Items tagged with Blu-ray

Netflix may be the dominant provider of streaming content these days, with Hulu close behind in terms of mind share. But when it comes strictly to movie rentals (streaming ones, anyway), VUDU has been in the business as long as anyone. The company started out by providing their own hardware boxes, but quickly diverted from that market and instead provides software alone now for integration in Blu-ray players, televisions, etc. Now, VUDU's movie rental services will be coming to Panasonic's 2010 line of VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray players. After a firmware update on November 24, the players will be able to access VUDU's library of 4,000 HD movies (and growing), which can be streamed in 1080p. Most... Read more...
Sony always said that the PlayStation 3 did games, movies, Blu-ray, streaming, online matchups, and well, everything else. And now that's coming true. Sony's PS3 has grown into a multi-media powerhouse over the past year, gaining Netflix support (and then removing the need for a disc to be inserted), gaining Hulu Plus support and now, gaining VUDU HD support. That's more streaming media than the average working man / woman has time to even enjoy, but the more the merrier, right? Sony's bringing VUDU's HD movie streams to the PS3, along with 5.1 surround sound, and the VUDU seen here will bring movies in 1080p glory. It's expected to launch on Nov. 23, bringing 4000 movies to the table, all of... Read more...
How much will you pay for instant gratification? Time Warner is hoping you'll pay $30 to $50 for the privilege of watching a new movie from home just days or weeks after it makes its debut in theaters. Big Hollywood studios and pay-TV carriers have been considering the idea of premium on-demand offerings for some time. Now, Time Warner is ready to give the idea a try. The new service could be available as soon as this summer. During an earnings call recently, Time Warner's CEO Jeff Bewkes told investors and analysts that his company is getting close to having an agreement with distributors regarding when these premium video-on-demand offerings will be available and how much they will cost. Variety... Read more...
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 and BD-RE discs, the drives can record to DVD discs and CDs as well. The drives use a SATA interface and a standard 5.25-inch form-factor. SONY OPTIARC AMERICA INTRODUCES NEXT-GENERATION BLU-RAY DISC REWRITABLE DRIVES SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 4, 2010 – Sony Optiarc America today announced its next-generation half-height internal Blu-ray Disc® (BD) rewritable... Read more...
Here's the thing about most of today's media streamers: they don't have an optical drive. So even though they're capable of playing lots of content from the Internet, they can't play back your old DVD or new Blu-ray Disc collection. This isn't a problem if you already own a Blu-ray or DVD player and also don't mind have two boxes under your television, but what if you want an all-in-one solution? Yamaha has asked themselves the same question, and the answer seems to be the BD-A1000. Called a "universal Blu-ray player," this sleek deck offers 1080p HD playback via HDMI of your favorite discs, but also connects to Netflix, Blockbuster and YouTube Internet video streaming. There are even two USB... 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 Theater, which lets users share and showcase their personal video creations. Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD & Nero Video Premium HD Now Available; “Nero HD Theater” Showcases HD Video Content from Budding Directors and Users Video enthusiasts can enjoy new premium software and exciting content, while learning how easy it is to use Nero’s new products to... Read more...
Hello, beautiful! That's the first impression we had when Sony officially revealed their newest device, which is being introduced in concert with Google. The Sony Internet TV powered by Google TV (that's the full name) was sort of introduced back in May, but no pricing or details were available. Basically, that was just letting the world know that Sony was onboard with Google's "Google TV" idea. Now, the details are out. Logitech's Revue was first to debut, but that wasn't a complete package. It's designed to work with any television out there. Sony's Google TV solution is different, and it won't be for everyone. Sony has designed an entire television to work with Google TV, with this line of... Read more...
Zotac recently launched a couple of revamped ZBox nettops, that feature a new, sleeker design and integrated Blu-Ray drive, the ZBox HD-ID33 and HD-ID34. The only difference between the two models is the included / not included RAM and hard drive; the ID33 is better suited to DIYers who may already have a spare 2.5" HDD and SO-DIMM laying around, while the ID34 ships with a 250GB 5400RPM drive and 2GB of RAM. There's also NVIDIA's next generation Ion (Ion 2) inside, which means that 1080p playback and some light-duty gaming should theoretically be no problem... Zotac Blu-ray HD-ID34 Nettop / HTPC Review... Read more...
Nettops are not nearly as popular as their mobile contemporaries, i.e. netbooks, arguably due to the lack of any significant horsepower within the tiny machines. Up until now, most nettops have been good for little more than basic Office duties, Web surfing, and occasional 720p (max) movie playback. There's a fine line that has to be walked with a nettop; there's far too little space to shove a Core i3 or better CPU in there, and besides, companies are trying to keep pricing at reasonable levels. Thus, nettops have largely been left with one main processor option: Intel's Atom family. If you've read a few of our past netbook reviews, you may have noticed that we've been somewhat... Read more...
The world keeps spinning, PCs keep getting quicker, and optical disc drives keep getting faster. It's just how the planet works. Not too long ago, simply having a Blu-ray burner at all was a luxury. Today, Blu-ray burners need speed to be special, and Sony Optiarc America's latest drive is Mr. Speedy indeed. It's a portable, external unit that's designed to compliment notebooks, netbooks or desktop PCs, and it's the perfect add-on to any HD-capable netbook when you want to watch a film and your machine has no drive built-in. The BDX-S500U model writes single BD-R media at up to 6X and dual layer BD-R media at up to 4X speeds, recording a full 25GB disc in about 20 minutes. One 25GB blank 6x disc... Read more...
Remember BDXL? That's the format that the Blu-ray Disc Association was trumpeting during this year's Computex trade show, though 3D Blu-ray seems to have stolen the spotlight since. We doubt that it'll remain that way for too long, though. With multi-media swelling larger and 1080p content become more pervasive, there's a growing need for more storage. Changing formats entirely is usually too much of a system shock for consumers, so the BDA is trying to squeeze more onto less, so to speak. BDXL is a multi-layer recordable Blu-ray format with up to 128GB of capacity, and while it's not on the market yet, companies are racing to get this type of media out to those who are already running out of... Read more...
ZOTAC has made a living from producing graphics cards and PCs that are smaller than your average mid-tower, but their latest round of Mini PCs may be their nicest yet. For years, HTPC owners have wondered why so many HTPCs were shipping without Blu-ray support. Now, the times are finally catching up. ZOTAC has stepped forward with the first Mini PCs to be loaded with integrated slot-load Blu-ray drives, as both the ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID33 and HD-ID34 come stocked from the factory with optical drives that can handle the latest and greatest BD flicks. The two machines are largely similar, with Intel's new 1.8GHz Atom D525 powering the pair and NVIDIA's next generation Ion platform handling the graphics.... 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 addition, 3D content can be outputted directly to a 3D TV set via the HDMI connection. Toshiba is promising these new features via a software upgrade that will be available from www.toshiba.co.uk/computers. Updates to the Toshiba Satellite A665 3D laptop bring a new dimension to home entertainment Toshiba Video Player 3D upconverts 2D content to 3D in real time... Read more...
It's coming, Star Wars fans. The question is: are you ready? For the first time ever, the Star Wars saga in its entirety will be available on Blu-ray, the highest resolution home film format yet. It's an announcement that fans have been waiting for, but the painful part is waiting from now until this time next year. That's right, this amazing set won't actually be ready for sale until Fall 2011, so you won't be placing it on the holiday wish list for 2010. The Star Wars Blu-ray Box Set will include all six films, featuring the "highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with extensive special features – including documentaries, vintage behind-the-scenes moments, interviews,... Read more...
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