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Some DVD blanks have a lifespan of just a few years, say investigators

March 13th, 2008 · No Comments

According to the Digital Content Association of Japan, some recordable DVDs are so unstable they could lose data and become unplayable in just a matter of years. A new longevity test by the Japanese Association of 18 brands found massive differences between brands from Japan and Taiwan. Rather unhelpfully, the group has refused to identify […]

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Tags: DVD · Internet and networking · Miscellaneous items · Trade

Fax technology gets AV makeover

March 12th, 2008 · No Comments

The humble fax machine is getting a hi-tech makeover. Matsushita Electric, parent of Panasonic, has unveiled a next generation fax machine which routes received faxes direct to a screen instead of printing them out on paper. The Otakkusu Junior VE-GP62DL can also store fax data on an SD card. So is it time to add […]

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Tags: Internet and networking · LCD TV · Miscellaneous items · Trade

Video On Demand expected to soar by 2012

March 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Move over packaged media, video on demand is gaining ground. According to a report by Informa Telecoms & Media, the global market for VOD will be worth 10 billion dollars by 2012. The UK-based research operation predicts that 909 million homes (a massive 78 per cent of all TV households) will have access to VOD […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · Internet and networking · Trade

50 million Blu-ray players online by 2012

February 29th, 2008 · No Comments

With no dedicated Blu-ray players offering internet interactivity at the moment, it seems a stretch to suggest that BD Live players will be the biggest selling web-enabled devices by 2012. Yet that’s the prediction of market research operation Multimedia Intelligence. It predicts that 50 million BD Live players will be in circulation by the target […]

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

South Korea announces digital switch-over, mirrors the UK

February 27th, 2008 · No Comments

South Korea is the latest country to announce a transition from analogue to digital TV services, and like the UK it’ll switch in 2012. However there are fears that viewers who don’t already receive their TV via satellite or cable are ill-prepared for the December 31 cutoff. To help, 60.8 billion won will be spent […]

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Tags: Broadcasting · Internet and networking · Trade

Apple warns of iPod slowdown

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Is the bottom falling out of the iPod market? Apple seems to think so. The company has dramatically cut its 2008 order forecast for NAND flash memory, and has warned suppliers that growth will slow. Market analyst iSuppli immediately slashed its global flash memory forecast as a result of Apple’s announcement. In 2007, the iPod […]

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Tags: Hi-fi · Internet and networking · Trade

Toshiba pacts with Sony over super-chip operation

February 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Just days after throwing in the HD DVD towel to the Sony-led Blu-ray alliance, Toshiba has signed a joint venture agreement with the PS3-maker as part of its acquisition of Sony’s advanced chip-making facilities. Toshiba will pay 90 billion yen for Sony’s semiconductor operation, which includes the wafer production lines used to make the PS3 […]

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Tags: Corporate · Internet and networking · Trade · Video games

Paramount increases digital distribution via Xbox Live

February 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Even as Paramount preps its recent hi-def movie releases for a Blu-ray reissue, pending a release from its HD DVD contract, the studio has ramped up its digital distribution operation, inking a deal to supply more movie content to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service. From today, its robots in disguise Transformers HD remake will lead the […]

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