Archive for the ‘HD’ Category

New Content Protection System Ready For Blu-ray Disc

June 22, 2007

“Blu-ray Disc is getting another layer of content protection with the availability of BD Plus (BD+). The system, from BD+ Technologies LLC, is now complete and available to all Hollywood movie studios and content developers for implementation in Blu-ray Disc media.

Issued by BD+ Technologies are system specifications, key management rules, test specifications and various agreements. Also launched are a key issuing center, testing centers for players, and testing facilities for disc playability.”


Blockbuster Socks HD-DVD In The Gut

June 19, 2007

While my colleague Steve Wilson is much more of a high-def optical disk expert than myself, I think this decision by Blockbuster definitely puts a chink in HD-DVD’s armor. The HD-DVD promotional group was, not surprisingly, unhappy with the decision.

“I think trying to make a format decision using such a short time period is really not measuring what the consumer is saying,” said Ken Graffeo, co-president of the group.

Its not exactly the death of HD-DVD, but I think all it would take is one more departure of a studio and the writing will be on the wall in permanent ink and spray-paint. Currently HD-DVD has exclusive support from only Paramount, while Blu-ray has Columbia, MGM, Disney, Fox and Lion’s Gate. Luckily for HD-DVD, home video behemoth Warner Brothers hasn’t shown any signs of skittishness.”


300hr TiVo Series3 HD Digital Media Recorder

June 3, 2007

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3. $200 rebate [Exp 7/16]
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TiVo Prepping A “Mass Appeal” HD DVR Priced Below Series 3

May 31, 2007

“Everyone knows that true DVR nirvana requires support for sweet, sweet HD video. Yet while the cost of HDTVs has dropped sharply in the last 5 years, the cost of getting an HD TiVo up and running has not. The much-anticipated Series 3 debuted at $799, and the previous DirecTiVo HR 10-250 debuted at over $1,000. This situation is particularly bad for TiVo, as several cable and satellite operators now offer their own HD DVRs—often for as little as $10 per month. Many consumers aren’t interested in paying the major price premium that TiVo requires, even if they believe that TiVo provides both a superior product and experience (a belief I completely agree with).”


Ten Things You Should Know Before Buying a High Def DVR

May 24, 2007

“With the recent launch of CableCARD Vista Media Centers, many people are reconsidering buying (or upgrading to) a high definition DVR. But with all the different choices and various benefits and drawbacks of each, it’s hard to choose the one that’s right for you.Do you go with a cheap $9 a month rental from Comcast and put up with all its flaws to save money? Do you plunk down a couple hundred bucks and a monthly fee for a TiVo Series 3 because it just works the way you want it? Do you go all out and spend a couple grand for a Vista Media Center that has every single extra feature you could possibly want in a PC? Or do you go to the other extreme and build your own MythTV/SageTV/XP Media Center machine out of spare parts?”


LG Electronics Unveils World’s First High-Definition TV Refrigerator

May 8, 2007

“Building on its award-winning Weather & Info TV Refrigerator, LG Electronics makes kitchens more innovative and entertaining with the introduction of the first-of-its-kind digital high-definition television (HDTV) Refrigerator. The new premium model is highlighted along with LG’s full refrigerator line at the 2007 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, May 8-10 (Booth C3713).The stylish new LG HDTV Refrigerator is a unique side-by-side model that incorporates LG’s powerful fifth-generation ATSC-QAM-NTSC digital television tuner that delivers crisp digital broadcast and unscrambled cable images to the refrigerator’s 15-inch high-definition LCD television screen.”


Canon HR10 HD Camcorder Records On DVDs In Full 1080i

May 7, 2007

“Like its HV20 bro, this is a highly portable camcorder, and this one can record in either standard definition or high definition. If you record standard-definition onto its DVD, you can pop that disc into almost any DVD player and play back its MPEG-2 footage right away. Or, if you record in AVCHD format on a regular DVD, you can play it back on a Blu-ray player in all its HD glory.”

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Weighs In On The HD-DVD Key Hysteria

May 2, 2007

Originally mentioned here, Digg users went nuts over some stories being deleted and user accounts being banned when a secret key was posted. The EFF has decided to throw in their 2cents.

Who can sue over the posting of the key? The DMCA entitles “anyone injured by a violation” to bring a civil lawsuit seeking damages (including statutory damages ranging between $200 and $2500 for each “offer”). In addition, if a person violates the DMCA “willfully and for purposes of commercial gain,” a federal prosecutor could bring criminal charges (with the famous exception of the Sklyarov case, however, criminal prosecutions have generally been limited to situations where the DMCA violation was also accompanied by evidence of commercial piracy).”

What about just linking to a place where the key is posted? The courts in the DeCSS case wrestled with the proper test to apply when someone links to a location where a circumvention tool can be found. Ultimately, the district court held that an injunction against linking could be issued after a final judgment if a the plaintiff could show, by clear and convincing evidence,

“that those responsible for the link (a) know at the relevant time that the offending material is on the linked-to site, (b) know that it is circumvention technology that may not lawfully be offered, and (c) create or maintain the link for the purpose of disseminating that technology.””

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Digg User Banned For Posting HD-DVD Key?

May 1, 2007

“It all started last night. I’m reading my RSS feeds and I come across an article on Digg.

Spread this number. Now.
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0. It’s the HD-DVD processing key you can use to decrypt and play most HD-DVD movies in Linux. Movie studios are going ballistic over this leak, so Digg the story up and make it reach the front page.

Are you serious? That’s awesome! Somebody found a key that allows Linux users watch HD-DVDs! Naturally, I wanted to find out more, so I clicked the link. Much to my dismay, that story had been deleted from Digg already. Why is this story gone? Who deleted it? How dare they?! They can’t censor that kind of stuff can they? I go back to my Google Reader, copy and paste the entire thing into a new story, and resubmit it.

I went to sleep, and didn’t think much about what I had done.

Until morning.”

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Quad-layer DVD Technology Becomes the Third HD Format

March 12, 2007

Yep, you read that right.  A 3rd HD format.

The home entertainment market is still wrestling with having two HD optical formats, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc,  but soon it will have to deal with another. UK-based New Medium Enterprises (NME) has developed the Versatile Multilayer Disc (VMD), a new optical-based format capable of storing 20GB of data.”

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