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Barry Willis  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

Chalk up another one for the big guys. A San Antonio, TX judge has dismissed price-fixing <A HREF="">charges</A> brought by independent video dealers against video retail giant Blockbuster, Inc. and several Hollywood studios.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay. Directed by David Mamet. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). 109 minutes. 1999. Warner Video 21321. R. $24.98.</I>

HT Staff  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments
Epson is making a bold foray into the home theater market. On June 28, the venerable printer maker debuted its "first-ever home theater" video projector. Epson has long made projectors for the business presentation market, and the move into home theater was a natural progression, according to company marketing executives.
HT Staff  |  Jun 25, 2002  |  0 comments
Snohomish, WA –based Sunfire Corporation has introduced the third generation in its Theater Grand line of home theater processors. The new Theater Grand III offers all current surround processing schemes, including full 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX. It also offers "the world’s easiest upgrade path," according to a June press release.
HT Staff  |  Jun 25, 2002  |  0 comments
Panasonic is getting serious about DVD recorders. Early this summer, the company announced its third generation DVD-recorder. Available in August, the DMR-E30 will arrive at dealers with a new low price, only $799.95.
 |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">Zenith Electronics Corporation</A> is serious about pushing plasma displays (PDPs). The company's forthcoming flagship 60" high-definition model was announced June 20 at a price of $14,999, half the original suggested retail price of Zenith's DPDP60W, the first 60" plasma screen to hit the market, in August 2001.

Hilary Lynch  |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Alfre Woodard, Mary McCormack. Directed by Iain Softley. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. 121 minutes. 2001. Universal 21553. PG-13. $26.98.</I>

HT Staff  |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments
Speaker stands are one of those things you just don't think much about---until you need them. Once you do, finding the right ones for your speakers and your room can be a time-consuming chore. Too often, those that are available look like they would be more at home in an auto repair shop.
 |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments

As promised <A HREF="">last April</A>, Discovery Communications launched their new 24-hour 1080i high definition television (HDTV) network, called Discovery HD Theater, last week. The network has been launched on HD platforms recently rolled out by EchoStar Communications on its Dish Network satellite TV service nationwide, AT&T Broadband's greater Chicago market (where plans are set to launch HDTV service later this summer), and in numerous other markets serviced by cable providers Charter and Cox.

Barry Willis  |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments

A surprise announcement from the nation's second-largest consumer electronics retailer may put the decline of videotape into hurry-up mode.

Jon Iverson  |  Jun 23, 2002  |  0 comments

The final curtain has fallen for the financially troubled Vidikron, as the company's dissolution has been announced by its secured creditor, Markland Technologies. As <A HREF="">reported</A> nearly three years ago, in August of 1999, Vidikron narrowly escaped bankruptcy at that time by arranging a line of credit and was then <A HREF="">independantly financed</A> by a group of international investors one month later.

HT Staff  |  Jun 19, 2002  |  0 comments
Do you have an apartment, condominium, guesthouse, or mother-in-law suite where you'd like to install a low-cost home theater system? If you've got a monitor, Onkyo can supply the rest.
HT Staff  |  Jun 17, 2002  |  0 comments
Home theater is the next frontier for Texas Instruments. On June 17, the Dallas-based technology pioneer announced a new line of cost-effective digital audio amplification products that promise high efficiency and great sound for the next generation of home theater equipment.
Barry Willis  |  Jun 16, 2002  |  0 comments

Size is definitely an advantage in commodity retailing. In an antitrust suit begun in mid-June, the7800-store chain <A HREF="">Blockbuster, Inc.</A>&mdash;the world's largest video retailer&mdash;admitted that it has an advantage over its smaller competitors, but claimed no wrongdoing in the process of negotiating favorable revenue-sharing deals with Hollywood studios.

Jon Iverson  |  Jun 16, 2002  |  0 comments

The video display market has been revolutionized in the last few years as plasma screens and video projectors have gained widespread acceptance. Smaller, lighter, and brighter projectors are translating into healthy market growth: Worldwide unit shipments are expected to reach 2.7 million in 2006, a 24.6% compound annual growth rate from 2002&ndash;2006, according to figures released by analyst <A HREF="">IDC</A>.