Tuesday, October 17, 2006

High definition DVD discussion on BBC

BBC did a piece this morning on the new DVD format.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Microsoft unveils Xbox HD-DVD price, games partner

Microsoft said the high-definition DVD player for its new video game console will be available in mid-November in North America for $200, the United Kingdom for 130 pounds sterling, and France and Germany for 200 euros.

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Neowin at Digital Life: Sony Blu-ray

Blu-ray is, without a doubt, one of Sony's most important products in a long time. It's big enough that they took a flagship brand, PlayStation, and turned it into a steward for the new high definition media format. At the Digital Life convention, Sony showed off their own Blu-ray player, the Sony BDP-S1.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

BBC to downgrade quality of its HD trial channel

Source: AV Zombie

The BBC has confirmed that it will be conducting a series of technical tests on its channel to determine what is deemed an acceptable level of quality for HD consumers. To date, the quality of its HD broadcasts have been widely praised.The changes are intended for those on the terrestrial HD trial; it’s unclear as to whether the quality adjustments will also be visible on broadcasts using the Sky HD platform. Says the BBC HD team “The tests will help us test the range of standards for optimum range and quality of potential future services.”The Corporation’s technical trial will begin on the morning of Thursday October 12 and last for five days.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The History Channel HD

The History Channel HD is set to join the other 10 HD channels on Sky HD later this year. The ineup will include Engineering an Empire, Warrior Empire: The Mughals, Lost Gods and The Sahara, as well as HD presentations of The Plague, The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross, and Beyond the DaVinci Code.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's a Knockout - Blu-ray vs HD DVD

Read the full article by Benny Har-Even at Trusted Reviews

"It wasn’t just with picture quality that the Blu-ray discs didn’t meet
expectations. With all that space I was hoping to see one of the spanky new High
Definition audio formats intended to go along with them, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby
Digital-Plus or DTS-HD Master Audio. However, the best there was listed on the
back of the box was uncompressed PCM 5.1."

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

HD DVD coming to Xbox 360

The drive will be available in mid November and should cost £130. With the new drive Xbox 360 owners will be able to watch high-definition HD DVD movies on their television through the console. The Xbox 360 was released just under a year ago with a standard DVD drive, adding the HD DVD option Microsoft hopes to be more competitive with Sony’s PlayStation 3, which will feature the rival Blu-ray Disc format.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Blu-ray or HD DVD


Backed by Sony, Samsung, Disney and 20th Century Fox, Blu-ray is one of 2 new High Definition DVD formats coming to the UK soon. Blu-ray systems use a blue-violet laser, similar to the one used for HD DVD, to read and write data, conventional DVDs and CDs use red and infrared lasers. Blu-ray discs can store about 9 hours of high definition video on a single layer 50 GB disc, this is considerably more than DVD's 4.7 GB. The major contributing factor to the possible success of Blu-ray will be the inclusion of a Blu-ray drive in the forthcoming Playstation 3 from Sony, thanks to Playstation large gamer following.


Backed by Toshiba, NEC and Sanyo, HD DVD also uses a blue-violet laser, but only holds 15 GB on a single layer disc although still plenty for high definition video. HD DVD is also being backed by Microsoft and Intel, with Microsoft releasing a seperate HD DVD drive for the XBox 360 in the future.

Format War

Who will win the format war? Until we start seeing the hardware and media appearing in the UK it's difficult to make a judgment. Although Blu-ray does seem to have the most backing and with the Playstation 3 due out next year, I think Blu-ray might just have it.