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Entries from March 2007

DVD Copy Control Association loses case against DVD ripper

March 30th, 2007 · No Comments

In what could prove a landmark case for digital distribution of video, a US Superior Court judge has ruled against the DVD Copy Control Association in its battle to stop Kaleidescape from selling DVD-ripping home server products. Kaleidescape argued that nothing in the DVD CCA licensing agreement prohibited the copying of DVDs for private use, […]

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Tags: DVD · Internet and networking · Trade

Toshiba slashes price of UK HD DVD

March 30th, 2007 · No Comments

In a dramatic move, Toshiba has slashed the price of its entry-level HD DVD player by 100 pounds from April 1. The HD DVD HDE1 will now retail in the UK for 339 pounds. Certain retail outlets will also be offering the deck with two free HD DVD movies, available via redemption. Spokesman Nathan Sheffield […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Home cinema · Trade

Sony backtracks on smaller PSP news

March 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Sony Computer Entertainment’s UK  managing director Ray Maguire has backtracked on his comments about a smaller, lighter PSP. In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, he now says that comments made about a second iteration of the handheld were a reference to ongoing “research and development” rather than a specific product proposal: “Today, there is no next […]

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Tags: Trade · Video games

HP loses faith in media centre PCs, dumps range

March 29th, 2007 · No Comments

Hewlett-Packard has been a vociferous advocate of the media centre PC. Its Digital Entertainment vision has been dominant at the last two CES expos and the company has spent millions positioning itself at the cutting edge of the digital home. So what is to be made of its decision to drop its Digital Entertainment Center […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Internet and networking · Trade

Samsung predicts wooden MP3 player

March 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Samsung could soon produce wooden MP3 players and mobile phones. The revolutionary announcement was made by Samsung’s visionary president Hwang Chang-gyu, speaking at the Mobile Solution Forum 2007 in Taipei.  As part of a push to develop more eco-friendly products, Hwang said: “The significance of the environment will emerge more in days to come. We […]

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Tags: Hi-fi · Trade

PS3 cannot win console race say experts

March 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Market research firm Nollenberger Capital Partners estimates that Sony will sell 500,000 to 700,000 European PlayStation 3s at launch, down significantly from Sony’s original forecast of one million consoles. Further gloomy news for the PS3 camp comes from US research outfit J.P. Morgan. It predicts that Sony is destined to come second in the next […]

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Tags: Trade · Video games

Sony announces BDP-S1E Blu-ray player for UK

March 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Sony has confirmed its first dedicated UK Blu-ray player. The BDP-S1E (pictured) is notable for its 1080/24 output, which can be fed into Bravia D3000 series screens able accept a native 1080/24 signal from the player. The model upscales standard DVDs to 1080p. Connections include 8 phono outputs for linear PCM plus HDMI. The player […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

And so the PS3 price cuts begin

March 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Days after Sony proclaimed the launch of the PlayStation 3 “the most successful in history”, the console is being discounted to just under 400 pounds. According to industry site GamesIndustry.biz, UK e-tailer Aria.co.uk is selling the unit for 399.95 pounds as part of a limited promotion. With a glut of consoles in the market it’s […]

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Tags: Trade · Video games