Joe Leydon  |  Dec 17, 2000  |  0 comments

R<I>osanna Arquette, Amanda Donohoe, Gina Gershon, Buck Henry, Salome Jens, Frank Langella, Andrew McCarthy, Elizabeth Perkins. Directed by Bruce Wagner. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 5.1. 103 minutes. 1998. Sterling Home Entertainment 7325. NR. $24.95.</I>

Jon Iverson  |  Dec 17, 2000  |  0 comments

A new report released by analyst and consulting company <A HREF="">Ovum</A> suggests that, as digital television opens new frontiers, competition between telecommunications giants and the TV industry will increase rapidly. Ovum also predicts that digital television connections will grow from 62 million in 2001 to 350 million in 2006, creating numerous opportunities for companies throughout the new media sector.

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The film industry's yearlong pursuit of DVD hackers has hit a roadblock. On Thursday, December 14, the California Supreme Court issued an order that may result in the dismissal of charges against several defendants accused of promulgating a DVD decryption code known as DeCSS. Developed last year by a 16-year-old Norwegian computer hobbyist to allow DVDs to play on Linux-based PCs, the code also defeats copy prptection. CSS (copy scrambling system) is built into DVD movies and software to prevent illegal copying.

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Competitions and awards usually indicate that an art form has reached some degree of commercial viability. By that standard, movies made for the Internet have attained maturity: The <A HREF="">Sundance Institute</A> has announced that it will host parallel festivals this winter, one concentrating on traditional films and the other showcasing films made for the Internet. Both events begin January 18.

HT Staff  |  Dec 11, 2000  |  0 comments
If you count yourself among the legions of action movie fans who can't get enough of earth-shaking sound tracks, but also enjoy the occasional string quartet, B&K has just what you've been looking for. The Reference 7250's five channels each put out 200 watts of high-resolution power---one kilowatt total, enough to bring the police to your door with a request to cease and desist.
user  |  Dec 11, 2000  |  0 comments
Cramped for space? Need a player for a second system? Go-Video's DVR5000 combines DVD player and VCR in one unit without sacrificing performance.
Jon Iverson  |  Dec 10, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">2netFX</A> announced its recently developed 10 to 36 Mbp HDTV-over-IP streaming technology. The company says that with the recent addition of a live high-definition encoder from Motorola, the new system is compliant with industry standard protocols enabling High Definition Television (HDTV) content to be stored for later delivery or multicast in real-time over standard corporate data networks, satellite and the Internet.

 |  Dec 10, 2000  |  0 comments

If you subscribe to a cable system or direct broadcast satellite service, you probably need a set-top box (STB) hooked up to your television. Where would you prefer to get your STB? According to a recent study, most TV viewers still prefer to buy retail.

 |  Dec 10, 2000  |  0 comments

Television viewers can't get enough of direct broadcast satellite services. Both <A HREF="">DirecTV</A> and <A HREF="">EchoStar</A> have reported huge increases in new subscribers for the third quarter of 2000.

Robert Deutsch  |  Dec 10, 2000  |  0 comments

M<I>arlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (letterbox). Dolby Digital 5.1. 159 minutes. 1955. MGM 908093. NR. $19.99.</I>