Oppo is ramping up to the launch of its first 4K Blu-ray player, with the Oppo UDP-203 being announced last week, with more information on the way soon.
Oppo has said that it's upcoming 4K Blu-ray player will be priced at $499, rocking two HDMI ports, two USB ports, analog 7.1 audio output, RS-232 and Ethernet. There are rumors that Oppo will have a higher-end UDP-205 model, that will reportedly include Dolby Vision HDR support.
When the expected support for the 4K UltraHD Blu-ray format didn't eventuate with the PS4 pro, Microsoft were quick to burn PlayStation fans with a well-timed tweet. And while Sony have continued to dig their heels in regarding a video streaming future, Microsoft have doubled down on the rhetoric.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Microsoft's Product Management and Planning head Albert Penello revealed that the decision to include a 4K Blu-ray drive was driven by "a personal belief in 4K" with the decision "locked a long time ago". Penello continued to explain his strong personal belief in the format, saying: "I think it's as meaningful an upgrade as it was going from SD to HD, when you start seeing the native 4K content. And so we were just really bullish on it. We wanted to make sure we delivered when we said 4K, that we had streaming, up-scaling and physical media as part of the 4K story for Xbox One S. So I think it's fair to say I'm a fan.... For the high-end enthusiast, 4K Blu-rays look amazing. "
And just in case it wasn't clear Penello echoed the feelings of upset PlayStation fans in "We have good differentiation between the PS4 slim and us." Ain't that the truth.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was mashed together in a response to the money-making Marvel Cinematic Universe and the mega success of The Avengers, but too many chefs were in the kitchen and the movie was mostly a mess. The 3-hour 'Ultimate Edition' was a much better put-together movie, but it still failed to be a massive box office success.
Well, now we have Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes coming out and saying Batman v Superman underperforming, and Suicide Squad doing solid business, both were critically ripped apart. He recognises something is wrong, and when he sat down with Variety, he said: "We do think there's a little room for improvement. We can do a little bit better on the creative".
He continued: "The DC Comics characters have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in those movies, so we're thinking about that. The strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We're right on course or better. The main thing was to launch DC and reinvigorate it with the fan base. The reboot of Batman with Ben Affleck was a big success".
Netflix has completely changed itself over the last few years, and that change isn't stopping with company CFO David Wells saying during the week that there is a big change in the balance between licensed content and Netflix's own original shows.
The company was already "one-third to halfway" towards reaching this goal, but Wells explained that it was all part of a "multiyear transition and evolution toward more of our own content". Netflix is now on a path towards its half-original goals, while reducing the cost of production, and increasing the number of bidders in the streaming business make it both cheaper, and easier to take bigger chances on shows and movies versus traditional TV networks.
Wells explained: "You have supply and demand settling out. We don't necessarily have to have home runs. We can also live with singles, doubles and triples especially commensurate with their cost".
Begin rant: I'm sitting in front of my computer looking at the price of the Xbox One S console, as I'm about to buy my first console since the PS3. I never owned an Xbox 360, Xbox One or PS4, but the new Xbox One S has me convinced. I'm moving back to consoles for a very big thing: 4K Blu-ray, which doesn't exist on the PC right now - the mightiest platform of them all.
Seriously, it doesn't make sense.
Years later, I went to a PC store in my state and purchased a Pioneer DVDROM with an MPEG2 decoder card, and getting The Matrix on DVD right after. That night, I launched into the next generation of entertainment, with my PC at the center of it. The quality was on another level, but having my PC power by DVD drive was really something else for entertainment at my desk.
Fast forward to 2016, in a world of incredibly powerful smartphones, high-res/refresh rate displays, massively fast graphics cards, SSDs and CPUs - 4K Blu-ray is completely dead on the PC. What. The. Hell.
Jurassic World stomped through the box office last year, pulling in over $650 million in the US, and over $1 billion in foreign box office numbers for a total of $1.67 billion - all done on a budget of around $150 million.
Now there are reports that Jurassic World 2 will have an even bigger budget of $260 million, an additional $110 million over the original. Considering Paramount would've made a hefty profit on the original Jurassic World movie, the sequel is set to be even bigger - and remember, this is the second movie in a planned trilogy, so expect Jurassic World 3 to have a similar, if not bigger budget than Jurassic World 2.
Jurassic World is currently the third biggest movie to hit cinemas with its $1.67 billion haul, with Jurassic World 2 dropping into cinemas on June 22, 2018.
While 65 inch is fast becoming the defacto size for large screen TV's for those that require just a little bigger, LG's OLED series can help fill that demand... But only if you've got the budget to spare.
According to The Verge, LG have now released their top-end Signature series 77" inch to the U.S. market for a grand total of $20K which not only gets you a huge display, but cutting edge features such as an insane black level, HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K to boot. The cash also gets you access to LG's "24/7 VIP service" tech support, as well as a bonus LG G Pad tablet. So all in all, you can't afford to not get one!
When the expected inclusion of a 4K UltraHD Blu-ray drive in the forthcoming PlayStation Neo didn't come to pass, Sony execs blamed lack of demand for its exclusion. But that hasn't stopped the company from announcing plans to release a stand-alone 4K player early next year.
According to Digital Trends, Sony's UBP-X1000ES maiden 4K UltraHD Blu-ray player will be positioned as a high-end device capable of playing HD Blu-ray, DVD, CD and SA-CD discs and will play friendly with custom installations. Sony Electronics director of home entertainment systems Yukio Ishikawa said the player was "specifically designed to deliver the highest quality video and audio possible and will excite the most demanding A/V enthusiasts", but a more comprehensive set of specifications, including whether the player will be one of the first to hit the market equipped with Dolby Vision playback were not immediately forthcoming.
Sony's UBP-X1000ES is due to hit the market in the first quarter of 2017.
The kids from Stranger Things were on the latest episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where they played a game of Stranger Strings.
Stranger Strings isn't a real game, but a play on words game for the show, where Jimmy and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Finn Wolfhard reading unknown facts about each other, shooting silly string at the person they thought was the person they think each fact was about.
Towards the end, Finn Wolfhard burns Fallon with a joke - when Jimmy asks if Wolfhard could read, the quick-witted Wolfhard replies with "can you even host?" - mic, drop.
aNetflix has just released a bunch of new trailers for their upcoming shows, with trailers for Easy, Chef's Table: France, and even a time travel movie called ARQ - as well as teasing a new clip for Narcos: Season 2. As for details on the new shows, here's what we're looking at:
- Easy: an original comedy anthology series written, directed and produced by filmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies, Happy Christmas)
- Chef's Table: France: A new installment of the critically acclaimed food documentary series, four new episodes dedicated to the world's most renowned French chefs.
- ARQ: A small budget sci-fi original movie written and is being directed by Tony Elliott (Orphan Black).