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Barry Willis  |  Mar 31, 2002  |  0 comments

The film industry lost one of its legends on March 27, when writer-director Billy Wilder passed away at his Beverly Hills home. Wilder had been suffering from pneumonia. He was 95.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 31, 2002  |  0 comments

Proving to be one of the brightest spots in HDTV broadcasting, <A HREF="http://www.hd.net">HDNet</A> is adding another sport to its lineup of regular high definition television broadcasts. The company says that it has finalized plans to broadcast 80 Major League Baseball games in HDTV during the 2002 regular season. HDNet says the broadcast schedule begins with the Detroit Tigers&ndash;Minnesota Twins game on April 13.

 |  Mar 31, 2002  |  0 comments

MPEG-4 is getting plenty of attention from high-tech companies these days. On March 27, a joint venture involving the technology was announced in Tokyo by seven major electronics and technology companies.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 31, 2002  |  0 comments

In the era of DVD, videotape gets no respect&mdash;some might say deservedly so. But according to the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) VidTrac program, considered by some to be the most accurate video rental point-of-sale tracking technology, the 2001 year-end rental revenue market share for VHS was 83.4% while DVD accounted for 16.6%. This variance means that VHS rental spending outpaced that for DVDs by $5.6 billion.

HT Staff  |  Mar 25, 2002  |  0 comments
Speaker wiring is one of the most problematic aspects of any home theater installation. Many of the best grades of speaker cables are big and bulky, making them impossible to hide. It's a problem custom installers and system designers have to work around every day, and it's one that adds enormously to the cost of any system installation. The advent of multichannel audio has only made the problem worse.
HT Staff  |  Mar 25, 2002  |  0 comments
Most home theater fans are aware of the fact that electrical noise can degrade the performance of their audio and video equipment.
HT Staff  |  Mar 25, 2002  |  0 comments
Liquid crystal displays have been around a long time, but only in the past year or so have they gotten the engineering attention they deserve---as potentially movie-quality displays.
Jon Iverson  |  Mar 24, 2002  |  0 comments

In <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?224">poll</A> after <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?217">poll</A>, <I>Guide to Home Theater</I> readers suggest that some form of high definition DVD will be one of the key developments needed to give HDTV a real kick in the pants. It may be a while before the copyright issues are resolved sufficiently to make it happen, but the technology appears to be on its way.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Mar 24, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay, Siobhan McKenna, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham. Directed by David Lean. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). Two discs. 200 minutes. 1965. Warner Home Video 6557. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

 |  Mar 24, 2002  |  0 comments

May 1, the federally-mandated deadline for US television stations to begin digital broadcasting, will come and go without the full participation of many, according to a March 18 report in the trade journal <I>Multichannel News</I>.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 24, 2002  |  0 comments

Things continue to look up for HDTV fans wedded to a cable provider. Following close on the heels of a similar <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1244">recent announcement</A> from Comcast Cable, <A HREF="http://www.charter.com">Charter Communications</A> announced last week that high definition television (HDTV) programming will be made available to some of its customers during the second quarter of this year.

Barry Willis  |  Mar 24, 2002  |  0 comments

In the past three years, Chinese-made DVD players have flooded the market, bringing low-cost, high-quality video to millions of consumers. Their success has also brought millions of dollars to Chinese electronics manufacturers. Now those same manufacturers are being asked to pay their fair share for the technology that is making them rich.

HT Staff  |  Mar 18, 2002  |  0 comments
Although front projectors usually get the nod from home theater elitists, rear projection sets are one of the most popular display solutions. Integrating the light source and the screen in a single unit seems to make the most sense for most home theater fans.
HT Staff  |  Mar 18, 2002  |  0 comments
Ask anyone, home theater fanatic or man in the street. All agree that flatscreen televisions are the coolest thing since ice cream.
HT Staff  |  Mar 18, 2002  |  0 comments
Have you ever needed to connect a source to your display but had used up all the composite inputs? That S-Video input was still available but . . .

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