Monday, October 16, 2006
Tags: microsoft, xbox 360, hd-dvd
Tags: blu-ray, sony, playstation 3
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The BBC has confirmed that it will be conducting a series of technical tests on its BBC HD 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.
Tags: bbc hd
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Tags: history channel, hd, high definition, sky
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
"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."
Tags: blu-ray, hd dvd, high definition
Thursday, September 28, 2006
Tags: hd dvd, xbox 360, microsoft
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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.
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.