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Barry Willis  |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments

The film community is mourning the death of actor Richard Harris, who passed away Friday, October 25 at London's University College Hospital, where he was being treated for Hodgkin's disease. He was 72.

 |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments

EchoStar Communications Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation, parent company of DirecTV, are still hopeful of a merger, despite regulatory opposition. The two would-be partners are working on concessions that could win over officials at the Federal Communications Commission and the US Justice Department.

 |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments

Michael Fremer sets up the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?56">B&W CM Series surround speaker system</A> in his audio/video room and gives them a complete workout. MF comments, "What B&W chose to do with the CM Series is blend good looks, high build-quality, and typically rich 'British sound' into an affordable package."

Dan Yakir  |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, Martha O'Driscoll, William Demarest, Eric Blore. Directed by Preston Sturges. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full frame). B&W. Dolby Digital mono. 93 minutes. 1941. The Criterion Collection 103. PG. $39.95.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments

A business model pioneered by <A HREF="http://www.netflix.com">Netflix</A> during the dot-com era appears to be one that consumers love. An increasing number of retailers are adopting it, including movie-rental giant <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com">Blockbuster</A>, with its "<A HREF="http://www.filmcaddy.com/home-v1.asp">Filmcaddy</A>" service, and retail chain <A HREF="http://www.walmart.com">Wal-Mart</A>, which launched its nascent DVD rental program in late October.

HT Staff  |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments
Consumer interest in home theater has grown by almost 1000% in the past year, according to figures published by the Consumer Electronics Association. But how to make sense of the bewildering array of audio and video products out there? Which ones offer the best performance or most features?
HT Staff  |  Oct 27, 2002  |  0 comments
Canadian manufacturer PSB Speakers is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the consumer electronics market with the launch of several new products. Among them are two high performance subwoofers, ideal for low-end reinforcement in home theater systems.
HT Staff  |  Oct 22, 2002  |  0 comments
Simplicity is a good thing, especially when it comes to installing home theater in a small room.
HT Staff  |  Oct 22, 2002  |  0 comments
High-definition television will get a big push this season and next with sports programming from ABC and ESPN.
 |  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="http://www.panasonic.com">Panasonic</A> and <A HREF="http://www.cablelabs.com">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="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?54">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>

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