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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 27, 2002 0 comments

A business model pioneered by <A HREF="http://www.netflix.com">Netflix</A> during the dot-com era appears to be one that consumers love. An increasing number of retailers are adopting it, including movie-rental giant <A HREF="http://www.blockbuster.com">Blockbuster</A>, with its "<A HREF="http://www.filmcaddy.com/home-v1.asp">Filmcaddy</A>" service, and retail chain <A HREF="http://www.walmart.com">Wal-Mart</A>, which launched its nascent DVD rental program in late October.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 27, 2002 0 comments

The film community is mourning the death of actor Richard Harris, who passed away Friday, October 25 at London's University College Hospital, where he was being treated for Hodgkin's disease. He was 72.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 27, 2002 0 comments
Canadian manufacturer PSB Speakers is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the consumer electronics market with the launch of several new products. Among them are two high performance subwoofers, ideal for low-end reinforcement in home theater systems.
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HT Staff Posted: Oct 27, 2002 0 comments
Consumer interest in home theater has grown by almost 1000% in the past year, according to figures published by the Consumer Electronics Association. But how to make sense of the bewildering array of audio and video products out there? Which ones offer the best performance or most features?
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HT Staff Posted: Oct 22, 2002 0 comments
Simplicity is a good thing, especially when it comes to installing home theater in a small room.
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HT Staff Posted: Oct 22, 2002 0 comments
High-definition television will get a big push this season and next with sports programming from ABC and ESPN.
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Posted: Oct 21, 2002 0 comments

<I>E.T. the Extra Terrestrial</I> makes its first appearance on DVD on Tuesday, October 22. It will be available in three versions: widescreen and pan&scan Limited Collector&rsquo;s Editions at $29.98 and the Ultimate Gift Boxed Set at $69.98. All three editions include both the original 1982 version and the 2002 release, the latter including a number of alterations and updates.

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Michael Metzger Posted: Oct 20, 2002 0 comments

<I>Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio del Toro, Kevin Pollack, Chazz Palminteri, Pete Postlethwaite, Suzy Amis. Directed by Bryan Singer. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 106 minutes. 1995. MGM 27616 87481. R. $24.99.</I>

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An agreement signed October 17 by <A HREF="http://www.panasonic.com">Panasonic</A> and <A HREF="http://www.cablelabs.com">CableLabs</A> will make Panasonic the first manufacturer to build digital television receivers capable of directly accepting high-definition signals from cable providers.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 20, 2002 0 comments
Rotel's $1299 RSX-1055 is an elegant addition to the company's line of surround sound receivers. Replacing the RSX-972, the 1055 is compatible with 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1-channel formats. The RSX-1055 handles Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby EX, Rotel XS, dts ES and dts Neo 6.
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Steven Stone takes a good, long listen to the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?54">Tannoy Dimension surround speaker system</A> to determine what the design's 100kHz upper limit offers the critical listener.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 20, 2002 0 comments

Attorneys sometimes succeed where lobbyists fail.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 20, 2002 0 comments

Set-top box (STB) maker Scientific-Atlanta reached its lowest stock price in almost four years on Friday, October 18, after posting quarterly results well below expectations. The company's stock closed at $11.45, a drop of 14%, making it one of the biggest losers on the New York Stock Exchange that day.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 15, 2002 0 comments
Not to be outdone by the ultra-high-end crowd, Yamaha has introduced the RX-Z1, a feature-laden home theater receiver with all the power and flexibility most users could want.
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 13, 2002 0 comments

Rupert Murdoch may get another shot at DirecTV. On October 9, the News Corp. CEO won a second chance to acquire the direct broadcast satellite operation from General Motors' Hughes Electronics division when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declined to approve a proposed $13 billion acquisition of DirecTV by Littleton, CO&ndash;based EchoStar Communications.

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