format wars

  • Amazon expands movie viewing options

    Starting today, customers using Amazon’s Video On Demand will be able to watch ad-free content on their Mac’s, PC’s and select TV’s. Previously, users had to use the Unbox application or use TiVo. Users can still use the Unbox app to download content, but options are opened with the ability to view directly in the browser. If you have a compatible Sony BRAVIA… Read More

  • Netflix charges more for Blu-ray discs; loves streaming

    Confirmation came Monday from Netflix that the movie rental giant is charging more for Blu-ray discs in a test program. No hard and fast pricing is available yet as the company is determining a pricing model. One thing for sure though, is that Blu-ray discs cost more, and Netflix is looking to pass along the extra charge. While Netflix is charging more for some DVD’s, they are charging… Read More

  • Japanese carmakers try to declare Li-ion batteries winner for electric vehicles

    Toyota, Nissan and Matsushita have formed an alliance to attempt to create a worldwide standard for Li-ion batteries for automotive use. If they succeed in convincing the International Organization for Standardization that Li-ion batteries are the best way to charge the upcoming onslaught of commercial electric vehicles, the involved companies will certainly hold the advantage. Read More

  • Blu-Ray on Xbox?

    Betting on the losing format isn’t such a bad thing for Microsoft. Sure they made an expensive peripheral HD-DVD player, but at least they didn’t integrate it, leaving gamers stuck with a costly price tag for the core console. But now that the format is dead and Blu-Ray is the winner, will the Xbox get a Blu-Ray player? No. Which of course, doesn’t really come as a surprise. Read More

  • Samsung cancels dual HD-DVD/Blu-ray player

    [photopress:samsung_hd_dvd_blu_ray_players.jpg,full,center] If you’re like me, you love yourself some home theater setup, and Blu-ray is likely your next purchase, if you haven’t already bought a player. Samsung been playing both sides of the court and was set to release a duo HD-DVD/Blu-ray player, but now has wisely decided against it. Samsung has always been a backer of Blu-ray… Read More

  • Sony: "Don't forget, PS3 is Blu-ray!"

    [photopress:blurraymenups3.jpg,full,center] Did you know that the Playstation 3 can play that new, next-gen DVD standard called Blu-ray that virtually all movies will be coming out on? It’s true! Sony wants you to know this, as it wants to remind everyone that the PS3 is an excellent Blu-ray player, which it is. Everyone agrees that PS3 is going to outsell Xbox 360 in the near future… Read More

  • A moral dilemma: Should HD DVD users be allowed to rip and re-burn their discs, even if it violates DRM?

    [photopress:hd_dvd_videos.jpg,full,left] Now here’s something to think about: Now that HD DVD is dead, do you see anything wrong with HD DVD disc owners breaking the DRM on their discs to make backups of the media that they’ve bought in an effort to future-proof their investments? Think about it: when you buy a disc, whether a DVD or CD, you’re really paying for a copy of… Read More

  • It's official: Blu-ray wins

    [photopress:hddvdrip.jpg,full,center] It’s over, and Blu-ray wins. The main backer of the HD DVD format for next-gen video discs, Toshiba, has itself withdrawn from production of said discs. Without Toshiba to lead the way, HD DVD is more or less a done format. We feel bad for supporters of the format, but they welcoming arms of Blu-ray will be open, waiting to embrace you and make you… Read More

  • Porn industry turns its sexy back on HD DVD format

    The pornography industry, ever-delivering the deciding blow (pun intended) in video format wars, looks to be jumping mid-race from one pony to another. See first the industry picked the HD DVD pony. Then that pony stumbled and has currently commenced its falling-down sequence, so Porn jumped onto the Blu-ray pony as it was passing the HD DVD pony, which it started to do a couple of weeks… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • Samsung dual player still dropping this month, even cheaper

    There’s a lot of confusion going around about Samsung’s dual player, BD-UP5000, and when it may actually hit retailers. Amazon says it won’t be here till next month, but Samsung is on record saying the player is shipping now and that we’ll see it before the end of the year. Well, you better get a move on, Samsung. The gift giving day is fast approaching and people… Read More

  • Format wars: Come together or die

    As I’ve said before, the so-called format war won’t be coming to an end anytime this year or next. It’s not really even a war amongst the two formats. Each camp must convince the consumers to upgrade their old tubes to HD before the war can even begin. So what we have here is the Chinese finger trap. Now, we all know the only way to get out of said trap is to come together or… Read More

  • 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 … Read More

  • 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 DVD invades 90k+ homes over the weekend

    Remember the Toshiba HD-A2 player that was going for $99? Yeah, well, it sold over 90,000 units over the weekend. Crazy, huh? That comes close to Sony’s Blu-ray player, the BDP-S300, which retails for $499 and has shipped around 100k since its debut in the summer. Figures are expected to be higher for Toshiba because not all retailers have reported back. Not too shabby, guys. Have… Read More

  • LG BH200 combo HD DVD / Blu-ray player will be expensive

    Currently, Circuit City is listing LG’s much-anticipated BH200 combination Blu-ray / HD DVD / DVD player for $799.99. That’s an expensive player with a price reminiscent of the first HD DVD and Blu-ray players to hit the market. Sure, it can do 1080p, DVD upscaling and play both formats, but with Toshiba’s A2 HD DVD player going for $198 at Wal-Mart and the PS3 going for $399… Read More

  • 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

  • Acer offers PC with Blu-ray/HD DVD combo drive

    Australian? Not sure whether to go with Blu-ray or HD DVD? Who cares? Not exactly "new" news but Acer recently released a computer in your neck of the woods with a combo drive made by LG. Expect other computer makers to follow suit. This is why the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD thing doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. It’s going to end up being the same situation as… Read More

  • 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

  • HD DVD isn't going anywhere, not by a longshot

    Call me a flip-flopper all you want, but me thinks HD DVD might kick Blu-ray to the curb. That being said, allow me to preface this by saying that the so-called format war is lame and it will undoubtedly drag on for at least another year. The average consumer isn’t going to pony up a few Gs on a home theater system. I think that’s a pretty fair assessment of the situation. HD DVD… Read More