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Entries Tagged as 'HD DVD and Blu-ray'

New Panasonic 3D Blu-ray players get UI face-lift and gesture control

February 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Panasonic is revamping its GUI for 2011. The brand has always taken a very conservative approach to its user interface, keeping it largely unchanged over the years. As these shots reveal, however, it is giving its 2011 line-up of  Blu-ray players a face-lift. I took the snaps during a tech briefing about the upcoming BDT110 […]

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Tags: 3D · HD DVD and Blu-ray

Panasonic fine-tunes Blu-ray codec for movies on SD card

January 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Panasonic fine-tunes Blu-ray codec for movies on SD card

An interesting snippet emerged while I was having lunch with Masayuki Kozuka, who heads up R&D for Panasonic’s Media and Content Alliance office. He confided that PHL (aka Panasonic Hollywood Laboratories), the power house behind the development of the Blu-ray 3D specification was currently working on an optimized version of the MPEG4 AVC High Profile […]

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

Samsung and Panasonic rush to launch first BD Live player

April 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Samsung is to challenge old rival Panasonic in the race to launch the first dedicated BD Live Blu-ray player. The two companies first went head-to-head in the global rush to release a dedicated player, and now they’re competing again to introduce players compatible with both Bonus View (Profile 1.1) and BD Live (profile 2). Panasonic […]

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

How big will your Blu-ray library be in 2011

April 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Not very, if a new report from Bernstein Research is to be believed. The company says that Blu-ray will achieve 25 per cent penetration in US homes in just three years, predictably fueled by a drop in the cost of individual Blu-ray discs and a reduction in dedicated player prices. Yet while Bernstein calculates that […]

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

Panasonic confirms Blu-ray alliance with Samsung

April 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Panasonic has formed a strategic alliance with Samsung to develop Blu-ray hardware. Speaking at a Pre-IFA press event, brand Corporate Communications Chief Peter Weber confirmed the tie-up and promised a big push behind the high-resolution format for 2008. The company is expected to bring its first profile 2.0 Blu-ray model to market in a matter […]

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Tags: Corporate · HD DVD and Blu-ray · Trade

No HD future for remastered Star Trek

April 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Star Trek fans who have been waiting for the newly remastered Original Series to migrate from HD DVD to Blu-ray will be disappointed by Paramount’s announcement that reissues will continue on DVD only. The HD DVD camp made quite a ballyhoo after the first season of Trek:TOS debuted on its hi-def format, following an impressive […]

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

PS3 finally gets DTS-HD Master Audio support for Blu-ray

April 10th, 2008 · No Comments

The PlayStation 3 will finally get support for DTS-HD Master Audio on Blu-ray discs. The high-quality lossless audio format will become available to PS3 owners with a firmware update due April 15. DTS-HD MA has long been favoured by Fox for its movie releases. With a bit-rate up to 24.5 Mbps, the system can deliver […]

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

Home Cinema Choice Awards announced, Panasonic Blu-ray and BT Vision lead winners

April 8th, 2008 · No Comments

The UK’s ultimate home AV gear for 2008 was revealed at a ceremony in central London last Friday, as the annual Home Cinema Choice Awards were announced. Presented by former Dr Who Sylvester McCoy, the 19 categories were judged and awarded by leading reviewers from UK AV magazine Home Cinema Choice. Amongst the winners, BT […]

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