Jon Iverson  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Philips Semiconductors</A> (a division of Philips Electronics) announced the first in a new family of silicon chips that they claim "will revolutionize the way we use television." The company says its pnx8500 Nexperia Home Entertainment Engine will enable the combination of digital video, audio, graphics, and Internet content into "highly interactive" program material and will allow cable and satellite service providers to add new digital subscriber services to their existing TV program offerings. At the same time, Philips also announced Samsung's support for the new chip in its next-generation consumer set-top box.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

High-definition broadcasting is here, if the marketing problems are ever solved. Hi-def playback is here in the 480p native format of the Digital Versatile Disc. What's missing? Hi-def recording technology for consumers.

 |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

Another DVD hurdle is jumped: 10 million DVD-Video players have now officially shipped to market, according to the <A HREF="">DVD Entertainment Group</A> (DVDEG). The announcement was made last week at the annual DVD Forum meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

Electronics retailers are lobbying Congress to ensure their right to sell broadband cable converter boxes. Wary of the coming dominance of the combined power of merger partners <A HREF="">America Online</A> and <A HREF="">Time Warner Inc.</A>, retailers such as <A HREF="">Circuit City Stores, Inc.</A> are seeking legislative help.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 08, 2000  |  0 comments

N<I>arrated by Kenneth Branagh. Series producer: Tim Haines. Producer: Jasper James. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Surround. Two discs. 230 minutes. 1999. BBC Video (distributed by CBS). CBS Fox Video 2000040. NR. $34.98.</I>

HT Staff  |  Oct 04, 2000  |  0 comments
Autumn's shortening days and cooling temperatures bring people inside, where they can enjoy sports, the latest movies, and new network programming. Sony Electronics has introduced several new products to enhance the home theater lifestyle.
HT Staff  |  Oct 03, 2000  |  0 comments
Onkyo continues to carve a name for itself as a maker of affordable home theater receivers. The company's new THX Select-certified TX-DS787 is the only 6.1-channel Surround EX receiver in the under-$1500 price class. The receiver's suggested list price is $1099.95.
 |  Oct 01, 2000  |  0 comments

Sales and rentals of digital video discs (DVDs) are exploding this year and will lead to a resurgence of growth for the overall retail movie market in the decade to come, according to a series of reports prepared by <A HREF="">Adams Media Research</A> (AMR), and published in the bi-weekly <I>Hollywood Aftermarket</I> newsletter. The report adds that, after just three years on the market, DVD players are on track to penetrate 12% of US homes by the end of this year, making this the fastest rollout of a consumer entertainment technology since black-and-white television in the 1940s.

Gary Frisch  |  Oct 01, 2000  |  0 comments

P<I>aul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross. Directed by George Roy Hill. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital mono. 110 minutes. 1969. Fox Home Entertainment 2000043. PG. $29.98.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Oct 01, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, EchoStar Communications Corporation announced that, starting this week, its <A HREF="">Dish Network</A> will begin showing HDTV versions of popular motion pictures, beginning with the James Bond film <I>The World Is Not Enough</I>. EchoStar claims that the Dish Network currently serves more than 4.3 million customers.