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Fox will offer digital movies weeks before DVD release

Fox will offer digital movies weeks before DVD release

Fans of digital media have a reason to smile today, as Fox has revealed that it will begin offering digital versions of its movies weeks before physical Blu-ray and DVDs release. The first movie that will getting this treatment is Prometheus, which is scheduled to release on Blu-ray and DVD on October 11. Fox will begin offering the high-definition digital version of the movie on September 18, giving those who don't mind losing the disc about a three week jump on those who do mind.

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Movie rentals ditched 10% during in 1H 2012

Movie rentals ditched 10% during in 1H 2012

Research firm NPD Group has published its latest statistics looking at the movie rental industry for the first half of 2012. According to the statistics, the movie rental industry declined 10% overall during the first half of 2012. The 10% decline is compared to the first half of 2011. NPD says the decline is occurring even though consumers are switching from physical media to digital rentals.

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Microsoft defends Windows 8 DVD drop: We did it for you!

Microsoft defends Windows 8 DVD drop: We did it for you!

Microsoft has defended its decision not to include DVD playback support as standard in Windows 8, arguing that it would be unfair to buyers of ultrabooks and tablets because of limitations in licensing technology. The company faced sharp criticism last week when it was revealed that Windows 8 buyers wouldn't automatically get the ability to play DVDs, and that they would have to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro in order to do so. That, Microsoft says, is because it is altering its policy on codec licensing to serve the greater good.

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Windows 8 removes DVD playback

Windows 8 removes DVD playback

On the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft has outlined its plans for media playback with the new operating system. Media Center won’t be included with Windows 8, and instead will have to be purchased through a “Add Features to Windows 8” option through the Control Panel. While Windows Media Player will still come pre-installed, it won’t be able to play DVDs from the get-go thanks to the removal of the MPEG-2 codec from Windows.

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Samsung SE-218BB is world’s thinnest optical disc drive for mobile devices

Samsung SE-218BB is world’s thinnest optical disc drive for mobile devices

Samsung has just introduced a new step forward in consumer electronics. The SE-218BB may not have the most exciting name in the world, but it is something that Samsung hopes will be able to revolutionize the market for tablets and ultrabooks. It's an optical disc drive that is 18% thinner than conventional DVD writers and 8% lighter. Oh, and it also happens to set a new world record.

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Apple ends MobileMe with free OS X install

Apple ends MobileMe with free OS X install

This week Apple has been reported to be sending out an offer which includes a free install DVD for their operating system Mac OS X Snow Leopard - this in order for users to then upgrade to Lion and have access to their premiere cloud storage service iCloud. This offer has been reported by MacGasm where the three steps to make this process a reality start with an email sent out to people already working with Apple's MobileMe. Have you gotten your email yet?

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Netflix holds tight with DVD.com purchase

Netflix holds tight with DVD.com purchase

With a purchase of the ubiquitous domain name DVD.com, Netflix has this week proven that they'll not be letting go of their DVD-centric business model any time soon. This comes after talk this week that Netflix will continue to set up a wall between DVD and streaming content users, and the company's expansion of their streaming-only library with the original series Hemlock Grove. The company also recently upgraded their iPad application for streaming media with "Retina quality" graphics, but this week will continue their drive with an announcement of the purchase of DVD.com.

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Netflix increases wall between DVD and streaming

Netflix increases wall between DVD and streaming

If you're a streaming-only Netflix customer, the way you interact with the site is becoming increasingly different than those who have both instant and DVD-by-mail services on their account. Perhaps it's a good thing if you have no intentions of ever adding DVD support to your account, but then again, it looks like the site is trying to slowly weed out that side of its business altogether.

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Samsung’s new 3D Blu-ray system sings flagship style

Samsung’s new 3D Blu-ray system sings flagship style

This week the folks at Samsung have delivered a torrent of speaker systems to the world, including an all-in-one system code-named HT-E6730W. This system is what Samsung calls the Ultimate in Movie Theater Quality Entertainment in the Home and consists of a 1,330-watt 7.1-channel system with two tower speakers and four additional speakers to fulfill your ultimate 3D Blu-ray entertainment fantasy. Included in this system are swivel speakers mounted to front height speakers allowing you position them in a way that "sounds vertically cascade down onto the listener" - exciting stuff!

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