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Existing Blu-ray discs will play in BDXL and IH-BD hardware, but BDXL and IH-BD discs will...

The dust has barely settled on the format war between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray (in which Blu-ray took the honors), but now the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced two new media specs. The final specifications for BDXL (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) and IH-BD (Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray discs) are expected in the next couple of months and neither will be compatible with existing Blu-ray players – not even with a firmware update.  Read More

Aeon Flux

Hard up for high-definition content? July 1 sees the release of 10 movies (and a TV series) on Blu-ray, and those of you with HD DVD players could try this list of 20 HD DVDs available for under $12 each including Aeon Flux and Tomb Raider.  Read More

HD DVD is dead

Toshiba has officially announced what was only a matter of time - the discontinuation of their HD DVD businesses. They have already begun reducing shipments of HD DVD players and recorders, and expect the phase out to be complete by March.  Read More

HD DVD vs Blu-ray

The last week has seen multiple nails added to the HD DVD coffin, with official price drops, extended Amazon clearance sales, and both Netflix and Best Buy announcing they have made the decision to back Blu-ray as the HD format of choice. Read on for a brief history of the HD format war, recent developments, our advice to consumers, and more bargains.  Read More

HD DVD, Blu-ray bargains at Amazon

Amazon has launched a massive HD DVD sale, knocking 50% off the price of 103 HD DVDs from Universal Studios, including The Breakfast Club, King Kong, Pitch Black, Dawn of the Dead, and the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  Read More

Panasonic reveals its new DIGA range

October 3, 2007 Panasonic has released a Blu-ray disc recorder with a stonking 1-terabyte hard drive built in. That’s a mind-warping 381 hours of full HD video.  Read More

LG Dual-Format Disc Player - Blu-ray and HD DVD playback - due Q1, 2007

January 8, 2007 Blending the latest technologies and offering unprecedented flexibility to consumers seeking the convenience of playing both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD high-definition content, LG showed a groundbreaking "Super Multi Blue" Player at the 2007 International CES overnight. Launching in the United States during the first quarter of 2007, this advanced dual-format high-definition disc player, LG model BH100, will be the first player on the market with the capability to play both next-generation disc formats, addressing the challenge of the current format war. LG's BH100 is expected to sell for US$1200.  Read More

Acer introduces 20-inch Wide-Screen High Definition-DVD Notebook PC

August 2, 2006 The desktop replacement market continues to grow and the trend will be accelerated with the latest release this week from Acer. Introduced to the world in June at Computex Taipei, the new 20.1-inch wide-screen Aspire 9800 high-definition notebook PC is now available in North America combining cutting-edge multimedia PC performance, HD-DVD technology, IP-based communication facilities, and superior TV, audio and gaming functionalities. Ideal for mainstream and full-feature multimedia segments, the Aspire 9800 is perfect for the savvy home user, student or SOHO professional, who desire a High Definition (HD) solution - a PC and television in one - for intensive multitasking and entertainment enjoyment. The HD video and picture quality for advanced graphic design and realistic visuals is perfect for gaming and HD movie presentation. With a digital and analog hybrid TV-tuner and remote, the Aspire 9800 delivers dedicated performance for watching traditional TV, recording TV shows and capturing video, along with HD-DVD technology and a host of other entertainment options.  Read More

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