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Entries from October 2007

Panasonic first to ship Profile 1.1 Blu-ray deck

October 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Panasonic will become the first brand to ship a Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player. The company, which itself has kept a low-profile in the format war, says it will ship its ‘Final profile’ DMP-BD30 into US stores in a matter of days. The deck, which will be priced at 500 dollars, will support BD Java picture-in-picture […]

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

Blu-ray Association reneges on Profile 1.1 mandate

October 31st, 2007 · No Comments

The Blu-ray Disc Association’s mandate that all BD players launched after October 31 should conform to Profile 1.1 has been junked. BDA chair Andy Parsons says that the Association will now not object if companies fail to abide by the recommendation. The announcement will do little to protect unsuspecting consumers from buying first generation players […]

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

Blu-day for HD DVD as Warner moves to support single HD format

October 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Warner Home Video, which has supported both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats, has hinted that its about to make a decisive format decision. But it might not be the defection to the HD DVD camp that many have expected. Speaking at a BD promotional bash, Warner VP of high-definition media Dan Silverberg declared: “One thing […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

LG takes on Pioneer with ultra-black level plasmas

October 30th, 2007 · No Comments

LG has thrown down the gauntlet to Pioneer with a new range of ultra-high contrast plasma screens. Pioneer has made much of its Kuro range’s black level, which it says sets a new industry standard. LG however used the recent FPD trade expo to claim the high ground, with panels offering 30,000:1 contrast. And they’re […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Plasma · Trade

DVD upscalers good enough for most users, says report

October 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

As the price of HD DVD players hits an all time low in the US, as Wal-Mart and Amazon push the format into the sub-200 dollar mainstream, a new report from industry analyst Jupiter Research suggests that consumer interest in HD discs remains low. It says just 24 per cent of those polled have considered […]

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

Ray of Sunshine for advanced Blu-ray movies

October 30th, 2007 · No Comments

There’s light at the end of the tunnel for advanced Blu-ray features. Fox says it will use the sci-fi thriller Sunshine to debut picture-in-picture interactivity. The feature will allow viewers to watch movie-makers talking about the production of the film in a separate window from the film. Nearly all current Blu-ray players will be unable […]

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

PS2 to stay until at least 2010

October 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Reports of the PS2’s imminent demise, killed off not by falling consumer demand but Sony’s need to focus eyes and wallets on the under-performing PlayStation 3, may be exaggerated. To mark the console’s seventh anniversary, Sony has announced it will ship a limited edition ceramic white version for the holiday season. The model will sell […]

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Tags: DVD · Trade · Video games

Freeview HD dream not dead yet says Ofcom

October 29th, 2007 · No Comments

While media regulator Ofcom still refuses to reserve new spectrum space for terrestrial high definition broadcasting, it says that the dream of Freeview HD isn’t dead yet. Ofcom’s Ed Richards says that there is still a way to deliver the extra space required for HDTV, without sacrificing revenue from the sale of redundant analogue frequency […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · High definition TV · Trade