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Barry Willis  |  Apr 30, 2000  |  0 comments

When the retransmission of local TV signals by direct satellite broadcasters became legal, analysts and industry insiders expected an increase in business. They did not expect the surge in new subscribers that came in the wake of the decision. <A HREF="">EchoStar</A>, the perpetual runner-up to dominant DBSer <A HREF="">DirecTV</A>, added 455,000 new subscribers to its DISH network in the first quarter of this year, bringing its total customer base to more than 4 million as of the end of April.

SV Staff  |  Aug 24, 2007  |  0 comments
Hot on the heels of my Bruce Springsteen post last week comes word that his new album with the E Street Band, due October 2 on CD, will appear on LP a full week earlier, on September 25. Why? Because the cutoff date for albums to be eligible for...
Barry Willis  |  Oct 04, 2004  |  First Published: Oct 05, 2004  |  0 comments

Each step in the evolution of the optical disc has been astounding. With its 750-megabyte storage capacity, the Compact Disc revolutionized the way music was recorded and played back. The DVD's 4.7 gigabyte capacity&mdash;twice that for a dual-layered disc&mdash;made possible the archiving of high-quality feature films on a durable, affordable medium. DVD is the first format that made building a film library a reality for ordinary movie fans. It's not a vast overstatement to say that DVD revived the film industry, creating unanticipated revenue streams.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Aug 08, 2006  |  0 comments
Sony has a definite knack for making ultra-cool looking gadgets, and the new mylo "personal communicator" (despite the annoying all-lower-case spelling of the model name) is yet another example of the company's high-tech design prowess.
SV Staff  |  Sep 13, 2007  |  0 comments
Been meaning to post this link for some time now . . . Fans of DVD-Audio, SACD, surround sound, and so forth are hereby encouraged to check out No Taste for High-Quality Audio, published recently in the British newspaper The Guardian. It's a...
SV Staff  |  Aug 27, 2008  |  0 comments
Expect exciting news about online movie retailers soon. Open Market has been accepted by almost all the major movie studios and many retailers as a way to make download movies accessible to more users, and protect the studios against illegal...
Ultimate AV Staff  |  Oct 25, 2004  |  0 comments

Best known for its no-compromise projectors, <A HREF="">DWIN Electronics</A> isn't ignoring the market for high-definition plasma display panels (PDPs).

Barry Willis  |  Sep 15, 2003  |  First Published: Sep 16, 2003  |  0 comments

Set-top converter boxes (STBs) may eventually disappear, thanks to cable compatibility rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday, September 10. The rules ratify an agreement reached by cable companies and electronics makers late last year, and insure that new televisions will be able to connect directly to cable feeds nationwide without the need for an adaptive device.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Feb 06, 2005  |  0 comments
Philips' latest touch-screen remote control, the RC9800i, is part of the company's Connected Planet concept that aims to provide easy access to and control of digital entertainment from home entertainment components, the PC, and the Internet. In addition to controlling legacy and networked audio/video devices, the RC9800i includes built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) connectivity that can be used for accessing PC multimedia files as well as Internet content.
SV Staff  |  Aug 03, 2010  |  0 comments
Maybe you saw Inception. Maybe you loved those three-dimensional-looking images. Maybe you realized — and appreciated — that those images weren't actually in 3D.Director Christopher Nolan (at right in photo, with Leonardo DiCaprio) digs good...
SV Staff  |  Jul 18, 2008  |  0 comments
Scrubs has moved from SD on NBC to HD on ABC. Alphabet soup aside, all those letters might not matter much if rumors are true that this is the last season for the comedy.  Scrubs was on NBC in standard def, surrounded by HD shows for way too...
Ken Richardson  |  Mar 15, 2011  |  0 comments

Why does Jake Gyllenhaal suddenly find himself on a commuter train headed to Chicago? And why is Michelle Monaghan so interested in him?

SV Staff  |  Sep 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Critics and fans agree: the Star Trek reboot was pretty awesome. It re-imagined the classic story with spot-on actors, fantastic action scenes, and a storyline that managed to both honor and remain consistent with the original series. Well, if you...
Ken Richardson  |  May 04, 2011  |  0 comments

Hot off the Lucasfilm press. Text of the complete press release follows: