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jon iverson  |  Jan 27, 2002  |  0 comments

As evidenced by the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, plasma screen television sets are steadily gaining market share, with every major consumer electronics manufacturer showing a variety of sizes and features. The thin displays look poised to dominate the market in coming years, providing resolution continues to increase and prices continue to drop.

jon iverson  |  Nov 25, 2001  |  0 comments

Both <A HREF="">Pioneer</A> and <A HREF="">Zenith Electronics</A> announced new digital set-top boxes last week, as the race to control digital content flowing into consumers' homes continues.

jon iverson  |  May 02, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Westaim Advanced Display Technologies Inc.</A> announced that it has unveiled a flat-panel display with 2 million colors using Solid State Display (SSD) technology. The company says the 5" high-contrast, full-color prototype display has a TV-like viewing angle and full motion video that is 20 times faster than the liquid-crystal display technology.

jon iverson  |  Sep 26, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Cirrus Logic</A> and <A HREF="">Digital Harmony Technologies</A> announced a licensing agreement that aims to "proliferate affordable, high-bandwidth digital home-entertainment systems." Under the terms of the agreement, Cirrus Logic has licensed the rights to Digital Harmony's IEEE 1394 intellectual property, thereby merging its Crystal audio technology with Digital Harmony's non-proprietary high-bandwidth data bus.

jon iverson  |  Nov 04, 2001  |  0 comments

HDTV is finally getting another push from the cable industry, according to the announcement from <A HREF="">Comcast Cable Communications</A> last week that it will soon launch HDTV services. Comcast estimates that the HDTV service will reach more than 1.3 million customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, providing access to high definition broadcasts of ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, and Showtime in November.

jon iverson  |  Jan 24, 1999  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Philips</A>, <A HREF="">Sony</A>, and <A HREF="">Sun Microsystems</A> formally announced plans to collaborate in connecting Sun's Jini technology with the <A HREF="">Home Audio-Video interoperability</A> (HAVi) architecture, which is being developed by several consumer-electronics manufacturers. According to a joint statement, the companies plan to provide a solution that links HAVi-compliant appliances in the home to services provided by Jini technology over a network.

jon iverson  |  Feb 11, 2001  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Hitachi</A> announced that, on April 10, it will release what it describes as the world's first 32-inch HDTV plasma TV, the W32-PD2100. The company says that this will be followed by the release of a second version of the set with a built-in BS (Broadcast Satellite) digital receiver on June 11. Both TVs will intitally be released in Japan. Hitachi says it is also planning to introduce a 37-inch HDTV plasma TV at a later date. Pricing for all models is to be announced.

jon iverson  |  Nov 18, 2001  |  0 comments

We ran a <A HREF="">poll</A> on the Website a couple of weeks back, asking <I>Guide</I> readers what tops their holiday wish-lists for home theater equipment. Predictably, HDTV was a top contender, with DVD players and other components making the cut.

jon iverson  |  Feb 04, 2001  |  0 comments

According to the numbers revealed by the <A HREF="">Video Software Dealers Association</A> (VSDA) last week, American consumers spent more than ever on home video in 2000, with rentals and sales of VHS and DVD hitting the $20 billion mark for the first time in home video's twenty-plus&ndash;year history. On the rental side of the video business, the VSDA reports that the total combined revenues of both DVD and VHS video formats rose 2.2% in 2000 over 1999. The "remarkably popular" new DVD video format made a major impact on this mark, says the not-for-profit trade group.

jon iverson  |  May 01, 2012  |  311 comments
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