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  • DVD DRM Circumvention Firm Shuts Down Surrounded by Mystery

    02/25/2016 10:21:16 PM PST · by Utilizer · 10 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 25, 2016 18:37 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    SlySoft Inc. is a software company registered in the Carribean country of Antigua and Barbuda. For the past few years, the firm has been a thorn in the side of Hollywood studios and game makers by creating and releasing software that would circumvent DRM and copyright protections on CDs and DVDs. Its product line includes tools like AnyDVD, AnyDVD HD, Clone CD, CloneDVD mobile, Virtual Clone Drive, Game Jackal, and Game Jackal Enterprise. With no doubt, the company's most known product is AnyDVD, a device driver used by many movie, game, and software piracy groups (and even home users) to...
  • Sony develops tech for 185TB tapes: 3,700 times more storage than a Blu-ray disc

    Once upon a time, the best way for you to back up the entirety of your computer’s data was to use the medium that was once the best way to listen to music: magnetic tape. Writable optical media, cheap hard drives, and cloud storage eventually became the consumer norm, but tape drives still hung around as one of the best options for mass data backup. Sony has developed a new technology that pushes tape drives far beyond where they once were, leading to individual tapes with 185 terabytes of storage capacity. Back in 2010, the standing record for how much...
  • The Blu-Ray movie format makes me want to puke.

    03/29/2013 4:57:22 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 48 replies
    29 March 13 | Scooter100
    I've had it with the Blu Ray format; how about you? It's left a mouth-puckering, sour, stinking taste in my mouth. When the new (complete!) Star Wars (Blu Ray) came out, I waited patiently for two months for my PowerDVD software to be "updated", or "fixed", or "patched", or whatever code word they use now for "we messed up". I similarly waited weeks for Disney's "John Carter" updaters in order to watch that one. Buy a Blu Ray and you never know what's going to happen when you get it home. Great, huh? What a product. Heaven knows how many...
  • Ultra Long-Lasting Blu-Ray Optical Discs to Become Available This Spring. (M-Disc)

    01/14/2013 9:21:38 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 01/09/2013 12:15 AM | bAnton Shilov
    Millenniata Announces Blu-Ray Optical Disc Available in Spring 2013[01/09/2013 12:15 AM]by Anton Shilov Millenniata, a company known for ultra long-lasting DVDs with special coating, said this week that it will offer ulltra-durable Blu-ray M-Discs in the second quarter of 2013, increasing both the storage capacity and the accessibility of the M-Disc.The announcement marks a major step forward in permanent data storage solutions for businesses and consumers by making the M-Disc available in all the standard optical disc formats. The new Blu-ray M-Discs will be writable and readable on any Blu-ray combo drive – an enormous step for Millenniata, as the...
  • Is it possible to share Blu-ray movies between two PS3 systems? (Help needed.)

    07/15/2011 4:26:51 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 10 replies
    07/15/2011 | BuckeyeTexan
    Objective: For two people in separate houses, each with a PS3, to watch a Blu-ray movie played on one of the PS3 systems. Is it possible to do this? If so, can it be done through the PS Network? Is there another or better way?
  • I need Blu-Ray Player w/ Wi-Fi(for NetFlix) advice...

    05/21/2011 7:21:42 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 82 replies · 1+ views
    21 May 2011 | US Navy Vet
    What is a good one to buy and what are stinkers?
  • Panasonic to Release 100GB Rewritable Blu-ray Disc

    04/06/2011 8:55:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Tech-On! ^ | Apr 5, 2011 15:24 | Ikutaro Kojima,
    Panasonic Corp's Digital AVC Marketing Division will release a rewritable single-sided three-layer Blu-ray disc that is compatible with the Blu-ray Disc Rewritable Format and has a capacity of 100 Gbytes April 15, 2011. The company claims that it is the world's first rewritable Blu-ray disc with a capacity of 100 Gbytes. The new product is a 2x-speed recordable Blu-ray disc compatible with the BDXL Part1 Version3, and its capacity is twice as large as that of an existing single-sided two-layer Blu-ray disc (50 Gbytes). Specifically, it is possible to record about 12 hours of a terrestrial digital TV program in...
  • Blu-ray barely better than DVD

    11/27/2010 2:52:35 PM PST · by snarkpup · 88 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 25th November 2010 17:51 GMT | Caleb Cox
    Blu-ray discs are supposed to represent "the maximum high-definition experience" yet there is little difference in quality to that of a DVD, apparently. A study by consumer advocate Which? found less than a third of Blu-ray films demonstrate an exceptional difference compared to the equivalent DVD, and with a large gulf between the best and worst, HD quality is inconsistent.
  • Yep, Apple Killed The CD Today

    10/21/2010 12:38:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 109 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Thursday, October 21, 2010 | MG Siegler
    Stop. Take a deep breath. Before my headline gets you all worked up, consider what I'm saying here. The CD and other optical discs, like DVDs and Blu-rays, are obviously going to live on for a while as a way to transport media. But make no mistake that today, with two unveilings, Apple has effectively sealed the fate of the optical disc in the computer industry. Soon, it will go the way of the floppy disk... First of all, the first-generation Airs were a bad combination of underpowered and overpriced. That is no longer the case. Second, they required some...
  • Doctor Who Series 5 Announced on Blu-ray

    07/23/2010 1:45:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies ^ | Posted July 21, 2010 08:14 PM | by Juan Calonge
    Warner Home Video has set a November 9 street date for the Blu-ray release of the BBC series Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series, starring Matt Smith as the Next Doctor - after the departure of David Tennant. This series will be presented in six Blu-ray Discs. Special features include: Commentaries Two newly-filmed sequences, titled "Meanwhile, in the TARDIS...", available only in this collection Doctor Who: Confidentials Monster Diaries Outtakes Video Diaries Deleted and extended scenes Source: TV Shows on DVD | Permalink Relevant for:
  • Sharp to Introduce 100GB Triple-Layer Blu-ray Disc Media

    07/17/2010 12:37:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies · 5+ views
    HardOCP ^ | Friday July 16, 2010 2:12 PM (CST) | Steve
    Sharp Corporation will introduce the VR-100BR1 triple-layer Blu-ray Disc media (write-once) that conforms to the BDXL™ format specification, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format, a world first. These new Blu-ray Discs will be available in Japan beginning July 30, 2010. This disc media product conforms to the new BDXL™ format specification that extends the storage capacity of Blu-ray Discs to 100GB, twice the 50GB storage capacity of existing dual-layer discs. This new format enables recording approximately 12 hours of terrestrial digital
  • Netflix, Blu-Ray vs. Roku (obvious vanity)

    03/14/2010 9:12:46 PM PDT · by Cedar · 42 replies · 1,140+ views
    I plan to start a Netflix sub, mainly for unlimited download on tv, not computer. The Roku HD seemed the best choice until I read it limits the resolution, so you don't get 1080i (is that right?). Also, I really wanted to get Youtube content also. Now looking at Blu-Ray players, especially the Panasonic DMP-BD65 for price, value, and of course Netflix content. But I really don't have or intend to get blu-ray movies. So, still considering maybe the Roku HD...just to save a little on cost. I'm really not too much on technical stuff, but here goes: I plan...
  • Going Blu-Ray - Any suggestions on players?

    11/13/2009 9:05:34 AM PST · by The Louiswu · 63 replies · 2,039+ views
    Me | 11/13/09 | Me
    My wife and I are going to get a Blu-Ray player and I was looking for suggestions on a good (medium priced) player with Netflix streaming capability. Thanks!
  • Panasonic, Philips and Sony to Establish One Stop Shop Product License for Blu-ray Disc

    02/25/2009 8:15:12 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 873+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb. 25, 2009 6:47 a.m. EST | Sony Corporation
    Tokyo, Feb 25, 2009 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) -- Panasonic, Philips and Sony are currently working with other Blu-ray Disc(TM) patent holders to establish a one-stop-shop license for Blu-ray Disc(TM) products. This license, which covers essential patents for Blu-ray Disc(TM), DVD and CD, will be introduced in the middle of this year. The license program will be offered by a new independent licensing company that will be based in the United States with branch offices in Asia, Europe and Latin America. The CEO of the new license company will be Mr. Gerald Rosenthal, former head of IP at IBM and...
  • Movie Studios Offer Consumers Win-Win Way to go Blu-ray

    02/17/2009 6:25:38 AM PST · by gymbeau · 22 replies · 600+ views ^ | Feb. 14, 2009 | Jim Bray
    Movie Studios Offer Consumers Win-Win Way to go Blu-ray By Jim Bray February 14, 2009 It looks as if there may be an outbreak of consumer-friendly common sense coming from a couple of the big Hollywood studios. This particular anomaly is a way to help people transition to the Blu-ray format by marketing "combination" disc packages that include both DVD and BD versions, so those who don't yet have a Blu-ray player (which is most people) can watch their favorite titles on DVD now, with the BD version waiting patiently in the package for the day when they do eventually...
  • VHS era is winding down

    12/23/2008 7:49:02 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 68 replies · 2,292+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 22, 2008 | Geoff Boucher
    Pop culture is finally hitting the eject button on the VHS tape, the once-ubiquitous home-video format that will finish this month as a creaky ghost of Christmas past. After three decades of steady if unspectacular service, the spinning wheels of the home-entertainment stalwart are slowing to a halt at retail outlets. On a crisp Friday morning in October, the final truckload of VHS tapes rolled out of a Palm Harbor, Fla., warehouse run by Ryan J. Kugler, the last major supplier of the tapes. "It's dead, this is it, this is the last Christmas, without a doubt," said Kugler, 34,...
  • Netflix to Blu-ray Subs: Screw You! (confesses spendthrift policies are leading to Bluray delays)

    12/20/2008 1:32:47 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 46 replies · 1,440+ views ^ | December 17, 2008 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 17, 2008) -- On October 30, I reported here that Netflix was painfully slow in sending new Blu-ray releases to its customers. Time and time again, Netflix tagged new Blu-ray titles with the dreaded "Long Wait" or "Very Long Wait" label, meaning it could take weeks before the title is mailed to you. On November 20, I wrote an update saying that I had had enough. I was dropping Netflix and signing up with Blockbuster's online rental service. Considering that I paid $18 a month for my Netflix subscription, which allowed me to have three different discs...
  • Sony: Blu-Ray format can't be improved

    09/16/2008 3:09:27 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 75 replies · 354+ views ^ | September 1, 2008 | James Holland
    Blu-Ray’s conquered the HD format war, but its design and technical limitations mean the current format is as good as it’ll get. Sony says it’ll be the last optical format, after which, we’ll move way from shiny discs altogether. See, it’s all down to the limitations of lasers and the discs themselves. Speaking at IFA, Taka Miyama, Sony’s product strategy manager for home video marketing in Europe told us: “Blu-Ray is the final format for the optical disc. We don’t have a shorter laser. In the future, if we have a physical media format, it will change physically. It won’t...
  • Toshiba's XDE Promises Near HD Quality Without Blu-ray Purchase

    08/18/2008 11:17:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 203+ views
    ChannelWeb ^ | Mon. Aug. 18, 2008 10:56 AM EDT | Scott Campbell,
    Toshiba America Consumer Products has announced a new technology to upconvert standard DVDs to high-definition quality, according to the company. The XDE (eXtended Detail Enhancement) upconfirts from 480i/p to 1080p and also offers several picture enhancement modes that allow for greater detail, more vivid colors and stronger contrast, according to the Fort Wayne, N.J.-based subsidiary of Toshiba. "Consumers have embraced the DVD format like no other technology and invested in large libraries of their favorite movies. As the market moves towards high definition, XDE lets them experience their existing DVD library and the tens of thousands of DVD titles in...
  • Pioneer Succeeds in Developing World's First 16-Layer Optical Disc ( 400 Gig Possible )

    07/07/2008 9:02:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 650+ views
    Pioneer Corporation ^ | July 7, 2008, Tokyo | Pioneer Corporation
    Information contained in the press release is current as of the date of announcement. It is subject to change without prior notice. July 7, 2008, Tokyo Pioneer Corporation Pioneer Succeeds in Developing World's First 16-Layer Optical Disc -Big Step toward Future Large-Capacity Archive System- July 7, 2008, Tokyo, Japan - Pioneer Corporation has succeeded in developing a 16-layer read-only optical disc with a capacity of 400 gigabytes for the first time in the world*1. Its per-layer capacity is 25 gigabytes, which is the same as that of a Blu-ray Disc (BD). This multilayer technology will also be applicable to...
  • Toshiba to Offer 'Blu-ray Killer' DVD Player

    06/02/2008 2:40:19 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 52 replies · 466+ views ^ | June 1, 2008) | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (June 1, 2008) -- Toshiba will soon launch an upconverting DVD player that purports to offer a picture that will rival Blu-ray's high-def disc. That's according to a report from the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun. Toshiba was the chief backer of HD DVD, the high-def disc rival to Blu-ray. But the company pulled the plug on HD DVD at the end of March due to disappointing sales and overwhelming studio support for Blu-ray. At the time of the exit announcement. Toshiba executives hinted that it would soon release a standard-def DVD player that could compete with Blu-ray rather...
  • Blu-ray hits bumps in the road to HD market dominance

    05/06/2008 11:04:35 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 87 replies · 83+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | May 5 2008 | Nate Anderson
    Mid-February was a good time to be a Blu-ray backer. Media moguls who had championed the technology were busy floating on yachts in the Pacific, chomping cigars, and stroking white longhaired cats; the billion-dollar payday was at hand. But numbers out last week indicate that standalone Blu-ray player sales plummeted in the early part of this year, and enthusiasm for the hi-def format appears as lukewarm as the applause at an REO Speedwagon concert. Where did all the buyers go? Last week, both ABI Research and The NPD Group delivered the news: the standalone Blu-ray player market did not suddenly...
  • NetFlix to HD Owners: We Know You'll Pay More (Netflix raises Blu-Ray prices because it can)

    04/22/2008 3:56:40 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 24 replies · 70+ views ^ | April 22, 2008 | Phillip Swann
    NetFlix yesterday said it would soon raise monthly subscription fees for Blu-ray high-def disc rentals. And the online DVD rental service couldn't have been clearer as to why it will hike those prices. High-def owners are accustomed to being charged more than the average consumer, the company said. "Consumers are used to paying more for High-Definition content in every other channel, including video rental stores, video-on-demand, and cable channels," explained Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. In other words, Hastings is saying that it's okay to gouge the high-def owner a bit because he/she is used to being gouged a bit. The...
  • How Blu-ray Can Replace the DVD (Process will require serious investment from the studios)

    03/02/2008 3:47:26 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 70 replies · 323+ views ^ | Feb. 29, 08 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (February 29, 2008) -- Sony, the leading supporter of Blu-ray, has said the new high-def disc will replace the standard-def DVD in the next several years. Is that possible? After all, standard-def DVD players are in nearly every American home and many people have built up impressive collections of DVD film libraries. However, now that Toshiba has pulled the plug on HD DVD, it's my view that Blu-ray has an opportunity to become the leading home video format. So, how can Blu-ray replace the DVD? Here are five steps: 1. Lower Player Prices to Under $200 Blu-ray players...
  • I'm the Idiot Who Bought an HD-DVD Player (A casualty of the format war tells all)

    02/28/2008 3:04:11 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 73 replies · 455+ views ^ | Feb. 28, 2008 | By Josh Levin
    Toshiba finally mercy-killed its HD-DVD format last week, ending a drawn-out fight with Sony's Blu-ray for high-definition disc supremacy. The format's demise has brought HD-DVD owners untold humiliation: reams of newspaper stories comparing them to the losers of yore who bought into Betamax and LaserDisc, the sad sight of desperate early adopters peddling brand-new players on Craigslist, and, worst of all, a Web site celebrating the similarities between HD-DVD and Hillary Clinton. I'm sick of the mockery and abuse. You see, I'm one of the morons who bought an HD-DVD player. While I freely admit my moronitude, I still believe...
  • Blu-ray Disc faces fight against downloads

    02/27/2008 10:53:52 AM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 48 replies · 127+ views
    Infoworld ^ | February 25, 2008 | Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service
    Blu-ray Disc may have beaten out HD DVD as the high-definition optical disc format to replace DVDs, but it now faces a new test against Internet downloads, market researchers Gartner and iSuppli said. The two high-definition disc formats had battled for the past few years until Toshiba last week handed victory to Blu-ray Disc by announcing an end to its support of HD DVD. The company's decision came after a major Hollywood film studio and several retailers, including Wal-Mart, said they would back Blu-ray Disc exclusively. But the victory for Blu-ray Disc may be short-lived if consumers choose to download...
  • Toshiba helps Sony cut PS3 production costs

    02/23/2008 7:51:26 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 146+ views ^ | February 20, 2008 | Jose Vilches
    Only a day after Toshiba pulled HD DVD from the high-definition DVD business, conceding defeat in a long-running format war with Sony's Blu-ray, the company has officially finalized a previously announced $835M joint venture with its rival that will help lower PS3 production costs. The joint venture, to be named at a later date, will manufacture Cell chips and RSX graphic chips, both used in the PS3, as well as other microchips that go into Toshiba products. With this, Sony is trying to streamline its operations by getting rid of assets which it simply does not need or are not...
  • Don't Buy a Blu-Ray Disc Player Just Yet

    02/21/2008 11:58:00 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 35 replies · 148+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/21/08
    NEW YORK — The HD DVD is now the Highly Dead DVD. Toshiba Corp., creator of the HD DVD, dropped out of the battle Tuesday over the next generation of movie-disc technology and conceded to the rival Blu-ray format from Sony. It was the biggest battle between two video formats since Betamax lost out to VHS in the 1980s. In the long run, the end of the latest format war is expected to be good for consumers, who will no longer have to agonize over which technology to choose for high-definition movies, and won't have to go to the trouble...
  • How the PS3 led Blu-ray's triumph

    02/20/2008 12:33:34 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 356+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | Will Smale
    The first factor that needs to be put completely to one side is picture quality. Unless you are a technology geek with a television the size of a multiplex cinema screen, there is no difference between the output of HD DVD and Blu-ray machines. Both offer high definition DVD playback superior to standard DVD players. Where Sony had the killer edge is that its Playstation 3 (PS3) computer games console comes pre-fitted with a Blu-ray player. So as Sony has sold 10.5 million PS3 consoles since it was launched in late 2006, that is 10.5 million Blu-ray machines already in...
  • Toshiba quits HD DVD business

    02/19/2008 11:20:38 AM PST · by Military family member · 88 replies · 1,432+ views
    Tribune-Star ^ | Feb. 19,2008 | By Yuri Kageyama
    TOKYO — Toshiba's decision to no longer develop, make or market high-definition HD DVD players and recorders will mean consumers can start feeling more confident about buying the victorious rival technology — a Blu-ray disc player. Analysts say competition is expected to heat up among the manufacturers of Blu-ray players and recorders, which include Japanese makers Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Sharp Corp. as well as Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea. In making the announcement, Toshiba Corp. President Atsutoshi Nishida said he wanted to avoid confusion among consumers.
  • Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses

    02/19/2008 9:02:21 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 100 replies · 326+ views
    Toshiba, Japan (article in Engrish) ^ | 19 February 2007 | Toshiba Corporate Announcement
    Company Remains Focused on Championing Consumer Access to High Definition Content TOKYO--Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products. HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital...
  • Toshiba Surrenders To Blu-Ray – End Of The Road For HD DVD

    02/19/2008 5:38:19 AM PST · by cbkaty · 36 replies · 55+ views
    eFluxMedia ^ | February 19th 2008 | Dee Chisamera
    Japanese corporation Toshiba surrendered to Sony’s Blu-Ray technology and released a statement announcing the end of the road for the HD DVD. Toshiba says however that HD DVD consumers will continue to have full product support despite the decision not to develop and manufacture HD DVD players anymore. Toshiba Corp. will put an end to the HD DVD business by the end of March 2008, which includes besides players and recorders, HD DVD disk drives for PC applications and games. However, the company will continue to support and develop the standard DVD format, regardless of what is going to happen...
  • 6x Blu-ray drives on the horizon

    02/17/2008 9:36:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 126+ views
    TG Daily ^ | Thursday, February 14, 2008 08:19 | Wolfgang Gruener
    Tokyo (Japan) – Sharp has developed new 250 mW blue-violet laser diodes which promise to bring a substantial speed boost to Blu-ray writers – up from 72 Mb/s today to a maximum of 216 Mb/s. 
  • Toshiba to pull the plug on HD DVD? (Rumoured to be conceding defeat in format war)

    02/15/2008 1:39:43 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 48 replies · 2,324+ views
    Pocket Lint (Gadget News and Reviews: UK) | 15 February 2008 8:57 GMT | Amy-Mae Elliott
    NEWS: 15 February 2008 8:57 GMT - A movie news site is reporting that Toshiba is a matter of weeks away from conceding defeat of its HD DVD format in the next-gen high-def disc format war, giving in to Blu-ray's market dominance. The Hollywood Reporter states: "Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format sometime in the coming weeks, reliable industry sources say, after a rash of retail defections that followed Warner Home Video's announcement in early January that it would support only the rival Blu-ray Disc format after May". "An announcement is coming soon",...
  • Netflix Goes with BluRay Format

    02/11/2008 12:43:05 PM PST · by Blennos · 86 replies · 123+ views
    Netflix ^ | 02/11/2008 | Netflix
    Dear Blennos, You're receiving this email because you have asked to receive high-definition movies in the HD DVD format. As you may have heard, most of the major movie studios have recently decided to release their high-definition movies exclusively in the Blu-ray format. In order to provide the best selection of high-definition titles for our members, we have decided to go exclusively with Blu-ray as well. While we will continue to make our current selection of HD DVD titles available to you for the next several months, we will not be adding additional HD DVD titles or reordering replacements. Toward...
  • Recent HD DVD sales grind to a virtual halt

    01/25/2008 1:49:35 PM PST · by E-Mat · 47 replies · 71+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | January 25, 2008 | Thomas K. Arnold
    Warner Home Video's defection from the HD DVD camp may have put a damper on hardware sales (see " Warner's Blu-ray Disc move has industry buzzing"). In the week since the studio's surprise early-January announcement that after May it will support only the rival Blu-ray Disc format, sales of HD DVD players ground to a virtual halt, giving Blu-ray hardware a whopping 93% sales advantage, according to data from the NPD Group. According to raw retail data collected by NPD, consumers bought just 1,758 HD DVD players the week of January 12, down from 14,558 players the week before. In...
  • Buyers Beware: Current Blu-ray Players Won't Correctly Play Future Discs (HDTV)

    01/12/2008 11:34:47 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 64 replies · 747+ views
    Look, it will play *something*, just buy it already. After the past week, it seems more and more likely that Blu-ray will be the movie disc format of the future. But with the exception of the Playstation 3, current Blu-ray disc players were built without future-compatibility capabilities, so come this October owners won't be able to take advantage of features like Internet connectivity or enhanced interactivity (whatever that means—details are sketchy). "One key Blu-ray developer told BetaNews that although he builds discs for studios including Fox and Lionsgate, he did not buy a Blu-ray player for personal use." Regarding current...
  • Warner Bros. Endorses Blu-ray (The move will be the beginning of the end for HD DVD.)

    01/05/2008 7:24:48 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 133 replies · 115+ views ^ | January 4, 2008 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (January 4, 2008) -- Warner Bros. today said it will endorse Blu-ray exclusively in the high-def format war against HD DVD. (See commentary below.) The move, which was predicted last month by this web site, now gives Blu-ray the exclusive backing of five major studios while HD DVD has just two. Worse news for HD DVD: Warner releases have been among the format's top sellers. However, the studio said that it will stop releasing films in HD DVD this May. Until now, Warner released movies in both formats. (Until May, Warner says it will release HD DVD titles...
  • Warner goes Blu-ray exclusive

    01/04/2008 1:22:21 PM PST · by ECM · 40 replies · 92+ views
    Engadget ^ | Jan 4th 2008 3:47PM | Darren Murph
    In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. "Warner Bros.' move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give consumers what they want," said Meyer. "The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in...
  • BOOST FOR BLU-RAY! Warner Bros Will Release High-Def Titles Exclusively In That Format

    01/04/2008 1:20:53 PM PST · by Yossarian · 149 replies · 153+ views
    Deadline Hollywood Daily ^ | 1/4/08 | Nikki Finke
    BOOST FOR BLU-RAY! Warner Bros Will Release High-Def Titles Exclusively In That Format This is a huge development in the Blu-ray versus HD-DVD format war currently raging on. Warner Bros, which had been producing its high-def DVD titles in both formats, will start the Blu-ray exclusive later this year. The decision was made in response to stroing consumer preference for the Blu-Ray format, according to WB's announcement. I'd been hearing rumors for months that Warner Bros had been offered in the neighborhood of $250 million to go exclusively with HD-DVD. Less lavish but still big payments already had been offered...
  • The State of Blu-ray

    11/17/2007 12:54:35 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies · 98+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | Thursday, November 8, 2007 | Wilson Rothman
    The root of the problem is that Blu-ray did not have a finished specification when devices went into production. Instead, there were two or three "profiles," outlined in the chart above. After November 1, any Blu-ray player had to meet 1.1, sometimes called "final standard profile." Panasonic planned a mid-November launch of its 1.1 player, and a production delay caused Samsung to update its player to the spec. Denon always planned to ship its first Blu-ray player in December, so it planned for 1.1 all along. Meanwhile, Sony, Pioneer and others introduced Blu-ray players in the fall that shipped just...
  • Sony: Blu-ray-HD DVD War Is 'Stalemate' (Howard Stringer-CEO of SONY, says a "difficult fight.")

    11/10/2007 3:10:38 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 57 replies · 215+ views ^ | November 9, 2007 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (November 9, 2007) -- Sony CEO Howard Stringer says the high-def disc format between Blu-ray and HD DVD has become a "stalemate." That's according to an article by the Associated Press. Sony is the leading supporter of the Blu-ray format while HD DVD's backers include Toshiba and Microsoft. However, both high-def disc formats have struggled due partially to consumer confusion over the Blu-ray-HD DVD war. The two formats are not compatible with each other, meaning one disc won't play on the other's machine. While Blu-ray supporters have often declared victory in the war due to a 2-1 lead...
  • Wal-Mart To Start Black Friday Pricing Early (HD DVD players less than $100!)

    11/01/2007 11:31:00 AM PDT · by TrueKnightGalahad · 179 replies · 1,007+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Oct 31, 2007 | Angela Moore
    [Wal-Mart] Wednesday said it would start its Black Friday and holiday pricing early on some items, in a move to drive sales during the increasingly competitive holiday shopping season. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said it will offer Black-Friday prices three weeks early by unveiling "secret" in-store specials. The company said it will offer discounts on five popular gift items. Wal-Mart plans to reveal discounts on its Web site on Thursday. The items will be available in stores beginning Friday morning, Nov. 2 as it officially opens its special Christmas shops. The day after Thanksgiving is one of the biggest...
  • HD DVD Players For Under $200? (Wal-Mart employee posts evidence of $199 player for the holidays)

    10/18/2007 2:47:12 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 63 replies · 37+ views ^ | October 18, 2007 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2007) -- An HD DVD player could be available for the new low price of $199 this holiday season. Internet message boards are buzzing with the possibility after a Wal-Mart employee posted an upcoming store notice about a $199 Toshiba HD DVD player. The price has not been confirmed by Wal-Mart or Toshiba, but the drop would not be surprising. Toshiba's entry-level player is now $299, but industry analysts have forecast that a sub-$200 player is likely for the holidays. Additionally, Blu-ray manufacturers are expected to lower the price on its players. Sony's Blu-ray player is...
  • Price IS a factor in HD war (Blu-ray/HD-DVD players)

    09/22/2007 3:48:18 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 21 replies · 39+ views ^ | Sep 19, 2007 | Henning Molbaek
    The NPD Group recently made a report about consumers' knowledge of HD formats and what were decisive factors. First, only 52% of all HDTV owners knew about either HD DVD or Blu-ray. This means that both formats really need to pull themselves together to create product awareness. 29% knew about HD DVD and 20% about Blu-ray. Of interesting note, 62% of those who knew about HD formats said they were waiting for the price to come down, showing that price is key in getting HD sales up. The cheapest* HD DVD player this fall will be SRP $199 and the...
  • Warner Bros. Weighing HD DVD Offer? (Blu-ray/HD DVD wars)

    09/10/2007 4:50:41 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 40 replies · 612+ views ^ | Sept. 10, 2007 | Phil Swann
    Warner Bros. Weighing HD DVD Offer? The Los Angeles Times says so, quoting "Hollywood insiders." By Swanni Washington, D.C. (September 10, 2007) -- Warner Bros is considering a "lucrative offer" to back HD DVD exclusively in the high-def disc format war. That's according to an article in today's Los Angeles Times. Warner Bros. is now releasing titles in both Blu-ray and HD DVD and the studio has preached that the two-format approach has led to increased sales of such titles as The Departed. But the surprise departure last month of Steve Nickerson, Warner Home Video's senior vice president for High-Definition,...
  • How to fit 1TB of data on one CD-sized disc

    08/27/2007 1:24:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 70 replies · 2,125+ views ^ | 8/24/07 | James Rivington
    1000GB = 20 times the size of a dual-layer Blu-ray disc Blu-ray and HD DVD have pushed the limits of optical storage further than anyone thought possible. But a new technology has emerged which makes Blu-ray's 50GB capacity look tiny. Mempile in Israel says it's able to fit an incredible 1TB of data onto one "TeraDisc" which is the same size as CDs and DVDs. That's 20 times the capacity of a maxed-out dual-layer Blu-ray disc. The incredible capacity achieved using this new technology is made possible by employing 200 5GB layers, each one only five microns apart. The discs...
  • Mitsubishi Reveals 3D Blu-ray Player (HDTV)

    08/23/2007 1:13:49 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 26 replies · 938+ views ^ | August 23, 2007 | Philip Swann
    Mitsubishi may launch a Blu-ray player early next year that can convert 2D movies into 3D images. That's according to an article at The web site reports that Mitsubishi recently hosted a technology exhibit for the media at the Westchester County Club in New York, the site of this weekend's Barclay PGA Golf Tournament. During the exhibit, the company handed reporters a pair of 3D goggles and displayed several images on screen that showcased the special effect. "Most of us were pretty impressed by the demo, which included clips from movies, commercials, and sporting events. There was real depth...
  • Press Release: Blu-ray Sales Rising Globally

    08/14/2007 3:51:18 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 40 replies · 865+ views ^ | August 14, 2007 | Phillip Swann
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 -- Sony Pictures HomeEntertainment (SPHE) today announced anincrease in total Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) salesacross six emerging markets including Hong Kong,Singapore, Taiwan, Eastern Europe, South Africaand the Middle East -- illuminating the positivereception from retailers and consumers for thenew high-definition format since its launch justfour months ago in April 2007. Since April, Blu-ray Disc sales have accountedfor 10% of SPHE's business in the regions.The company saw a 21% increase in BDorders across the month of June alone."It is extremely positive to see an increase involume of BD software sales in these marketswhere piracy has previously ravaged the...
  • Blockbuster backs Blu-ray - HD DVD on the ropes?

    06/17/2007 10:29:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 195 replies · 4,151+ views
    iTWire ^ | Monday, 18 June 2007 | Adam Turner
    In another blow to HD DVD, the giant Blockbuster video rental chain has thrown its weight behind Blu-ray in the fight to see which format is the high definition successor to the humble DVD. After renting Blu-ray and HD DVD titles in 250 stores since late last year, Blockbuster has decide to stock only Blu-ray in its other 1250 US stores. Customers were choosing Blu-ray titles more than 70 percent of the time, reports Associated Press via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The release of Sony's Blu-ray-enabled PlayStation 3 games console was also a factor in the decision, said Blockbuster senior...