High Definition

  • Toshiba drops prices on HD DVD players

    Toshiba drops prices on HD DVD players

    Forget holiday shopping deals, many Toshiba HD DVD players are now selling for under $200 anyway. The HD-A3 and HD-A30 are going for $134.98 and $174.98 on Amazon, respectively. You’ll still get two free movies in the box (Bourne Identity and 300) plus five more by mail, too. These may very well be closeout prices, though. Often times, retailers will change the last two digits in the price… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: "Blade Runner: Final Cut"

    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: "Blade Runner: Final Cut"

    Check the calendar, last-minute Christmas shopper. You’ve only four days (if you count today) till D-Day, so here’s a gift that should be easy to find at pretty much any retailer: “Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition).” This is the final, that’s-all-she-wrote version of the cult classic starring Harrison Ford. Director Ridley Scott and some mega… Read More

  • Vudu set top box adds TV shows, high-def Bourne Ultimatum to its lineup

    Vudu set top box adds TV shows, high-def Bourne Ultimatum to its lineup

    When new home owner Josh Goldman reviewed Vudu in September, it could only be used to watch movies. That’s no longer the case, with the set top box now able to pull in a dozen TV shows, including “Family Guy,” “Arrested Development” [ed. yes~!~!~!] and “The Shield.” It’s $2 per episode, so it’s right in line with iTunes pricing, but still… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Insignia 26-inch 720p LCD HDTV for $399

    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Insignia 26-inch 720p LCD HDTV for $399

    After somehow destroying my 20-inch LCD TV in a cross-country move, I needed to face down the task of replacing it. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and I didn’t need a huge TV but I did want something a little bigger than 20 inches. This TV has been a great replacement. There’s a built-in HD tuner, two HDMI connections, two component inputs, two composite inputs, VGA… Read More

  • Hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray discs dead in the water

    Hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray discs dead in the water

    Looks like we won’t be seeing Warner Home Entertainment’s hybrid HD DVD/Blu-ray discs after all. The company recently reported that it’s pulling the plug on the project that would have offered consumers movies under the Total HD moniker, simply meaning an HD DVD version on one side of the disc, Blu-ray on the other. To date, Warner is the only major studio that  produces… Read More

  • Sony brass thinks Blu-ray vs HD DVD is a 'stalemate'

    Sony brass thinks Blu-ray vs HD DVD is a 'stalemate'

    Howard Stringer (Sony Corp. CEO) says that Blu-ray and HD DVD are in a stalemate. He has to say that, though. I’ve stayed out of the debate since it started because, as a consumer, I don’t care who wins. I care about how much it’s going to cost me versus how much benefit I’ll get out of it. As it stands right now, I wouldn’t buy a Blu-ray player for $450 when… Read More

  • HD VMD to take on Blu-ray, HD DVD

    HD VMD to take on Blu-ray, HD DVD

    …and I say "take on" loosely, although this is going to be interesting to watch. A company called New Medium Enterprises (NME) has manufactured a "low-cost true high definition solution" that uses standard red lasers found in today’s CD and DVD players. The format is called "HD VMD" or High Definition Versatile Multilayer Disc. Read More

  • HD DVD camp forms group to promote interactivity

    HD DVD camp forms group to promote interactivity

    Say hello to the new Advanced Interactivity Consortium. Its goal is to promote "superior interactivity for a wide range of next-generation consumer devices, digital content and distribution scenarios [and] maximize consumer satisfaction worldwide by accelerating industrywide adoption of advanced interactivity and interoperability across a broad array of HD DVD products." Read More

  • Apple Fairy: high-def AppleTV content coming soon

    Apple Fairy: high-def AppleTV content coming soon

    According to the Apple Fairy, close relative of the Fat Nano Fairy, there’s gonna be a pretty substantial update to iTunes sometime this month that’ll help to bring AppleTV back from the teetering edge of extinction. Apple has apparently placed a gargantuan order for more AppleTV units in anticipation for the upcoming “iTunes HD” or whatever it’ll be called. The name… Read More

  • Flash Video Player Soon To Do High Definition

    Flash Video Player Soon To Do High Definition

    Adobe is getting set to support the H.264 high-definition standard, the same standard used in Blu-ray and HD-DVD players and set-top cable and satellite boxes. Most popular video sites on the Internet use the Flash video format and as more and more videos get published in this new format, we can expect to see the visual quality of web video improve exponentially. Read More

 
  • Samsung's Upcoming 3rd Generation HD Lineup

    Samsung's Upcoming 3rd Generation HD Lineup

    Samsung has announced three new 3rd generation hi-def players (two of which we reported on earlier), including one that plays both Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs known as the BD-UP5000 Duo HD. All three will support up to 1080p and 24Fs/60Fs modes, Dolby Digital Plus audio, and will include HDMI inputs and outputs along with a bevy of other connections. We can also look forward to a new home theater… Read More

  • Helios H2000 Upscaling DVD Player: 1080i, Works With XviD

    Helios H2000 Upscaling DVD Player: 1080i, Works With XviD

    Still put off by the so-called high-def optical disc format war? For $99 come August, you’ll be able to grab the Helios H2000 upscaling DVD player. It connects to your HDTV via an HDMI or component connection and upscales video to 1080i from any number of sources, including Divx and XviD. No, it’s not as satisfying as a fully featured HD DVD or Blu-ray player, but if you’re still… Read More

  • New 3CCD, Hi-Def JVC Everio Coming in September

    New 3CCD, Hi-Def JVC Everio Coming in September

    Fans of the hard drive-based JVC Everio line will be pleased to hear that a new three-chip, HD version will be available in early September. The GZ-HD3 will feature 1440×1080 HD recording, three, 16:9 progressive-scan CCDs, a 60GB hard drive, and will weigh a pound and a half. Recording is 1080i only, unfortunately, but should still be plenty good for everyday use. I have an Everio camcorder… Read More

  • New $299 TiVo Series3 Available Soon?

    New $299 TiVo Series3 Available Soon?

    The TiVo Series3 DVR is about to get a little more affordable, according to a recent Ars Technica article. A product with the model number “TCD652160″ has apparently been popping up intermittently on retail websites in the past few days and is believed to be the new “Series3 Lite” as it’s been christened by the TiVo community. General consensus is that the new device… Read More

  • Epson Ensemble Home Theater System: For Movie Buffs With Tyrannical Landlords

    Epson Ensemble Home Theater System: For Movie Buffs With Tyrannical Landlords

    Epson was also in town last week (who wasn’t? LOL!) showing off its wares and the biggest, both in size and in potential scope, was its Ensemble home theater system. It combines a set of Atlantic speakers and a 1080p Epson projector. The left-, right- and center-channel speakers are built into the piece that also holds the powered, retractable screen. The rear surrounds are built into the… Read More

  • Samsung Launching 3rd Gen Blu-ray Players

    Samsung Launching 3rd Gen Blu-ray Players

    Samsung’s getting set to launch two new Blu-ray players — the BD-P2400 and the BD-P1400. Each player will feature native support for 24 frames per second playback, which Samsung claims will greatly reduce the amount of digital artifacts since movies are also filmed at 24 frames per second. The players will also support 60 frames per second to ensure compatibility with your HDTV setup. Read More

  • HD DVD Outselling Blu-ray in Europe

    HD DVD Outselling Blu-ray in Europe

    The Toshiba-led HD DVD group has just released European sales figures concerning the ongoing battle with the Sony-led Blu-ray camp. HD DVD lobbyists are claiming that their players are outselling Blu-ray players in Europe, three-to-one. These figures are for set-top players only, so Sony’s Playstation 3 sales are not included in these figures. Read More

  • Samsung Blu-ray + HD DVD Player to Support Both Formats' Special Features

    Samsung Blu-ray + HD DVD Player to Support Both Formats' Special Features

    As we approach the release of Samsung’s BDP-UP5000 combination Blu-ray/HD DVD player, more and more details are finding their way to the Intertubes, or whatever funny word we’re using to describe the Internet these days. Reports out of Germany (where else?) suggest that the combo player will support all the features of both the Blu-ray and HD DVD camps. I know Toshiba just announced a… Read More

  • HD DVD Backers Says "So What" To Blockbuster's Support of Blu-ray

    HD DVD Backers Says "So What" To Blockbuster's Support of Blu-ray

    Universal Studios, which exclusively supports HD DVD, basically thumbed its nose at Blockbuster in its response to the rental chain’s decision to favor Blu-ray. A marketing manager for Universal said that rental income from places like Blockbuster only brings in less than one percent of its revenue. No big loss, in other words. So much for the predictions of it being the end of the world for… Read More

  • Cablevision to Add 500 High-Def Channels By End of Year

    Cablevision to Add 500 High-Def Channels By End of Year

    Being a Cablevision subscriber, the news that the company will be able to offer more than 500 high-definition channels by the end of the year should make me happy. At least that’s what the company said yesterday, and that it will add 15 new high-def channels by next week, bringing its total to 40. Is this announcement in response to pressure from rival telecos like Verizon and Comcast? Yeah… Read More