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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 10, 2002 0 comments

The four letters D, I, V, and X will trigger memories of horror for most DVD and home theater fans. The ill-fated pay-per-view DVD format from Circuit City died an ugly death a couple of years back. However, the acronym has been reborn as DivX, a video compression technology from <A HREF="http://www.divxnetworks.com">DivXNetworks</A> that is seeing the kind of popularity its former namesake only dreamt of.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2002 0 comments
Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing is high-resolution video's hottest technology. Integra is the latest name to join the DLP fraternity with its DLV-1000 video projector, a product that---when combined with its companion processor, the Faroudja FPV-1---should make even the most demanding movie fan ecstatic.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 10, 2002 0 comments

<I>Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey. Directed by Richard Rush. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS-ES, THX. Two discs. 130 minutes. 1979. Anchor Bay Entertainment 04526. R. $34.98.</I>

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 10, 2002 0 comments

It looked good on paper and at the demo: Digital Television and HDTV would revive the video market and create a wave of demand for new sets and playback equipment. Then there were the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?785">8VSB versus COFDM</A> and <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1237">copy protection</A> flaps, leading to shifting connection standards and uncertainty both on the manufacturing end and in the marketplace.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2002 0 comments
Looking for a great home theater preamp that won't break the bank? Atlantic Technology's new A/V preamplifier/processor will perform flawlessly with "every consumer surround-sound processing format currently known to man," according to a recent announcement. It will also do so a price far below some of its big-ticket competitors. The P-2000 carries a suggested retail price of only $1699.
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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 10, 2002 0 comments

It appears that almost nobody in government thinks a single direct broadcast satellite system is a good idea.

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Jon Iverson Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology has been gaining ground in the home theater market over the last several months, in large part due to the implementation of Texas Instrument's native 16x9 display chip as seen in Sharp's popular XV-Z9000U projector, released late last year.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Can direct broadcast satellite services make good on their promises? Representatives of EchoStar and Hughes Electronics Corporation (owner of DirecTV) have promised federal lawmakers that if their merger is approved, they will roll out broadband digital services, retransmit local television signals, and generally saturate the nation with satellite television&mdash;all within three years.

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Excessive caution over copyrights could inhibit the already slow rollout of digital television, electronics industry executives told a US Senate committee last week.

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uavKrissy Rushing Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

<I>Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo. Directed by Baz Luhrman. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Spanish Dolby Surround 2.0. Two discs. 128 minutes. 2001. Fox 2000870. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Just a week after a consortium of electronics companies announced its commitment to a new <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/shownews.cgi?1228">high-capacity DVD</A>, the DVD Forum voted to approve the use of low-bit-rate compression for high-definition DVD. The vote was approved by 11 of the Forum's 17 members, with Matsushita, JVC, and Philips abstaining.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2002 0 comments
After you've spent your life savings on electronics and furnishings, are you still unhappy with the sound of your home theater? Perhaps you should have budgeted a little something for room treatment.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 26, 2002 0 comments
Denon has introduced a new series of DVD players that ought to be taken seriously by all home theater fans. The model 9000, due in March at $3500 retail, is certain to cause a stir.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 26, 2002 0 comments
Sony Electronics has unveiled its new collection of Hi-Scan 1080i widescreen, HDTV-monitor rear projection televisions for 2002.
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One of the home theater industry's premier makers of projection screens is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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