We’re mildly ecstatic to see that WB has been pulling out the stops with regard to their upcoming BD title releases (Speed Racer, Run Fat Boy Run, The Matrix), and their most recent inclusion of Digital Copy (DC).
Our friends over at EngadgetHD are reporting that Amazon has launched a new video service called Amazon Video on Demand, in turn abandoning its Unbox service.
Engadget is reporting that Pioneer has lowered the price of the BDC-S02BKZ Blu-ray Disc Combo in China by 41% , bringing the price down to 999 yuan ($145).
The guys over at iLounge have put together an excellent article that compares the new Apple TV 2.0 HD movie downloads, to Blu-ray, HD cable VOD, and good ol’ DVD. What they found out (all pale in comparison to the Blu-ray) didn’t come as a surprise to us, but we were expecting better PQ with [...]
In a recent interview with Wired, Bill Watkins — of Seagate CEO fame — was quoted as saying that even if Blu-ray manages to win the format war, "it’s a meaningless victory." Naturally, Bill states that physical distribution is on the way out, and that digital distribution is the wave of the future. It should [...]
John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has snooped through the new iTunes TOS, discovering that HD Movie Downloads will only be playable on the Apple TV. WTF? Every single MacBook/MacBook Pro has an HD capable display, as well as Plenty of horsepower for HD playback. Heck, every Intel based Mac should have no problems with [...]
Steve Jobs has just announced HD movie rentals are coming to iTunes. The price points are $3.99 (catalog), $4.99 (new releases), and include 5.1 audio. You have 30 days to start watching the movie, then 24hrs. once you press play. All major studios are on board, so it looks like Steve beat Blu-ray to the [...]
While Robert X. Cringely was thinking the Apple TV might be a worthy opponent to HD DVD/Blu-ray, I think the whole iTunes user base could be the real threat to both HD formats. If Steve announces 1080p HD movie/TV downloads at Macworld in a few days, we would have a new huge group of people [...]
Hitachi has joined LG in offering a Blu-ray writer/HD DVD reader combo drive for PCs. The new GGW-H20N features DL 50GB Blu-ray recording, as well as DVD/CD recording. The drive also includes a SATA interface! No price or ship date has been set. Read
Microsoft’s HDi Guru Peter Torr, has a great article on HD DVD authoring options for both the PC and Mac platforms. He covers everything from $40 applications, to the $40K+ applications that the big studios use. Read