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MAGAZINE
September 26, 2004
Back in 1950, life was simple. DuMont dominated the television universe with its majestically sprawling, aptly named Royal Sovereign. It boasted a 30-inch screen, the largest black-and-white picture tube ever produced. It was the best TV on the market. Period. Now there is no "best," just a bewildering variety of choices: Will that be projection? Front or rear? Will that be flat screen? Liquid crystal display or plasma? Or would you prefer a good old cathode-ray tube?
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BUSINESS
July 22, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
NBA analyst Kenny “the Jet” Smith and his wife, model-actress Gwendolyn Osborne, have put their stamp on a gated home in Encino and placed it on the market at $2.795 million. The more than half-acre contemporary French country estate, built in 1963, includes a main house, a guesthouse and a swimming pool. Among its features are vaulted ceilings, skylights, a sunroom, an office and a home theater. There are six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 6,106 square feet of living space. Smith, 48, is a retired NBA player and now an NBA analyst on television.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2007 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
DVDs featuring new movies are coming out faster than ever. The average time between the premiere of a movie at the multiplex and its appearance on DVD shrank an additional 10 days last year, further unnerving theater owners who believe that the tightening window threatens their business. The revelation from a new study is likely to further shake exhibitors when it is formally unveiled this week by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners at the industry's annual ShoWest convention in Las Vegas.
SPORTS
February 14, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner's six-bedroom home will go on the auction block on Feb. 27 after the Super Bowl champion got tired of waiting for it to sell. He moved into a bigger house in Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2011 and has been trying to sell his former home ever since. The house is expected to be sold for about $5 million. The 11,000-square-foot home boasts six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, as well as a home theater, billiard room, massage room, table tennis room, in-ground trampoline and a 62-foot pool with an overhead waterfall.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Home theater systems are expensive but, contrary to popular opinion, they are not so costly that only the rich can afford them. Though it is possible to spend from $10,000 to $100,000 for a deluxe home theater, it is also possible to assemble one that's fairly impressive for only a few thousand dollars.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Pop star and singing competition judge Britney Spears has bought the Thousand Oaks home of former professional hockey player Russ Courtnall and his wife, actress Paris Vaughan. The property came on the market in August at $8.5 million and was withdrawn from the Multiple Listing Service within a month. A withdrawal is a tactic sometimes used to hide celebrity home purchases. The sales price was not disclosed. The Mediterranean-style house, built in 2010, is in the Lake Sherwood area.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
It's back, and there's still some Shaq. The retired pro basketball great's former home on the Westside has come on the market at $9.495 million. Owned since 2004 by one of Japan's bestselling singer-songwriters, Kyosuke Himuro, the contemporary estate still pays homage to the onetime Laker. Gone are the red flowers in a bed of white forming Ss on either side of the steps to the front door. Redone is the home theater, which now has its walls lined with guitars. Retained is the tennis/basketball court, where “NBA MPV” is painted at one end and a Superman S at the other.
BUSINESS
July 1, 1998 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Douglas Roy, former controller of the now-defunct Home Theater Products International Inc., has been sentenced to six months' home detention for his role in a bogus sales scheme at the Anaheim company. Roy, a 29-year-old Pomona resident, pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and could have received up to five years in prison. In addition to the home detention, he was placed on three years' probation by U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor in Santa Ana.
BUSINESS
August 4, 1998 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul R. Safronchik, the former chief executive of the now-defunct Home Theater Products International Inc., was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for a scheme in which his company logged millions of dollars of bogus sales. Prosecutors said investors in the Anaheim company lost more than $20 million as a result of the scheme. Safronchik, 37, of Aurora, Ore., also was ordered by Judge Gary L. Taylor to pay $300,000 in restitution to investors.
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