blu-ray & hd dvd
Since it looks like the high definition war between HD DVD and blu-ray may be coming to an end we might not see as many of these combo players in the future, but as long as both teams are active they will be around. Samsung’s BD-UP5500 is a small upgrade to their BD-UP5000 and to be a combo player it’s quite cheap: $599. More photos and full press release after the jump.
I just got a press release from Time Warner letting us all know that Warner Bros has chosen to go exclusive with the blu-ray format starting on the 1st of June. I guess this move will make the HD DVD team go bananas especially since Warner declares that the format war is over and that the blu-ray team has won. Press release inside.
One size fits all? Well, as long as the high definition format war is ongoing we will see more and more of these devices that features both Blu-ray and HD DVD. I would guess that this media center from Passive Technologies is pretty expensive and that if would be much cheaper to go for a built-in blu-ray and just plugging in an external Xbox 360 HD DVD but the price for this device is currently a secret.
LifeStation hd [passivetechnologies.com]
A couple of weeks ago we reported that Toshiba sold over 90 000 HD-DVD players over one weekend when they dumped the price down to under $100. Today you can get a blu-ray player for a very low price too. It’s no way near $100 but still $270 is pretty darn cheap for a Samsung BD-P1400!
Best Buy and Wal-mart had a campaign during the weekend where they sold the Toshiba HD-A2 for $100 – and that resulted in an impressive amount of HD DVD players sold. Over 90 000 players were sold during the weekend. Impressive. Is this the start of a price war between the blu-ray and HD DVD camps? I sure hope so – consumer power!
The DMP-BD30 is a brand new slim-line $499.95 blu-ray player from Panasonic. It features all the new goodies such as deep color compability, HDMI 1.3B, a SD Memory Card slot for playback of high definition content recorded in the AVCHD format. And the good news is that this baby will be out in just a couple of weeks (at least if you live in the US and Asia). I can’t wait to unbox one of these. More photos and press release inside.
Over 1000 persons voted in a blind test arranged by the Swedish online magazine Prylportalen at a big home electronics store in Stockholm, Sweden. 6 screens participated in the test: Panasonic TH-42PZ70, Philips PFL 9632D, Sony W3000, Samsung LE40F86, LG 42LF75 and the JVC LT42DV8 and the mission for the voters was to pick out the screen with the best picture. Playing on all screens was a chapter from the latest Bond movie Casino Royale (full HD).
The winning TV from Philips (PFL 9632D) got 50.8 percent of all votes(!) and on the second place you could find LG’s 42LF75 with 22.9 percent of all votes. I’m a bit surprised that they didn’t have any screens from Pioneer or Sharp though.
The winner Philips PFL 9632D is a new 42 inch LCD with a resolution of 1920×1080, a response time of 3 milliseconds.
Philips vann blindtest på Prylportalen.se (in Swedish)
On Friday Sony is hosting a big press conference where they are expected to announce a new Playstation 3 with a 40GB drive for the new low price of $399(!). It looks like we will have an exciting race between the Nintendo Wii, the PS3 and the Xbox 360 this christmas. I’m pretty sure that $399 for a gaming device and a blu-ray player will tempt a lot of families and techies to buy a PS3, yours truly included. We will see on Friday if the rumour is true but it sure looks like it, check out this ‘proof’ from BestBuy over at Engadget.
Sony’s $399 PS3 confirmed by Best Buy? [Engadget]
Today Sony announced the Sony BWU-200S – a new blu-ray disc writer that is capable of writing blu-ray discs twice as fast as last years generation. The writer will be available in November for around $600.
Just the other day a couple of new blu-ray titles got a brand new DRM-protection scheme that has caused some severe usability problems for some end users. The new ‘feature’ is called BD+ copy protection and is basically an enchanced copy protection. Almost all players that has an old firmware needs to be upgraded before they can play the new ‘enhanced’ titles. The movies are Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow.
New Blu-ray discs with BD+ DRM failing to play on some devices [arstechnica.com]