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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.
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This would clearly have to be the movie industry's most hated individual, the same fellow (h4x0r) who recently became the first person to crack the HD DVD protection mechanism, has just managed to do the same with Blu-ray's disc encryption (well, to an extent anyway).
Late last year, a crafty individual who goes by the name "Muslix64" circumvented the copy protection scheme used to protect HD DVD. Given the similarities between the copy protection methods used in the high-definition optical formats, it was only a matter of time before Blu-ray Disc's protections would be bypassed. However, Muslix64 has no access to Blu-ray hardware, limiting his exploit methods to HD DVD. That is, until Muslix64 came across some specific data for Blu-ray Disc, allowing him to apply his methods to the yet-uncracked format.
Another individual interested in Blu-ray's protection scheme, "Janvitos," who also participates in the same online forum where Muslix64 revealed his HD DVD work, posted a message showing the directory structure from a Lord of War Blu-ray Disc movie. Janvitos extracted the information by going through his system's memory with WinHEX after playing the movie on his computer using WinDVD.
The founders of "Skype" have for a while now been working on a new piece of software dubbed "The Venice Project" which happens to be based around an online TV service! It's obviously been working out well for them as they've just released their first beta software build for it, officially named "Joost".
For the full rundown on the new service, check out this article over at Digital Trends folks.
Just last month, Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom revealed they were working on an Internet-based broadband television service dubbed "The Venice Project." The idea is to provide high-quality television programming via the Internet, and have the whole thing be supported by advertising-and this be free to users. The global platform would support copyright protection for content owners, while integrating "Web 2.0" technologies like tagging and community-driven interactivity.
Although still in a private beta testing phase, today the company formally dropped the "Venice Project" monicker in favor of Joost. "People are looking for increased choice and flexibility in their TV experience, while the entertainment industry needs to retain control over their content," said Fredrik de Wahl, Joost CEO. "With Joost, we've married that consumer desire with the industry's interests." The Joost site currently offers a blog and some screenshots-and invites interested users to sign up to beta test the service. Joost claims to offer instant channel switching and full-screen display in addition to interactive features.
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AMD naturally have a few surprises for us at CES this week as well. The first of which is their new TV Wonder series Digital Cable Tuner card. This happens to be the world's first cablecard compatible card which allows for media center PCs to tune and record high-definition digital cable TV.
Both an internal and external version of the device is available, with the internal card only using a PCI or PCIe slot for retention purposes, it still connects to the PC via USB as is the case with the external version.
AMD today unveiled the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner - the industry's first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs. The ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner turns a PC into a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) with easy to use Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center menus and interfaces. It is scheduled to be available starting January 30, 2007 inside desktop and notebook PCs from the industry's top PC manufacturers.
"With the upcoming release of Windows Vista, more consumers are ready to make their Media Center PC the entertainment hub for the home," said Kevin Kettler, vice president and chief technology officer, Dell Inc. "Dell Systems that include the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner finally provide consumers with a comprehensive HDTV option that combines all their favorite TV programming with the feature-rich functionality of a Media Center PC."
Compro have just added a new product to their VideoMate family of tv tuner solutions, this being the VideoMate V600 high-end standalone TV box with support for resolutions of 1680 x 1050 / 1600 x 1200 / 1440 x 900 and 2D+3D Y/C Separation. The best thing about it is that its free from driver/software installations and incompatibility issues, you simply just plug it directly up to a monitor or projector and it handles everything on it's own.
For the full scoop on it, grab Compro's official announcement here.
The easiest way to enjoy your favorite TV shows! You don't need the PC system or software installation anymore. Compro Technology, a leading developer and manufacturer of multimedia products presented VideoMate V600 which is a high-resolution standalone TV box with up to 1680x1050, 1600x1200 and 1440x900 resolutions for watching analog TV shows on your CRT/LCD/PDP monitor. Free from driver/software installation and compatible problems with computers, just simply connect to your monitor or projector and TV cable/antenna feed, you can watch TV on your monitor easily.
The high-resolution of VideoMate V600 can fit 15" to 22" monitors including standard 4:3/5:4 CRT/LCD and 16:9/16:10 wide screen LCD/PDP. Also, for providing better video quality, VideoMate V600 built-in the professional 2D+3D Y/C separation and noise reduction chip with 3D motion adaptive deinterlacing brings you a crystal clear and sharp image on your monitor. More than this, VideoMate V600 provides the exclusive OptiMode scenes selection feature. You can select from 3 optimized scene modes for standard TV watching, video game playing, and movie watching (cinema mode will automatically enable the 3:2 Pull-down correction) to enjoy the high quality TV/movie watching and game playing from your LCD/CRT/PDP monitor.
This was bound to happen sooner or later. A member of the Doom9 DVD conversion forums has just released his first build of "BackupHDDVD", a tool used to decrypt AACS copy protection (found on HD-DVD based movie discs). Just goes to show, no matter how supposedly strong the protection is, it's gonna be cracked eventually.
There is a catch with this however, the program is not able to grab the cryptographic key which is first needed to be able to decrypt the actual movie, you are required to add your own keys once you've determined what they are. Apparently the key is encrypted on the movie disc which when played becomes decrypted somehow, as for being able to obtain that decrypted key for use with BackupHDDVD is anyone's guess just now.