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 |  May 12, 2002  |  0 comments

Cable companies may soon be competing with local audio/video retailers. <A HREF="http://www.charter.com">Charter Communications</A> will be the first cable provider in the nation to begin distributing the <A HREF="http://www.motorola.com">Motorola</A> DCP501 Home Theater System, at the end of the second quarter of 2002.

 |  May 12, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.homeentertainment-expo.com">Home Entertainment 2002</A> is set to open to the public as planned, May 31&ndash;June 2, 2002, at the Hilton New York & Towers Hotel in New York City. Show attendees will be treated to numerous free educational seminars and musical performances from a dozen popular jazz, classical, and contemporary recording artists.

Jon Iverson  |  May 12, 2002  |  0 comments

While the music business is experiencing harrowing declines in CD sales (12% down in the first quarter of 2002, compared with last year), DVD movie sales are growing at a fantastic pace. According to figures released by the <A HREF="http://www.dvdinformation.com">DVD Entertainment Group</A> (DEG), more than 120 million DVD movies and music videos shipped in the first three months of 2002, which represents an impressive 74% increase over the same quarter last year.

Dan Yakir  |  May 12, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aim&#233;e, Sandra Milo, Barbara Steele, Guido Alberti. Directed by Federico Fellini. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital mono (Italian, English subtitles). Two DVDs. 138 minutes. 1963. The Criterion Collection 140. NR. $39.95.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  May 05, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn, Powers Booth, Robert Burke, Dana Delaney, Sam Elliott, Stephen Lang, Joanna Pacula, Bill Paxton, Jason Priestly, Michael Rooker, Jon Tenney, Billy Zane, Charlton Heston; narrated by Robert Mitchum. Directed by George P. Cosmatos. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, THX. Two DVDs. 134 minutes. 1993. Touchstone Home Video 23118. R. $29.99.</I>

Barry Willis  |  May 05, 2002  |  0 comments

Plans by the entertainment industry to control the distribution of digital programming could have dire consequences for consumers, a <A HREF="http://www.philips.com">Philips Electronics</A> executive told US congressmen in late April.

Jon Iverson  |  May 05, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.showtimenetworks.com/">Showtime Networks</A> must be on an HDTV roll. On the heels of its recent announcement about adding its high definition offerings to the DirecTV service, the premium channel broadcaster announced more HDTV programming this week, along with an audio upgrade.

 |  May 05, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar</A>'s fortunes are looking up. The Littleton, CO&ndash;based direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service has yet to win regulatory approval in its bid to acquire rival DirecTV, but it is enjoying a surge in revenue, the result of massive growth in its subscriber base.

Barry Willis  |  May 05, 2002  |  0 comments

New Year's Day, 2003 may be a day of special celebration for sports and movie fans. Ten of the nation's biggest cable providers have pledged to begin delivering digital signals by then, according to a May 2 report by Bill McConnell in the trade journal <I>Broadcasting and Cable</I>.

HT Staff  |  May 04, 2002  |  0 comments
Snell Acoustics' new SR30mp Multi-Pattern Surround speaker has been approved by THX and is now officially part of Snell's THX Ultra 2 Certified line of products, according to an April 29 announcement.
 |  May 01, 2002  |  0 comments

Russ Herschelmann (<I>Stereophile Guide to Home Theater</I>'s "Home Theater Architect") will be conducting a special two-day intensive home theater workshop on Saturday and Sunday, June 29&ndash;30, 2002, in Napa, California. For more information concerning what will be covered during the two-part event, go to <A HREF="http://www.home-theater-guy.com">www.home-theater-guy.com</A> and click on "Workshops."

HT Staff  |  Apr 29, 2002  |  0 comments
Home theater and high-end audio enthusiasts attending Home Entertainment 2002, The Hi-Fi and Home Theater Event in New York City on May 31–June 2, 2002, will have an opportunity to participate in a series of interactive seminars and panel discussions on the latest advances in technology—all included with the price of admission.
 |  Apr 28, 2002  |  0 comments

Walt Disney's <A HREF="http://www.movies.com">Movies.com</A> won't be streaming any Fox Entertainment Group releases any time in the foreseeable future.

Hilary Lynch  |  Apr 28, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Michael Douglas, Kathleen Tuner, Danny DeVito, Marianne S&#228;gebrecht. Directed by Danny DeVito. Aspect ratio: 1:85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround. 116 minutes. 1989. 20th Century Fox 25392. R. $19.98.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Apr 28, 2002  |  0 comments

Federal Communications Chairman Michael Powell isn't the only powerful figure in Washington who is working toward a solution to the digital television impasse. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) is doing his part, too.

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