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Barry Willis  |  Dec 22, 2002  |  0 comments

Philips Electronics has thrown its weight behind "SmartRight," a digital content copy-protection technology developed by Thomson Multimedia, according to mid-December reports from Paris and Geneva. Originally called XCA, SmartRight is a smart-card–based technique that could allay Hollywood's fears about offering hit movies over the Internet or via high-definition broadcasts.

HT Staff  |  Dec 19, 2002  |  0 comments
In January, football fans will get an unprecedented opportunity to explore high-definition television thanks to an agreement reached December 20 between CBS Television and Thomson Multimedia's RCA division. The partners have signed a deal for sponsorship of American Football Conference Divisional Playoff games on January 11 and 12, 2003, and the AFC Championship game on January 19, 2003.
 |  Dec 15, 2002  |  0 comments

One of high definition TV's biggest draws will grow even more compelling thanks to a recent agreement between the <A HREF="">National Football League</A> and <A HREF="">DirecTV, Inc</A>.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 15, 2002  |  0 comments

One of HDTV's strongest supporters could pull away if an effective copy-protection system isn't in place by next year.

Robert Deutsch  |  Dec 15, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Voices of Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers. Directed by Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French). Two DVDs. 90 minutes. 1991. Walt Disney Video 786936171631. G. $29.98</I>

Barry Willis  |  Dec 15, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A>'s long campaign to acquire competitor <A HREF="">DirecTV Inc.</A> is finally over.

 |  Dec 15, 2002  |  0 comments

Joel Brinkley notes that, although not quite as thin as a plasma screen, the <A HREF="">Zenith D60WLCD HD-ready rear-projection LCD television</A> is only 17" deep and costs a fraction of its flat cousin's price. JB uncovers its strengths and weaknesses.

HT Staff  |  Dec 13, 2002  |  0 comments
Once the rarefied domain of specialty electronics retailers, home theater is going discount. Big-box discount chains like K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Inc. and Target Stores have seen their revenues surge since adding digital televisions and related products to their inventories.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Dec 08, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Paul Winfield, Kirstie Allie, Ricardo Montalban. Directed by Nicolas Meyer. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround (English), Stereo (French). Two discs. 116 minutes. 1982. Paramount 09117. PG. $29.99.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Dec 08, 2002  |  0 comments

The American transition to digital television may be bogged down, but eventually it will reach critical mass. That's the view of NHK president Katsuji Ebisawa.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 08, 2002  |  0 comments

Flatscreens are getting bigger and better.

 |  Dec 08, 2002  |  0 comments

A government survey of 1000 people indicates that most Americans know little or nothing about digital television. Fewer than half of those surveyed claimed to know the difference between analog and digital: 40% said they had never heard of digital television, while 43% claimed to be "somewhat aware" that a change is taking place in TV and broadcasting technology.

 |  Dec 08, 2002  |  0 comments

Fred Manteghian wires the <A HREF="">Krell DVD Standard DVD player</A> into his HT system, describing it as the first high-end player he's used with the latest Faroudja Laboratories chipset. Is it worth the $8k price tag? FM broadcasts all.

 |  Dec 01, 2002  |  0 comments

"The next best thing to being there?" Thomas J. Norton tries to find words to describe the <A HREF="">Reference Imaging CinePro 9x Elite & Teranex HDX Cinema MX CRT video projector and video processor</A>. Why such an expensive product for <I>SGHT</I>? Because, as TJN notes, "these are the products against which all others can be measured."

 |  Dec 01, 2002  |  0 comments

A red laser&ndash;based Advanced Optical Disc (AOD) format system developed by Toshiba and NEC has been chosen by the DVD Forum as the standard for next-generation high-definition DVD players. The DVD Forum will develop AOD specs and publish them in the spring, according to the Nikkei news service. NEC said it would release AOD drives for PCs next year. Toshiba plans to market AOD home recorders in 2004.