Microsoft, HD DVD, HDMI and the 360

July 12, 2006

I couldn’t help but notice the firestorm of speculation over the who stated “I would imagine that there are plans in place to put an HD DVD drive internally in future revisions of the product (Xbox 360)” Those comments were quickly Microsoft is working on.

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Format Wars: Ricoh to the Rescue?

July 7, 2006

Dual format Blu-ray/HD DVD players may have just gotten a little more likely and cheaper to produce, in one fell swoop. According to Forbes (by way of Nihon Keizai Shimbun) Ricoh has developed a way of reading both Blu-ray and HD DVD disc’s with the same laser. While other companies (LG and Samsung) have hinted […]

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DVD Forum Seminar 2006, HD DVD Highlights

July 6, 2006

HD DVD was obviously a notable topic at yesterdays ‘2006 DVD forum seminar’ in Tokyo, as the meeting shed a little more light on Toshiba’s planned implementation of the Image Constraint Token (ICT). It would appear as if our legacy component video outputs are HD safe until 2010, thereafter all component video outputs from HD […]

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Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD Fact vs. Fiction

June 28, 2006

Alright yesterdays post got me a bit fired up, I think it’s time we clear up some myths surrounding the supposed technical superiority of Blu-ray over HD-DVD. Immediately after the initial announcements of Blu-ray and HD-DVD back in 2002, the Blu-ray camp began floating the idea their format was technically superior to HD-DVD. Well, as […]

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Toshiba’s RD-A1 HD-DVD Recorder

June 22, 2006

1080p output check, internal one Terabyte hard-drive check, HDMI 1.3 check, FireWire check, HD-Satellite inputs check…. Available in Japan only, damn it, any chance in hell of me being able to afford one at $3500? Nope. Ok all kidding aside, The

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Industry Executives on the Format War

June 2, 2006

At the recent ‘DVD’s Nine Lives’ conference in Los Angeles, several home entertainment executives came together to discuss the future of DVD, and how the industry might eventually move away from packaged media entirely. The movie studios seem determined not to repeat the same mistakes the music industry made; specifically their initial apprehension to legal […]

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Number crunching the format war

May 26, 2006

As the format war heats-up statistical data will no doubt help shape the perception of both formats with potential buyers. In the coming months it will be interesting to note the sales of both camp’s hardware & software, as indicators in the eventual outcome for supremacy and acceptance. HD Beat points to a page that […]

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Retailers: HD-DVD players nearly sold out

May 21, 2006

According to Video Business Online as of last Friday many retailers reported having sold out of Toshiba’s HD-A1 HD-DVD player. The total number of HD-DVD players shipped is said to be between 10,000 and 15,000 units, which includes the HD-A1 ($499) and HD-XA1 ($799) models. Although it’s hard to pin down the exact numbers of […]

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How High Definition DVD will replace DVD

May 12, 2006

One criticism I’ve seen of both Blu-ray and HD-DVD is that the average consumer will be reluctant to buy into another format, regardless of its supposed superiority. Fair enough but I’ll argue that many of them won’t even know their buying another format or if they are aware, it won’t feel any different than replacing […]

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King Kong and The Lord of the Ring’s on HD-DVD

May 2, 2006

If you’ll indulge me in a bit of speculation… I couldn’t help but notice the current and up-coming HD-DVD titles are missing some key box-office players, namely ‘King Kong’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Surely both of these titles would be must-haves for fans of the films who are considering a HD-DVD player, […]

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