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Netflix to Quadruple Blu-ray Selection

February 27, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

In this article about Netflix success, we found a nugget regarding their Hidef Disc plans. Chief financial officer Barry McCarthy said today that Netflix will add as many as 1,500 Blu-ray titles to its existing 400 titles this year as customers ditch Toshiba’s discontinued HD DVD format and converge onto a Sony’s Blu-ray format. He [...]

DreamWorks’ Katzenberg: ‘We Have Been Well-compensated for Our Support’

February 26, 2008 by · 13 Comments 

Apparently removing any doubt of compensation paid from Toshiba to DreamWorks Animation (and we might assume Paramount also), Jeffrey Katzenberg said that DreamWorks is waiting for word from Toshiba before moving forward with Blu-ray "We have a partnership with Toshiba and have an obligation to see this through," DreamWorks Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said on [...]

Sony Announces their Next Generation Blu-ray Players

February 26, 2008 by · 19 Comments 

Sony has announced their next generation Blu-ray players for release later in 2008. Both new models will be capable of accessing advanced interactive features such as BonusView and BD-Live. The BDP-S350 and BDP-S550 models will both support BonusView (Picture-in-Picture) featured on some of the new Blu-ray Disc releases. The BDP-S350 model will be BD-Live ready [...]

There Will be Blood on Blu-ray Disc?

February 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Has Paramount been outed by advertising? We see at Hollywood in Hidef, they are running a trailer for the movie There Will be Blood, along with a tag saying ‘on DVD and Blu-ray’ at the end of the trailer. Another thing to note is that this film appears to be a joint venture between Miramax [...]

Hi Def Disc Release Announcements

February 25, 2008 by · 10 Comments 

There are a lot of release announcements and details out today. There are new release announcements for Devil’s Own, Sea Monsters and Batman: Gotham Knight. There are also new details for the National Treasure and sequel releases. A couple of titles that fell off the slate appear to have been rescheduled, Saawariya from Sony and [...]

Only One Third of Domestic Blu-ray Discs are Region Coded

February 23, 2008 by · 15 Comments 

Region Coding was been a contentious issue in the format war, with the benefits and disadvantages often argued. While HD DVD had no region based restrictions, allowing importation of titles from anywhere on the map, some say that the lack of region coding cost HD DVD studio support from the likes of Fox and Disney, [...]

Almost Half of ‘Existing’ Paramount Blu-ray Titles are Shipping at Amazon

February 22, 2008 by · 12 Comments 

Blu-ray Stats News Log is reporting that almost half of the previously available Paramount Blu-ray Disc titles are in stock and shipping at Amazon. It is not clear if these are unsold discs from before Paramount ceased shipping Blu-ray product, or if these have never been ‘unavailable’. 

Genius Notes Blu-ray Win Clarifies Path Forward

February 22, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

According to Video Business, Genius Products is hinting it will release future titles in Blu-ray Disc. During a Genius investors’ conference in Dana Point, Calif on Feb. 19, Genius CEO Trevor Drinkwater said "Blu-ray is the last format in, and that has cleared the way for the industry to get aggressive around next generation DVD." [...]

Amazon gets Exclusive National Geographic Blu-ray Title

February 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Video Business is reporting that Warner Home Video and National Geographic will launch the Blu-ray Disc version of Six Degrees Could Change the World only at Amazon.com on Earth Day, April 22, marking the studio’s first BD retail exclusive. The standard-definition version of Six Degrees will be widely available at retail starting April 8. Six [...]

Universal’s HD DVD Plans Unclear

February 22, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Universal Studio’s plans for upcoming HD DVD titles are no longer clear. High Def Digest is reporting that when asked to confirm recent retail reports that it was planning a March 18 HD DVD debut for the Oscar nominee ‘Atonement,’ a Universal rep said that the studio’s entire HD DVD slate is currently in flux [...]

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