Renesas Wins DivX Plus HD Certification, For MKV Files on Your Phone

The DivX Corporation has awarded its first DivX Plus HD certificate to Renesas Mobile, producer of several HD-capable system-on-chip processors. Any phone that features Renesas Mobile's SH73704 will therefore be able to manage full HD 1080p playback, including the popular HD content ripping format MKV. In this age of… » 2/16/11 3:40am 2/16/11 3:40am

LG Home Theater Owners Can Watch 10,000 Videos on DivX TV's Web Portal…

It was a long time coming, but finally DivX TV's web portal is live in the US—only on LG devices, mind you. 10,000 vids are available to watch on assorted Blu-ray players and home theater systems. » 12/09/10 7:20am 12/09/10 7:20am

VPlayer for Android Is Your New 'Play Anything' App

VPlayer is an Android equivalent of VLC—that most wonderful of media playback programs that will take almost any file format you throw its way and chew through it with ease. And a free alpha version is now available. » 10/15/10 7:20pm 10/15/10 7:20pm

Hands On With Stream TV's Surprising, Open Source-Friendly Tablet

If anyone unseats the iPad, the victor might be the one that doesn't try to beat Apple at its own game. We checked out Stream TV's eLocity Android tablet firsthand, and this plucky contender may put up a serious fight. » 8/31/10 10:00am 8/31/10 10:00am

How To: Watch Xvid Videos Natively On Your iPad

The iPad's potential as a personal video device is handicapped pretty severely by the limited file formats it supports. CineXPlayer, the latest app to sneak past the App Store approval squad, helpfully plays Xvid videos with zero conversion required. » 8/09/10 1:43pm 8/09/10 1:43pm

DivX Acquired By Sonic Solutions With Hollywood Streaming in Mind

DivX Inc, the company that owns the codec which made your early 2000s movie downloads look actually not too bad, is being acquired by Sonic Solutions, a content delivery company, for a reported $300 million. Sonic's been working in circular media like CDs and DVDs for years—they own the popular Roxio brand—but is now… » 6/02/10 1:05pm 6/02/10 1:05pm

Surprise: Windows Phone 7 Has Native DivX Support

This is an unexpected treat: Windows Phone 7's SDK came out today, and apparently it includes DivX support up through DivX6. That means no DivX7, but it's still a lot more than you can find on the iPhone. » 3/15/10 3:56pm 3/15/10 3:56pm

Zune Software Update Brings Xvid Support, Sort of

The latest version of the Zune software, 4.2, was just released. Not all that much changed, but the update lays the groundwork for some more significant feature additions to Zune software and the Zune HD, most importantly in codec support. » 1/26/10 7:59pm 1/26/10 7:59pm

Iomega Enters the 1080p Video Fray with CinemaNow-Equipped ScreenPlay…

The world was rocked by the infinite format war, but hardware makers answered with HD media players that can read damn near everything. Iomega's newest ScreenPlay Director players decode a vast array of 1080p video—and serves CinemaNow movies. » 1/05/10 12:01am 1/05/10 12:01am

HD Media Player Battlemodo: Apple TV Killers

When Apple TV 3.0 came out, we were unimpressed. Readers asked what else they could use to play their many videos. Here are five nice ones for your needs—nearly all cost less, and do more, than ATV. UPDATED » 11/05/09 3:25pm 11/05/09 3:25pm

Hollywood Studios Strike DivX Deal for Download-to-Own Movies

There are a ton of devices that support DivX playback (the PS3, DVD and Blu-ray players, etc), so news of Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros agreeing for their movies to be downloaded in DivX for the first time is actually pretty interesting. And any added competition for iTunes and Cinema Now is only going… » 8/26/09 8:01am 8/26/09 8:01am

Samsung YP-R1 PMP Plays Your Torrented Episodes of 30 Rock

We're loving Samsung's new line of PMPs, and as lifelong haters of forced video conversion, we're especially glad that Samsung's been throwing us torrent-using pirates a bone with great codec support and a 2.7-inch touchscreen in its new YP-R1 PMP. » 6/13/09 11:00pm 6/13/09 11:00pm

Denon's DBP-2010CI and DBP-1610CI Blu-ray Players: Pay More for Less

Denon's DBP-2010CI and DBP-1610CI Blu-ray players are made with high-end components, but at $700 and $500 respectively, they are missing perks found in much cheaper players. » 5/11/09 2:30pm 5/11/09 2:30pm

1080p DivX Support Coming to LG HDTVs in May

LG has announced support for full 1080p DivX video in their new line of TVs, which begin shipping in May. LG has always been quick to try out new—if sometimes marginal—technologies in their TVs, like DivX playback from mass storage, which LG introduced in 2007. Similarly, this feature is great news for those of us who… » 4/27/09 4:34am 4/27/09 4:34am

PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.60 Will Bring New Photo Gallery App,…

Perhaps taking a cue from iPhoto's whiz-bang smart organization features, PS3 firmware 2.60's biggest add is a new Photo Gallery app that looks like it can sort photos in some interesting ways. » 1/20/09 1:22pm 1/20/09 1:22pm

HDi's Dune Blu-ray Players Have BitTorrent Plus Insane Codec Support

HDi's Blu-ray player is one of the first great Blu-ray + digital file players we've seen, being BD Live compliant and playing back DivX/XVid/WMV9/H.264/MKV files. Best of all, it's got a built-in BitTorrent client. » 1/09/09 2:01pm 1/09/09 2:01pm

Giz Explains: Every Video Format You Need to Know

Once upon time, video codecs and formats were really only the concern of AV nerds, anime freaks and hardcore not-so-legal movie downloaders. Now, even the most part-time of geeks has to deal with them, whether they're trying to stream a flick across their house with an Apple TV, dump some video onto their phone or… » 11/20/08 2:15pm 11/20/08 2:15pm

Warner Bros. to Offer DivX Downloads

Already the format of choice for, ahem, somewhat clandestine distribution of digital video files, DivX has now officially partnered with Warner Bros. to distribute video in the format. Sony beat WB to the punch » 10/14/08 9:00am 10/14/08 9:00am by about 9 months, and we'll have to wait even longer for Warner to come around to HD DivX, which won't be…

HP Mediasmart Connect HD Video Streamer Lightning Review

The Gadget: HP's Mediasmart Connect, a networked receiver that plays back H.264, DivX, XviD, MPEG-2, WMV video, photos, and even connects to your Media Center to act like an extender. It's also expandable space-wise with HP's Pocket Media Drives, and supports 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g/n. It comes in a glossy… » 10/07/08 4:00pm 10/07/08 4:00pm

LG's HS102 Projector Has Divx Player Aboard, 2-Hour Battery

Projectors, unless they're of the mini- or HD-kind tend to have me thinking "meh..." apart from LG's new HS102. 'Cause though it has just 800 x 600 native resolution with switchable 4:3/16:9 ratios, it's got Phlatlight LED illumination tech that gives it a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and 150 lumen brightness and it's got a… » 10/01/08 10:30am 10/01/08 10:30am