The number of people into Blu-ray may still be small, and the number of people who care about whether their favorite movie uses the AVC or MPEG-2 video codec may be even smaller, but if you are one of those nerdy videophiles, Blu-ray Statistics is a wish come true.
The site hosts a huge database containing all released Blu-ray titles, and includes detailed information like what codec was used, whether it's on a 50GB or 25GB Blu-ray disc, what kind of soundtrack is included, etc. Clicking on a title reveals even more information, like video bit rate, running time--even video and audio quality ratings by review sites such as High-Def Digest, Hi-Def Preview and High Def Disc News. Sure, maybe you already knew that 3:10 to Yuma features a 1080p VC-1 encode--but I bet you'd didn't know the average bit rate was 23.94 Mbps, or that it used 47.94GB of the Blu-ray disc.
Alright, so there might not be much of a practical application for some of the data--and we can't guarantee the accuracy of it, either--but it's still a great tool to pick out a new Blu-ray disc, as it includes ratings from IMDB and links to retailers like Amazon and Deep Discount DVD. If we were making a wishlist of features the site could add, we'd love to be able to select our own filters from the database, so, for example, we could rank movies by the highest video quality score at High-Def Digest.… Read more
Check out the latest Digital Home video where I ask a simple question: is killing avatars OK?
The sound quality is better in this episode, but the show is still very much a work in progress.
Today, I tackle the console war and wonder if Nintendo is really a competitor of Microsoft and Sony.
What do you think?
No surprises here, but according to a study by ABI Research, consumers are reluctant to buy standalone Blu-ray players. More than half the people surveyed have no plans to buy a standalone Blu-ray player in the near future, and 23 percent are considering it, but not until 2009. Those numbers seem consistent with our experience, as we personally haven't heard much interest in Blu-ray outside of dedicated home theater enthusiasts.
Even though standalones are struggling, ABI says that hasn't stopped Blu-ray from marching forward, thanks to strong sales of the Sony PlayStation 3. And despite some early doubts that PS3 owners wouldn't watch Blu-ray movies, ABI says the company, "didn't see any significant evidence" of that behavior in the survey. That's consistent with an earlier report from the Entertainment Merchants Association, which claimed that 87 percent of PS3 owners do watch Blu-ray movies.
If you've been following CNET's Blu-ray coverage, it shouldn't be shocking that standalones are struggling.… Read more
So this is the first "proof of concept" video here in a new series I've so affectionately called, The Digital Home Video.
Each day, I'll be opining on something newsworthy in video that you won't find in the column nor the podcast.
As I said in the video, this is very much a "rough draft" and is just the first salvo in what I hope will be a great and fun video series where you'll hear me opine on all kinds of tech topics.
If you have some comments, suggestions, ideas, please … Read more