Samsung’s 2nd Gen Blu-ray Player Passes Simplay HD(TM) Testing

May 10, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Samsung’s BD-P1200 marks the first HD DVD or Blu-ray player to pass Silicon Image’s “Simplay HD” certification. The Simplay HD Testing Program helps consumers identify HD components, such as HDTVs and next-generation DVD players, that will work together to provide a consistent “plug and play” user experience and maximize users’ access to premium HD content. [...]

Toshiba Qosmio G40/F40 set for May 25th release in Japan

May 10, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Toshiba is set to launch the new HD DVD-R equipped Qosmio G40/F40 series laptops May 25th in Japan. Owners will be able to record terrestrial HD broadcasts, as well as burn the recordings to HD DVD-R discs for playback in standalone HD DVD players. Price for the HD DVD-R burning G40 will be approximately 430,000 [...]

Universal Going Neutral?

May 9, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a english translation of this press release, Pioneer electronics is claiming Universal’s exclusive contract with Toshiba will be over at the end of 2007. Pioneer claims the studio will then start to release its films on both HD DVD and Blu-ray. In our opinion this could mean the death blow for HD DVD, [...]

Does the PS3 really have HDMI 1.3?

May 8, 2007 by · 30 Comments 

Update: The PS3 now decodes both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA internally (outputting it as L-PCM), but a hardware limitation prevents it from bit-streaming the advanced audio codecs to the receiver. It has come to our attention that the Playstation 3 doesn’t support the most important feature of HDMI version 1.3, the ability to bit [...]

BoingBoing: New AACS crack “can’t be revoked”

May 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

BoingBoing is reporting that the infamous “Key” can’t be revoked by the AACS-LA, which is old news to those who frequent the Doom9 forums. From what we understand, the only way to revoke this key involves turning 150k XBOX360 HD DVD add-on drives into door stops. Read

EFF on the vs. AACS-LA showdown

May 4, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Our first thought when we heard about the AACS key debacle on digg was, “Wonder what the EFF’s position will be?”. We think digg really shot themselves in the foot, as they should have challenged the C&D/DMCA notice on the grounds that the key was already public knowledge ( has had the key posted on [...]

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