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Sony introduced the next generation of its internal Blu-ray Disc rewritable drives. The new drives are capable of writing single BD-R media at up to 12X and dual layer BD-R media at up to 8X speeds. Sony's BWU-500S model comes with CyberLink’s Media Suite 8 software and one 25GB Sony BD-R blank disc. In addition to recording to BD-R... Read more...
Nero is working to make editing your personal high-def movies a bit easier with the company's new Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD and Nero Video Premium HD. These two multimedia bundles now feature enhanced Blu-ray Playback capabilities as well as new HD effects for video editing. Nero also launched the Nero HD... Read more...
Toshiba announced its premier Cinema Series line of HDTVs, featuring the VX700 Series and the WX800 3D Series LED HDTVs. The WX800 delivers a three-dimensional experience when using a pair of optional Toshiba 3D glasses, Toshiba's BDX3000 3D Blu-ray Disc player, and a 3D capable HDMI cable. The WX800 boasts of a depth of less than 1.2 inches.... Read more...
Toshiba is adding to the Satellite A665 laptop's 3D capabilities by providing a software update that will add 2D to 3D conversion, support for Blu-ray 3D discs, and the ability to stream 3D content to 3D-ready televisions. The Toshiba Video Player 3D software will now enable the Satellite A665 to take 2D content and upconvert it to 3D. In... Read more...
Thanks to high definition video, pictures, and other digital files, we need increased amounts of storage. Soon, the storage capacity of Blu-ray discs could double. In fact, companies such as Sharp, TDK, and Verbatim are already making plans to launch new discs that can store up to 100GB of data. According to a statement, Sharp will start selling... Read more...
Just a couple days ago, we learned about a few new apps from Samsung that will bring social networking and location based services to compatible Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems, and TVs. While that sounds cool and all, we can't help but appreciate Philips new technology that doesn't require any widgets... Read more...
Most of us don't back up our data as often as we should. In an effort to help make data backups less of a chore, EZPnP Technologies recently announced the new EZDigiMagic DM110 series of portable backup burners. These burners are designed to give you one-touch backup from flash memory cards or a PC to optical discs... Read more...
Best Buy is launching a new digital video service called CinemaNow that will provide customers with same-day, instant access to new release movies and TV shows. Initially, the service will be accessible through select connected Blu-ray Disc players and HDTVs. It will also be available on most PCs via... Read more...
Walmart is expanding its home entertainment and technology offerings in an effort to keep Americans connected inside and outside the home. Sometime this month, the retailer is planning to carry more streaming Blu-ray players, new Internet-ready HDTVs, LED HDTVs, additional wireless products for home networking, and much more. The retailer... Read more...
It's a feature that consumers have been asking for, and Kaleidescape has finally obliged: Blu-ray support has been added to the company's movie servers. Granted, Kaleidescape servers can only be afforded by the most affluent among us, but hardcore movie lovers have been begging for BD support since the format war... Read more...
Blu-ray is still struggling to gain widespread support by consumers, but it's safe to say the format has a future. If things like Hulu continue to dominate, that future may be short-lived, but it's a future nonetheless. OPPO is looking to deliver somewhat of a futureproof home entertainment deck in the BDP-80. Not only is it a Blu-ray Disc... Read more...
Sales of Blu-ray players have begun to pick up, and you can thank Internet connectivity and changing TV watching patterns for the shift. Shipments of the players tripled in 2009, though they still lag far behind DVD players, mainly because they're far more expensive. But as more people seek new and different ways to watch their favorite television... Read more...
Amazon unveiled a promotion called Disc+ On Demand that could change the way some of us consume media. When you buy select DVD or Blu-ray discs under the new offering, you'll get the ability to download a digital copy of a film for instant viewing on your Mac, PC, Roku, TiVo, and other devices. There are a few catches... Read more...
Plextor announced a new Blu-ray internal writer, the PX-B940SA. This new drive features Blu-ray write speeds of up to 12x, which Plextor claims is the fastest available on the market today. The drive comes with CyberLinks BD Suite software package and uses a Serial ATA interface. In addition to Blu-ray, the drive also supports DVD R/RW and... Read more...
Yet another reason to cancel that cable or satellite TV subscription: the Myka ION.Claimed as the "first consumer Web-to-TV product that can easily run Boxee, Hulu and other leading Internet video services" - as well as jokingly being called a "magic box" the Ion allows you to play web-streamed high-definition videos without mucking about... Read more...
Sharp has announced that it's now capable of building a blue-violet laser with an optical output of 500mW that's capable of writing triple and quadruple-layer Blu-ray (BD) discs at up to 8x. (36MB/s) In theory, this new development could be attractive to consumers/businesses who prefer to backup to optical disc, but find themselves hampered... Read more...
Remember the days when you were content with a DVD player doing nothing more than playing back DVDs? Those days are long gone. Now, Blu-ray decks aren't even considered worthwhile against rivals unless they can do a whole mess of other things, including stream Web content, check Twitter feeds and enable users to... Read more...
News flash: Blu-ray adoption on PCs is still awfully sluggish. And we're talking about years after the format was introduced, and over a year since it trampled HD DVD to become the lone supported next-gen high-def video format. Why? The answer is pretty simple, really. Cost and necessity. A new research report from iSuppli digs into the reasoning... Read more...
With Blu-ray sales on the rise, there's hardly been a better time than now for Sony to introduce its most spacious BD changer yet. The BDP-CX7000ES MegaChanger holds more Blu-ray Discs than have even been made to date: 400. Of course, the slots not filled by Blu-ray Discs can handle DVDs and CDs just fine, but unless you've got tons of time... Read more...
Think DVDs are old fashioned? Already looking forward to the end of the line for Blu-ray? If so, you may be interested in what Disney and Panasonic hope is the next big thing: movies on flash cards. Yep, those same diminutive memory chips that you buy for your digital camera will soon be available with major motion films loaded on, giving... Read more...
You know, we think this is a great idea, but we can't figure out why Sony hasn't done this from the get-go. If you'll recall, Sony sold legions of PlayStation 2 consoles by it having a DVD player built in. The pitch went something like "Buy a PS2, get a DVD player!" At the time, it worked wonderfully. For whatever reason, Sony didn't really... Read more...
It's a tough time for Blu-ray to be really hitting its stride. Many consumers are still wary due to the battle with HD-DVD, and frankly, many are still content with DVD. In too many cases, upscaled DVD looks "good enough" for consumers, and only those with oodles of disposable income are willing to fork out for Blu-ray. Blu-ray player prices... Read more...