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Hybrid Blu-ray Movie And Game Discs Planned for the PS3 350°
328w ago - Sony's John Koller has confirmed that hybrid Blu-ray discs that contain both a PS3 game and movie are on the cards.

Koller noted there are a lot of developers who say they have a game based on a particular movie and would love to fit them together.

Apparently, we should see these hybrid discs coming out this year... to quote:

The details of the hybrid PS3 game/movie product are still being finalized, but the idea is that a PS3 videogame disc would also provide access to an entire feature film.

Plus, consumers would be able to transfer...

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Recession-busting $150 Blu-ray Players Coming This Year 200°
329w ago - 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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Report: Packaged Video Games Outsell DVD and Blu-ray in 2008 50°
331w ago - Last year, retail video games outsold DVD and Blu-ray discs worldwide for the first time, according to a 2008 report and 2009 forecast by Media Control GfK International.

Video game sales were up to 53 percent of the media market in 2008, thanks in no small part to Nintendo's Wii, which drove software sales up by 20 percent from 2007. GfK predicts that video games will take 59 percent of the market by the end of 2009.

In Italy and Spain, video games already reign in the home entertainment war, constituting...

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CNET: Nine Reasons Why the Blu-ray Format Will Succeed 400°
332w ago - CNET reported on nine reasons why they feel the Blu-ray format will succeed as follows today:

1. Digital downloads will not eliminate the need for discs anytime soon.

2. Having one clear standard is a big advantage.

3. Blu-ray isn't going to be replaced by another disc format anytime soon.

4. Prices for large-screen HDTVs will continue to drop.

5. Prices for Blu-ray players will continue to drop.

6. Prices for Blu-ray discs will drop to near DVD price levels.

7. Sony will sell lots of PlayStation 3...

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Guide: Apple TV Rips via Ubuntu Linux and a PS3 Blu-ray Drive! 200°
334w ago - This guide is an addendum to Blu-ray to Apple TV guide. It explains how to use your PlayStation 3 Blu-ray drive to transfer BD movies onto a Mac or a PC for subsequent ripping & Apple TV encoding.

The primary purpose here is to avoid the expense of a computer-based Blu-ray drive for movies rips. Hardware/Software needed:

1. Sony PlayStation 3
2. USB keyboard & mouse for PS3
3. Windows XP/Vista PC or Mac with Parallels (100GB free space)
4. CD-RW or DVD-RW blank disk
5. Gigabit Wired...

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Hybrid Blu-ray / DVD Disc Announced by Infinity Storage Media 400°
335w ago - A company called Infinity Storage Media has released the first ever Hybrid and Blu-ray and DVD disc in Japan.

The new media has capacity of 33.5GB and is compatible with all existing DVD and Blu-ray players. Obviously, the major benefit of this is that you can play it on either your DVD or Blu-ray player.

To quote: Great news for those who have both Blu-ray and DVDs in the house; Infinity Storage Media has released the first hybrid Blu-ray and DVD disc in Japan.

The new media has a total storage capacity of 33.5GB...

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Blu-ray Poised to Eat Away at DVD Disc Sales 250°
335w ago - As predicted, the Blu-ray format experienced excellent holiday sales during the past few weeks. One of the hottest ticket items were Blu-ray players. Consumers have spent over $60 million on Blu-ray titles last week, representing 14 percent of the total home media market.

Reports from the Home Media Magazine, state that Blu-ray sales experienced a dramatic increase of 167 percent. This increase is mainly due to the release of The Dark Knight.

There were several other successful movies such as Wall-E and Wanted. Wall-E followed...

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Over $60M Spent on Blu-ray Disc Titles Last Week 100°
336w ago - According to Home Media Magazine, consumers spent over $60M on Blu-ray titles last week, representing 14% of the home media market.

The 167% spike is due in large part to the Blu-ray release of 'The Dark Knight', which is breaking Blu-ray sales records around the world.

Comparatively, the previous week, where 'Wanted' was the hot new release, consumers spent $23.64M on Blu-ray.

On the year in whole, consumers have spent nearly $500M on Blu-ray titles, and the average spent per week has been growing as adoption...

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