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 |  Aug 18, 2002  |  0 comments

Consumer interest in digital video recorders appears to be slowing, according to an August 13 report from <I>Screen Digest</I> magazine.

Barry Willis  |  Aug 18, 2002  |  0 comments

The cable industry isn't a happy one these days. Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable provider in the US, is under investigation by federal prosecutors for possible accounting irregularities. Owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Charter was on the receiving end of a grand jury subpoena delivered Thursday, August 15 by the US Attorney's office in St. Louis, MO, Charter's home city. The cable service has more than 6.8 million customers in 40 states.

Barry Willis  |  Aug 18, 2002  |  0 comments

Financial life is looking good for <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A>. The Littleton, CO-based direct broadcast satellite operator reported second-quarter profits of $45.8 million, with revenue up 21%, to $1.17 billion. EchoStar's subscribership increased by 295,000 during the quarter, and the company is predicting that it could add more than 1.2 million new subscribers to its DISH network in 2002, with a total approaching eight million by year's end. EchoStar reported the results August 15.

HT Staff  |  Aug 12, 2002  |  0 comments
Fosgate Audionics has begun shipping a new five-channel modular amplifier that enables custom configuration and simplifies in-field service.
HT Staff  |  Aug 12, 2002  |  0 comments
Tired of stumbling around in pitch-blackness? Want to watch movies in a well-lit room? Runco's "CX" series of plasma screens lets you do just that. The 42", 50", and 61" models of the company's PlasmaWall displays offer incredible brightness and extraordinary contrast.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Aug 11, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Voices of Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Jason Alexander, Charles Kimbrough, Mary Wickes. Directed by Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French, Spanish), DTS. 91 minutes. 1996. Buena Vista D23315. G. $29.99.</I>

 |  Aug 11, 2002  |  0 comments

DirecTV subscribers will soon be able to enjoy the kind of digital television performance that cable subscribers can only dream about. On August 7, <A HREF="http://www.sony.sel.com">Sony Electronics</A> announced the SAT-HD200 set-top box (STB), an advanced DirecTV high-definition receiver with multiple format modes, keyword search, a favorite channel list, 20-event reminder, and an electronic programming guide. Subscribers with Digital Visual Interface (DVI) enabled high definition monitors will be able to receive uncompressed wideband high-def programming encoded with Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technology.

uavKrissy Rushing  |  Aug 11, 2002  |  0 comments

<B><I>SGHT</I>: </B>What is the importance of a DVD release to a film director?

Barry Willis  |  Aug 11, 2002  |  0 comments

How much does it cost to include a digital tuner in a new TV? If you ask members of the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA), they'll tell you as much as $250 at retail. The <A HREF="http://www.nab.org">National Association of Broadcasters</A> (NAB), on the other hand, estimates that the cost is closer to $15. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Barry Willis  |  Aug 11, 2002  |  0 comments

Bowing to criticism from investors, <A HREF="http://www.cablevision.com">Cablevision Systems Corporation</A> announced August 8 that it would cut its capital expenditures by nearly half. The cable giant plans to reduce its staff by approximately 7%, sell its Clearview Cinema theater chain, and close 26 THE WIZ electronics stores. There are 59 Clearview theaters in the New York metropolitan area; most THE WIZ stores are also concentrated there.

 |  Aug 11, 2002  |  0 comments

For the January 2002 issue, Fred Manteghian points his eyes and ears toward the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?27">Krell Home Theater Standard 2 preamplifier-processor & Theater Amplifier Standard five-channel amplifier</A>. After a few spins around the audio and video block, FM rolls his tongue back into his mouth and files his report.

HT Staff  |  Aug 06, 2002  |  0 comments
Sony has announced two new XBR series widescreen plasma television sets. The high-resolution flat panel plasma televisions feature advanced picture technology, a sophisticated silver-and-black design, and a DVI-HDTV interface.
uavKrissy Rushing  |  Aug 04, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker, Sarah York, Philip A. Gillis, Ted Raimi. Directed by Sam Raimi. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1(anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 & 6.1 (matrixed), DTS EX (discrete). 85 minutes. 1983. Anchor Bay 38569. R. $49.98.</I>

 |  Aug 04, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> has begun an aggressive campaign to win new subscribers. The three-pronged effort includes low-cost subscriptions to the company's DISH Network, a soon-to-be-launched eighth satellite, and a marketing deal with discount giant Wal-Mart, Inc.

 |  Aug 04, 2002  |  0 comments

From June of this year, Tom Norton reviews the $4999 <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?25">InFocus ScreenPlay 110 DLP video projector</A>, writing, "Add a screen to the package and you can have a video projection system for about the cost of a high-end rear-projection television."

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