Apple Announces HD Movie Downloads, All Major Studios On Board

January 15, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

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 [...]

HD 1080p Apple Movie Downloads to Kill HD DVD/Blu-ray?

January 10, 2008 by · 19 Comments 

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 [...]

SONY VAIO Blu-ray Home Theater PC

January 7, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

At the SONY booth they were showing off the VAIO VGX-TP25E/B Blu-ray equipped HTPC. The unit has a Blu-ray ROM drive and will have an MSRP of $2999 for the top end model. The HTPC is running an Intel Core 2 Duo, and features a 500GB hard drive. The wireless keyboard and remote are included. [...]

Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Unleashed

December 13, 2007 by · 2 Comments 

Starting today, Microsoft has officially ended the beta testing of their HD DVD emulation software.  What’s that you say?  Emulation software?  We know.  It came a bit of a shock to us too.   Of course, it’s a welcome surprise though, and while we personally will have little use for the software seeing as how [...]

AnyDVD Beta Released BD+ Support Included

November 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

SlySoft has released the public beta of AnyDVD This version includes support of Blu-ray discs containing the BD+ DRM. Here is a list of new features: * New: Installer now terminates processes using ElbyCDIO * New: Added LBA to dirlist.txt for debugging * New: Added PowerDVD version information to AnyDVD_Info file * New (HD [...]

HD DVD/Blu-ray Sunday Ad Wars Pt. XIII

October 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

In this edition of “Sunday Ad Wars“, Transformers makes a big splash on HD DVD ($29.99 @ both BB & CC). Circuit City is offering the new Samsung BD-P1400 for $499.99 (MSRP). Best Buy is showing the Sony BDP-S300 for $499.99 (MSRP). Both the Samsung and the Sony include the 5 free discs offer (via [...]

32″ HDTV Free w/ Purchase of HD DVD Equipped Qosmio G30 Laptop

September 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

For a limited time (until Sept. 30th), Toshiba is offering a free 32″ Regza 32A3000E HDTV with your purchase of the Toshiba Qosmio G30. The G30 includes full featured HD DVD playback, as well as an HDMI output. Other features included in the Qosmio G30 are: HD-DVD-ROM drive with DVD Super Multi capabilities for ultimate [...]

Hitachi Shows Off HD DVD/Blu-ray Combo Drive w/ SATA

June 12, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

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

HD DVD Authoring on the Mac and PC

May 12, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

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

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 [...]

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