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.
Now you can rent HD movies from Apple for $4.99. The high definition format is apparently 720p, which is upconverted to 1080p. The sound format is Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. The download takes forever though, unless you have cable internet …