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jon iverson  |  Aug 02, 1998  |  0 comments

The set-top box could eventually become the center of your attention, which is why several turf wars have broken out to win control over this part of the home-theater market. With DTV on the horizon, cable and satellite companies will be upgrading the services that feed your TV with some mix of standard and high-definition digital audio and video. And as movie distribution moves toward a pay-per-view future, the gateway to these services---the set-top box---will have more prominence in most home-theater systems.

jon iverson  |  Jun 03, 2006  |  1 comments

UAV's Fred Manteghian and Shane Buettner hard at work searching for video far and wide.

jon iverson  |  Nov 17, 2003  |  0 comments

Having earlier stubbed its toe in the personal computer market, <A HREF="">Gateway</A> is on a consumer electronics roll. Around this time last year the company <A HREF="">announced</A> its entry into the CE market with a sub-$3000 plasma TV. Then at the CEDIA Expo last month, <A HREF="">Gateway announced</A> the KAS-303 "1000W", 6.1-channel home theater system with a progressive scan DVD player, attractively priced at $999.

jon iverson  |  Sep 16, 2001  |  0 comments

First we had Dolby Digital with 5.1 channels (five speakers plus one subwoofer) for DVDs, then the THX and Dolby Digital <A HREF="">Surround EX</A> 6.1 format, which added a center channel in the rear. Now comes word that <A HREF="">THX</A> is ready to start certifying 7.1 channels with their new Ultra2 format.

jon iverson  |  Mar 19, 2000  |  0 comments

Judging from the responses to our <A HREF="">Vote!</A> question from several months ago, a significant number of home-theater fans are not happy with DVD region codes. The film studios are attempting to control their staggered rollouts of movies for the consumer markets around the planet with the codes, which prevent a DVD made in one region of the world from playing on a DVD player from another region.

jon iverson  |  Apr 21, 2002  |  0 comments

High definition television has been slow to gain traction in consumer markets, partly due to ongoing struggles between the content providers and equipment manufacturers. Movie studios wish to restrict the consumer's use of an HDTV signal while manufacturers recognize that consumers will be slow to embrace any technology that becomes too cumbersome or restrictive to implement.

jon iverson  |  Jul 11, 2013  |  39 comments
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jon iverson  |  Apr 07, 2002  |  0 comments

One limitation often preventing home theater enthusiasts from installing a front projection video system is the need to place the projector in a particular place in the room to get a proper image on screen. A semiconductor company exhibiting at the National Association of Broadcasters 2002 convention this week in Las Vegas says they can change all that.

jon iverson  |  Dec 19, 1999  |  0 comments

Both <A HREF="">TiVo</A> and <A HREF="">ReplayTV</A> pioneered a new product category for television addicts that allows consumers to record programs on hard-disk-based digital recorders for later playback (see <A HREF="">previous story</A>). The market is now heating up with recent announcements from several new players in the field.

jon iverson  |  Mar 24, 2002  |  0 comments

In <A HREF="">poll</A> after <A HREF="">poll</A>, <I>Guide to Home Theater</I> readers suggest that some form of high definition DVD will be one of the key developments needed to give HDTV a real kick in the pants. It may be a while before the copyright issues are resolved sufficiently to make it happen, but the technology appears to be on its way.