Displaying items by tag: HD DVD

All the brouhaha about Blu-ray needing to watch out because researchers have created a disc that can store 1.6TB of data today (and 10TB to come) is a bit of a load of bollocks, with the technology up to a decade away from commercialisation and even 10TB due to look teensy-weensy by then.

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There has been speculation about the long term future of disc media, speculation that grew as the HD DVD and Blu-Ray optical disc formats fought out a close war for domination of the HD video market.  Blu-Ray’s format win could be short lived, if a new disc format – known as 5D DVD -promising 1.6 terabyte storage capacity hits the commercial market.

Wednesday, 24 December 2008 02:04

Sony still losing on PS3

Costs are way down on what they were when the PS3 was first released, but Sony, two years later, are still losing money on each PS3 sold.

Published in Entertainment
Thursday, 09 October 2008 09:40

A Blu-ray drive for Xbox 360 ready to roll

It has been talked about for some time, but plans are firming for the release of an Xbox 360 Blu-ray drive.

Published in Radioactive IT
Friday, 12 September 2008 13:03

H.264 coming to Silverlight at last

Microsoft's getting with the program: the company has previewed support for H.264 video content in Silverlight. Some may question why it has taken Redmond so long to embrace the video standard.

A top Samsung UK executive has demolished Blu-ray’s chances of being relevant for more than about 5 years, if that, in an interview with UK tech site Pocket-link. How “blu” must Sony be feeling with Samsung right now?!

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Tuesday, 15 July 2008 08:17

Netflix movie, TV ep streaming coming to Xbox

A deal between Microsoft and Netflix will see movies and TV episodes streamed to US Xbox 360s, beginning this fall (northern autumn).

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We’re a long, long way from $50 Blu-ray drive prices and less than $1 per blank Blu-ray disc as we are in the world of CDs and DVDs, but an important step towards those price points being a reality has occurred as prices have fallen. Still, aren’t hard drives way cheaper to buy than Blu-ray drives and discs?!

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The NPD Group has issued findings that show Blu-ray adoption hasn’t spiked since the death of HD DVD – while sales of upconverting DVD players are up by 5%, instead!

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A news report has quoted Samsung’s “bullish forecast” for Blu-ray adoption and sales, but this is hardly a surprise now that it is the only high-def optical format on the market. Still, has Blu-ray left its run too late?

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Thursday, 10 April 2008 08:52

HD DVD not yet dead for Xbox 360 - final update?

Who said HD DVD was totally dead... yet? Microsoft are issuing a new Xbox 360 HD DVD update which will auto update for Xbox Live members, with a manual download option also available. Pity it won’t update itself to a Blu-ray player!

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Tuesday, 08 April 2008 16:48

Xbox 360 vs PS3 vs Wii Make up your own mind

There is only a couple of reasons why winning the console war is important to the consumers that purchase gaming consoles such as the Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii.  IT journo's butting horns over which platform is on the way out ultimately mean nothing, only the informed consumer can determine the fate of a multi-national electronics conglomerate.

Published in Radioactive IT
Monday, 07 April 2008 04:38

The Xbox 360 is dead

According to a report, if some Australian retailers had their way, the Xbox 360 would be dumped from their shelves.

Published in Radioactive IT
Sunday, 16 March 2008 05:01

Toshiba down US$1 billion in HD DVD bid

How much does losing the high definition disc format war cost.  Toshiba reckons on blowing close to US$1 billion on the HD DVD fight against the Sony Corp backed Blu-ray format.

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Thursday, 13 March 2008 17:00

A Blu-ray Xbox 360? Errrrr, perhaps not

Seems we may have been premature with our expectations of a re-jig of the Xbox 360 hardware in the wake of HD DVD’s demise.

Published in Entertainment
Thursday, 28 February 2008 15:04

Panasonic's new Blu-ray player won't be their last

Panasonic's DMP-BD30 might have the Blu-ray 1.1 ‘Final Profile’ – but it will be superseded by future Blu-ray 2.0 spec players in the future. That said, it’s still packed with features – but wouldn’t you just buy a PS3 instead?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Sunday, 24 February 2008 13:15

Xbox 360 HD DVD drive given heave-ho by MS

In a move that is of no surprise to anyone, Microsoft has finally decided it will no longer manufacture the HD DVD add-on drive for the Xbox 360, although they will naturally continue to support customers who purchased the drive.
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Saturday, 16 February 2008 18:23

So, Universal: when will we see a Blu-ray title?

Now that NHK have reported Toshiba’s imminent announcement of HD DVD’s death, Universal’s declaration earlier this year, in Australia, of ‘at least’ 20 new titles during 2008, must look very shaky. How long now before they too jump ship and go Blu?
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Japanese news website Akihabara News is reporting that Japanese TV network NHK has run a report saying HD DVD is ‘officially’ dead, although Toshiba are still yet to make their own official announcement.

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Saturday, 16 February 2008 08:01

Wal-Mart waves goodbye to HD DVD

Yes, HD DVD truly is the ‘Hopelessly Doomed Digital Video Disc’ now with Wal-Mart’s decision to ditch the ailing Toshiba format and go exclusively Blu-ray.

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