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Wal-Mart may end up having a big influence on the outcome of the format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD, this due to them having just arranged a $100 million shipment of HD DVD players from the Great Wall Corporation in China, with parts developed by Taiwan's Fuh Yuan and Japan's TDK. These players are set to go on sale for under $300 in the very near future.
For the full story head over to the Dailytech.
Although the news was initially pegged as a huge boost to the HD DVD camp, closer examination and more accurate translation of Chinese reports indicate that the players for Wal-Mart are "Blu-ray (or blue light) HD DVD" players, adding an extra layer of confusion to the matter. Both next-generation optical formats use blue or violet lasers, so unless the player is to be compatible with both HD DVD and Blu-ray, the exact nature of this low-priced will be unknown until we get official English confirmation.
We've just been given the heads up from Cyberlink that there is an important update available for select versions of PowerDVD with regard to Blu-ray and HD DVD support.
For the full rundown on it click here.
This update file includes robustness enhancements and replacing a new set of protection keys. The new protection keys will replace your expired key and will be required when you play Blu-ray disc and HD DVD movies. If you choose not to update the software, you will not be able to playback protected Blu-ray disc and HD DVD movie titles properly.
Please note that renewing protection keys will be a process that will happen periodically. Keeping your keys updated will ensure you the capability to continue the use of PowerDVD Ultra and other Blu-ray and HD DVD software players from CyberLink. It is our support policy to provide free lifetime protection keys update services to our customers. Hence whenever there are new keys, we will notify you to update your copy of PowerDVD Ultra and other software player for Blu-ray disc and HD DVD.
With the High-def format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD having gone on for quite some time now, the DailyTech have posted up a very interesting report from Sony today in reference to the latest sales figures between these two standards. It may not be enough to declare a definitive winner just yet, but it certainly suggests a likely eventual outcome.
Sony, a clear backer of the Blu-ray Disc, has released a special report on the next-generation format's current lead over HD DVD. Although the source of the report leads to immediately brings up the issue of obvious bias, the numbers cited come from reputable retail point-of-sake statistics source Nielsen VideoScan.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment was likely spurred to release the report based on the success of Casino Royale on Blu-ray Disc. The latest Bond flick debuted at the top of the next-gen format sales charts with 28,233 units, making it the fastest selling high-def disc to date. The release of Casino Royale also boosted Blu-ray sales 74.4 percent for the week ending March 18 as compared to the previous week. In comparison, HD DVD sales fell 14.1 percent compared to the week before that.
About to lay down big bucks for a Blu-ray player? Here's some advice, think twice!
Though there have been recent signs to suggest Blu-ray will eventually reign supreme in the HD format war, this bit of sour news suddenly changes that, at least for the minute. Apparently there will soon be an improved specification change to the Blu-ray standard, which would be considered a GOOD thing only that it may be incompatible with todays Blu-ray players.
The most common piece of advice given to those unsure about which high-definition optical format to buy is to simply wait until a victor emerges. Early adopters, however, should be aware that being cutting edge could come with a price, such as the risk of bugs or complete hardware and software obsolescence.
The Blu-ray Disc Association has mandated that all players of the format released after October 31 must adhere to a specific feature set that is currently not standard for today's hardware. All Blu-ray Disc players after the fall date must support BD Java, a programming language for Blu-ray Disc media used mainly to deliver picture-in-picture for in-movie commentary and special features.
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Brought to my attention from the folks over at Nordic Hardware, Pinnacle Systems have just unveiled their latest product, the "Pinnacle PCTV To Go".
Whats it do? It appears it basically connects up to your set-top box, DVD player or something else of that nature, and either wired or wirelessly hooks up to your network to allow for a video stream with DVD quality (MPEG-2).
This makes it possible to watch TV in any room of the house. PCTV To Go can be controlled from any PC located anywhere and can also control the regular TV channels using the built in IR transmitter.
For more information on it, head over to the official website.
Pinnacle PCTV To Go is a solution for the digital home that let users watch TV wherever in the home they may be and even control the TV from there. PCTV To Go is namely a box that you connect to your set-top box, DVD player or similar and through it you can stream the video signal on to your network, either wired or wireless, with DVD quality (MPEG-2).
About time the price started to fall a good whack on these things, Sony have just revealed plans to intro a new cheaper Blu-ray player in the near future. The current offering from Sony (BDP-S1 Blu-ray player) goes for a whopping $999, well out of the reach of most.
However, the upcoming BDP-S300 will be up for grabs at a far better price point with not only all the functionalities of the BDP-S1 still there, but also with the added ability to play CDs too. Cost? $599. MUCH better, though buying a PS3 is obviously still the most sensible way to gear up for Blu-ray for now.
The BDP-S300 will bring standalone Blu-ray players in line with the market's current cheapest way to watch Blu-ray movies-the PlayStation 3. Even at $599, the BDP-S300 won't be the cheapest entry fee into the next-generation format. For $499, a consumer can buy Blu-ray functionality in the form of a 20GB PlayStation 3, which boasts nearly equal Blu-ray performance to standalone players.
At half the price of Sony's $999 standalone player, home theater fans may be finding the PS3's video playing bang-for-buck irresistible. According to Sony VP Randy Waynick, "Eighty percent of people who buy a PS3 also buy Blu-ray movies to go with it," which could help account for Blu-ray's recent surge against HD DVD.
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Not long after the first HD-DVD torrent appeared online, the folks over at TorrentFreak are reporting that now the first Blu-Ray movie (Ice Age 2) has made its way onto a private tracker.
Next-generation HD content DRM defeated? At least for now it would seem!
For the first time, a 'cracked' Blu-Ray movie has been uploaded to BitTorrent. And no, it's not that 'Vivid' title that the TWiT hosts seem to be oh so familiar with. It's just the opposite. The first Blu-Ray movie on BitTorrent is the children's animation flick, Ice Age 2.
We recently reported on the first HD-DVD movie to be leaked onto BitTorrent. Now, the first Blu-Ray title has gone up. Once again, the private BitTorrent tracker, HDBits.org, is where the action's at. The site lead the way by playing host to the first HD-DVD torrent. Now they can also take credit for serving up the first Blu-Ray torrent.
Slightly larger than the HD-DVD movie, the Ice Age 2 Blu-ray torrent is some 22 GBs. The first HD-DVD torrent, Serenity, was 19.6 GBs.