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 |  Oct 21, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>E.T. the Extra Terrestrial</I> makes its first appearance on DVD on Tuesday, October 22. It will be available in three versions: widescreen and pan&scan Limited Collector&rsquo;s Editions at $29.98 and the Ultimate Gift Boxed Set at $69.98. All three editions include both the original 1982 version and the 2002 release, the latter including a number of alterations and updates.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments

Attorneys sometimes succeed where lobbyists fail.

 |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments

An agreement signed October 17 by <A HREF="">Panasonic</A> and <A HREF="">CableLabs</A> will make Panasonic the first manufacturer to build digital television receivers capable of directly accepting high-definition signals from cable providers.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments

Set-top box (STB) maker Scientific-Atlanta reached its lowest stock price in almost four years on Friday, October 18, after posting quarterly results well below expectations. The company's stock closed at $11.45, a drop of 14%, making it one of the biggest losers on the New York Stock Exchange that day.

 |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments

Steven Stone takes a good, long listen to the <A HREF="">Tannoy Dimension surround speaker system</A> to determine what the design's 100kHz upper limit offers the critical listener.

Michael Metzger  |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollack, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, Suzy Amis. Directed by Bryan Singer. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 106 minutes. 1995. MGM 27616 87481. R. $24.99.</I>

HT Staff  |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments
Rotel's $1299 RSX-1055 is an elegant addition to the company's line of surround sound receivers. Replacing the RSX-972, the 1055 is compatible with 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1-channel formats. The RSX-1055 handles Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby EX, Rotel XS, dts ES and dts Neo 6.
HT Staff  |  Oct 15, 2002  |  0 comments
Not to be outdone by the ultra-high-end crowd, Yamaha has introduced the RX-Z1, a feature-laden home theater receiver with all the power and flexibility most users could want.
Barry Willis  |  Oct 13, 2002  |  0 comments

Rupert Murdoch may get another shot at DirecTV. On October 9, the News Corp. CEO won a second chance to acquire the direct broadcast satellite operation from General Motors' Hughes Electronics division when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declined to approve a proposed $13 billion acquisition of DirecTV by Littleton, CO&ndash;based EchoStar Communications.

 |  Oct 13, 2002  |  0 comments

Within a year or so, EchoStar and DirecTV may not be the only satellite broadcasters over North America. <A HREF="">Cablevision Systems</A> may join them.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 13, 2002  |  0 comments

In a move that bodes well for the rollout of digital television, if not specifically for manufacturers' bottom lines, discount chain Wal-Mart has announced that it is jumping into the DTV market.

 |  Oct 13, 2002  |  0 comments

Steven Stone takes the <A HREF="">Marantz SA-12S1 multichannel SACD/DVD-Video/CD player</A> out for a spin or two and asks, "Is the SA-12S1 worth its lofty price tag of $3800? Welcome to the wonderful world of early adoption."

Michael Metzger  |  Oct 13, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shaloub, Siobhan Fallon, Mike Nussbaum, Jon Gries. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 98 minutes. 1997. Columbia TriStar 43396 08771. PG-13. $19.99.</I>

HT Staff  |  Oct 11, 2002  |  0 comments
A deal signed in late September by Dolby Laboratories and the China Audio Industry Association (CAIA) will result in standard worldwide licensing rates for DVD products manufactured by Chinese consumer electronics companies.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 06, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly. Directed by Peter Doctor, David Silverman. Aspect ratios: 1.85:1, 4:3. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX, DD Surround 5.1 sound-effects-only track, THX-certified. 94 minutes. 2001. Buena Vista Home Entertainment 93968. G. $29.99.</I>