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About the Author

Steve Kovsky is executive editor for CNET Radio (AM910 KNEW in San Francisco, AM890 WBPS in Boston, XM Satellite Channel 130, (www.CNETRadio.com) and the daily tech commentator for CBS Radio's KFWB/LA Times Noon Business Hour with Ron Kilgore and Cindy Dole (AM980 KFWB in Los Angeles).

In his 16 years as a professional journalist, he has covered every aspect of high technology for television, radio, magazines, newspapers, and the World Wide Web. His credits and bylines have appeared in a wide variety of media, including CNET News.com, ZDNet, Tom's Hardware Guide, ZDTV (now TechTV) and ZDTV Radio, PC Week and PCWeek Radio, Computer Sources, Electronic Components, Digital Review, Computer Systems News, and the San Jose Business Journal.

Kovsky lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (March 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789726688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789726681
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rob Bernosky on May 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me as a gift. For someone who likes the latest gadgets but is too busy to keep up with all the product offerings, this is the perfect book. Written in clear english with a touch of personality, it is very informative and helpful. I would think that anyone who doesn't have time to shop the personal electronic stores full of people who have no idea of what they are trying to sell would love this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2004
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While I rigorously maintain my status as a rider on the leading wave of software technologies, I am way behind the curve when it comes to entertainment. Before I read this book, I had only a glancing understanding of the latest technologies in capturing and replaying television broadcasts and other interactive entertainment devices (IED). Even though the information is now dated, I found the book well worth reading.
Like everything else, the advance of technology in this area is amazing, it seems that the only thing that can slow it down is legal action. Each of the descriptions starts at the most elementary of levels, yet is thorough enough so that when I was finished, I understood the advantages and disadvantages of each enhancement. Kovsky is also very diligent in pointing out the costs and explaining some of the difficulties that can be encountered when setting up and interfacing the various types of IED's. Pointers to some of the best improvements that you can do to enhance your experience are also included.
If you are new to the arena of high technology entertainment, then this is an excellent place to begin your education. Be warned however, you will be tempted to purchase some of the equipment that is described.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Lettieri on April 17, 2002
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Everything you've always wanted to know about TV high tech tools and how to get the most out of your viewing experience is presented in this book. The straight forward, concise and to the point style leaves no room for misunderstanding. Kovsky, who has been a tech journalist for many years obviously knows what he's writing about and explains things like TiVo, game consoles, and video convergence devices with an insiders expertise. I found High-Tech Toys For Your TV very readable and extremely informative. It's a good read but an even better resource for all us TV hounds.
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