Tomorrow, the HD DVD version of the Irish flick Disco Pigs goes on sale along with the Japanese anime collection, Freedom: 6. According to Wikipedia's entry on HD DVD, these will be the last HD DVD titles to be released in the United States (though Bandai Visual says it wants to release the remaining episodes of the Freedom Project series on HD DVD). The final big studio releases, Warner's Twister and P.S. I Love You, hit stores in May.
A new report released Tuesday says that less than half of high-definition television owners in the U.S. know what Blu-ray Disc is.
While that's an improvement over a year ago, it still means that more than half of that group--the target audience for high-definition video vendors--still has no idea what Blu-ray is.
According to The NPD Group, a market research company that tracks consumer awareness, while 45 percent of HDTV owners surveyed said they were "familiar" with the format, only 9 percent said they planned on buying a Blu-ray player in the next six months. That'… Read more
Following HD DVD's demise, there's been a lot speculation that Microsoft would add a Blu-ray option to the XBox 360. The latest rumor has a subsidiary of Asus, Pegatron Technology, making a premium Blu-ray-equipped version of the XBox 360 that will arrive in time for the holidays. This one follows on the heels of a report that Lite-On was going to be the one making the Blu-ray drives for Microsoft's game console.
iTunes Store gets same-day DVD releases http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/ 20080501-apple-itunes-store-now-gets-films-for-purchase-same-day-as-dvd.html
HP reports big advance in memory chip design http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7377063.stm http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/01/technology/01chip.html? em&ex=1209787200&en=c4345e5bcda95925&ei=5087%0A … Read more
Mike Please keep doing the show.
Windows is ‘collapsing,’ Gartner analysts warn http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9916717-56.html http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;1870375122;fp;;fpid;;pf;1 http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=8428… Read more
Still reeling from the recently concluded format war?
Lucky for some early adopters, the number of retailers lining up to ease your pain is growing: first Best Buy, then Wal-Mart, and now Amazon. The online retail giant is currently offering a $50 credit for every HD DVD player purchased on its site. The offer is good until April 9, 2009, for HD DVD players bought before February 23, when Toshiba said it would stop making the devices.
Gizmodo has posted the e-mail sent to some Amazon customers on Tuesday. I've excerpted the best parts:
"New technologies don't … Read more
Last one out, turn off the lights.
That was essentially the tone of the note that the HD DVD Promotional Group sent to its members Friday. The obituary for the format was short and to the point:
HD DVD Managing Members
March 28, 2008
The HD DVD Promotion Group was dissolved as of March 28, 2008, and the website was closed accordingly.
Please access to DVD Forum for HD DVD formats, and DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corporation for format books and its license. Regarding the HD DVD products, please contact each selling agency directly.
It was also a bit late. … Read more
Get your HD DVDs while you can.
The largest big-box electronics retailer in the U.S. looks to be clearing its HD DVD disc inventory. TG Daily reports that a Best Buy in Dublin, Calif., has all of its HD DVD movies on sale for $9.99, and all HD DVD TV shows for 70 percent off.
TG Daily also checked Best Buy stores in Chicago, and in one case, HD DVD movies were nowhere to be found. Upon further questioning of employees, it was discovered that HD DVDs could be bought from the inventory in the back for 30 … Read more