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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

In anticipation of demand for new digital services, <A HREF="http://www.aoltimewarner.com/about/companies/twcable.html">Time Warner Cable</A> says it has committed to purchase 625,000 Explorer digital set-tops from <A HREF="http://www.scientificatlanta.com">Scientific-Atlanta</A>. Under the agreements, announced last week by SA, TWC says it will purchase a mix of Explorer set-tops and other head-end equipment to meet projected consumer demand for digital cable and interactive TV services such as video on demand (VOD), subscription video on demand (SVOD), personal video recording (PVR), and high definition television (HDTV).

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Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

The electronics world was astounded when the Digital Versatile Disc appeared, offering more than six times the storage capacity of standard compact discs. The trend toward ever greater data capacity continues, to the delight of engineers and technophiles everywhere.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 21, 2001 0 comments

Since September 11, live theater and concert attendance has fallen by as much as 75% in some parts of the country, while video rentals have mushroomed. The reason: people want to stay home.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 14, 2001 0 comments

The current tendency for consumers to stay home rather than travel may bode well for electronics manufacturers and retailers this coming holiday season, according to a survey conducted by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A>.

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Posted: Oct 14, 2001 0 comments

Only four years after its official introduction, the Digital Versatile Disc has made its way into one of every three American homes, according to a study released in early October by the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA). The market's remarkably rapid acceptance of the technology has cemented DVD's position as the "fastest selling consumer electronics product of all time." The amazing number of players in consumers' hands is attributable to DVD's vastly better picture and sound, compared to videotape, and to extremely attractive prices. Basic players can now be found almost everywhere for well under $200.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 14, 2001 0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="http://www.vdcdisplaysystems.com">Video Display Corporation</A> (VDC) and <A HREF="http://www.christiedigital.com">Christie Digital Systems</A> jointly announced that the companies had reached an agreement in principle for VDC to acquire the Marquee line of CRT projectors from Christie (formerly Electrohome Projection Systems). The companies report that the agreement specifies that all manufacture, sales, service, inventory and other assets and operations of the CRT line of projectors will be transferred to VDC Display Systems of Cape Canaveral, FL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VDC.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 14, 2001 0 comments

Die-hard fans of the sci-fi film <I>The Matrix</I> will soon have a purchasing decision to make: Is Warner Home Video's latest <I>Matrix</I>-related DVD project a welcome new morsel of valuable information or the latest example of the movie industry's ongoing attempts to milk customers for all they're worth?

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Dan Yakir Posted: Oct 14, 2001 0 comments

<I>Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter. Directed by John Huston. Aspect ratio: 1.66:1. Dolby Digital mono. 125 minutes. 1961. MGM Home Entertainment 1002063. NR. $19.95.</I>

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Posted: Oct 14, 2001 0 comments

With the market penetration of DVD players now at 33% and growing, the film industry is ramping up production to release an unprecedented number of new titles, as well as plenty of old favorites in the new format.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 09, 2001 0 comments
If you've ever installed a stack of A/V equipment in an armoire or cabinet with a sealed back, you know the meaning of "pain-in-the-neck." Struggling with a hand mirror and a flashlight to hook up cables in a cramped compartment can make you wish you'd never heard of home theater.
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HT Staff Posted: Oct 09, 2001 0 comments
Acoustic Research, one of the most well known names in American audio, is also a major player in the home theater arena. The Lake Mary, Fl-based speaker manufacturer has recently introduced the HC6 system, a six-piece surround array in glossy piano black, with a suggested price below $800.
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Dan Yakir Posted: Oct 07, 2001 0 comments

<I>Bus Stop</I>, <I>The Seven Year Itch</I>, and <I>Marilyn Monroe: <I>The Final Days</I></I> are part of <I>Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection</I>, a boxed set from 20th Century Fox that also includes <I>How to Marry a Millionaire</I>, <I>There's No Business Like Show Business</I>, and <I>Gentlemen Prefer Blondes</I>.

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Posted: Oct 07, 2001 0 comments

Cable subscribers in some localities may soon find themselves paying higher monthly bills, thanks to a decision by the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">Federal Communications Commission</A> (FCC) on October 4.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 07, 2001 0 comments

Unlike the rabbit advance of DVD, high definition television has been pursuing the slow but steady crawl of the tortoise. More recent announcements are increasing that momentum.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Oct 07, 2001 0 comments

If they build it will you want it? That's the DTV question of the month for <A HREF="http://www.zenith.com">Zenith Electronics</A> and <A HREF="http://www.TriveniDigital.com">Triveni Digital</A>, who are partnering with the <A HREF="http://www.PBS.org">Public Broadcasting Service</A> (PBS) to provide technical support for a new interactive television series, <I>Life 360</I>, which had its debut last week.

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