Home Theater news July 22nd

July 22, 2004

DirecTV announced an increase in the number of NFL games broadcast in HDTV, for the 2004 season, by as much as five times over the 2003 season. The move is seen by some as an answer to the challenge posed from Voom, which currently offers more hi-def programming than DirecTV. A DirecTV executive, Stephanie Campbell, […]

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Home Theater news July 15th

July 15, 2004

Several major DVD makers and film studios, have teamed up to begin work on an encryption protocol, that will be used in high def DVD’s. Advanced Access Content System, AACS. The new system offers more than one level of protection such as copy freely, copy once or no copying. Denon has introduced new home theater […]

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Home Theater News July 6th

July 6, 2004

I ran across an ‘amusing’ article over at the Tallahassee Democrat. It’s about remote controls, the home theater learning type specifically. In a nutshell even the guy who invented the remote control has a hard time with today’s models. And from contracostatimes.com the subject reads “HDTV fever takes hold as prices come down“. It’s a […]

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Quick equipment update, while I work on a few reviews

June 28, 2004

Onkyo’s First Universal DVD-A, SACD 6 disc DVD Carousel Changer looks to be a promising player for those interested in changers. It’s THX Certified with adjustable video black level control. And from Gizmodo, Kenwood’s “Supreme” networked AV Amplifier, supports MPEG-1/2 and XviD as well as mp3 playback. So Kenwood announced a whole mess of high-end […]

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Home Theater news June 26th

June 26, 2004

New DVD players from Denon are in the works with a late summer/fall tentative release. A few of the features mentioned were SACD, HDCD and DVI, HDMI outputs and Faroudja DCDi’s. Updated release date for the Samsung DVD 941 DVD player is August, possibly late. Also there’s an article on cnet about Samsungs remarkable transformation […]

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Home Theater news June 24th

June 24, 2004

Infocus shipped a small order of Screenplay 4805’s to Crutchfield a few weeks ago. The second batch Infocus 4805’s should ship to distributors early to mid next week, with end user deliveries in early July. Check back for my full review. **Update** I got word late last Friday from a distributor, that they actually received […]

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Home Theater news June 21st

June 21, 2004

Winegard has released the SS-2000 or “squareshooter2” a Squareshooter with a built in preamp. I’ve had excellent results with the original SS with off the air HDTV signals, the built in preamp would be really handy. Extremetech has a nice little Infocomm 2004 wrap up, they mention new home theater screen materials and the Infocus […]

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Home Theater News June 15th

June 15, 2004

HD-DVD: The DVD forum approved the HD-DVD 1.0 specification that will compete with Blu-Ray to become the HD-DVD standard. Voom: Voom is now available through Crutchfield, or more specifically a “VOOM Start-up Certificate“. Although after an admittedly quick glance at their site, I couldn’t tell if what they offer has any advantage over just calling […]

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News June 11th

June 11, 2004

TNT HD launched May 21st in 1080i. Initial impressions were mixed, at best. Some programming has been up scaled from SD and many people assumed all the NBA games aired would be in HD. There also seems to have been a few cases of programming originally shot in 16:9 now resized to 4:3, which is […]

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Quick update

June 7, 2004

Ok this tool was fun for about 2 minutes. Lets see, two more days until the Infocomm exhibition, or 213 days till CES. And only 937 Days until the Scheduled End of Analog Television Broadcasting. Broadcasters are to return their old analog channels to the government by 2007 or when 85 percent of homes in […]

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