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Mobile DTV quietly became a reality in the United States earlier this year, and now LG Electronics is hoping to be one of the first company's to market with equipment to take advantage of the broadcasting protocol. As the new year kicks off, LG is introducing the planet's first "portable, battery-operated mobile DTV in the United States," which is designed to receive new rugged over-the-air signals being transmitted by local broadcasters. In case you're unaware, this new Mobile DTV protocol works a lot like mobile broadcasting signals in other nations, where--like in South Korea and Japan--they've been widely available and in use for years. Local TV stations already broadcast their signals as... Read more...
Redbox. It's a name that is now linked directly to one-night DVD rentals on the cheap, and as if Netflix had not done enough already to put a kink in Blockbuster's business model, Redbox has all but destroyed it. These famously red boxes are now littered about at Walmart locales, grocery stores and other shopping complexes, and they allow consumers to rent DVDs (and even video games) for just a buck a night. It's quick, easy and requires no interaction with people.Earlier this year the company declared that it was about to rent out its half-billionth DVD, and now that 2009 is drawing to a close, the company has pushed out some other (albeit equally stunning) statistics. During 2009 alone, over... 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 to the Disc+ On Demand service, however. Most notably: Selection: Currently, there only about 300 titles that are part of the Disc+ On Demand offering. That's a relatively small selection considering Amazon sells hundreds of thousands of DVDs.Quality: All Disc+ On Demand downloads are standard definition only so you won't get high-definition streaming versions of the movies.Limitations:... Read more...
One thing is for sure in the world of optical storage: "big enough" is never really "big enough." Back in the day, a typical CD-R was plenty to archive a year's worth of images, and now even a single-layer DVD-R is too small for some. Blu-ray Discs can already hold 50GB of data, but that's not stopping disc manufacturers from striving to cram even more bits onto those round platters. Earlier this year, we heard that TDK was working hard on creating a special Blu-ray Disc that could hold 320GB of data, and while that's probably a few years out at best, another company is looking at this whole lust for storage from a different angle. Cranberry's DiamonDisc is a product that's available now, and... 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 CyberLink’s BD Suite software package and uses a Serial ATA interface. In addition to Blu-ray, the drive also supports DVD R/RW and RAM. It can accept both 12cm and 8cm discs (horizontally) and has a 4MB buffer. Plextor Announces PX-B940SA Internal Blu-Ray Writer with 12x Write Speeds PX-940SA provides 12x Blu-ray write speeds in addition to high-definition Blu-Ray playback (Fremont, CA – November 10, 2009) – Plextor, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media... Read more...
There's no denying the significance of Netflix these days. The once tiny startup is now a monolith in the industry, and it has practically put the likes of Blockbuster on the ropes. What's interesting, however, is that the DVD-by-mail nature of its business isn't getting most of the attention these days. What is? The "Watch Instantly" portion, which allows users with select devices (PCs, Xbox 360, Roku, etc.) stream films on-demand so long as they're jacked into a broadband Internet connection. For awhile now, Microsoft's game console has been the only one of the major three to stream Netflix. The company even credits that partnership with drawing over 2 million new subscribers, so it makes sense... Read more...
TDK has always been one to push the limits. Back in August, we heard that the company's roadmap included 960GB laptop drives and 3.2TB desktop drives. Now, we're also hearing that it's looking to push the same boundaries in the optical media realm. How does a 10-layer, 320GB disc sound? Sounds like Blu-ray whimpering.Reportedly, the media storage company has already developed a 10-layer disc capable of holding a whopping 320GB, or 32GB per layer. Better still, it's possible to write and read data on and from the disc by using a blue-violet semiconductor laser with an oscillation wavelength of 405nm and an objective lens with a numerical aperture (NA) of 0.85. We know that's probably way over... Read more...
When Graham McKenna, the PR guy at THX, contacted me and asked me if I’d like to borrow a new Lincoln MKT SUV for a few days, I jumped at the chance. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t care a whit about the MKT itself. I wanted to check out how THX and Ford engineered the sound system in the vehicle. When McKenna arrived with the MKT, I was a little taken aback. The MKT is built on Ford’s Flex platform. So although it seats up to seven people, it’s relatively low slung. It is, however, long. As it turns out, the MKT isn’t the car for me (even if I could afford the price tag), mostly because it seems to be engineered for fairly tall people – and at 5 foot 7 inches in socks, tall I’m not. Still,... Read more...
I once bought a car because of its sound system...Okay, so I didn’t buy the car only because of the sound system, but it was a key component in my decision making. The car was a Subaru Outback H6-3.O VDC, back in 2001. The car was classic Subaru, spare and lean, all-wheel drive and not very exciting to look at.Then there was the tricked out audio system: an 11 speaker sound system, complete with 200W McIntosh (yes, that McIntosh) amplifier. Part of the speaker system was an 8-inch, long throw subwoofer. The H6 was about 200 pounds heavier than a stock Outback due to the extra sound deadening material under the hood and in the door panels.The audio was phenomenal: neutral, clean and loud when... Read more...
Got a netbook? Need an optical drive? Sony has your solution. Designed to rival Lite-On's adorable external eTAU208 DVD Writer, the DRX-S70U-W is a sleeker, more classy design aimed at business users and those who appreciate blacks and greys more than reds and blues. Housed in an ultra-thin chassis, the portable multi-format DVD/CD recordable drive connects to notebooks and desktops alike via USB.It supports up to 8X DVD±R recording speeds, delivering a full 4.7 GB disc of video, data, music or images on standard 8X DVD+R media. Furthermore, it can record on 8.5GB DVD+R Double/Dual layer and 4.7GB DVD-RW discs at 6X speeds, DVD+RW at 8X, DVD-RAM at 5X and CD-R/RW at 24X. The drive comes... Read more...
It was only a matter of time, right? With digital becoming the new black, we knew that those hugely thick, underutilized user guides that shipped with automobiles would one day fade from existence, and it looks as if the fading has begun. Chrysler has just announced that it will become the first automaker to ditch the paperback and go digital with the guides that accompany its fleet of vehicles.The paperless approach is designed to save over 930 tons of paper, or around 20,000 trees annually, and we can imagine that it'll also save the company some serious dough. The deal covers Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles, all of which will have much more room in their glove box starting with the 2010... Read more...
LaCie recently announced the latest versions of its Portable DVD±RW Drive designed by Sam Hecht. The new drives feature a sleek black finish and come with new multimedia burning solutions designed for Mac or PC. The Mac and Windows version comes with Toast 9 Basic, as well as Creator Suite 10 while the Windows Version comes with Creator Suite 10. The LaCie Portable DVD±RW drive is powered by a USB bus so only a single cable is needed to burn CDs and DVDs. The drive is also portable, measuring less than an inch tall and weighing under a pound. LaCie Enhances Portable DVD±RW Drive with New Features and a New Look Slim, lightweight, and compact design USB bus-powered Full-featured... 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 access BD-Live material. And that's why Sony has made sure that it's new BDP-N460 is well connected, ready to take on whatever the Internet can throw at it. Introduced at CEDIA Expo this past week alongside the gorgeous JVC HDTV we spotted earlier, this Blu-ray Disc player also handles DVD playback (upscaled to "near HD") and streaming Internet video. Owners simply plug in a live Ethernet... Read more...
According to The Wall Street Journal, Google and YouTube are looking to add widely sought-after films from major studios to its service. Unlike other content on YouTube, however, most of these videos will cost money and will only be available to rent. If Google and major movie studios can reach an agreement, both sides would stand to benefit. Google would have the opportunity to test whether it can persuade millions of its users to pay for premium content on YouTube, while Hollywood studios may be able to offset dwindling DVD sales with online revenue. Certainly YouTube’s broad audience—it had nearly 428 million global visitors in June according to comScore—could provide the studios with a way... Read more...
Let's be clear, this is a way to try, not indefinitely use different versions of Windows 7 from one DVD or .ISO image. A small tweak will allow users tech-savvy enough to get a taste of all the versions of Windows 7. Now, why do you need a little technical expertise? You need to remove a file from the DVD or from the .ISO image. As Windows Secrets notes, all you have to do is delete the ei.cfg file. To make things easier for you, the ei.cfg file is in the sources subdirectory (WS didn't indicate its location). It's simple enough: if you have an .ISO file use an appropriate .ISO imaging program to delete the file from it, then save the image and burn it. If you have the DVD you can use the same... Read more...
Netbooks may be all the rage these days, but one thing is for sure: if you need an optical drive, you're hosed. Of course, that's why companies like Lite-On exist--to solve quandaries you never knew you'd end up in. For on-the-go computer users that love the low price and small design of netbooks, but wish they had an optical drive on certain occasions, there's the all new eTAU208.The drive is completely USB powered, meaning that travelers won't even need to hunt down an AC outlet to use it. The entire unit weighs just 0.7 pounds, and there's even a built-in USB cable holder to keep things nice and neat. It is also integrated with a top-loading mechanism for convenient CD/DVD backup and playback,... 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 to spend on movies, we guess you'll have a mighty tough time justifying the staggering $1900 price tag. This changer also doubles as a pretty special player, with Full HD 1080/60p output, 24p True Cinema, an RS232 port for custom installs, 7.1 channel audio, Super Bit Mapping and DVD upscaling (to 1080p). The BDP-CX960 is yet another 400 disc BD/DVD/CD changer,... 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 consumers with flash card-supporting media players the ability to watch flicks whilst on the go.Walt Disney Company has partnered with Panasonic in order to kick-start the initiative, which will "package pre-recorded microSD cards together with DVDs holding the same movie content," giving users and easy watch to watch their favorite DVDs on portable players.... Read more...
At long last, the inevitable has occurred. Nearly 1.5 years after the curtain fell and HD DVD was deemed dead, Toshiba--HD DVD's biggest fan, backer and producer of players--has agreed to join those on the other side. After years of fighting, the Blu-ray format won out over the other HD disc format, HD DVD, though Toshiba never once showed any indication that it would side with those that helped obliterate the format it poured millions into.Until now. According to a report originating in Japan over the weekend, Toshiba will shelve its pride and push to market its very first Blu-ray player before the year's end. Unfortunately, details about the deck are nowhere to be found. There's no model number,... Read more...
Have you ever wondered just how amazing it would be to store your data on an optical disc for 1,000 years? Probably not, considering a) it's not remotely possible right now and 2) that's an awful lot longer than even the best lifespan you could ever hope for. But on the other hand, it sure would make the act of opening time capsules a lot more interesting, wouldn't it? Well, assuming those still on Earth a thousand years from now can find a so-called "optical drive" on whatever has replaced "eBay."Believe it or not, we're being told that technology is on the way soon that will allow us to store data on optical discs for a full millennium. And we're not even talking about next year--we're talking... Read more...
It's sort of hard to believe that devices like this are still needed/wanted in today's age of flash storage, but we guess there are always a few hanging back rather than staying caught up. Thus, Sony has introduced for them the multi-function DVDDirect DVD recorder, which can transfer both high-definition and standard-definition home videos and digital photos to DVD discs without using a computer.There's no denying that this thing is mighty convienient. Removing the PC from the transfer equation will certainly please those who aren't exactly "on top" of the latest electronics, and the new VRD-MC6 model has a 2.7-inch color LCD screen for previewing video or up to six digital photos at a time.... 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 are still relatively high, and the actual movies are way expensive compared to the same titles on DVD. Plus, the install base of DVD is so high, it's tough for many to start building another movie library on another format.Those reasons and more are what is keeping the interest in Blu-ray rather low according to a new study by Harris Interactive. Currently,... Read more...
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