Sony, Sharp, Hitachi, Samsung and Motorola Agree on Amimon Whole-House Wireless HD Standard

Be happy: A new wireless HD video standard guarantees that major brands including Sony, Sharp, Hitachi, Samsung and Motorola will have interoperable wireless video streaming. Amimon-the chip makers behind the "video modem" wireless HD tech we've been seeing on and off for the last few years, and most recently in … »7/23/08 5:00am7/23/08 5:00am

State of The Infinite Format War: Get Ready for Five Long Years of Set-Top Battle Royale

One year ago, we predicted that the infinite format war would rise from the ashes of the HD DVD/Blu-ray format war-that a million online services and set-top boxes would suddenly promise to deliver movies and video to your computer or TV. And that each one would essentially be their own format, since none of them are… »6/13/08 1:00pm6/13/08 1:00pm

Over Half of HDTV Owners Still Don't Know What Blu-ray Is

NPD's latest survey of consumer awareness about Blu-ray tries to cheerlead, with the headline, "Consumer Awareness and Potential for Blu-ray Disc Devices Rising." But then you read the results-45 percent of HDTV owners are now "familiar with Blu-ray," up from 35 percent the same time last year. That means over half of »6/03/08 11:00am6/03/08 11:00am

Netflix: Rental-by-Mail Has Five Years Left (Subtext: Discs Have Five Years Left)

At Netflix Investor Day, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed their timeline for the end of the rental-by-mail biz, and why they're digging so hard into digital distribution: It "will probably peak in the next five years." Taken more broadly, it's more or less predicting that the real end of physical media is in T minus… »5/28/08 4:10pm5/28/08 4:10pm

HD DVD's Death Hasn't Helped Blu-ray Sales, Which Are So Bad NPD Won't Talk About 'Em

You guys have apparently been listening to our warnings about not jumping into the Blu pool just yet. NPD says that even after HD DVD stopping peeing in it and lied down to die, not only have Blu-ray sales have only jumped a meager two percent (after falling 40 percent from Jan.), but they're so bad, they won't even… »4/30/08 9:30pm4/30/08 9:30pm

Paramount's First Blu-ray Flicks Hit May 20, Will Blow Your Face/Off (Sorta)

Even though Paramount has taken longer to announce their Blu-ray slate than the other former HD DVD lackey, they're getting 'em out the door quicker, surprisingly. The first three BDs (I hate the acronym, but let's go ahead and digest it) from Paramount arrive May 20: Face/Off (yes!), Bee Movie and Next. Then it gets… »4/30/08 12:13am4/30/08 12:13am

First Universal Blu-ray Discs Hit July 22, But Where's The Big Lebowski?

Five months after converting to Blu-ray, former HD DVD diehard Universal will finally release its first Blu discs: The Mummy trio on July 22. The Mummy was already on HD DVD, so they're firing off re-releases from the get-go. All told, Universal plans to drop about 40 discs by the end of the year. Appropriately… »4/17/08 10:50am4/17/08 10:50am

Dell Marks End of Format War with $880 Blu-ray-Equipped Inspiron 1525

Dell is commemorating Blu-ray's victory by offering a Blu-ray playback (not read-write) drive in its cheap, many colored, 15.4" laptop, the Inspiron 1525, and for a decent price. Starting at $880, you can watch BD movies on its screen (at 720p resolution) or send the video to HDTVs via HDMI. In case you're wondering… »3/28/08 8:15am3/28/08 8:15am

Best Buy Pledges $50 For Each HD DVD Buyer; Trade-Ins, Too

Apparently, the cost of Best Buy declaring Blu-ray the winner is $10 million—at least, that's how much it plans to give away when it issues a $50 gift card to everyone who bought an HD DVD player or HD DVD Xbox drive before February 23. (So, BB sold at least 200,000 HD DVD players in 2006 and 2007?) And it's not even… »3/19/08 8:43am3/19/08 8:43am