RealNetworks launched their RealDVD software today and just one hour after it was made available, the company filed a lawsuit against Hollywood movie studios and the DVD Copy Control Association in a preemptive move to ensure the software does not violate any DVD copy agreements.
The Matrix trilogy will be released in Japan in the coming months on Blu-ray and Warner Brothers is going all out. At least, the packaging has exceeded all standards of normal and the collection is tucked inside the Nebuchadnezzar. Yes, the ship from the movies.
At the CEATEC show in Japan next week, Hitachi will show off their latest technology which works to improve the resolution of standard-def to nearly 1080p quality. The up-converting tech will convert DVDs and SDTV to almost-HD and could even make HDTV broadcasts look better.
You might remember that just a few weeks ago, a line of scented laptops were announced. And while that is certainly different, it's not exactly a true product draw. That's why I can't understand why someone would want to make a scented DVD, but that's precisely what's happening.
The Rub and Smell discs have a scented ink on the surface, so consumers can associate a particular scent with a particular film. The idea behind these discs is to increase "product awareness" and utilize the strong memories associated with aromas in encourage purchasing decisions.
It's not just Samsung with some media streaming news today; Sony have announced availability for their new BRAVIA Link modules, the Wireless Link, DVD Link and Input Link. Each is intended to augment your home entertainment setup without requiring a monumental re-wiring effort. The Wireless Link can beam a 1080i signal up to 65 feet from the transmitter box - wth four HDMI and one component inputs - to the receiver, which you latch onto the back of your HDTV and connect via HDMI.
ViewSonic has announced a 22-inch 16:10 widescreen PC LCD monitor with a wealth of feature including a built-in DVD player, ASTC, QAM and NTSC integrated tuner. The featured rich 3-in1 display has a native resolution of 1650x1050, 1000:1 CR, 300 nits brightness, a fast response rate of 5ms; make it a suitable multifunctional display for gaming, movie entertainment or PC usage.
Sony demonstrated a 400-Disk Blu-ray player at CEDIA this year and, in all honesty, I'm flabbergasted. I was always able to understand those big CD players that store hundreds of disks or even the DVD players that do the same. But a Blu-ray player? I'm just not feeling it.
The Av squad at Gizmodo has tracked down and confirmed a few features from the manufacturer. The hardware image posted last week has stirred up the interests among Blu-ray fans, and many are second guessing the features based on the printed logo. So here they are – BDP-83 features Anchor Bay video processor as featured in latest DVDO-EDGE with ABT2010 chipset, integrated IR, supports SACD, bitstearm all HD audio codec with 7.1 analogue outputs and profile 2.0
With Blu-ray players slowly taking on the market and their prices coming down to more affordable levels, LG has opted to go the standard-def route. And while that may seem counterintuitive, they've offered up a unique design that is sure to catch the attention of consumers looking for something new but who are still a bit leery about the whole Blu-ray thing.
Here goes another flagship Blu-ray player way out of my price range. Pioneer Electronics has rolled out a reference series Blu-ray player with industry's most advanced audio/video components. The new Elite BDP-09FD features Blu-ray Bonusview and supports all HD audio codecs via bitstream or internal audio decoder. BD-Live is now a standard feature which was missing from their last line-up, BDP05FD and BPD51FD.