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Barry Willis  |  Feb 08, 1998  |  0 comments

A two-day stop in San Francisco on Fujitsu's road show last week was enough time to let me scoot downtown and scope out the company's new Plasmavision 42 display. Jon Iverson and I were mighty impressed by it last month at the Consumer Electronics Show, where it was demonstrated under less-than-ideal conditions. This month, in a suite on the 35th floor of the ANA Hotel, the Plasmavision once again stood out as an exceptional feat of engineering.

 |  Feb 08, 1998  |  0 comments

At the upcoming <A HREF="http://www.nab.org/conventions/">National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show</A>, <A HREF="http://www.sony.com/">Sony Electronics</A> will be showing a full line of professional products to enable DTV implementation in 1998. The company's Business and Professional Group recently unveiled its strategy and plans, which include interfacing SDTV and HDTV formats for all DTV applications through an MPEG2 environment, the industry's global standard for DTV broadcasting.

Barry Willis  |  Feb 01, 1998  |  0 comments

L<I>aserdisc. Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart. Directed by Richard Donner. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1. Dolby Digital. 3 sides. 135 minutes. 1997. CLV/CAV. Warner Bros./Image Entertainment Widescreen Edition WB 115091. $39.95.</I>

 |  Feb 01, 1998  |  0 comments

According to statistics released January 20 by the Arlington, Virginia-based <A HREF="http://www.cema.org">Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association</A> (CEMA), sales to dealers of projection televisions, TV/VCR combinations, VCRs, and camcorders each climbed in 1997 to record-setting levels. The new Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) players also showed well, selling nearly 350,000 units since the product's inception in April.

 |  Feb 01, 1998  |  0 comments

January 27, <A HREF="http://www.lumivision.com">Lumivision Corporation</A>, released what it claims is the first film on DVD that uses all eight available audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Lumivision was also one of the first companies to release DVDs for sale in the Western Hemisphere.

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 25, 1998  |  0 comments

In an effort to dominate the potentially huge set-top box market, both Sun Microsystems and Microsoft announced deals with cable provider TCI at the recent CES in Las Vegas. Coming within one day of each other, the two announcements illuminate the struggle about to take place between rivals Sun and Microsoft to place their operating systems in consumers' homes.

 |  Jan 25, 1998  |  0 comments

Just in case you were planning to use your computer for watching and possibly copying DVD movies in the near future, Compaq Computer Corporation, Gateway 2000 Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, Micron Electronics, Inc., and Packard Bell/NEC are now licensed to incorporate Macrovision's DVD analog copy-protection technology in their personal-computer products.

 |  Jan 25, 1998  |  0 comments

The <A HREF="http://www.cema.org">Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association</A> (CEMA) this week expressed concern over cable provider TCI's plans to transmit only signals that fall below the threshold of HDTV.

 |  Jan 25, 1998  |  0 comments

In a move intended to broaden its home theater product line, <A HREF="http://www.projectavision.com">Projectavision, Inc.</A> of New York announced January 21 that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of <A HREF="http://www.vidikron.com">Vidikron Industries, S.p.A.</A>, including its US subsidiary, Vidikron of America. Vidikron, a privately held company founded 18 years ago and headquartered in Milan, Italy, is a manufacturer and marketer of high-end projection systems for the home-theater consumer and commercial markets, and serves customers in over 30 countries worldwide.

Steven Stone  |  Jan 25, 1998  |  0 comments

A<B><I>ustin Powers: International Man of Mystery</B></I><BR><I>Laserdisc. Mike Meyers, Elizabeth Hurley, Robert Wagner, Michael York, Mimi Rogers. Directed by Jay Roach. Aspect ratio: 2:1. Dolby Digital. Two sides. 90 minutes. 1997. New Line Home Video/Image Entertainment 3965LI. PG -13. $39.95.</I>

Joe Leydon  |  Jan 12, 1998  |  0 comments

D<I>VD. Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Maria Michi. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Aspect ratio: 4:3. Dolby Digital. 105 minutes. 1945. Image Entertainment ID4102DSDVD. Not rated. $29.95.</I>

Joe Leydon  |  Jan 04, 1998  |  0 comments

D<I>VD. Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover. Directed by Robert Wiene. Aspect ratio 4:3. Dolby Digital. 72 minutes. 1919. Image Entertainment ID4099DSDVD. Not rated. $29.95.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Jan 04, 1998  |  0 comments

Mother always said TV would rot your brain. Now there's proof.

Derek Germano  |  Jan 03, 1998  |  0 comments

S<I>ean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down. Directed by Michael Crichton. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 5.1 (French, monaural). 111 minutes. 1979. MGM Home Entertainment 907149. PG. $24.98.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Jan 02, 1998  |  0 comments

The holiday season was a big one for the Digital Versatile Disc. VideoScan, which tracks the sales of more than 16,000 video retail businesses, reports that almost three million DVDs were sold in the five weeks leading up to the New Year, accompanied by equally brisk sales of players. The new format entered its second official year as the fastest-growing new medium in history.

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