Jon Iverson  |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

Digital cinema has begun to pick up speed in movie houses (see <A HREF="">previous story</A>), but finding ways to deliver the huge datafiles needed to present theater-grade imaging has remained an obstacle. Hoping to provide a solution to the problem of digitally storing high-resolution feature-length films, <A HREF="">Constellation 3D</A> announced last week the impending demonstration of its Fluorescent Multilayer Disc (FMD) videodisc technology at a satellite-delivered digital cinema film premiere of the film <I>Bounce</I>, to be hosted by <A HREF="">Miramax Films</A>.

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VHS-quality video streaming at modem data rates may be coming your way shortly after the first of the year, if Campbell, California&ndash;based <A HREF="">MotionTV</A> can make good on its promise. More than 20 months in development, the technology is the jewel in the crown of the Silicon Valley company, which claims that it will deliver full-screen video at data rates below 200 kilobytes per second (kbps).

 |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

Long heralded as one of the most promising video technologies, the flat-panel display could get a big boost from a recent agreement between <A HREF="">Pixelworks, Inc.</A> and <A HREF="">Analog Devices, Inc.</A> to integrate their respective technologies in a new generation of products.

 |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

Interactive TV (iTV) is about to become a reality, according to a new study released by <A HREF="">The Strategis Group</A>. The study, "Interactive TV: Platforms, Content, and Services," projects that, by 2005, the majority of US households will be iTV-capable, and that active usage will reach over 41 million&mdash;a dramatic rise from the 1 million households using the service this year.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

The slow-as-molasses rollout of digital television has riled <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> chairman William Kennard. If he has his way, broadcasters will eventually pay for the surplus radio-frequency spectrum they now control, and electronics manufacturers will be required to make all new television sets capable of receiving digital signals. The two suggestions were among several that Kennard made in a forceful speech at New York's Museum of Television and Radio on Tuesday, October 10.

Dan Yakir  |  Oct 15, 2000  |  0 comments

E<I>dmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman. Directed by Ida Lupino. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (full-frame). Dolby Digital mono. 70 minutes. 1953. The Roan Group AED-2028 ($19.95), Kino Video K144 ($29.95). NR.</I>

HT Staff  |  Oct 11, 2000  |  0 comments
All DVD players will also play compact discs, but many will not play CD-Rs, as music lovers have discovered to their dismay. Rotel addresses this oversight with its new RVD-995, a multi-format compatible disc player equally at home with DVD-Video, CDs, and CD-Rs. You can now enjoy your compilation discs on the same player you use for movies.
HT Staff  |  Oct 10, 2000  |  0 comments
Long known for quality and value, Rotel has introduced an advanced surround-sound processor/preamplifier intended to simplify operation even when used with a multi-room system. Wideband video switching capabilities, ease of operation, and unusual flexibility are but three attractive features of the RSP-976.
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

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.