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Apple Releases Apple TV 3.0 Software Update

November 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Apple has released firmware 3.0 for Apple TV devices, the new firmware brings with it many new features and bugfixes, the most prominent change being the redesigned menu. Other additions include, Genius Mixes support, Internet radio, and support of iTunes Extras. “The new software for Apple TV features a simpler and faster interface that gives [...]

CBHD Player Unboxing and Import Info

October 13, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

If you’re living outside of Asia and were hoping to import a CBHD player you’re in luck, online import retailer GBAX is allowing users to import CBHD players from the United Kingdom. For £ 259.99 ($414.54 USD) you get the following. 1 CBHD player 14 free CBHD discs (The Aviator, Blood Diamond, The Invasion, The Island, [...]

Report: Blu-ray Adoption Ahead of DVD’s

October 5, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

A recent report put out by Futuresource research claims Blu-ray adoption in the U.S. is slightly out-pacing that of DVD. The report used both 2002 and 2010 as they were the 5 year mark for both DVD and Blu-ray respectively, claiming DVD in 2002 reached 32.6% market penetration while Blu-ray should reach 34.1% in 2010. [...]

Standalone BD-Live Now Possible

October 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re a fan of accessing external content from your physical media be it from a Blu-ray, HD DVD, or even DVD, the issues one might come across are the constant switching of discs to do so. A company called Related Content Database (RCDb) with partner Videon Central is working on a technology that allows [...]

Rumor: Apple Readying Blu-ray Equipped iMacs?

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Apple may finally be adopting Blu-ray according to reports from Apple Insider, Apple is apparently prepping iMacs with built in Blu-ray support among other things. The new iMac was finalized in early September and has been in production for approximately 2 weeks in various Taiwanese factories. Odds are Blu-ray will be available as a premium [...]

Universal Studios and National Geographic Announce Support for CBHD

September 18, 2009 by · 13 Comments 

Universal Studios and National Geographic have announced their support for the CBHD format, making Universal the second major Hollywood studio to support the format. Warner was the first major studio to support CBHD. As we have covered before, CBHD is currently outselling Blu-ray with a margin of 3:1 in China. Also of note, 8 manufactures [...]

Blockbuster Closing Nearly 960 Stores

September 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

In a recent SEC filing, Blockbuster has revealed they plan to close up to 960 stores by the end of 2010 with the hopes of becoming more financially stable. The decision will largely affect unprofitable Blockbuster locations with the remaining focus being put on the profitable ones. Blockbuster spokesperson Randy Hargrove had this to say [...]

Samsung Adds YouTube, Blockbuster, MKV, Support To Blu-ray Players

September 9, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Samsung has officially added YouTube, Blockbuster, and .MKV/.MP4 support to select Blu-ray players via a free firmware update. Owners of the BD-P1600, BD-P3600, and BD-P4600, are currently eligible for the upgrade, there is currently no word on any of these features coming to other Samsung Blu-ray players. Those attending Cedia 2009 (September 10-13) will be able to [...]

PC Blu-ray Players Not Taking Over

August 31, 2009 by · 25 Comments 

While the success of Blu-ray players and movies is controversial depending on who you ask, the PC market for Blu-ray is not so gray. A recent study by iSuppli Corp has found by the year 2013 only 16.3% of PC’s will ship with Blu-ray drives, up 3.6% from 2009. If iSuppli is to be believed, [...]

Xbox 360 Elite No Longer Shipping With HDMI Cable

August 24, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Add the Xbox 360 to the list of HD capable items that require you to pay extra to get the “HD experience”. According to various GameStop employees, new Xbox 360 Elite shipments do not contain a HDMI cable. If one wants to experience 1080p HD on their Xbox 360 they must buy a third party HDMI [...]

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