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Head-to-Head Comparison Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD Titles

Head-to-Head Comparison Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD Titles
Hi-Def Digest has posted the first head-to-head reviews of three movies recently released in both Blu-Ray and HD DVD formats. While none of the three cross-platform titles is really deserving of the high-definition treatment, at least the comparison gives us some sens of the two formats in an apples-to-apples test.…

Is Directv’s HD Dvr Finally Coming?

Is Directv’s HD Dvr Finally Coming?
For those of us who have DirecTV’s HR10-250 TiVo, it’s a bittersweet reality that a new HD DVR has been in the works for quite some time. While I personally love the TiVo UI, the current HD DVRs have been fraught with problems ranging from overheating, to HDMI connectivity bugs,…
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103″ Plasma Price Announced: Time to Mortgage the House

103″ Plasma Price Announced: Time to Mortgage the House
Set to ship just in time for the 2006 holidays, Panasonic has finally announced it’s pricing on its massive 103″ TH-103PZ600U Plasma TV. The set features 1080p resolution and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. With a display area of 89.3″ wide by over 50.2″ high, it’s as large as four 50″…

10-Megapixel Widescreen Digital Camera and HDTV Playback Interface

10-Megapixel Widescreen Digital Camera and HDTV Playback Interface
Panasonic announced a September release date for its new Lumix DMC-LX2 digital camera (MSRP $499.95). Featuring a whopping 10.2 megapixel, 16:9 aspect ratio CCD, I can’t imagine anyone needing more resolution. The camera also features 4x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, a 300 picture battery-life and an updated ISO control…

HD DVD Recorder Delayed

HD DVD Recorder Delayed
Toshiba has delayed the release of the first HD DVD recorder until the end of July as a result of inventory shortages of some components. The launch was originally slated for release in Japan on July 14 and is now set for July 27. Once released, the recorder will support…

Device to Allow Both Blu-ray and HD DVD on Same Hardware

Device to Allow Both Blu-ray and HD DVD on Same Hardware
This could be a huge breakthrough (if the manufacturers will adopt it, that is…) The Nikkei Net Interactive reported over the weekend that Ricoh is working on a single device which can play both Blu-Ray and HD DVD disks. The device is a diffraction plate which, when placed between the…

Report: is Blu-ray Delayed Til’ 2007?

Report: is Blu-ray Delayed Til’ 2007?
A report claims that members of the Blu-ray camp, including Pioneer, won’t be ready to launch products in Europe until next year. Further reports show there’s a problem producing enough laser diodes for Blu-ray burners, and consumers will have to wait till January 2007 before Blu-ray really kicks off. I…

Let the Format Wars Begin….

Let the Format Wars Begin….
Now it’s way too early to know how this Hi-Def DVD format war will play out, but the early reviews are playing out in HD-DVD’s favor. Now clearly, quality and performance don’t mean a win by any means (remember VHS vs. Beta?), but early word isn’t so hot for Blu-ray.…

Ultra-Mini Projector (With Frickin’ Laser Beams)

Ultra-Mini Projector (With Frickin’ Laser Beams)
How would you like to project a movie from your cell-phone or carry a screen-free computer that can turn any wall into your monitor. Israel-based Explay (not with Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb) has plans to release a Matchbox-sized projector can create images from 7″ to 35″ in size using…

Samsung Blu-ray Player Looks Better in Component Than Hdmi?

Samsung Blu-ray Player Looks Better in Component Than Hdmi?
Early adopters of Samsung’s Blu-Ray players are reporting that the picture quality on the Samsung BD-P1000 is better through component then through HDMI. It’s bad enough having to pay $1,000, but to have better quality from the analog output than the digital seems like a serious step backwards. Seems to…

HD DVD Recorder With 1 Terabyte Hard Drive

HD DVD Recorder With 1 Terabyte Hard Drive
Toshiba just announced the first combination HD DVD burner/hard disk recorder. The recorder has a massive 1-terabyte drive, allowing for up to 130 hours of high-definition recording, with the ability to archive up to 230 minutes of high def content to a single HD DVD disc. In addition to HD…

Directv Titanium: Watch Every Channel (Just $7500/Year)

Directv Titanium: Watch Every Channel (Just $7500/Year)
For those who absolutely need have to have EVERY channel, DirecTV has introduced its Titanium package The package includes every premium channel, every movie channel, every pay-per-view movie, every sport channel, every adult channel every HDTV channel and up to 10 HD DVRs. The price: “only” $7500/year DirecTV claims this…

Projectors Getting Smaller and Smaller

Projectors Getting Smaller and Smaller
With all the news about larger and larger LCDs, plasmas and RPTVs, it’s nice to see that front projection is alive and well. The story here is miniaturization thanks to super-bright LED projection technology. Mitsubishi has had a similar projector for about a year now, and Sony is now releasing…

100-Inch Screen Mounts in-Wall

100-Inch Screen Mounts in-Wall
Want the look of a flat-screen? Want a HUGE screen? Don’t want to mortgage the house for the world’s largest plasma display? Optoma has released it’s unique Bigvizion modular 1080p DLP rear-projection system. These displays are recess-mounted into your wall, providing the clean lines of a flat-screen, while offering massive…

Blu-ray Laptop on the Way, Get Your Wallets Out

Blu-ray Laptop on the Way, Get Your Wallets Out
Sony will be releasing their first laptop to include a built-in Blu-ray drive by the end of June. The VAIO AR Premium Edition will include an Intel Core Duo CPU, 17-inch widescreen monitor, 1GB RAM and a copy of “House of Flying Daggers” on a Blu-ray disc. MSRP is $3499…

Best DVD Player Gets Little Brother…

Best DVD Player Gets Little Brother…
OPPO Digital, makers of the amazingly well priced ($199 USD MSRP), well reviewed upscaling DV971H DVD player has just announced the release of it’s baby brother, the DV-970HD. This new model actually includes a built in HDMI interface (rather than the DVI in it’s predecessor), universal audio format support (for…
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