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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.