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Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200 squeezes Blu-ray/HDD DVR into tiny chassis

Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200 squeezes Blu-ray/HDD DVR into tiny chassis

Panasonic Japan has outed what the company is calling the smallest ever DVR that integrates both Blu-ray burning and a hard-drive.  The Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200 measures a slight 210 x 194 x 65 mm and weighs in at 2.2kg; it can burn BD-R or BD-RE discs and or record media to its 320GB hard-drive.

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“Who needs Blu-ray?” quips UK Xbox chief as downloads dominate

“Who needs Blu-ray?” quips UK Xbox chief as downloads dominate

It looks like Microsoft and Apple can agree on at least one thing: Blu-ray is under serious threat from digital downloads.  After Steve Jobs dismissed Blu-ray support for future Macs with the suggestion that the format "is looking more and more like one of the high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD – like it will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats," Microsoft's Xbox UK chief Stephen McGill has suggested that Blu-ray "is going to be passed by as a format."

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Sony launches BDX-S500U slim external Blu-ray drive

Sony launches BDX-S500U slim external Blu-ray drive

Sony has unveiled its latest slim external Blu-ray drive calls the BDX-S500U. The optical drive connects to the computer via USB and is designed to be used with any computer from desktops to netbooks and notebooks. The drive can write Blu-ray and other media formats.

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Onkyo R515A5-3D Core i5 3D notebook unveiled

Onkyo R515A5-3D Core i5 3D notebook unveiled

Onkyo has outed its latest notebook, the 3D-capable R5 Series R515A5-3D.  A 15.6-inch Intel Core i5 machine, the R515A5-3D uses an unspecified 3D system that can convert 2D content such as downloaded video and Blu-ray movies for use with the bundled polarized glasses.

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Sony PS3 3D Blu-ray update due in v3.50 on Sept 21

Sony PS3 3D Blu-ray update due in v3.50 on Sept 21

Sony has confirmed that the PS3 Blu-ray 3D update is on track for release on September 21, as part of the upcoming v3.50 firmware upgrade.  Although stereoscopic 3D gaming is already supported on the PS3 - and indeed has been since v3.30 - the console has so far been unable to play stereoscopic film content from discs.

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Movie Theater Bus Brought Back From the 1960s, Now Features Blu-ray and HD Projector

Movie Theater Bus Brought Back From the 1960s, Now Features Blu-ray and HD Projector

There are a lot of interesting stories that stem from the '60s. Of course, stories are one thing, but to see something brought back from the day and age, and then just revamped to live in today's day and age, that's something else entirely. This movie theater bus was one of seven that was used in the United Kingdom during those fateful years, and now it's been brought back to life. But, no longer out-dated, it now features plenty of up-to-date gadgets to make any movie-goer happy.

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Toshiba BDX3100KB 3D Blu-ray Unveiled, Due in the UK This October

Toshiba BDX3100KB 3D Blu-ray Unveiled, Due in the UK This October

There's no denying that companies all over the place are jumping onto the 3D bandwagon. Obviously someone, somewhere up on the corporate food chain in all of these manufacturers believe that 3D is the way to go. And, as long as that means we don't have to pay a hefty price tag at the theaters every time we want to enjoy some 3D goodness, we can see where they're coming from. (Of course, 3D in the home is still pretty expensive too.) With that being said, Toshiba is making another push into the 3D Blu-ray market today, with the announcement that the BDX3100KB 3D Blu-ray player will be released later this year.

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ASUS N53JN and N73JN pack Core i3/i5, Optimus and B&O audio

ASUS N53JN and N73JN pack Core i3/i5, Optimus and B&O audio

ASUS' last collaboration with Bang & Olufsen resulted in the distinctive NX90; with the notebook manufacturers new N Series machines, it seems they relied only on B&O's audio skills and left their own designers in charge.  The new ASUS N53JN and N73JN - with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch displays respectively - get Intel Core i3 or i5 processors, NVIDIA Optimus graphics and, of course, the B&O developed ASUS SonicMaster audio.

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Samsung 2010 HDTV, Blu-ray and 3D home theater systems unveiled

Samsung 2010 HDTV, Blu-ray and 3D home theater systems unveiled

We're at Samsung's home entertainment event in NYC this morning, and the company has taken the wraps off of their latest LCD and plasma HDTVs, Blu-ray players - including the world's first portable model with 3D support - and a trio of surround-sound home theater systems.  3D is definitely Samsung's watchword today, with the new 65-inch UN65C8000 ultra-slim LED HDTV ($5,999.99), 50- and 58-inch PN58C680 ($2,299.99) and PN50C680 ($1,599.99) plasma HDTVs and 50-inch PN50C490 ($1,099.99) plasma all 3D-capable and supporting 1080p HD.

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Nintendo Wii 2 Coming in 2011, Featuring HD Output and Blu-ray?

Nintendo Wii 2 Coming in 2011, Featuring HD Output and Blu-ray?

Hot on the heels that Nintendo has managed to sell 30 million units of the wildly popular Nintendo Wii (here in the US), comes a new rumor, mingling with an old one. Nothing wrong with that -- if you hear a rumor enough, doesn't it mean it has to come true? In the case of the Wii, which at the moment doesn't support HD gaming (or anything, for that matter), it's that jump to high definition that's got some people firing up the rumor mill yet again.

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Panasonic unveils new BDT100 full HD 3D Blu-ray player

Panasonic unveils new BDT100 full HD 3D Blu-ray player

Panasonic has announced the addition of a new full 3D HD video player to its lineup. The new player is the DMP-BDT100. The BDT100 will be available in August with no word on pricing at this time.

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Sony’s Blue-Violet Laser Will Bring 20x More Capacity Than Blu-ray

Sony’s Blue-Violet Laser Will Bring 20x More Capacity Than Blu-ray

You didn't think Blu-ray would get left behind in the transition to new, upgraded things, did you? No? Good. Because Sony's already hard at work on the next laser that's going to make the future of Blu-ray (or maybe Violet-ray). Working in conjunction with the Tohoku University, the blue-violet laser is designed to fire ultra-fast bursts of remarkably thin light.

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