Blu-ray

  • Blu-ray not coming to the Mac anytime soon

    Been wondering exactly when you’d see a Blu-ray drive in your new Macbook or iMac? Well, if the emails that have been leaking out from Mr. Jobs have been any indication, you’re not going to see them at all. Read More

  • Sony releases a bunch of new 3D displays

    The buzzword is 3D. Everywhere you look in the videophile forums, they’re talking about 3D. Its future is still a little hazy; glasses, no glasses, polarized, anaglyph.. no one really knows.┬áToday, Sony has made its bets and showed a glimpse into that future by releasing its new lineup of 3D displays. Details and full press release inside. Clicky clicky! Read More

  • dynabook TX/98MBL: Toshiba announces 3D notebook

    Not a week passes without a Japanese company announcing a 3D-enabled device lately. Today, it’s Toshiba, which just unveiled [JP] a 3D-capable notebook, the dynabook TX/98MBL. According to the company, it’s the world’s first notebook that lets you view 3D content stored on Blu-rays (next to playing NVIDIA 3D Vision games). Read More

  • Dueling "Life" Blu-ray discs: Attenborough vs. Winfrey

    They ruined “Planet Earth” with narration by Sigourney Weaver and James Earl Jones. They ruined “Life” with narration by Oprah Winfrey. At least on Blu-ray, though, you have the choice to choose the real versions, narrated by one of my personal heroes, Sir David Attenborough. There are, in fact, two versions on the shelves right now, and the Winfrey one, in addition… Read More

  • Thank you papa Sony for the HDMI

    There is nothing worse then getting home after buying a PS3 – for use as a Blu-ray – and realizing no one told you the box comes missing one important item. If this happened to you, then you know how it felt to watch a Blu-ray through component because Sony decided to skip out on the HDMI cable. Read More

  • How has the exciting world of technology changed since the last World Cup? Let us count the ways!

    A little birdie told me that the World Cup begins in just a few weeks, on June 11, 2010, in South Africa. Four years prior saw Italy lift the trophy in Germany, beating France on penalties. Zinedine Zidane also headbutted Marco Materazzi that day—an immense event in Internet history. A lot of things have changed since that day in Berlin, a lot of things that will shock and amaze you. Read More

  • NEC to ship Blu-ray powered 3D PC in Japan next month

    Valuestar N VN790/BS – that’s the name of the 3D PC that NEC today announced [JP] for the Japanese market. The company’s faster than expected: just last month, NEC teased such a machine in Tokyo, saying it’s likely to ship by October 2010. But Japan will get the PC as early as next month. And it appears to be a pretty cool machine. Read More

  • Avatar fast becoming the most pirated Blu-ray movie of all time

    Call me crazy, but wasn’t the point of Avatar to go see it in 3D on the big screen? Otherwise, why bother? Be that as it may, Avatar is on track to hold the distinction of being the most pirated Blu-ray release of all time. Nice job, guys! Read More

  • x264 now encodes Blu-ray-compatible video

    Break out a blank DVD and fire up x264! The folks behind x264, the freeware h.264 encoder, have announced Blu-ray compatibility. That means you’ll be able to burn a DVD containing h.264 video that will play on your standard-issue Blu-ray player. That’s good news if you still burn DVDs, something I haven’t done in for something like a year, and even then it was for someone else. Read More

  • Denon announces two new 3D-Ready Blu-Ray players

    Denon is jumping into the the 3D market with both feet, bringing two new Blu-ray players to the market. Both feature 5.1 audio, BD Live, Netflix, and YouTube Streaming, and (my personal favorite) 1GB of on-board memory. Read More

  • This is why early adopting sucks: Avatar doesn't play on some Samsung BR players


    This is not for you Hey, cutting edgers! How does it feel to be the first kid on your block not to be able to play a brand new movie because of some wonky firmware issue. I have a Samsung BD-UP5000, the HD-DVD/Blu-Ray combo device that came out just as the last shots in the format war were being fired, and Avatar will not play on it. Others have had the same issue and it’s a… Read More

  • Sharp announces another batch of AQUOS TVs with built-in Blu-ray recorders

    In Japan, Sharp has been offering AQUOS LCDs with integrated Blu-ray players or recorders for quite some time now. And today, the company announced [JP] the AQUOS DX3 series, which consists of another five of those TVs (with built-in Blu-ray recorders) for the Japanese market. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $79 Samsung Blu-ray player with Netflix

    Blu-ray won the format war. I was wrong and Ben was right. Oh well. At least Blu-ray players are finally dropping down in price. Today’s Woot is a $79 Sammy model that’s capable of streaming Netflix. Yeah, it’s a refurb, but the price is right. Read More

  • Don't buy Lord Of The Rings on Blu-ray (yet)

    So Lord of the Rings (hereafter called LOTR) is coming out on Blu-ray tomorrow. Cool, having it in HD will nice. Better sound and maybe better picture. But you shouldn’t buy the version that comes out tomorrow, because you won’t be happy. Read More

  • Wherein the LOTR Blu-ray is compared against HD broadcasts and deemed inferior

    The Lord of the Ring Blu-ray discs will be released on April 6, but a few lucky nerds already have access to it. And they don’t like what they see. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Toshiba Blu-ray player only $99 @ Newegg


    Dear friend, I hope the letter carriers get this utmost urgent note to you on time. If so, there’s still a good chance that you’ll be able to acquire a brand new Toshiba Blu-ray player for only $99. Think of your children. They need a Blu-ray player but not at the expense of other things. But this one from Newegg is so inexpensive that I hope you’ll be able to forgo a… Read More

  • Is Samsung launching portable Blu-ray players tonight?

    Samsung might be joining Panasonic in offering portable Blu-ray players if a Ben Lyons twoot is to be believed. Let me quote, “I just partnered w/ Samsung & they asked me 2 host an event in NYC tonight for their new line of portable Blue-Ray players that are amazing!” Interested? We are. Read More

  • Sony's 3D Blu-ray player spotted at Best Buy

    Don’t get too excited. You just can’t run out and buy one of these Sony Blu-ray players and expect to watch 3D content tonight. Oh no. Not only do the players require a firmware update that’s not expected to later this year to even playback 3D content, but the units do not include the 3D glasses or the IR emitter that’s compatible with this model. Plus, there… Read More

  • Apple prepping a Mac mini with HDMI? And Blu-ray?

    The Mac mini has long been a HTPC fan favorite. It’s small, quiet, yet powerful. But it doesn’t have an HDMI port, which makes many Apple clowns sad. But hold on, a rumor just popped up that states that Apple is working on a Mac mini with *gasp* an HDMI port! Read More

  • Hot deal on a Blu-ray VHS combo player

    I’ll be honest with you. This was an odd product to see first thing on a Monday morning. Take the futuregasm known as Blu-ray and mix it with the nostalgia of VHS and you’ve got the Panasonic DMP-BD70V. Normally selling for $200 and up, Amazon’s got it for $140 today. Read More

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