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HT Staff  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments
The fifth generation of any new product cycle is typically when the big benefits begin to reach affordable levels. Madrigal's Proceed AVP2 is very much in this tradition---the new multichannel audio-video surround processor shares plenty of technology found in the $30,000 Mark Levinson #40 Media Console, but the AVP2 sells for only $6,495.
Barry Willis  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments

Jamie Kellner, the <A HREF="">Turner Broadcasting System</A> chairman, who proclaimed that viewers have a "contract" with broadcasters to watch commercials, has predicted that digital video recorders could spell the end of free television programming. Kellner has been widely quoted as saying that viewers who "take too many bathroom breaks" are "stealing the programming."

Barry Willis  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments

A soon-to-be-introduced bill in the US House of Representatives could severely alter the legality of behavior so commonplace that most Americans take it for granted.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">Thomson Multimedia</A> announced July 12 that it has joined the Motion Picture Engineering Group Licensing Authority's (MPEG LA) LLC MPEG-2 patent pool as of July 1. The MPEG LA LLC licensing program was launched in 1997 to assure the growth and interoperability of digital video by "providing fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory access to worldwide patent rights that are essential for the MPEG-2 Video and System standards," the announcement stated.

HT Staff  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments
What's the point of high definition if your cabling makes it a bit fuzzy around the edges? Ultralink Products Inc. has a new line of cables to answer that question for you.
uavKrissy Rushing  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Scott Wulff, Robert Forster, Brent Briscoe, Maya Bond. Directed by David Lynch. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1. Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1. 147 minutes. 2001. Universal 21780. R. $32.98.</I>

 |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments

When Tom Norton reviewed the <A HREF="">Toshiba 50H81 HD-ready 16:9 rear-projection television</A>'s 40-inch baby brother, he raved about the picture quality. In the May 2002 issue, Norton sets out to see if the 50-inch upgrade continues the Toshiba tradition.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 07, 2002  |  0 comments

It's obvious to anyone paying attention that consumers love flat-panel displays&mdash;those who are aware of them, that is. Unfortunately for the consumer electronics industry, only a small percentage of potential flat-panel purchasers are either aware of the devices or aware that prices have been steadily dropping while performance improves.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 07, 2002  |  0 comments

John Frankenheimer, director of <I>The Manchurian Candidate</I> and <I>Birdman of Alcatraz</I>, died Saturday, July 6, of a stroke following spinal surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 72.

Hilary Lynch  |  Jul 07, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Brad Renfro, Steve Buscemi, Illeana Douglas. Directed by Terry Zwigoff. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby 5.1 surround. 111 minutes. 2001. MGM 1002564. R. $26.98.</I>

jon iverson  |  Jul 07, 2002  |  0 comments

They say a rising tide lifts all boats. It appears that the popularity of the DVD format is having a tremendous impact on sales of home theater components, according to the latest sales figures released by <A HREF="">NPDTechworld</A>.

jon iverson  |  Jul 07, 2002  |  0 comments

<A HREF="">Echostar Communications</A> has been planning to merge its popular Ku-band TV satellite service with Ka-band spectra that could add two-way broadbrand and interactive satellite Internet services, just like its competitors DirecTV and <A HREF="">DirecPC</A>have done. Operating on the 17.7 GHz, 21.2 GHz, 27.5 GHz and 31 GHz spectra, the KA-band slots would enable EchoStar's satellite to cover large areas with broadband service.

 |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

Large electronics makers are in a fierce battle to dominate the emerging market for digital television sets. Tactics include better features and bigger screens at unprecedented prices.

Barry Willis  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

Lucasfilm Ltd.'s THX division has been spun off as an independent company, according to an end of June announcement.

jon iverson  |  Jun 30, 2002  |  0 comments

The future for high definition digital video connection technology remains cloudy, so having a few choices is a plus. <A HREF="">VividLogic</A>, which specializes in creating software for IEEE 1394 (Firewire, iLink) enabled consumer electronics products, announced last week that it has struck a deal with <A HREF="">EchoStar Communications</A> to deploy VividLogic's "FireBus" software to provide digital connectivity and interoperability in a future, next generation HDTV-compatible set-top box (STB).