Blu-ray may have won the high definition disc format war, but that doesn’t mean clear sailing for the format. Emerging DVD player upscaling technologies, along with downloadable HD and VOD, are giving Blu-ray plenty of competition.
Starting soon, kiosks will be set up in Blockbuster stores across Canada. The company first offered Blu-ray discs to customers in November of last year, but now they will promote the high definition format even more by allowing customers to actually “see” the goods.
Dell is offering a laptop with a Blu-ray Disc drive for less than $1000. The recent promotion from Dell is the latest from the PC manufacturer who seems eager to put high def capabilities in the hands of PC users. While Dell appears to offer Blu-ray disc drives on any of its laptops, the Inspiron 1525, if configured correctly, can be your for under $1000.
Previously only available on DVD and HD DVD, Warner Bros. is set to release Batman Begins on Blu-ray Disc. The release date is July 8, 2008, which is ten days before the latest Batman picture The Dark Knight is scheduled to be released in theaters.
Microsoft will not pursue developing a Blu-ray player (whether add-on or internal) for its popular high definition gaming console, the Xbox 360. Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for Xbox 360 told Reuters, “Xbox is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-ray Association to integrate Blu-ray into the Xbox experience.”
A Blu-ray production plant based in Spokane, Washington is looking forward to increased production with the high definition bout finally decided. As HD DVD called it quits, the newly built production plant, which was built to also produce HD DVDs, standard DVDs and CDs, is hoping to be a 24 hour operation in due time.
We are going to look back and realize what a foolish war this has been. Fanboys, mainly coming from the Blu-ray said, go on and on about how much better their disc is and about how HD DVD buyers are losers. While HD DVD peeps were probably not the early adopters, and perceptively “not as cool”, they are only guilty of wanting a cheap way into high definition.
The latest from DC comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment is now available on DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc and available for download on Xbox LIVE and On Demand. The feature animation stars Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as …
Will Blu-ray prices come down as quickly as they did when HD DVD was around? No. Will consumers buy high definition Blu-ray discs at $29.99 and higher for new releases? No way.
Sure you have the early adopters, the one who bought players for $1200 and didn’t mind paying $35 for a disc. And, you have some who were waiting for the format war decision to be made, and are now willing to pay $399(Sony BDP-S300) for a player. But for the mass consumer, Blu-ray is still too expensive.
Toshiba announced today it would end production of HD DVD players, as well as drives for computers. They plan on ending any shipments of HD DVD products by March 2008. “We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called ‘next-generation format war’ and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop,” said Atsutoshi Nishida, president and CEO of Toshiba.
Could this be the end of HD DVD? Today Walmart announced it would promote Blu-ray Disc as the high definition format. This could possibly be the final blow to HD DVD, as earlier in the week both Netflix and Best Buy announced they would be promoting Blu-ray Disc exclusively.
A Hollywood Reporter article written bysays that the “format war has turned into a format death watch.” Industry sources say that Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug it’s competitive hi def format HD DVD. However Jodi Salli, VP of marketing for Toshiba America says, “Given the market developments in the past month, Toshiba will continue to study the market impact and the value proposition for consumers, particularly in light of our recent price reductions on all HD DVD players.”
Here is an actual letter to a Netflix subscriber. They are going completely Blu-ray. Looks like HD DVD is on it’s way to a slow and painful death. Dear …,
You’re receiving this email because you have asked to receive …
Home Media Magazine writes, “Studio executives are looking at 2008 with guarded optimism. The high-definition disc format war may be nearing its end, given Warner Home Video’s defection from HD DVD. That means they can focus not on fighting each …
Most people have already declared Blu-ray to be the format war’s victory and our recent talks with Toshiba and Universal seem to suggest that the HD DVD camp might be ready to pull up stakes. The crazy part is this: …
The first signs of HD DVD ultimate demise may be coming from the UK on March 10. After the news on Universal and Paramount abandoning the exclusive HD DVD deal, it seems that Amazon UK is listing three Paramount Blu-ray …
With the upcoming 2.0 player profile requiring Blu-ray players to be networked, Sony finally gets to play its trump card: the PlayStation 3, which has clearly emerged as one of the best Blu-ray players on the market—and is likely to …
Black Snake Moan
Featuring: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina “Exploit Me” Ricci, Justin Timberlake and Kim Richards
This lurid title, redolent of the old miscegenation fallacies of the old American South is actually a morality tale whose title is taken from a blues song written in 1927 by Blind Lemon Jefferson. Other than that, this tale of a sex-addicted young woman named Rae (Ricci, in an shockingly immersive performance) and the religious ol’ bluesman who helps her find herself and overcome her mean demons, is a familiar yet off-beat redemption story told with originality and dramatic heft by the seasoned performers. Director Craig Brewer, of Hustle & Flow fame, continues to fuse his Southern Gothic influenced storytelling sensibilities with gritty, contemporary plotting to come up with engrossing stories that often had me rooting for folks that normally I wouldn’t give an iota of care about.