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August 28, 2004

news_paperOddly enough it looks like Sears will be one of, if not the first, retailer to sell liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) display devices. Branded under its private label “Veos” moniker, and manufactured by Brillian. The first sets are to be 65”, include cable card slots and an introductory price of $7,600.

Extreme Tech has largish, hands on review of Voom up right now. Four writers for ET critique the HDTV satellite provider, looking at all angles, picture quality, content, menu software etc. for the most part I think they’re accurate, however I cant help get the feeling that a heads on service vs. service review, with the other providers would have made the choice even clearer.

Now were talking! Forget all that Friends, and must see TV crap, the granddaddy of modern crime dramas finally comes to DVD!. Miami Vice is coming to DVD in 2004. I hope by 2004 they don’t mean the first set only, because I want to get about 20 episodes cued up and just veg out. Now the one thing this little blurb doesn’t mention, and I guess only time will tell, if all of the legal wrangling, around the music rights in the episodes was worked out, apparently that’s what has held the release up this long.

It’s been years since I’ve even seen these episodes, if I remember correctly it was the USA network to air them last, sometime in the mid to late 90’s. Heck I used to plan my Friday nights around this show.

This one snippet from a CPI/IDG article on HD-DVD, probably encapsulates the Blu-Ray Vs. HD-DVD format war better than just about any I’ve read.

“We (Memory-Tech/HD-DVD) are much more practical guys,” he said, comparing the difference in approach between the HD-DVD and Blu-ray camps. “They are just focusing on the technology. We focus on current technology and how much we can extend it. But they want to jump (to a totally new technology)”.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater News