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SV Staff  |  Apr 26, 2010  |  0 comments
DRM measures may be preventing some Avatar DVDs from playing on Blu-ray players, according to The Consumerist. Based on first-hand consumer reports on, several DVD players simply aren't playing Avatar correctly. Users have noted...
SV Staff  |  Aug 06, 2007  |  0 comments
Perhaps you noticed the phrase that has been touting, among other things, the Neil Young Archives/Performance Series: "Because Sound Matters." It refers to the fact that each CD+DVD title includes 96-kHz/24-bit "high-resolution...
SV Staff  |  Nov 19, 2009  |  0 comments
2K Games has just unveiled the contents of its upcoming Bioshock 2 Special Edition release, and it has something for the audiophiles. Along with a soundtrack CD, 3 posters, and an art book, it comes with the orchestral score of the original Bioshock...
 |  May 20, 2001  |  0 comments

If there's no computer in your entertainment system&mdash;or no entertainment in your computer&mdash;there probably will be soon.<A HREF=""> Texas Instruments</A> has announced two new digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that accept and output all available video and PC graphics formats&mdash;including HDTV signals. The new chips may make "all-formats video" economically viable for many manufacturers.

Barry Willis  |  Sep 19, 1999  |  0 comments

Movie fans don't normally associate an organization as stodgy as the <A HREF="">American Institute of Certified Public Accountants</A> (AICPA) with the glamour of Hollywood, but as of Tuesday, September 14, the accountants' group will have had an everlasting effect on the industry and its notoriously loose accounting procedures. A new set of rules about the way the industry figures profits and losses will soon cause some irrevocable changes in the financial picture of the movie business.

SV Staff  |  Feb 27, 2009  |  0 comments
I haven't had much use for 3-D. But with the advent of RealD — and since I am, after all, the entertainment editor of this magazine — I figured it was high time for me to check out the latest state of the 3-D art. And what better film to do...
Ultimate AV Staff  |  Oct 11, 2004  |  0 comments

Texas Instruments continues to push the envelope of projector technology, and high-end manufacturers continue to adopt TI devices into ever-better projectors. TI's latest Digital Light Processing (DLP) devices are known as "DarkChips" for their improved contrast, a result of narrower gaps between mirror elements, smaller mirror hinges, higher reflectivity, and in a seeming paradox, better light absorption thanks to a new coating. DarkChips are said to offer better color uniformity and much lower dithering effects than their predecessors.

Lauren Dragan  |  Sep 22, 2014  |  0 comments
In the center of an all-white video screen, stands a young David Bowie. He is miming the story of a man who finds a mask that generates him enormous success and yet ultimately causes his suffocation. And so it’s fitting, perhaps, that the Bowie retrospective at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (September 23 through January 4, 2015), titled “David Bowie Is,” contains little detail concerning the life of David Jones, the man who would become Bowie.
Barry Willis  |  Oct 11, 2004  |  0 comments

Better late than never. Years after mandating a changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission (<A HREF="">FCC</A>) has launched a campaign to inform consumers about the benefits of the new format.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 14, 2002  |  0 comments

A soon-to-be-introduced bill in the US House of Representatives could severely alter the legality of behavior so commonplace that most Americans take it for granted.

HT Staff  |  Feb 25, 2001  |  0 comments
Two thousand bucks buys a lot of technology these days. Yamaha's RX-V3000 is a good example: with seven channels of amplification, auto-detect surround sound decoding, and a learning touchscreen, it's hard to beat.
 |  Jul 20, 2003  |  0 comments

Canon, Sharp, Sony and JVC have teamed up on proposed specifications for high definition digital videocassette tape.

HT Staff  |  Oct 31, 2003  |  First Published: Nov 01, 2003  |  0 comments
Any custom installer will tell you that placement limitations are among the primary obstacles in turning residential rooms into home theaters. This may no longer be so problematic thanks to a new video scaler from Silicon Optix Inc.
SV Staff  |  Sep 19, 2008  |  0 comments
Did you see Brendan Fraser in 3-D this summer? Journey to the Center of the Earth was in select theaters and IMAX theaters in 3-D, in addition to a widespread 2-D release. Missed it?  This remake of the classic Jules Verne tale is coming to...