch on April 15 that prevents pay-per-view movies downloaded to a DVR from being watched more than 24 hours after the purchase. How's that for great service? The company is blaming the sudden restriction on Hollywood,...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 17, 2008 0 comments
High-end home theater owners might not be the only ones who'll get to experience D-Box motion-simulation chairs.  Some commercial theater owners are considering adding these electromechanical rides to their theaters. For most folks, they were...
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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 19, 2011 0 comments

In her latest film, director/co-star Jodie Foster has Mel Gibson speaking almost exclusively in a Cockney accent - the "voice" of a beaver puppet.

Is this the recipe for a train wreck?

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 22, 2008 0 comments
You know the saying, cutting off your nose to spite your face? You have to wonder if Circuit City might have done the same. We reported earlier this week that the mega-retailer is going to shut down 150 stores and is laying off thousands of...
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2009 0 comments
  Check out this deal we found on a Klipsch La Scala II Three-Way Horn-Loaded Loudspeaker, Subwoofer, and 2-Inch Composite Cone for $2,399.97. More HD and gadget deals* after the jump. Polk Audio Monitor 50 2-Way Floorstanding Speaker...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 23, 2008 0 comments
It's the same in every business. You have to keep adding features to keep the sales flowing. You need a new camera because the new ones do so much more than your old one. Your old cellphone worked just fine, but the new ones have so much more...
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2008 0 comments
Ahh, who doesn't remember the Golden Age of Napster? When music was "free" and just a click away. Then those pesky record labels had to come along and ruin everything. And whether it is fear of Big Music showing up on your doorstep with a subpoena...
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 25, 2009 0 comments
I know, it's a little TBS Superstation of me to post one of "the world's funniest commercials!" But, as an A/V nerd, this one got me. While itd doesn't quite have the wow-factor of Sony's ultra-elaborate Bravia ads, it's wroth a chuckle. I won't...
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Stan Horaczek Posted: Feb 25, 2011 0 comments

I've been a subscriber to Amazon's Prime service for a while now for the free shipping it affords. But now there's a new reason to sign up in the form of a full-on free streaming media service not unlike the one offered by Netflix.

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SV Staff Posted: Nov 19, 2008 0 comments
Isn't it ironic? Redbox, the DVD rental kiosks that are springing up everywhere, is going Blu. A few Blu-rays have been spotted in the big red boxes in the Northwest, and there are hints that you'll be able to reserve them on the redbox...