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jon iverson  |  Mar 07, 1999  |  0 comments

Competition to dominate the market in providing high-speed data connections to the home keeps heating up. In an effort to make cable modems broadly available, the cable industry has recognized the need for the modems to use a common interface. Thus was born the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) process. Just as computer owners today know they can buy a modem that will work on any phone line, cable-industry leaders want their subscribers to be able to buy a "CableLabs Certified" modem at a retail outlet and know it will work with any cable system that uses the DOCSIS platform.

jon iverson  |  Jul 18, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, online video retailer <A HREF=""></A> announced that it has opened Auctions "to help people find, discover, buy&mdash;and now sell&mdash;virtually any video online." The company says that its customers are able to bid immediately in more than eight categories of "rare and unusual" videos.

jon iverson  |  Dec 16, 2001  |  0 comments

Canadian HDTV fans got a boost when <A HREF="">Rogers Cable</A> announced last week that it has launched the largest high definition television offering by a cable operator in Canada to date. Rogers provides services to 2.3 million customers in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

jon iverson  |  Oct 21, 2001  |  0 comments

The recent round of Emmys handed out by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has seen several consumer electronics manufacturers lauded for their technical achievements.

jon iverson  |  Mar 05, 2000  |  0 comments

Home networking is getting hot, and the last few months have seen numerous announcements of new technologies and proprietary standards. To help sort out the confusion, last week the Technology and Standards Department of the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) said it has reorganized its standards-setting committees to "reflect the changing home-networking industry." According to the CEA, the R-7 Home Networking Committee, created in May 1999, will now oversee and coordinate the work of the integrated home systems and home automation standards committees, which previously worked within specific product categories.

jon iverson  |  Sep 13, 1998  |  0 comments

The annual Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) show has just vacated New Orleans, leaving several interesting announcements for home-theater fans in its wake. Custom-installation products and home-automation technologies usually cram the aisles, but among the in-wall speakers and specialized wiring systems were plenty of new consumer-electronics products.

jon iverson  |  Jul 19, 1998  |  0 comments

The <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association</A> and the <A HREF="">National Association of Broadcasters</A> have banded together to drive digital television and its prot&eacute;g&eacute;, HDTV, forward in the US. At a recent DTV summit in Dallas, 300 executives representing manufacturers, retailers, and broadcasters met to learn about DTV rollout plans, study research results, and discuss problems facing the industry.

jon iverson  |  Jan 06, 2001  |  0 comments

Home theater isn't a huge draw at Alexis Park, home of Specialty Audio exhibits, but some manufacturers have video and surround-sound demos going here. Martin-Logan had one of the best-sounding multichannel rooms we have visited so far, with a "Theater" center channel beneath a Runco PL-50C plasma display, a pair of "Ascents" front left and right, a pair of "Scripts" for the side/rears, a "Cinema" in center rear, and a prototype subwoofer handling low bass duties.

jon iverson  |  Jan 07, 2001  |  0 comments

Two or three years ago, HDTV was the hottest topic at the Consumer Electronics Show. Not so this year&mdash;manufacturers have decided to de-emphasize the format, due to slow market acceptance and widespread uncertainty about technical standards. Instead, they are concentrating on Internet capabilities, digital networking, recordable DVD, and video projectors.

jon iverson  |  Jan 05, 2000  |  0 comments

Early predictions for 2001: prices will decline, and products will improve. That's the upbeat message delivered at pre-show press conferences held consecutively on January 5 by frequent partners <A HREF="">Philips Electronics</A> and <A HREF="">Sony Corporation</A>.