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Format Wars: A History of What-Could-Have-Been, From Betamax to Dvorak

Other than the frenzied anticipation for the coming breed of tablet PCs, the one topic that dominates the mindspace of the technorati these days is the world of e-readers. More specifically, a great debate is brewing; each of the e-readers and their associated online book stores favor differing standards and file formats, and we may have another good ole fashioned format war on our hands....

'Star Wars' Coming to Blu-ray in 2011, Deleted 'Jedi' Scene Unveiled

In celebration of 'A New Hope,' whose 35th birthday is next year, the always anniversary-conscious George Lucas will unveil all six of his beloved 'Star Wars' films on Blu-ray. Lucas, who personally announced the 2011 release plans at the recent Celebration V event, promised that the new editions would be formatted with the "highest picture and audio quality," along with extended special features....

Steve Jobs Takes Shots at Google, Adobe, Blu-ray, Kittens

According to a report in Wired, Steve Jobs recently took some time, post iPad announcement, to take some questions from Apple employees in a town-hall-style event. According to Wired's anonymous source, the topics: Google and Adobe. The message: screw those guys. As per usual, Jobs didn't mince words when speaking about his fellow technology companies, saying, "We see no signs of the...

All We Don't Want For X-Mas 6

DON'T WANT: Yet Another DVD I'll Watch Once DVDs or Blu-ray Discs, $10-$35 each We're guessing a handful of DVDs and Blu-rays make it in the stockings and under the trees of most families these days. Unless you're shopping for a film buff who simply has to own the films they love, you could do them one better and even save some cash. DO WANT: Netflix Subscription, from $9/month Call...

Recession-busting $150 Blu-ray Players Coming This Year

If digital distribution is going to be held off for another year, Blu-ray players are going to need to achieve some serious market penetration at a rather difficult time. VIZIO's $200 VBR100 should help when it releases in a few months, but could be quickly undercut by a predicted flood of $150 drives said to be inbound from a number of other industry players, including Lite-On. These...

Is 'The Dark Knight' Saving Blu-ray?

Well, good news for Sony, the Blu-ray Disc Association, and anyone who jumped on the Blu-ray bandwagon early on -- sales for the supposed next-gen video format and its players have finally taken off. Holiday related price cuts, and the cost suppression related to the declining economy, have helped put Blu-ray within the budget of consumers, but most of the thanks can probably be laid at the feet...

Blu-ray Releases on November 11th 2008

Just when we thought there wasn't another comic book movie this holiday season until 'The Dark Knight,' along comes 'Hellboy,' which we somehow forgot about. It's available both in regular and extra geeky, the latter will set you back another $20, but while both include a digital copy, only the Collector's Edition includes a scary looking figurine and we're not sure what else. Also this week,...

Economic Crisis Slows Gadget Spending, Blu-ray Adoption

The economic crisis may spell trouble for Blu-ray and the next generation of HD media. The uncertainty in the markets has consumers scaling back their purchase plans for the holiday season, and big ticket tech items are suffering the biggest hits. Consumer Electronics Association (CEA, the organization behind CES) is predicting an increase of 3.5-percent in spending on gadgets in the fourth...

Blu-ray Releases on October 14th 2008

Blu-ray's incredible fourth quarter of new releases continues this week as some of the biggest blockbusters of the summer debut. The biggest title this week is very easily 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull', with almost no other day-and-date release coming in second. The other big news this week is all the HD DVD catchup titles from both Warner and Universal, the biggest of which is easily 'The...

Blu-ray Releases on October 7th 2008

There are a few day and date releases this week, but we don't think any of them are the biggest title of the week. Sure 'Sleeping Beauty' doesn't fit in the Blu-ray demographic, it does mark a significant milestone in Blu-ray's path to replacing DVD. In fact it marks the very first Disney Classic to be released on Blu-ray, which we're sure will help more than one father convince his wife they need...

Sony Unveils World's Lightest Blu-ray Laptop

It took a few days hours longer than expected, but Sony's VAIO TT is here. And it's sexy. This 11.1-inch beauty features a sub-1-inch thick, 2.87-pound chassis made from carbon-fiber, and Sony claims it's the lightest notebook on the planet to pack Blu-ray capabilities. Arriving in a variety of configurations, the VAIO TT is available with an XBRITE-DuraView LCD, Intel's Centrino 2 technology,...

Blu-ray Releases on September 9th, 2008

As we push closer and closer to the one thousand title mark for Blu-ray, during this season of TV shows, catalogs, and B+ movies, we get more and more excited for what's to come. But for now we'll have to appreciate what we have, and we only wish we though 'Baby Mama' looked funny. That's not to say there isn't at least one good title in this week's slate of eighteen, just nothing new. For...

Blu-ray Releases on August 26th, 2008

Here we are at the last week of August, and although there hasn't been that many titles to get excited about, there have been more titles released then ever before. Starting with September, the rest of the year looks like the trend of more than ten titles a week will continue, but more interestingly, there are quite a few to look forward to. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we can enjoy a few...

Blu-ray Releases on August 19th, 2008

Another slow August Tuesday for Blu-ray releases this week, as there are only a few day-and-date titles. Of those, the best we can think of is 'Street Kings', but it isn't a hard decision when a title like 'Prom Knight' has a IMDB score of 3.1. We have another TV series on Blu-ray this week though, with Fox's Terminator show which oddly enough is distributed by Warner -- those TV rights are always...

Pioneer To Launch Blu-ray Recorders By Year's End

Blu-ray recorders have been on the scene for a while now, but now that the format war's over, it looks like more companies are starting to commit to BD-R devices -- like Pioneer, which announced today that it'll have a Blu-ray recorder out in Japan by the end of the year. The company didn't say what model it would be or what price point it was aiming for, but the tech is being jointly developed...