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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 14, 2007 0 comments
Cablevision's appeal of the court ruling that killed its network DVR is gaining some powerful supporters, including the telcos, media activists, libraries, and academics.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 13, 2007 2 comments
The iPod has a way of erasing all boundaries between itself and the rest of your life. Why shouldn't you be able to listen to it through your home theater system? After all, some people do use their iPods more than their whirring disc players--though as an audio snob, I'm obligated to point out that uncompressed CDs sound better than compressed file formats (and SACDs can sound better than CDs). To test the product, I found another use for it. Still, the iPod has become the way many people organize their music consumption, and the people's voice must be heard. That's why some surround receivers have optional iPod docks. And for those that don't, there's a veritable army of docking devices like DLO's Homedock Deluxe.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 11, 2007 0 comments
Want to test video displays like the pros? Then get your hands on the HD HQV Benchmark test disc. Our buddies at UltimateAV will help you buy it for five bucks off the regular price.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 08, 2007 0 comments
The boundary between television and the internet blurred a little further on Monday, when Hearst-Argyle Television and YouTube announced a deal that would bring local news to the popular video-sharing service.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 07, 2007 0 comments
The bitterly contested race between rival high-def disc formats has heated up with the announcement of the lowest-priced Blu-ray player yet, the Sony BDP-S300 for $499. Though the PS3 had hit the same price, this is a new low for a standalone Blu-ray player.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 06, 2007 59 comments
Recently I've begun configuring some review systems to eliminate the horizontal center speaker in favor of a matching left/center/right array. The specific weakness of horizontal centers lies in their dual woofers. They bring on an effect called lobing--that is, sum-and-cancellation effects that cause uneven response at the listening position. However, my preference for identically matched speakers across the front is causing consternation to some readers, especially concerning placement.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 04, 2007 0 comments
Consumers aren't happy with their TV providers. Cable and satellite television companies have scored the lowest of any sector of industry in the latest American Consumer Satisfaction Index.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments
The entertainment industry has always been dead set against home recording. However, in what potentially may be a major departure, the security specs for Blu-ray and HD DVD may soon be altered to allow legal copying under limited circumstances.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 31, 2007 0 comments
Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, cable operators and television networks may have to pay out huge amounts of money to a private company if they want to go on delivering digital television in the government-approved DTV standard.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 30, 2007 3 comments
The British Broadcasting Corporation has been busy lately. Its iPlayer is about to relaunch following a beta test. It will enable viewers to download single episodes or entire series a month after airing. In other BBC news, an archival project will put a million hours of historic material online for free, according to the Guardian. In this case there's a catch. You'll have to pay the annual BBC license fee to access it. The archives include an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, conducted two days before the shooting, in which they candidly discuss the impact of their relationship on the Beatles. There's also an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., conducted the day before his death, in which he says: "The important thing isn't how long you live, but how well you live."

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