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2010: The year I forgot about DVDs

2010: The year I forgot about DVDs

As someone who loves to sit down in front of the television after a long day’s work and watch a movie or television show, I typically spend some time each month heading down to Best Buy or browsing Amazon to find out what the latest entertainment releases are. It has become a habit that at least so far, I’m unwilling to give up.

But over the past year, my buying decisions have changed, and I’ve officially ditched DVD in favor of Blu-ray or streaming services.

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Flix on Stix Skips the DVDs, Puts Movies on Your USB Flash Drive

Flix on Stix Skips the DVDs, Puts Movies on Your USB Flash Drive

While going into a store and finding a DVD or Blu-ray to rent may not be what's popular anymore, other services like Netflix and Hulu are seeing quite the attraction, thanks to the fact that you don't actually have to go anywhere other than your computer, TV, or maybe as far as your mailbox to watch a movie. Then, there's services like Redbox that allow you to rent a movie for cheap, on a daily rate, and then return it back to the kiosk when your'e finished with it. But, Flix on Stix wants to take that idea, and make it a bit more useful for those who may not want an actual DVD to take home, or have to worry about returning it.

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Zediva go basic with movie streaming service: stacks of DVD players

Zediva go basic with movie streaming service: stacks of DVD players

Winning today's "Credit For Trying" award is Zediva, a company which has taken a somewhat off-the-wall approach to streaming rentals. Rather than sign deals with studios and try to find as many customers to watch content at once as possible, Zediva is working on a more one-to-one basis: you rent not only a DVD but a DVD player that lives at their data center, and tune in via an internet stream.

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Toshiba REGZA SD-P96DT & SD-P76S keep the portable DVD player lights burning

Toshiba REGZA SD-P96DT & SD-P76S keep the portable DVD player lights burning

Toshiba has outed a new pair of portable DVD players, the 9-inch REGZA SD-P96DT and 7-inch REGZA SD-P76S, though they've at least slotted a TV tuner into the larger model to give it at least a vague air of modernism. The SD-P96DT runs at 800 x 480 resolution and has both 1-Seg digital and analog tuners, while the SD-P76S makes do with a 480 x 234 display and no tuners at all.

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Happy with Netflix/Redbox 28-Day Delays? Warner Bros is too, and Wants More!

Happy with Netflix/Redbox 28-Day Delays? Warner Bros is too, and Wants More!

Early 2010, Warner Brothers studios pressured Redbox and Netflix into delaying rental releases by 28 days in hopes of people deciding they needed the movies as fast as they could get them, getting them then to purchase the movies from the store rather than renting. Apparently they succeeded, or at least they say they succeeded siting a 15% increase in packaged media sales since the 28 day decree. Now WB may be increasing the delay to see if sales increase even more.

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Philips MCD900 and MCi900 Announced, Featuring SoundSphere Systems

Philips MCD900 and MCi900 Announced, Featuring SoundSphere Systems

There's nothing slowing down the in-home audio equipment movement, that's for sure. With two brand new units unveiled by Philips today, the MCD900 and MCi900 wager that they pack enough features within their sleek frames, and will capture your eye with their stylish curves, that they'll be the next units you drop your hard earned cash on. Of course, in the market you've got to be pretty fierce and option up plenty of specifications and features to make anyone interested in your announcement. Thankfully, Philips has us covered.

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Elitegroup ECS Morph-A: distinctive Full HD all-in-one

Elitegroup ECS Morph-A: distinctive Full HD  all-in-one

You can't really argue with the fact that a nettop - especially an all-in-one - is basically a deskbound netbook with a bigger screen, and Elitegroup obviously couldn't even be bothered combining the ECS Morph-A's display and base section into a single chunk.  Still, they've obviously been busy with the orange go-faster stripes, perhaps a little incongruous given the Intel Atom D410 or D510 processors actually powering the machine.

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Vaseline can fix scratched CDs?

Vaseline can fix scratched CDs?

I don't put my CDs or DVDs up after I use them typically. I tend to stack them in a pile on my desk or on the shelf behind my desk. I guess the kids learned the same thing from me since they tend to leave discs stacked as well. That means we often end up with games and movies that are too scratched to play.

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Toshiba G300, E200, C100 & CV100 HDTVs arrive

Toshiba G300, E200, C100 & CV100 HDTVs arrive

If Toshiba's new UX600 series HDTVs are slightly out of your price range, the company has a fair few other new models to choose from too.  The G300, E200 and C100 are all standalone LCD HDTVs, while the CV100 LCD throws an integrated DVD player into the mixture.  All four have similar "Horizon" stylings as the more expensive sets, but with sizes kicking off from 18.5-inches and prices from $249.99.

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