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Are Blu-ray Discs blossoming up in size? That's the latest word on the street! We have heard of BD discs getting theoretical boosts in laboratories, but it's still a 50GB maximum when it comes time to find one in the store. But now, a report from Japan stated that Panasonic is planning to release a 100GB rewritable Blu-ray Disc that's actually compatible with the existing BD-rewritable format that already exists. The trick is that the disc will be a single-sided three-lay disc, rather than dual-layer. Throwing a whole extra layer in definitely enables much more space to be addressed. Panasonic claims that this is the world's first BD-RW with a capacity of 100GB, with the new disc having a 2x... Read more...
Not long ago, we saw some of the newest external Blu-ray drives hit the market. Those were useful for adding BD support to machines that lacked it, particularly smaller netbooks and ultraportables that lacked an optical drive altogether. Now, Samsung is taking it the next level with the addition of 3D. The new SE-406A optical disc drive is an external 3D Blu-ray combo drive, complete with an anti-fingerprint surface, CyberLink TrueTheater software and the ability to transform 2D DVD movies into 3D movies. The drive also handles CDs and DVDs, and it's completely powered via USB. The SE-406A drive is engineered to be compatible with all major operating systems, including Win7 and Mac OS. In addition,... Read more...
Funny how quickly 3D found its way into just about everything. Blu-ray players seemed sufficient for awhile, but it didn't take long for movie companies to realize just how profitable 3D could be if you allowed it into the home. The BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U, and BD-HP25U, all from Sharp, start shipping this month. All of these players have one major thing in common. Well, two really. They all handle Blu-ray Discs, and they all handle 3D Blu-ray Discs as well. You'll get HD 3D 1080p/24 fps video output, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD audio format decoding, Wi-Fi, DLNA streaming and built-in compatibility with Netflix, VUDU, Pandora and YouTube. That's a pretty wild list of features, making it just a game system... Read more...
Skype is just blowing up. It's easily the most popular VoIP service on the market today, and it's trickling out to products that Skype founders probably never assumed it would from the get-go. Just a year after Skype came to HDTVs everywhere, Panasonic is now expanding their service by revealing that Skype will also come to Blu-ray players. The expanded VIERA Cast Blu-ray Disc player lineup includes the ability to make Skype video and voice calls supported by the FREETALK Conference Camera. Here's how it works: To access Skype through the Blu-ray Disc player, you simply click the devoted Skype button on your remote control. You can also take advantage of other Skype features including: Standby... Read more...
If you're the type that archives everything, heads-up. And if you're the type that archives everything, only to want to re-write it days later, double heads-up. In reality, we see limited use for re-writeable discs that cost an arm and a leg, but Verbatim is pushing ahead with these units anyway. The company has just started to ship Blu-ray re-writable double-layer discs, which are shortened to BD-RE DL discs. According to the company, these can be re-written around 1,000 times, and they support 1080p media clips and multiple audio formats. Designed specifically for high definition video and audio data, these double-layer discs can support storage capacities of up to 50GB – twice that of... Read more...
Lovefilm sure is getting a lot of play these days. Basically, that's the UK version of Netflix, and just like Netflix is growing over in the States, Lovefilm is getting lots of traffic overseas. Companies are starting to take notice of that growth, and just as Netflix support slowly seeped into set-top boxes, game consoles and Blu-ray players in America, the same seems to be happening with Lovefilm. Samsung was one of the first companies to support Netflix streaming on their Blu-ray decks, and now Samsung has announced the launch of Lovefilm streaming to their BD players and BD home theater systems. The App, once activated with a Lovefilm subscription of £5.99 or above, will allow users... Read more...
If you're someone who follows the media streaming business with any regularity, you'll probably recognize the Orb Networks name. This month, Orb is expanding in a big way, and coming into mainstream homes via the PlayStation 3 and a host of other Blu-ray players. The new Orb BR application is designed to integrate with Sony's PS3 and select Blu-ray players, enabling people to watch shows from Hulu, Hulu Plus, Comedy Central and many other portals. The app brings this content right to your television, and would make the most sense to use on players that aren't already Internet-connected with built-in portals that provide access to online media. But even then, it's always nice to have a secondary... Read more...
Sony was always a huge backer of Blu-ray, right from the start. For some time, it was Toshiba (HD DVD) vs. Sony (Blu-ray), despite the fact that BD isn't actually Sony's format. But there's nothing wrong with picking a favorite and sticking with it. To start the year off, Sony has announce a new Blu-ray Disc line that's more connected than ever before. The new BDP-S780, BDP-S580, BDP-S480, and BDP-S380 players provide access to online entertainment, integrated Wi-Fi, and support for Blu-ray 3D. The company's also using this opportunity to announce three integrated home theater systems (BDV-E780W, BDV-E580, and BDV-E280), as well as a 5.1 channel home theater audio system (HT-SS380). Each of the... Read more...
Blu-ray, and 3D. Like peas in a pod, they go together. If you've invested in a 3D HDTV and now just need to make the leap to Blu-ray, Pioneer has a new Blu-ray player line that bring your home theater system to completion. The company has announced this week that they're shipping their first line of Blu-ray 3D players in the U.S. These were initially revealed at CEDIA 2010 in Atlanta, with the line including the Pioneer BDP-430 and two "Elite" models: BDP-41FD and BDP-43FD. All of them have streaming capabilities, are Wi-Fi reader and support a BD-J resume feature. They're also compatible with the iControlAV App, and they have HDMI 1.4a ports that allows for the passage of Blu-ray 3D content.... Read more...
We can't help but wonder if someone at Panasonic has some dirt on one of the higher ups working for Twentieth Century Fox. Either that, or Panasonic should really consider giving a raise to the sweet talking, silver tongued rep who managed to talk the film studio into giving it exclusive rights to distribute the 3D Blu-ray version of Avatar with 3D televisions and Blu-ray players until 2012. Isn't the world supposed to end in 2012 anyway? That information (about Panasonic's exclusivity rights, not the end of the world) comes courtesy of T3.com, which claims Panasonic confirmed the deal. If true, it would seem movie studios -- and in this case, Twentieth Century Fox -- are shooting themselves... Read more...
Kaleidescape just recently released their most budget-based movie server ever. And now, back to their old ways! The company is famous for providing very high-end movie servers to affluent individuals who can afford to unload thousands on their home cinemas, and that's what it'll take to get a Blu-ray movie server. The Kaleidescape System stores exact copies of your Blu-ray Discs on its hard drives, and you won't find another server that can do this seamlessly. That's why the company can charge whatever they want for it. High resolution cover art combined with a brief synopsis of each film and many other details highlight the UI, and video bookmarks and triggers enable the system to start a movie... Read more...
On thing that could bother some netbook buyers is the lack of an internal hard drive. Even Apple's MacBook Air line lacks them. Many machines are shipping these days without an optical drive, partly because more and more things are streaming and partly because it's a cost/space savings. But sometimes, there's just no good alternative for having an optical drive on hand. LaCie's new Slim Blu-ray is meant to be your go-to drive in those situations. This new USB 2.0 Blu-ray burner is sleek and slim, meant to fit in your laptop carry-on and be accessible for those times when you need to burn or watch a Blu-ray or DVD (or CD). At $249.99, it's actually fairly cheap to be a BD burner, with a max burn... Read more...
Will you shed a tear for the DVD format when it's dead and gone? What about for Blu-ray? Don't worry, neither one of those formats is on the verge of going belly-up, but that comes as little consolation to film studios and retailers who can do nothing but sit and watch as sales for these formats continue to slump. According to The Digital Entertainment Group, both sales and rentals of DVDs and Blu-ray discs fell 7 percent to $10.9 billion so far in 2010, and according to the British Video Association, sales last year were down as well. Why the downfall? The economy is certainly playing a role, but so too is the digital revolution. On-demand content is being piped through TVs, set-top boxes, game... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 handsets have been out for a few weeks here in the U.S. and now, Fengtao Software wants you to know its DVDFab software supports Windows Phone 7 compatible formats. This means you'll be able to use the company's DVD and Blu-ray ripping tools, DVD Ripper and Blu-ray Ripper, to remove known DVD and Blu-ray protections and rip your favorite videos to a format that is compatible with your new Windows Phone 7 handset. With the holidays coming up and many people making travel plans, there's no doubt many of us will want videos to watch in the airport and during those long car trips (provided you're not the driver, of course.) DVDFab Supports Windows Phone 7 -- Helps You Freely Watch... Read more...
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