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Speculation: Samsung Adds MKV to Blu-ray Players, PS3 Next? 700°
September 7, 2009 // 2:18 am - With Samsung now having a major advantage, we can only hope that the MKV file format is added to the PS3's accepted format list soon so that converting will be a thing of the past.

At IFA, Samsung announced that Blu-ray player models BD-P1600, BD-P3600 and BD-P4600 will support both YouTube and the MKV file format.

Existing players will be able to access those features by upgrading the firmware. The company plans to launch BD recorders in 2010, and is...

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Recession-busting $150 Blu-ray Players Coming This Year 200°
February 4, 2009 // 1:19 am - As Blu-ray market penetration increases, the entry price of Blu-ray Disc players will continue to decrease.

China's Economic Daily News reports that white-box vendors will offer Blu-ray players at approximately a $150 USD price point this year.

Lite-On IT, a prominent Taiwanese disc drive manufacturer, plans to offer a half-height Blu-ray drive for laptops for around $150 USD, according to the newspaper.

White-box vendors are obscure electronics manufacturers, so don't expect to see Sony...

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PS3 Blu-ray Disc Load Times Tested, Beats Standalone Players 50°
October 31, 2008 // 11:06 pm - What's not to like about PS3? Playing videos games, accessing PlayStation Network, intuitive firmware updates via WIFI/ LAN/Flash Media, abundance of video formats support and least but not last, most consistent and fastest loading time Blu-ray player to date.

Japanese site PhileWeb has put a 2nd generation BD recorder, a few 3rd generation Blu-Ray standalones, and the good old PS3 on test; no surprises here, PS3 once again came out on top in terms of disc loading speed.

If you have one of those older...

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Samsung Blu-ray Players Hooking Up with Netflix 50°
October 27, 2008 // 10:47 pm - Samsung are reportedly planning announce a deal on Thursday which will see its Blu-ray players possess the ability to retrieve movies and TV shows from Netflix.

In a statement, Netflix and Samsung noted that they are planning to integrate the streaming capability into a variety of home entertainment devices.

To quote: Samsung Electronics Co. is equipping Blu-ray DVD players so they can retrieve movies and TV shows from Netflix Inc.'s Internet streaming service, accelerating Netflix's push to develop more delivery methods beyond the mail.

The deal, to be...

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New Sony Blu-ray Players Aimed at Low Price Point 50°
September 24, 2008 // 3:02 am - In an interesting development that may de-value it's own PS3, Sony is focusing on more user-friendly price points to promote its two new Blu-ray Disc players.

The new models, showcased at a Sony event today, are aimed at current DVD and HDTV users who have previously been priced out of the market.

Sony technology communications manager Paul Colley explained that the new Blu-ray strategy is heavily influenced by history, with the Sony looking to replicate the whirlwind take-up of DVD. Colley noted that DVD players didn't explode in popularity until the players...

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Owners of Blu-ray players may become frozen out, PS3 is safe 300°
January 15, 2008 // 3:51 pm - The BBC reports on how owners of already purchased Blu-ray players may effectively find themselves locked out of future developments in the technology as their machines are not upgradeable.

Later on in the year, BD Live will be launched to support features to connect to the Internet and download content but as Internet functionality is not a strict requirement, no Blu-ray players currently on the market will be able to access this feature.

However, there is one small exception to the previous thought and that is the PS3 which should always be able to keep up with the...

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