After confirming back in March that their GN40 chipset was not intended for 1080p Blu-ray playback, Intel have now confirmed that, in choosing Windows XP, netbook manufacturers are leaving customers without some of the enhanced 3D graphics performance and hardware video decoding the graphics chipset supports. The issue arises because the more advanced features require DirectX 10 and DXVA 2.0 (DirectX Video Acceleration 2.0) APIs, which demand Vista or above.
Amazon have announced the arrival of HD content through their Video on Demand service. Leaked as in development last December, though denied at the time, the service goes live today with HD titles priced at between $3.99 and $4.99. Compatible devices include Series3 TiVo DVRs, Roku's Video Player, Sony's BRAVIA Internet Link and Panasonic VIERACast HDTVs.
As brand knock-offs go, SAHPR are really cutting things close with their logo-identical anagram of Sharp. Still, what's an HD PMP manufacturer to do when they want to break into the competitive mediaplayer market; the SAHPR S600 could easily get lost in the crush, even with a capacious 5-inch display.
Dell's Full-HD 21.5-inch LCD, the Dell SX2210, is now on sale, offering 1920 x 1080 resolution and a super-snappy 2ms grey-to-grey response time. First spotted sharing press-shot space with the Dell Studio XPS 435 desktop back in February, the Dell SX2210 also has a 2-megapixel webcam that - if you're running Vista - will support facial recognition authentication.
We got our first look at the latest Blu ray players from Samsung earlier this year at CES. They were stylish and sleek and offered a nice alternative to some of the bulkier players out there. However, no pricing was announced at the time, but now we got our hands on official pricing from the horse's mouth.
After a limited launch in December 2008, the MOXI HD DVR is now generally available, offering 500GB of subscription-free high-definition digital cable recording. The MOXI MR-1500T3 HD supports up to 1080p resolution video, together with images and music plus streaming internet content, with no monthly fees.