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Blu-ray Tech At Centre Of Patent Dispute

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 23, 2008 9:51 am

Blu-ray just can't get a win. Just at the end of a multi-year fight for survival against rival Toshiba's HD-DVD format, Blu-ray has another battle to fight.


By a 56 year old Female professor.


It seems that almost 15 years ago, a patent was handed to Prof. Gertrude F. Neumark Rothschild of Columbia University, against the manufacturing of Blue laser diodes, the heart of Blu-ray technology. If the Judge preceding on the patent infringement decides the 30 companies named in the infringement are guilty... things could get expensive.


One side note, I can't even get my Girlfriend interested in Blu-ray, yet the creator is, seemingly, a female. I don't get it.


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'Batman Begins' Flies To Blu-ray In July

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 15, 2008 10:11 pm

The long awaited Blu-ray version of Batman Begins is being readied for a release in the US on July 8th, in two flavours; a standard Blu-ray version, with all of the features of the best selling HD-DVD version and a limited edition collectors gift set featuring a lenticular motion badge, and a host of printed material including script pages, photos and storyboards.


Warner Brothers held out releasing the film pointing to the lack of Blu-ray support for picture in picture decoding, even though it could have been achieved utilising a separate encode of the film on a 50GB disc. The real reason however was Warners' initial favour for the now deceased format.


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This Week's Mammoth Blu-ray Slate

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 8, 2008 11:15 pm

The week just gone has been the biggest batch of releases for some time, so things would be amiss if I didn't mention them.


Twentieth Century Fox released Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Ronin, Pathfinder: Unrated, Robocop and Master And Commander.


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Catch and release, Good Luck Chuck, Rent, Resident Evil: Extinction and Welcome To The Jungle.


Buena Vista Home Entertainment released Cars, Ratatouille, Dark Water and Chicago.


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Sony Firmware update for Blu-ray players

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 6, 2008 5:34 am

Sony have released firmware upgrades for all existing Blu-ray players, BDP-S1, BDP-S300 and BDP-S500.


Whilst the upgrade notes offer no other enhancements than BD Java improvements, owners of the BDP-S300 have a small surprise in store; the unit now (unadvertised) will decode Dolby TrueHD audio tracks, and output as PCM, to a compatible amplifier. Note, that all units still fail to decode DTS HD-MA.


The firmware upgrades can be found at Sonys FTP server here.


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