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High Def Newsmakers

March 18, 2007 |

Price Compression Continues: Thinking about buying a new flat panel TV? You might want to hold off for a few more months as prices continue to drop. Even in January, traditionally one of the strongest months for TV sales as viewers gear up for the Super Bowl, set prices fell another three percent. And by the end of 2007, the year-to-year price compression could reach anywhere from 30 percent (according to Sony ) to 35 percent, as forecast by the industry analyst group iSupply. Read More

Blu-Ray Disc Cracks Amazon’s Top 10

March 14, 2007 |

Check out Amazon’s Bestsellers list and you’ll find a first: the Casino Royale Blu-Ray disc comes in at #8. Sure, the Casino Royale standard DVD is #1, but this is good news for the Blu-Ray camp.

Also consider that the … Read More

Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: Waiting for the war to end?

March 14, 2007 |

There is an industry belief that the reason why hi def player and movie sales have been slow is because consumers are waiting for the market to settle on one format. But I believe the slow progress is due to … Read More

Toshiba HD DVD Movies Giveaway

March 12, 2007 |

An aggressive marketing campaign from Toshiba which promises 5 Free HD DVDs when you purchase any HD DVD player launched March 1, 2007. Previously, manufacturers had offered one disc with the purchase of a hi def player. For example last … Read More

Hot Buy! Sony Blu-ray Disc Player

March 7, 2007 |

Here is a hot buy alert…you can now get the Sony Blu-ray Disc player, BDP-S1 for only $772! This is the first of the Blu-ray Disc players and was originally priced at $999.

The BDP-S1 is full hi def … Read More

Word from the Street: Nothing to Report

March 6, 2007 |

A Tuesday without a hi-def release (in either format) is a like a Monday all over again… the anticipation is there, but the releases aren’t. Nevertheless, the next few weeks promise some hot releases, some home theater essentials and some … Read More

THQ Commits to New Generation Consoles

March 6, 2007 |

SAN FRANCISCO–THQ, which is best known for kids games based on Hollywood franchises like “Cars,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and “Jimmy Neutron,” has jumped into the new generation of game consoles with some pretty impressive games for older guys. The company had … Read More

The HD Week That Was

March 3, 2007 |

To borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens, it was the best of times, and the worst of times for high definition TV last week. Consider these noteworthy events, as they went down in roughly chronological order. Our subjective ratings of impact follow. Read More

Sick of flat screen “deals”

March 1, 2007 |

I’m so sick of hearing about these “great deals” on flat screens. “Dude, I saw a 42″ LCD for for $800.” “Hey man, they have the best deals at CostCo. I saw a 32″ Vizio for $699.” “Wow, Target had … Read More

Sony looks to cut loses on Playstation 3

March 1, 2007 |

Europeans won’t be able to play most Playstation 2 games on their new Playstation 3 consoles as Sony looks to cut costs on this expensive unit. Production costs are high for the PS3, and part of the reason for that … Read More

Steve McQueen Rules Hi Def

February 28, 2007 |

Steve McQueen, who never stood in front of a hi def camera in his short lived life, rules this week’s high definition movie releases. Go figure. “Bullitt”(1968) and “The Getaway”(1972) are released in both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats. … Read More

Word from the Street: Hi Def Movie Releases Feb. 27, 2007

February 27, 2007 |

This week’s Hi Def movie releases this week include:

Bullitt – Blu-ray | HD DVDThe Getaway (1972) Blu-ray | HD DVDNine Inch Nails Live: Beside You in Time Blu-ray | HD DVDand Stranger Than Fiction Blu-ray

Bullitt [Blu-ray](Warner) Featuring: … Read More

What is HD DVD?

February 26, 2007 |

As a follow up to last week’s blog “What is Blu-ray?”, this time let’s look at Blu-ray’s direct competitor, HD DVD. The development of the HD DVD format was lead by Toshiba to be the high definition successor to standard … Read More

Slow Times at Hollywood High (Def)?

February 24, 2007 |

I’m praying that FOX and MGM’s recent postponement of scheduled Blu-Ray titles doesn’t go down as the Valentine’s Day Massacre of the high def disc business. On the eve before the romantic holiday, the studios pushed off 14 titles previously announced for March and April releases – including Fox’s mixed bag of “Ice Age,” “Dodgeball,” “Commando,” “Tristan & Isolde,” “Dude Where’s My Car,” “The Fly” and ”Turistas,” and MGM catalogue gems “Thomas Crown Affair,” ”Dances with Wolves,” “Hannibal,” “Silence of the Lambs” and “To Live and Die in LA.” Read More

Microsoft Revs “Forza 2” for Xbox 360

February 24, 2007 |

Microsoft’s “Forza Motorsport 2” uses real cars and worked with the manufacturers, as well, but for whatever reason, you can wreck these cars just as you would in real life. People talk about the suspension of disbelief in film, and … Read More

What is Blu-ray?

February 21, 2007 |

What is Blu-ray? This may be a silly question for hi def aficionados, but hang in there. You might learn a thing or two. For those of you who haven’t heard of Blu-ray, or have heard of it but … Read More

Word from the Street: Hi Def Movie Releases Feb. 20, 2007

February 20, 2007 |

Blu-ray releases three new movies in high definition, while HD DVD releases only one. However, the HD DVD bitrate of Babel surpasses that of the concurrent Blu-ray release. Here is a review of high definition movie releases from Feb. 20, … Read More

Next Generation Games Power NBA All-Stars

February 19, 2007 |

LAS VEGAS–Walking around the massive show space at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the NBA All-Star Jam Session one sees nothing but next generation NBA videogames. All of the big sports game companies were on hand, including Electronic Arts, … Read More

Can’t afford a PS3? Use a cutout instead…

February 16, 2007 |

Can’t afford a PS3? Use a cutout instead…A retail store in Australia couldn’t afford a PS3 to put on display for pre-orders so they used a cutout cardboard picture instead. Best of all, they plopped the cutout picture in front … Read More

Xbox 360 Ring of Death

February 14, 2007 |

What is the ring of death? It is when 3 red lights show up around the gaming consoles power button indicating a fatal hardware error. The Xbox 360 has had some faulty units, the ring of death showing up just … Read More