RealNetworks are developing a rival to the expensive Kaleidescape DVD jukebox, based on their own DVD encryption-bypassing Facet application, which would retail for under $300. A prototype of the Facet DVD server can store around seventy movies, and is based on Linux; however the movie studios are hoping to cut Real off before a release, in a lawsuit that will reach the bench today.
ASUS' Eee PC 1004DN is one of the first generally available netbooks to include an integrated optical drive, something which has split opinions among aficionados of the segment. HKEPC have been playing with the Intel Atom N280/GN40 netbook and, while on paper it's an impressive prospect, the reality is that hardware and software just don't tally up quite yet.
Pioneerreleased a brand new Blu-ray writer today, which can also burn DVDs and CDs. The BDR-2203 has the ability to write to dual-layer Blu-ray discs at speeds of up to 8X. Now, I'd say that's pretty fast, wouldn't you?
MCE has really outdone themselves this time. Their latest offering is the Mac Pro Blu-ray Burner, but it's not the same as their first internal Blu-ray burner for the Mac Pro. This time around, it has even faster read/write speeds.
RealNetworks is gearing up to go to court on April 24 in order to defend themselves and their DVD ripping software called RealDVD. Even though the software launched back in September, sales were soon thereafter banned by a federal judge.
Kaleidescape have announced their Mini System in the UK, a multizone media server that occupies roughly the same space as a DVD player but promises storage of up to 225 DVD or 2500 CDs. Capable of outputting 1080p upscaled video via HDMI, the Kaleidescape Mini can also be linked to up to fifteen more players for multi-room entertainment.
MSI's Wind Top AE1900 touchscreen all-in-one had its official launch yesterday, and already we're seeing the first hands-on reports. Section Addiction caught up with the 18.5-inch nettop, going so far as to check out its power demands, fan noise, and the possibility of 1080p on the Atom-based PC.
ASUS have officially announced their Eee PC 1004DN, the first model in the company's netbook range to include an integrated optical drive. As well as an Intel Atom N270 1.66GHz processor, the Intel GN40 graphics chipset and up to 2GB DDR2 RAM, the ASUS Eee PC 1004DN has a Super-Multi DVD burner.
According to the latest rumors from retailers, the DVD-equipped ASUS Eee PC E1004DN will land in stores come mid-April with a sticker price of NT$18,000 - 20,000 ($531 - 590). The Eee PC E1004DN - first spotted at CES earlier this year - will have an Intel Atom N280 processor, the HD-capable GN40 graphics chipset and a 120GB hard-drive. Those same sources have also tipped the launch of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA.
Sony has decided to take a step toward becoming more environmentally-friendly. They've just announced that their DVD and Blu-ray packaging will start to slim down and make a goal of using less resources to contain their products.
Most movies come in larger plastic cases with cardboard sleeves over them these days. But this is just plain wasteful. Starting immediately, Sony will use 80% of the plastic that is currently used. That's a significant cut back. Plus, the box art will be made from recycled paper. The plastic wrap will not be as thick and the cardboard sleeve will be nixed altogether.
With less packaging materials, it will also cut fuel and resources used to ship the products to stores, saving the company money. The first Sony movie to have the honor of being green is "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" as you could no doubt tell from the picture to the right.