Within the last few weeks Netflix streaming HD has become available on the Xbox 360 (through Xbox Live), the LG BD300, and the Samsung BD-P2550 and BD-P2500 Blu-ray Disc players. Today it was announced HD is now available on the TiVo Series3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL DVRs.
YouTube is apparently testing higher quality, or possibly HD resolution videos. Higher quality video on YouTube would certainly retain users and keep the company competitive with emerging video sites like hulu.com which has higher quality and even widescreen format video. So where are the HD quality/stereo surround videos on YouTube?
Bad news for HD DVD fans with Netflix — as of Dec. 15 the movie rental company will no longer offer HD DVD rentals. Customers found an email message in their inboxes yesterday, informing them of the phase out which had been planned since all last February when all major studios sided with Blu-ray.
Vudu’s HD VOD library has reached 1,100 titles, surpassing any other cable or satellite’s HD VOD offerings. (Comcast now offers just over 1000.) The company added approximately 150 high-definition titles per week in October and began offering 65 titles in 1080p, the highest resolution currently available.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is one step closer to streaming HD content from Netflix. On November 19, the company will launch the Xbox Experience, which will offer 300 HD titles from the Netflix library. Xbox will be the first partner to offer streaming HD and requires an Xbox Live Gold membership as well as a Netflix subscription.
In today’s news Microsoft and Akamai Technologies are partnering to bring HD video to PCs. According to an article from CNET, the streaming service will run on Windows Server 2008 with Microsoft’s Silverlight media player. Akamai, who develops software for web content and application delivery, will market the streaming service worldwide.
Samsung joins movie rental company Netflix in offering Blu-ray players capable of streaming Neflix movies. Samsung and Netflix announced the partnership today, which will allow Netflix movies to download to the Samsung BD-P2550 and BD-P2500 series Blu-ray Disc Players.
The LG BD300 Blu-ray Disc/Netflix compatible player is now available in stores. Broadcom boasted today the BCM7440 Blu-ray Disc system-on-a-chip solution as LG’s choice for the BD300, the first Netflix ready Blu-ray Disc player on the market. The BD300 delivers 1080p, PIP, multi-channel audio and BD-Live support.
Apple TV announced new HD content in the iTunes library today. ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC shows are now all available in high definition. As expected, HD episodes are a dollar more than standard-def episodes at $2.99 each.
Maybe this is why Apple’s Steve Jobs deflected the MacBook Blu-ray integration question at this week’s keynote address by saying “the licensing of the tech is so complex.” It seems they have their own HD thing going on.
The set-top box that offers a library of movies via internet connection has now added high-definition content in 1080p. VUDU revealed yesterday its new HDX format which is supposed to rival other internet HD quality formats. However, due to its superior quality and resulting larger file size, the format is available for download only.
I wrote a story a while back about how you can view higher resolution Youtube videos by adding “&fmt=18″ (without quotes) to the end of the url string in your browser’s address bar. I never thought that months later, you would still need to make some adjustments to view higher quality videos.
Apple iTunes just added NBC shows to its library again, and has also added high definition downloads. Shows include Heroes (Season 2), The Office (Season 4), Battlestar Galactica (Season 4), and 30 Rock (Season 2). Standard definition downloads are $1.99, high definition downloads $2.99, and for a limited time you can download a free episode of each show in either SD or HD.
If you are a YouTube junkie you may have noticed a new link “watch in high quality” that has been appearing on certain videos. The link takes you to a higher quality version of the video, which in some cases makes a drastic difference. If you don’t see the link, you can add “&fmt=18” to the end of the url to view the higher quality.
I would like to know how Apple counts? When HDTV first came out there was 1080p as HD and 720/780p as ED. Apple TV is Enhanced Definition not High Definition. If ATV were 1080p then there would be something to shout about. As it is, it will be a long time before it is a household device. I have heard this from many others but let’s hear it from Apple!! – Jens24
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.”
In Connecticut, AT&T U-Verse added 5 local HD channels to Fairfield County and 3 new channels to the New Haven and Harford areas. In Fairfield, this will bring the total number of HD channels up to 49. In New Haven and Hartford, HD customers will now have access to 44 HD channels.
High quality television over existing copper telephone lines can be a reality for North American Telcos, who has been losing customers due to broadband demands. Using Bonded DSL Rings, bandwidths of up to 400 megabits per second are available at a much lower cost than fiber.
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 …
With an Xbox 360 you can now download MGM movies in HD, as well as standard definition movies, through Xbox LIVE. Microsoft’s popular gaming console is the first of its kind to offer this feature. The deal between MGM and Microsoft was announced at CES ’08, with a goal of 50 movies to become available for download.
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.