Thomas J. Norton  |  Mar 29, 2001  |  0 comments

The slow march toward that new digital broadcast standard has brought us a small but rapidly swelling flow of new DTV widescreen televisions—far better sets than anything the average consumer has ever seen before. These TVs are still very much high-end products, but despite their cost, sales are increasing at a steady rate.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 25, 2001  |  0 comments

Flat screen fans will be pleased to hear that, last week, <A HREF="">Fujitsu</A> announced that it is lowering the suggested retail prices on its PDS-4222 and PDS-4214 Plasmavision Slimscreen 42-inch widescreen plasma display monitors. Effective immediately, the suggested retail price for the PDS-4222 has been reduced from $13,999 to $9999, while the PDS-4214's suggested retail price has been reduced from $9999 to $7999.

 |  Mar 25, 2001  |  0 comments

Audio and video retailer <A HREF="">Tweeter Home Entertainment Group</A> announced last week that it has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Big Screen City, located in the greater San Diego and Temecula, CA areas. Big Screen City is a four-store specialty consumer electronics retailer with annual sales over $15 million, and has been in business in the San Diego market for 20 years. The companies say that they expect to complete the transaction on or about May 1, 2001.

Dan Yakir  |  Mar 25, 2001  |  0 comments

C<I>andace Hilligoss, Sidney Berger, Frances Feist, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Herk Harvey. Directed by Herk Harvey. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital mono. 78 minutes (original version), 83 minutes (director's cut). 1962. Criterion Collection 63. NR. $39.95.</I>

 |  Mar 25, 2001  |  0 comments

Last week, the <A HREF="">Home Recording Rights Coalition</A> (HRRC) issued a statement condemning the encryption of terrestrial broadcast television programming, which the organization says will threaten established home recording rights. The HRRC made its comments in a letter sent to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell in response to issues raised in a letter sent to Chairman Powell last week from members of Congress. In its letter, the HRRC expressed concerns that television programming producers may decide to provide content only to channels with strong copy protections.

Gary Frisch  |  Mar 18, 2001  |  0 comments

R<I>ichard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonia Moreno. Directed by Jack Arnold. Aspect ratio: 4:3 (full-screen). Dolby Digital 2.0. 80 minutes. 1954. Universal Home Video 20760. NR. $29.98.</I>

Barry Willis  |  Mar 18, 2001  |  0 comments

Decreasing losses are often greeted as gladly as increased profits. <A HREF="">EchoStar Communications</A> has reported that its net operating loss decreased from $792.8 million in 1999 to $621.2 million in the year 2000. Total revenue for the year ended December 31 amounted to $2.7 billion, an increase of 70% over 1999's $1.6 billion. The direct broadcast satellite operator reported revenues of $805.1 million for the final quarter, up an impressive 56% from the same period in the previous year.

Barry Willis  |  Mar 18, 2001  |  0 comments

Bucking a proposal by the film and television industries to incorporate a non-recordable digital transmission standard, <A HREF="">Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America</A> (MDEA) announced in mid-March that, later this year, it will introduce high-definition television sets equipped with IEEE 1394 ("FireWire") connectors. The official timetable for the delivery of the new products, and a schedule of projected retail prices, will be announced in May.

Jon Iverson  |  Mar 18, 2001  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Thomson Multimedia</A> announced what the company terms "an aggressive new effort" designed to bring HDTV within reach of more American consumers. Thomson, which manufactures and markets the RCA brand of television and video products, says it will be trimming suggested retail prices of RCA HDTV sets by 20%, effective in April.

HT Staff  |  Mar 17, 2001  |  0 comments
You've got a gorgeous new 16:9 CRT or plasma display. Sleek and modern, it looks totally at odds with your old wooden furniture. Now, you need some sturdy high-tech apparatus to put it on.