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Barry Willis  |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

The completion of a proposed $26 billion acquisition of DirecTV's parent company Hughes Electronics by EchoStar Communications Corporation appeared in doubt after a week of intense scrutiny by federal lawmakers.

 |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

Cable providers' reluctance to adhere to compatibility standards is hampering manufacturers' designs and hindering the market for digital entertainment products, according to complaints filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA).

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

Back in September, <A HREF="http://www.dtsonline.com">DTS</A> announced that Pioneer and Denon were planning to be the first companies to incorporating the new 96kHz/24-bit high resolution surround sound technology in their flagship A/V receivers. It would appear the companies have made good on that promise, with some help from integrated circuit manufacturer <A HREF="http://www.analog.com/">Analog Devices</A>.

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

When it comes to defining the cutting-edge gift list for tech enthusiasts, gadget-heads, and just about any person over the age of 14, you probably couldn't do much better than to ask 1,000 computing professionals&mdash;folks who live and breathe technology&mdash;to pick their top five tech gifts.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

Whether we'll have one, two, or more direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services next year isn't clear today. But no matter how many DBS companies the future holds, if they want to re-transmit signals from local TV stations, they'll have to offer all or none.

Robert Deutsch  |  Dec 09, 2001  |  0 comments

<I>Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Andr&#233; the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk. Directed by Rob Reiner. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 98 minutes. 1987. MGM 1002362. PG. $29.08.</I>

HT Staff  |  Dec 08, 2001  |  0 comments
Do you like making movies with a digital camcorder? Want to add some professional touches to your creations? ATI Technologies has the solution for you.
HT Staff  |  Dec 07, 2001  |  0 comments
Many home theater enthusiasts prefer separate components rather than all-in-one receivers. Rotel's RSP-985 is designed with this market in mind.
Jon Iverson  |  Dec 02, 2001  |  0 comments

If you've been steadfastly waiting for the perfect reason to buy a new HDTV set, here it is: <A HREF="http://NBCOlympics.com">NBC</A> and <A HREF="http://www.hd.net">HDNet</A> announced last week they will broadcast selected events at the upcoming 2002 Olympic Winter Games from Salt Lake City in 1080i high definition video with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 02, 2001  |  0 comments

The weather forecast for the cable industry is cloudy, to judge by attendance at this year's Western Cable Show. Typically one of the biggest annual events for the cable television industry, this year's convention was attended by only 17,056 people, approximately half the number that attended the year before. Attendance disappointed the <A HREF="http://www.ccta.org">California Cable Telecommunications Association</A>, which hosted the event in Anaheim the last week of November.

 |  Dec 02, 2001  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.nectech.com">NEC Technologies</A> has radically reduced the cost of its flagship PlasmaSync monitor, dropping the price by almost one-third, according to a November 26 press release. The suggested retail price of the company's HDTV-compatible PlasmaSync 61MP1, said to be the world's first 61" display, has been reduced to $19,995 from $27,995.

uavKrissy Rushing  |  Dec 02, 2001  |  0 comments

<I>Jim Carrey, Molly Shannon, Christine Baranski, Jeffrey Tambor. Directed by Ron Howard. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. 105 minutes. 2000. Universal B00005. PG. $26.98.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Nov 25, 2001  |  0 comments

Both <A HREF="http://www.pioneerbroadband.com">Pioneer</A> and <A HREF="http://www.zenith.com">Zenith Electronics</A> announced new digital set-top boxes last week, as the race to control digital content flowing into consumers' homes continues.

 |  Nov 25, 2001  |  0 comments

One fact of life is that when people stay home, they tend to watch more TV. That generally gloomy reality hasn't put a dent in TiVo, Inc.'s bottom line. In fact, it's helped immensely. The San Jose, CA&ndash;based maker of personal video recorders (PVRs) has reported a 29% jump in revenue for its fiscal third quarter, ended October 31.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 25, 2001  |  0 comments

Cable companies may be the accidental beneficiaries of the recently announced EchoStar-DirecTV deal, in which smaller direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service <A HREF="http://www.echostar.com">EchoStar</A> won approval from General Motors to buy its subsidiary Hughes Electronics Corporation, operator of <A HREF="http://www.directv.com">DirecTV</A>.

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