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Wednesday, 15 August 2001 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Echostar Communications, after last week's announcement of a deal to broadcast CBS' HDTV signals via their DSS satellite system, has made an offer to acquire competitor DirecTV from Hughes Electronics. DirecTV has been on the block in 2001 with reported interest from Rupert Murdock's News Corp. General Motors, the parent company of Hughes, is seriously looking at the offer from Echostar.
Sunday, 12 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
AMERICAN PIE: ULTIMATE EDITION (Universal Home Video) is a two-disc, unrated edition of the 1999 good-natured teen sex farce starring Jason Biggs, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Mena Suvari and Alyson Hannigan, directed by Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. The DVD comes in both widescreen 1.85:1 and full-screen 1.33:1 aspect ratios; sound formats are English DTS, English Dolby Digital 5.1 and French Dolby Digital 5.1, with English and Spanish subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary by the directors, writer Adam Herz and the cast members, deleted scenes, outtakes, a making-of featurette, production notes, theatrical poster concepts, a photo montage with commentary from the directors and producers, the Tonic "You Wanted Me" music video, Tonic Live and an AMERICAN PIE 2 sneak preview/trailer. This version has no MPAA rating (the theatrical version carries an R).
Friday, 10 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
James DesBorough, an editor for the World Entertainment News Network (WENN) is alleged to be the mystery writer behind rumors that the Beatles guitarist, George Harrison was close to his death. DesBorough reportedly misquoted or even fabricated quotes from producer, Sir George Martin about Harrison's supposed condition. DesBorough has since been reassigned.
Wednesday, 08 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
There is more and more programming slated for HDTV as the 2006 deadline slowly approaches which is overcoming a big objection to HDTV. The biggest problem for most Americans is price. Panasonic is focusing on bringing the excitement of digital television to a wider audience with its new 47-inch (diagonal screen measurement), 16:9 widescreen HDTV projection monitor. With a suggested manufacturer's retail price* (MSRP) of $2,099.95, new model PT-47WX49 signifies a major leap toward more affordable pricing for digital television products -- without sacrificing quality or features. "The new PT-47WX49 HDTV projection monitor represents Panasonic's ongoing commitment to making the benefits of DTV accessible to everyone," said Jonas Tanenbaum, National Marketing Manager for Panasonic's Display Group. "Advances in digital television technology have progressed to the point that, for nearly the same price one could expect to pay for a conventional analog projection ...
Wednesday, 08 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has announced the October 9 launch of "The Superbit Collection." Superbit titles feature a special high bit rate digital encoding process which optimizes video quality while offering a choice of both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double their normal bit rate while maintaining full compatibility with the DVD video format. The result is picture quality that provides outstanding detail which complements the performance of the latest progressive DVD video players.
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