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Study Finds 87% of PS3 Owners Watch Blu-ray on Console 50°
July 8, 2008 // 6:35 pm - The PlayStation 3 appears to be the Blu-ray player of choice, as 87 percent of PS3 owners watch Blu-ray movies on their console, says a report from the Entertainment Merchants Association.

The 2008 Annual Report on the Home Entertainment Industry says the PS3 will remain the driving force behind Blu-ray sales until 2009.

Microsoft, which did not integrate a HD DVD drive into the Xbox 360 sold only 316,000 HD DVD add-ons for the console in 2007, the reports says.

PS3 sales, in large part because of its...

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Blu-ray Format being Adopted Faster than DVD was 100°
June 9, 2008 // 8:35 pm - Blu-ray technology is being adopted faster than DVD technology was, according to a prominent manufacturer. German optical disc equipment maker Singulus said it received orders for 21 Blu-ray dual-layer machines in the first quarter of this year.

The company said this figure showed the new technology was being adopted faster than its predecessor, DVD, 11 years ago.

"This means that the orders for Blu-ray in the first year of the dual layer technology already by far exceeded the volume at the start of the DVD eleven years ago with 17 machines," chief financial officer Stefan...

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Rumor: Microsoft to Upstage Apple WWDC with 360 Blu-ray Announcement 200°
June 9, 2008 // 12:47 am - Microsoft's on-again, off-again relationship with an Xbox 360 Blu-ray drive looks set to be on again this Monday. As you all know by now, Monday marks the beginning of Apple's annual WWDC, and a little bird told us something is going to be announced by Steve Jobs there during his keynote.

Microsoft doesn't care; a tipster told CrunchGear it's going to "upstage" Jobs, Apple and the entire known tech-using world by announcing an Xbox 360 with Blu-Ray drive one hour before the beginning of the conference.

Wrote the tipster: I've got a close friend who works at Microsoft,...

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Sony NEC Optiarc: Sub $100 Blu-ray Combo Drives for Holidays? 50°
June 5, 2008 // 10:36 pm - The market for optical drives is really tough, as it is defined by tremendous quantities at very high cost pressure. Simple DVD drives don't cost more than a few dollars, and even a decent DVD burner can be purchased for less than $40.

At the same time, every new PC or notebook comes with at least one optical drives, so the amount of optical drives always equals the amount of systems sold plus x, where x stands for enthusiast users who want dedicated devices for reading and writing discs, or those who adopt new technology such as Blu-ray rather early.

We are talking...

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Buy a Blu-ray Player at Wal-Mart and get a $100 Gift Card 50°
June 5, 2008 // 3:38 pm - Wal-Mart is set to start an "aggressive" Blu-ray promotion from June 8-14, 2008.

Consumers who purchase any Blu-ray player in its stores during the period will get a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.

Wal-Mart has also increased the brands of Blu-ray players it sells, adding Magnavox, Samsung and Panasonic, and it will sell select Blu-ray movie titles for $15 starting June 8, including "3:10 to Yuma," "Shooter" and "300."

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3D Blu-ray on PS3 via Firmware Update in 2008? 50°
June 2, 2008 // 3:09 pm - 3D Blu-Ray, even on PS3 via single Firmware Update ? An interesting technology, that prompted Play3-Live to interview Manuel R. Gutierrez Novelo, CEO & President of TDVision Systems. To quote:

"We're in the process to enable the PlayStation 3 to playback 3D movies using our TDVCodec and Blu-ray discs at our R&D labs since the PS3 is enabled with the BD2.0 version. Currently we have it working on a PC in 3D and after some changes on the firmware and installing some software for the PS3 we'll be playing 3D directly form the PS3.

Movies can be either computer generated...

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Microsoft: Blu-ray not taking off 100°
May 24, 2008 // 7:58 pm - Once again, Microsoft has squashed rumors that a Blu-ray drive for a refreshed Xbox 360 may be in the works. The company believes that DVD will remain the more important optical format at this time and that the real format battle may be fought online.

An article published by Home Media Magazine earlier this week quoted Shane Kim, head of Microsoft Games Studios, saying that while Blu-ray "provides some visual boost for people who want a physical HD format", Microsoft does not see "that format taking off, in general." Consequently, Kim stated that Microsoft is not working...

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Blu-ray sales tank for good reasons 100°
May 6, 2008 // 1:57 am - Blu-ray player sales are sucking wind as well they should. According to Cnet, sales of the DRM infected format players are dropping like rocks.

The not so bright people out there had expected sales to skyrocket once the format war was done, but it didn't. They thought was people would ignore the massive defects of Blu-ray and buy like the dumb sheep that they are, handcuffing themselves to the Sony bank account.

Surprise, it didn't happen. US consumers are still dumb sheep, but this time they are realizing what is being done to them and they aren't biting. Sony's hope...

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