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PlayStation Game Demo and 3D Trailer on Priest Blu-ray Disc 400°
August 16, 2011 // 7:21 pm - Similar to what was done with District 9, today Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Worldwide Publicity Director Jason Allen has announced that the Priest Blu-ray disc will also contain both a PlayStation game demo and 3D trailer video.

To quote: As many of you may already know, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has partnered with SCEA to offer some incredible content from their upcoming first-party lineup of games on some of our studio's recent Blu-ray releases....

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Sony is Developing New Laser Technology Far Superior to Blu-ray 500°
July 21, 2010 // 9:47 pm - While it may not be used for the PlayStation 4 which may utilize optical storage discs, Sony is currently developing new laser technology that is reportedly far superior to conventional Blu-ray discs.

According to Examiner.com (linked above), the new Sony laser tech is said to offer roughly 20 times the capacity of current Blu-Ray discs.

To quote: "The...

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PS3 Not Compatible with New BDXL Spec 128GB Blu-ray Discs? 850°
April 4, 2010 // 8:04 pm - This weekend Engadget (linked above) reported that unlike going 3D this summer, Sony's PS3 entertainment system won't be able to read the upcoming 128GB BDXL Spec Blu-ray discs with just a PlayStation 3 Firmware update... a new player will likely be required.

To quote: "The Blu-ray Disc Association's rolling out a new BDXL format capable of holding up to 128GB (write-once) or 100GB (rewriteable).

Before you get too excited, you should know that you'll need a new...

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Rumor: Sony PS4 to Use Optical Storage Discs Like Blu-ray on PS3 650°
January 11, 2010 // 9:48 pm - Sony's Senior VP of Product Development Shuhei Yoshida at SCEA has hinted in a recent interview with German site VideoGamesZone.de that PS4 may use optical storage discs like the Blu-ray discs the PlayStation 3 currently utilizes.

To quote from the interview, roughly translated: "Whether Shuhei Yoshida believes that the technology of digital distribution even when stationary consoles like the PlayStation 3 or a future 'PlayStation 4 prevails,...

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Universal PS3 Blu-ray / DVD Hybrid Discs Launching in 2010 300°
December 2, 2009 // 11:14 pm - Universal Studios is preparing to launch its line of Blu-ray / DVD hybrids known as 'Flipper discs' in 2010, which could benefit Sony's PlayStation 3.

For those curious, the hybrid discs hold a Blu-ray film on one side and a 9GB DVD version on the other.

To quote: "The technology allows a single disc to offer a 50GB Blu-Ray version of a film on one side, and a 9GB DVD version on the other. It's a plan by Universal (and most likely the rest of the Blu-ray Consortium) to increase the adoption of Blu-ray HD films by giving consumers the option to future-proof their...

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Report: CBHD Discs Outsell Blu-ray by 3-1 Margin in China 400°
August 3, 2009 // 9:55 pm - Japanese site TV-Tokyo.co.jp reported on the progress of China Blue High Definition (CBHD is a China-grown competitor to Blu-ray) in the China market, with CBHD penetration hitting a staggering 30 percent in only a few months on the market.

To quote: "TV Tokyo visited Gome, a major retail chain in China, where CBHD discs and players were flying off the shelf, while Blu-ray players and discs languished. They also visited a factory for one of the largest CBHD manufacturers.

Sources in these companies tell...

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Netflix Renters Say Blu-ray Discs Are Proving Easy to Damage 250°
July 7, 2009 // 9:12 pm - People using the video renting outfit Netflix are starting to complain that Blu-ray disks are not as rugged as many people think.

Renters have been reporting brand new Blu-ray releases from Netflix have been arriving with a 1-3mm crack through the hardcoat part along the outer edge that makes the disc unplayable.

To quote: While DVDs sometimes used to crack customers claim that the Blu-ray hard coating actually seems to make the disks susceptible to damage in transit. The problem was noticed two years ago but hardly anyone was using Blu-ray in those days.

Netflix...

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Futuresource: Blu-ray Sales to Exceed 100 Million Discs in 2009 50°
February 23, 2009 // 8:56 pm - According to Futuresource Consulting, it appears Blu-ray may be ready to hit the mainstream. The increasing number of HDTV owners, coupled with lower prices on Blu-ray players, should fuel interest in the HD movie format.

To quote: "In the USA, Blu-ray has moved from early adopter phase through to early majority, with the format gaining real traction in the marketplace," said Mai Hoang, senior market analyst at Futuresource.

According to Hoang, Blu-ray sales in America reached 24 million units in 2008. The analyst predicts the American market will eat 80...

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