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Yesterday, a Federal District Court judge in California heard arguments regarding a DVD copyright case between Hollywood movie companies and RealNetworks. Depending on what the judge rules, you and I may or may not be able to legally copy our own DVD collections to our computers. In October, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel temporarily halted sales of RealNetworks' software that allows people to make backups of their DVDs on a home computer. After hearing arguments regarding the case, the judge is expected to issue a written decision. No timeframe for when she might rule has been given. During the hearings, additional evidence was presented regarding whether RealNetworks violated the Digital... Read more...
As you may know if you've been reading this site for a while, the U.S. Copyright Office is holding its triennial hearings on exemptions to the DMCA. One of the exemptions being sought would broaden one granted film and media professors in 2006 to rip DVDs (so they could use the clips in teaching) to other teachers as well. Naturally, there's no way to directly record a DVD using a VCR; that particular loophole was closed when DVDs first came out. So ripping to use clips would seem the only solution, right? No, of course, not. The MPAA feels a better way to do this is to record DVD being played on a TV with a camcorder. Of course! How simple (insert sarcasm here), and how lame. Of course, they... Read more...
Lite-On iHES208 8X Blu-ray Disc Reader with DVD Writer Combo Now Available New Blu-ray reader and DVD writer combo provides all-in-one PC solution for hi-def movie playback and writing DVDs Fremont, CA – March 31, 2009 – Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, announces the availability of the iHES208 8X internal Blu-ray Disc Combo.  The Blu-ray Disc reader, plus DVD writer, provides consumers an innovative way to playback high-definition content, while maintaining the capability of archiving personal data files onto CD or DVD. The iHES208 can record on the market’s most popular DVD and CD media, as well as playback from media including Blu-ray, DVD and CD.  The drive... Read more...
Classic movie fans rejoice: One of Hollywood’s biggest movie vaults is about to be opened up. Warner Brothers has started a new DVD-on-demand service where you will eventually be able to order any of the company’s 6,800 theatrical features that are not currently available on disc. Here’s how it works: Within a week of ordering, you will receive a custom-made DVD with your requested film. The service costs approximately $20. Alternatively, customers will have the option to order films digitally for download directly to their computers. This option costs $15. To date, only about 1,200 films in the Warner library have been released on DVD, largely because of space constraints at retail locations.... Read more...
CyberLink Corp. innovative solutions provider for the connected media lifestyle, today launched the latest in its award-winning DVD player software, CyberLink PowerDVD 9. PowerDVD 9 enriches the movie experience, providing HD-like quality from standard-definition DVD movies. PowerDVD 9 feature highlights include:TrueTheater' Technology, offering DVD up-scaling to HD-like qualityCinema Mode for watching Blu-ray Discs via Windows Media CenterFancyView for browsing DVD chapters and titles stored in Movie CollectionHigh-definition home theater audio, including HDMI 1.3 compatibility and support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio formatsBlu-ray Disc playback even on low-spec PCs'Our mission... Read more...
Lite-On Announces New Internal DVD Writers with 24X DVD Writing Speeds New drives offer 24X DVD writing speeds and unique LabelTag and SmartErase features for data erasing and labeling Fremont, CA - February 9, 2009 – Lite-On, a global leader of optical storage solutions, today announces a new line of internal DVD writers that deliver a maximum write speed of 24X on select DVD media, the fastest in the market. Select drives will also include Lite-On’s own LabelTag and SmartErase technologies – unique labeling and data erasing features for DVDs and CDs.Compared to similar devices in the market today, Lite-On’s new internal writers offer the fastest DVD recording available with its DVD writing... Read more...
iLuv, a maker of iPod and iPhone accessories, is showing off its new i1166 9-inch Portable Multimedia Player for iPod and DVDs. As this year’s CES Best of Innovation 2009 award winner in the Portable Multimedia Accessories product category, the i1166 provides hours of multimedia entertainment. The i1166 supports a variety of file formats, including DVD, DVD±R/RW, VCD, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3, MP3 CD JPEG, Kodak, DivX, and MPEG4. It also has a built-in DVD player and an iPod dock that supports iPod video capabilities.   Additional specs from iLuv: Compatible with all iPod with video capability DivX® certified to play DivX videos Enhanced user interface with detailed controls Video output... Read more...
Netflix has announced a new shipping procedure which if the movie you’ve requested isn’t available from your local distribution center, may net you a freebie in the form of the next highest up movie in your queue. Netflix says they have 55 shipping centers across the country, so if your choice is not available in your local shipping center, they'll send it from another, and to make up for the inconvenience of a shipping delay, send you a freebie as well. When we say freebie, what we mean is it does not count against your monthly allotment. Netflix's original blog post is a bit fuzzy on the matter, but they cleared it up in the comments (emphasis mine): Now, if your first choice is not available... Read more...
We know that most of you buy both DVD and Blu-ray versions of your optical disc titles (insert sarcasm here). But while JVC developed a combo DVD / Blu-ray format more than two years ago, no titles have been released for it. That's soon to end, with the announcement that Japanese entertainment software developer Pony/Canon will release the first movie title on a hybrid Blu-ray/DVD disc, where else, in Japan in February. According to CDR-Info, it's a move designed to accelerate adoption of Blu-ray. The first title is the world-famous "Code Blue emergency helicopter doctor Blu-ray BOX." Typical of a boxed set, it won't be cheap. The 4-disc 534-minute hybrid version will cost 36,540 Yen ($406),... Read more...
What might come as a surprise for many people is not that Netflix will cease selling used DVDs, but that Netflix was actually selling used DVDs in the first place. Selling "previously viewed DVDs" (as Netflix calls them--sort of like how used car salesmen sell "previously-owned vehicles"), has been part of the services that Netflix has offered for sometime, with some discs selling for as little as $5.99. But after November 30, Netflix will no longer offer this service, so that it can focus on its "core business" of "delivering great movie rentals to you on DVD by mail and instantly to the computer and TV" as the company recently reported on its blog. Netflix has been making quite a few changes... Read more...
There should be no doubt that streaming video is quickly gaining in popularity. Recent studies shows that about 20 percent of U.S. households are watching TV online. Hulu has quickly grown to be the eighth-largest video site in the U.S., and it is even hosting a number of TV season premiers before the shows' officially broadcast dates. A new video search site, VideoSurf has recently sprung up, leveraging the mounting mountain of disparate online videos. Even Internet veteran, IMDb.com, has finally embraced streaming video and added the ability to view of 6,000 movies and TV shows.   Credit: HDTV on the DishIf there is one constant to be found among these online video sources, it is... Read more...
Toshiba got its clock cleaned by Sony by supporting the HD DVD format over Sony's Blu-ray discs. But the next-generation video war really didn't have any winners. Even with HD DVDs out of the running, Sony can't seem to sell enough Blu-ray players to afford enough red ink to print a chart of how bad they're doing with the format; if it wasn't for the Blu-ray player in the Playstation 3, next to no one would have one. And now Toshiba's back, and angling towards fighting the next-gen hi-def wars one more time: Let's go back to watching standard DVDs, played back in Toshiba's Extended Detail Enhancement players (XDE).In a demonstration to reporters last week, Toshiba played the same disc in an XDE... Read more...
A recently published study on the DVD movie copying habits of consumers in the U.S. and U.K. finds that roughly one third of the survey respondents admit to copying commercial DVDs within the last six months. The survey was conducted by Futuresource Consulting and was sponsored by Macrovision--a company that has a vested financial stake in convincing DVD distributors that they are losing revenue by people making copies of discs.The demographic group that is most likely be a DVD copier is 18 to 24-year old males. Curiously, 36 percent of U.K. respondents admitted to copying DVDs, while only 32 percent of U.S. respondents 'fessed up. Either the Brits believe stronger in their right to copy or perhaps... Read more...
Apple recently came to an agreement with a group of film studios including the 6 largest that would enable the Cupertino firm to release movies via iTunes the same day that they are available on DVD.   The problem is that Apple might actually be taking a loss on them for the short term:“Apple said that starting this week, iTunes customers will be able to purchase newly released movies for $14.99, while most catalog titles are $9.99.The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is paying the studios nearly $16 for each sale, but a source close to the negotiations told CNET News.com that Apple is paying closer to $15.50 than it is $16.”It’s not unheard of for companies to take a loss on new products,... Read more...
Apple just made it that much easier to watch movies without leaving your house:"Apple® today announced that new movie releases from major film studios and premier independent studios are available for purchase on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) on the same day as their DVD release. New releases and catalog titles will be available from 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Lionsgate, Image Entertainment and First Look Studios. Movies purchased from iTunes can be viewed on an iPod® with video, iPhone™, Mac® or PC or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV®, with... Read more...
This little palette of portable processing certainly won't compete with the likes of the Asus Eee PC or the XO-1 from OLPC from a price standpoint but if you're the type that likes to keep things diminutive, the new SR8 from Kohjinsha is impressive.  Built on Intel's S45GU chipset and sporting an 800MHz Intel A110 processor, along with 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 60GB hard drive, the SR8 is also the first UMPC of its size that sports an integrated DVD super multi-drive.  Its 7" TFT LED backlit touchscreen display runs at a native res of 1024X600 with a max resolution of 1600X1200.  And get this, the little bugger comes standard with Windows Vista Home Premium. ... Read more...
$986 million to be more precise. Why so much? It's the last one. That's the projection for the cost to Toshiba to close up shop and retool its production line to make something else. It's the final chapter for Toshiba's ill-fated attempt to offer its HD DVD alternative to Sony's Blu-ray high-definition disk player. Toshiba still turned a profit for their full fiscal year, although it was much smaller than anticipated, and that helped drive its stock price substantially lower after the report of the price tag for HD DVD funerary expenses hit the wires. The report came from the Nikkei Business Daily, not directly from Toshiba. What's Toshiba have to say about it?"We did not announce this, and therefore... Read more...
Things seemed settled. Blu-ray, the high definition format favored by Sony, finally overcame the competition offered by rival Toshiba, HD DVD, and the next-generation format wars were over. Not so fast, says New Medium Enterprises, who are touting an alternative to Blu-ray they call the versatile multilayer disc. VMD has the one attribute no one has ever ascribed to Blu-ray; it's cheap.An HD VMD player costs less than a Blu-ray because it uses the red-laser technologies found in today’s standard-definition DVD players. The Blu-ray and HD DVD machines use a more-expensive blue laser system. “We do not intend to take on Blu-ray,” said Shirly Levich, New Medium’s vice president and product development... Read more...
Some retailers have been offering credits or trade-ins for returns of HD-DVD players, but you always need to buy a new Blu-ray player in exchange. Circuit City is going them one better, extending its 30-day return policy to 90 days for HD-DVD players.Circuit City Stores Inc. is getting on the Blu-ray digital video format bandwagon by tripling the period in which customers who purchased a rival HD DVD player can return them.The nation's No. 2 electronics retailer has instructed its stores to "take care of our customers" and accept returns of HD DVD players within 90 days of purchase, spokesman Jim Babb said."Take care of our customers," now that's a great sentiment.  Nice move, Circuit City.... Read more...
Get your tin foil hats on, this is one of those kinds of rumors.  As always we remind you to take all rumors with a grain of salt.We reported in the past that Sony was going to offload their Cell production and that Toshiba was a rumored buyer, but the deal seemed to be in limbo for several weeks.  Then major retailers and studios started pulling the plug on HD DVD without a whole lot of explanation.A few more weeks go by and Toshiba officially canned their disc format and Sony sets a price on the Cell operation: $835 million.  It's hard not to wonder if there is more here than meets the eye.  It seems that both companies got something they wanted, but the short-term gains... Read more...
Now this is a classy move, but don't worry, odds are it won't be a total loss for the company. The only bad part: it's in Japan.The Japanese electronics retailer Edion is deeply ashamed it sold its customers HD DVD gear. So ashamed they that they're allowing buyers to swap in Toshiba HD DVD boxes for Blu-ray players. A little more investigation reveals that the trade must occur during March, and consumers only need pay the price difference. If a US retailer of the world would make such a move, they'd have me as a customer for life. But, I doubt any of the big stores here have the vision to put long term customer retention over its short term profits. Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, are you... Read more...
'DVD Jon.' of DVD and FairPlay cracking fame, has gone legit.Beginning Tuesday, the first product from his company, DoubleTwist Ventures, will enter open beta. Called DoubleTwist, it's a free desktop client that essentially allows any kind of music, photo, or video file to be shared between a long list of portable media players, and through Web-based social networks.Instead of iTunes songs or videos taken with a Nokia N95 remaining locked on the phone, DoubleTwist software allows for dragging, dropping, and syncing of different media formats no matter the device.The idea, according to DoubleTwist founder and CEO Monique Farantzos, is that media files should be more like e-mail. It shouldn't matter... Read more...
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