Oct 26 2006

News - Toshiba to Bundle Three Free HD DVD Discs With Every Player Sold

I guess this is the good part of there being no decisive winner in the HD wars, we should see some pretty nice offers from both tempting users to take the plunge.

The offer from Toshiba follows two competing offers from Sony and Microsoft, which are both bundling a single disc with initial sales of their respective high-def playback solutions (the first 500,000 PlayStation 3 buyers will receive a free 'Talladega Nights' Blu-ray, while buyers of Microsoft's new XBox 360 HD DVD player will receive a free 'King Kong' HD DVD).

Apollo 13, Casablanca...and yes...thank god....Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Read the rest here

Oct 26 2006

News - LiteOn Debuts Hi-Def HDD DVR

I'm not sure how this works exactly, but looked interesting enough to post:

With an advanced HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output, HD-A970GX offers a hassle-free connection to the new-generation HDTV or HD-ready TV set with a single HDMI cable. Meanwhile, to bridge the current gap between the lower-resolution analog signals and the expanded display capability of HDTV, the HD-A970GX incorporates a video upscaler to enhance the source picture resolution up to 1080p (Progressive mode).

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Oct 26 2006

News - High Def Digest Triple Whammy

High-Def Digest has a triple whammy of sorts today. Thier first article is an interview with Sony that talks about their CODEC choice and other general topics such as disc sizes and hardware problems. Of particular interest to me was the talk about studio transfers and how it is impacting quality of the Blu-ray DVDs.

The second two articles, which make for a great follow up read, are High-Def's review of the HD DVD and Blu-Ray versions of Mission Impossible III. These couple of reviews actually lend some credibility to Sony's words as both versions of MI:III look great regardless of the CODEC used.

Interview with Sony:

MI:III HD DVD review:

MI:III Blu-Ray review:

I can't speak for every early adopter, but that may be true. Expectations have been that Blu-ray and HD DVD releases would naturally include all of the extras ported over from the DVD, even if they are only presented in standard definition. And judging from the feedback we've at least gotten at High-Def Digest, many consumers do feel a bit cheated if they don't get all of that content on a Blu-ray or HD DVD disc. How do you feel about that argument?

DE: I'm of two minds on added value. For me, the quality of the picture and sound of the main program is first and foremost. Everything else is like a distant second. Because, in my mind, that takes away from the HD experience and most of the added value for DVD has been produced in standard definition.

CM: Our first priority in the early stages of our roll-out of Blu-ray titles has been picture and sound. As the format matures, and as these titles roll out, they are going to get better and better as far as the value-added content is concerned.

 

Oct 26 2006

News - Adaptive Home Logic V1.02

A picture says a thousand words, which means you spared this time around. I think this screenshot says it all. It's this type of software that will bring the digital home closer to the masses.

 

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From the article:

This new program, which can interface with many home automation peripherals, generic serial devices and parallel input / output boards, integrates many advanced features to offer wide ranging flexibility within an easy to use and understand application. Featuring Scheduling / Conditional Events, 2-way Speech, Remote Control & Reporting (Internet / Amateur Radio), Digital I/O, Serial Data (RS-232 / RS-485), X10, File Data, E-Mail Alerts, Sunrise / Sunset, Screen Overlay Scenes, Data Logging + more...

Oct 26 2006

News - Syntax Olevia 542i LCD Display Review

The Olevia line of displays from Syntax used to be the budget beauties of the world... Short on price and short on alot of other things. Things have changed as Syntax is now delivering a much more full feature respectable display. At a price of nearly $2000, the 542i has a native resolution of 768p, a respectable selection of inputs, a 1600:1 contrast ratio and a OTA HDTV tuner. Audioholics tackle a host of items in their review starting at scaling and ending up at the remote.

From the article;

The Olevia 542i is a very impressive display. While the picture is exceptional, what is more so is the foresight the designers used when designing the speakers. Bottom mounted normally, they can be switched to side mounted or (my preference) discarded for that clean look. There is nothing like this display with a very thin frame around a very large screen. Aside from the long turn-on time I would have very little problems recommending this set to anyone that was on the market.

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