4K Is Officially the Next Dumb Format War

If your bank account has left you unaware of the state of the 4K movement, here's a fun surprise: if you buy a 4K movie from Sony, you'll need a Sony television to play it back. If you buy one from Samsung, you'll need a Samsung TV to view it. Which means that what should be a fiesta for your eyes has turned into just… » 6/01/14 5:00pm 6/01/14 5:00pm

A New Front Opens In The High-Def Disc Format War: CHINA!

You may have thought stupid format wars were over. You thought wrong! This week brings the first saleable "China Blue" players—a rival to Blu-ray. My guess on the rationale? Players made of heroin. » 4/24/09 10:40am 4/24/09 10:40am

How Porn Will Shape our HD Future

There is no getting around it—we love us some porn. This sinful medium has played a vital role in pushing video technology forward over the years—and it may be poised to do it again. » 1/15/09 4:40pm 1/15/09 4:40pm

Sony Just Can't Stop Kicking a Dead, Dead Horse

A banner year for Blu-ray, to be sure, with a 100% drop in the most important stat of all, there in yellow. All this according to "Sony Figures." They just can't help themselves. » 9/03/08 7:34pm 9/03/08 7:34pm

Cillian Murphy Will Be The Last Thing HD DVD Sees Before It Dies

HD DVD was declared dead a long time ago, and the last film to be released to the US on the format will hit (roughly three to five) shelves tomorrow. Disco Pigs was originally released in 2001 and very appropriately stars Cillian Murphy and Elaine Cassidy as friends who were born in the same hospital, at the same… » 6/23/08 8:20pm 6/23/08 8:20pm

Netflix Goes Blu-ray

Netflix has just announced that they will exclusively purchase Blu-ray DVDs instead of HD DVDs for their hi def rental option. While the company had formerly supported both formats, their stock of HD DVDs will be phased out completely by the end of this year. Netflix clearly agrees with everyone else that HD DVD is… » 2/11/08 9:18am 2/11/08 9:18am

Onkyo Dropping HD DVD Support?

Onkyo appears to be the latest HD DVD defector, announcing they're "suspending" support for the format. This comes on the heels of Blu-ray and Warner's coup de grace and less than a year after Onkyo announced its lone HD DVD player, the DV-HD805. They haven't closed the door all the way, but does anyone else see Onkyo… » 2/04/08 7:14pm 2/04/08 7:14pm

Sony Reduces Blu-ray Lasers' Size and Cost

With Blu-ray destroying the competition, the availability of cheaper units is going to be a big part in the future success of the format. That is why Sony's recent success in shrinking the basic Blu-ray reader/writer module is a turn for the better. The new modules will pave the way for thinner drive bays and cheaper… » 1/25/08 4:38am 1/25/08 4:38am

Question of the Day: What Are You Going to Do With Your HD DVD Player?

Given the untimely death of HD DVD (the people's format), one has to wonder—what will become of all the hardware out there? So, our question to you is: what do you plan to do with your now defunct HD DVD player? » 1/23/08 5:30pm 1/23/08 5:30pm

HD DVD Losing Its Arsenal in Japan

The HD DVD troopers are surely fighting the losing battle, as new research from Japan details a surge in Blu-Ray recorder ownership. The study surveyed buying trends from 2,300 electronic stores across Japan, and the statistics showed that next-generation DVD-unit sales rocketed from 6.1% in October to 20% in November… » 1/20/08 11:59pm 1/20/08 11:59pm

Toshiba Wants Combo HD Player

Toshiba president Atsutoshi Nishida weighed in today with his opinion on a dual-format HD DVD/Blu-ray player, joining the chorus of other manufacturers who have edged ever closer to a unified format for high definition DVDs. Nishida said to an annual shareholders meeting: » 6/27/06 9:27am 6/27/06 9:27am

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Samsung's Combo HD DVD/Blu-ray Player?

LG was the first to publicly announce it would manufacture a universal player capable of displaying both HD DVD and Blu-ray content, and now on the eve of launching the BD-P1000, the first Blu-ray player to go on sale in the United States, Samsung said yesterday that it's also working on a combination Blu-ray and HD… » 6/21/06 8:20am 6/21/06 8:20am