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Barry Willis  |  Jun 16, 2002  |  0 comments

Size is definitely an advantage in commodity retailing. In an antitrust suit begun in mid-June, the7800-store chain <A HREF="">Blockbuster, Inc.</A>&mdash;the world's largest video retailer&mdash;admitted that it has an advantage over its smaller competitors, but claimed no wrongdoing in the process of negotiating favorable revenue-sharing deals with Hollywood studios.

jon iverson  |  Jun 16, 2002  |  0 comments

The video display market has been revolutionized in the last few years as plasma screens and video projectors have gained widespread acceptance. Smaller, lighter, and brighter projectors are translating into healthy market growth: Worldwide unit shipments are expected to reach 2.7 million in 2006, a 24.6% compound annual growth rate from 2002&ndash;2006, according to figures released by analyst <A HREF="">IDC</A>.

Russ Herschelmann  |  Jun 16, 2002  |  0 comments

Starting with the November issue, Home Theater Architect is going to change in big ways. This all started with letters from readers telling me they were sick of reading about Jack & Diane's $300k mega-theater.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jun 16, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Robert Redford, Brad Pitt, Catherine McCormack, Stephen Dillane, Larry Bryggman. Directed by Tony Scott. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1. 127 minutes. 2001. Universal 21552. R. $26.98.</I>

 |  Jun 16, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">Madrigal</A> has announced a new media console claimed "to establish new standards for connoisseurs of multichannel audio and video." If early publicity and its spec sheet are any indication, the $30,000 Mark Levinson No. 40 media console may, in fact, live up to the hype.

HT Staff  |  Jun 14, 2002  |  0 comments
Mission Electronics wants to bring high-end sound to everyone.
HT Staff  |  Jun 14, 2002  |  0 comments
Russ Herschelmann (Stereophile Guide to Home Theater's "Home Theater Architect") will be conducting a special two-day intensive home theater workshop on Sat-Sun, June 29-30, 2002 in Napa, California. For more information on what will be covered during the two-part event, go to and click on "Workshops".
HT Staff  |  Jun 11, 2002  |  0 comments
Leather Center's popular Home Theater line of seating has been spun off as a separate company.
Barry Willis  |  Jun 09, 2002  |  0 comments

Want to succeed in business? Two proven suggestions: don't alienate your customers, and use new technology to your advantage.

HT Staff  |  Jun 09, 2002  |  0 comments
Hitachi is back in the widescreen HDTV race. The company voluntarily pulled itself out of the integrated HDTV market last year, due to what executives called "premature market timing." The change is due to the growth in available over-the-air high-definition programming.
jon iverson  |  Jun 09, 2002  |  0 comments

Only a few short years ago, home networking was heralded as an inevitability, with manufacturers and research groups rushing to establish standards and technologies for new, connected products. But as the battle for the living room heats up, a recent study suggests that more than half of tech-savvy consumers in the US are currently indifferent to the benefits that a networked home might offer.

 |  Jun 09, 2002  |  0 comments

Plasma screens are among the most promising current video technologies. Most consumers who&rsquo;ve seen them say they'll buy&mdash;when the prices drop.

 |  Jun 09, 2002  |  0 comments

There is no doubt in home theater enthusiasts' minds that high definition television (HDTV) offers far superior picture quality compared to standard definition television (SDTV). So, apart from movie studio piracy concerns, why is it taking so long to roll out more HD content? In a word, bandwidth. HDTV requires substantially more bandwidth than SDTV, which forces broadcasters to consider cutting back SDTV content to make room for high-def.

uavKrissy Rushing  |  Jun 09, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Alyson Hannigan, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kay Thomas, Eugene Levy. Directed by J.B. Rogers. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1. 105 minutes. 2001. Universal 21769. R. $26.08.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Jun 02, 2002  |  0 comments

Long noted for its non-participation in the rollout of digital television, the cable industry is now making conciliatory noises about supporting the new format. But even with its support, the changeover from analog is going to take a long time, according to recent statements from Robert Sachs, president of the <A HREF="">National Cable Television Association</A> (NCTA).