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 |  Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments

The third corporate makeover in three years begins April 1 at <A HREF="http://www.sony.com/">Sony Corporation</A>. The electronics and media giant announced March 30 that it will create a new top-level management group to be called the "Global Hub," with responsibility for coordinating all of Sony's vast empire, including entertainment, electronics, games, and financial and Internet services. "We'd like to make it a highly efficient group headquarters," explained Sony chairman Nobuyuki Idei.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments

Michael Powell, the newly appointed chairman of the <A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov/">Federal Communications Commission</A>, announced March 29 to the House Telecommunications Subcommittee that his agency will soon begin reviewing ownership caps on broadcast television and other forms of media.

Gary Frisch  |  Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments

M<I>ia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Ralph Bellamy. Directed by Roman Polanski. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital mono. 136 minutes. 1968. Paramount Home Video 06831. R. $29.99.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments

HDTV has been broadcast via the Internet2 (see <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?529">previous story</A>), and several companies such as <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?687">Lucent</A>, Motorola, and <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?886">2NetFX</A> say they have been working on the technology. But <I><A HREF="http://www.internetweek.com/">InternetWeek</A></I> announced last week that they have conducted what they claim is the first ever high-definition television (HDTV) broadcast over the Internet.

Jon Iverson  |  Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments

Last week, TiVo found itself the focus flurry of unwanted media attention as a new <A HREF="http://www.privacyfoundation.org/privacywatch/report.asp?id=62&action=0"... was released by the <A HREF="http://www.privacyfoundation.org/">Privacy Foundation</A> detailing at length how the TiVo system collects personal data. The report also reveals what the Privacy Foundation found while comparing a TiVo PVR's actual behavior under test with the company's stated privacy policy. The Foundation says that it and University of Denver Privacy Center have recently completed a fourth independent investigation of the TiVo device.

Michael Trei  |  Mar 31, 2001  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments
The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming! Arcam's first A/V receiver takes music reproduction quite seriously.

After years of lagging behind the colonies, the British are finally taking home theater—er, home cinema—seriously, and British manufacturers have started to make impressive gear using their own characteristic design approach. For years, Arcam has been made up of a bunch of die-hard two-channel-stereo types, yet the company has always been a leader when it comes to new technologies like digital radio. Although they have manufactured surround equipment for a few years now, the AVR100 is their first A/V receiver.

Ron Williams  |  Mar 31, 2001  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments
Dig That DLP: Mitsubishi's WD 6500 DLP projection television brings digital technology home.

Taking advantage of new technology is always a good thing. It's even better when the base technology has a proven track record. Mitsubishi has entered the DLP-projection marketplace with their WD 6500, a 16:9, high-definition rear-projection television.

Kevin Hunt  |  Mar 31, 2001  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments
The Search Is Over: Pinnacle's AC Sub 100 subwoofer is the perfect fit for many systems, not just budget ones.

Get a load of those feet. Someone slipped a set of solid-brass isolation cones on Pinnacle's AC Sub 100, a working-class $350 subwoofer dressed humbly in black vinyl. So what's with the magic slippers? Another Cinderella story perhaps? Or is it merely a Mr. Blackwell- caliber fashion faux pas, like matching Prada with Wrangler? Well, the AC Sub 100 isn't a thing of beauty, but you can take it to the ball—or put it in your entry-level home theater—without embarrassment. This 13-inch cube can dance a bit. The AC Sub 100 resides at the low end of Pinnacle's subwoofer line, and its feet are hand-me-downs from the company's more-exotic designs. They're standard equipment on, among others, Pinnacle's $1,200 Digital Sub 600. Is there another manufacturer that fits such fancy footwear on its nickel-and-dime subwoofers?

Mike Wood  |  Mar 31, 2001  |  First Published: Apr 01, 2001  |  0 comments
High-end, high-definition satellite thrills.

The press has lamented the lack of HDTV programming for far too long. In reality, there's a reasonable amount of HDTV broadcasts right now—enough to warrant the purchase of an HDTV, anyway. You just have to know where to look for it. In certain areas, you can get most of CBS's prime-time lineup, as well as various shows and movies from NBC and ABC. Almost anywhere in the country, there are at least two cable networks, Showtime and HBO, and one pay-per-view channel that broadcast HDTV signals. Granted, there isn't as much high-def programming as there is NTSC programming and you can't get it from cable, but who needs cable when you can have satellite?

Fred Manteghian  |  Mar 29, 2001  |  0 comments

Only three years after their debut, the prices of budget DVD players have dropped below $200. That paltry sum wouldn't even cover the Connecticut sales tax on the Theta David II. If you're already seeing red, come back next month, when I'll undoubtedly review something that won't have you gagging as if a Chinese pepper has gone down the wrong pipe. On the other hand, if you've always wondered why caviar from the Caspian goes for more than the Rhode Island variety, stick around.

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