Oct 24 2006

News - Time Warner to launch 'Start Over' cable service on Monday

You know, I was gonna knock this when I first heard about it, but think of how innovative Time Warner is being here. Sure it's awful they won't allow fast forwarding, but I can't count how many times people with little knowledge of PVR's have CRAVED being able to view a show from the beginning that they remembered to record late. 

While Start Over lets viewers rewind and pause programs, they cannot fast-forward or use Start Over to skip commercials.

And, initially, only a portion of Time Warner's programming can be restarted.

The company must negotiate agreements with the networks it carries and with content producers like Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema before it can make shows Start Over-enabled. 

Combine Start Over with your DVR, and you seem to have all your bases covered. That is, if those will still work. Read the rest here.

 

Oct 24 2006

News - Buena Vista reveals plans for 50GB Blu-ray movies

A few nice unique extras for the big boys, but will it be enough to win the race? Have you guys bit the bullet yet? C'mon, but you can watch the Oscar-Winning Pearl Harbor...errr....um.....see large explosions in great quality!

Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment added to its enhanced winter Blu-ray release slate today, as Invincible and Pearl Harbor were joined by Touchstone Pictures' Enemy of the State and Flightplan

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Oct 24 2006

News - LCD TVs to Take Lead by 2007

This is fantastic news. Hopefully with lower prices, there will be less awkward moments when you go over to your friend's house & have to see a huge 36" 200lb CRT tv....now you can console them & tell them they'll soon finally be able to afford something thinner. I say to your friend, forget them, your tv is big & beautiful. Wink

This summer, research firm DisplaySearch predicted the CRT wouldn't be displaced by LCD panels as top dog in the global television market until 2009. On a revenue basis, worldwide sales of LCDs overtook CRTs back in 2005.

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Oct 24 2006

News - 1 plus 1 equals 500000

HDBlog has some insight on who will win the BluRay/HD-DVD wars, and they seem pretty convinced it'll be PS3. I'm not that convinced that there's that many people anxious to spend $600 that will make it such a landslide, but I do agree Microsoft kinda screwed the pooch with only having a separate HD-DVD player add-on, and being only for movies not games.

On Nov 17th there will be 500,000 PS3’s with a Blu-Ray movie in them (Taladega Nights). Overnight Blu-Ray video sales are going to go through the roof.

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Oct 24 2006

News - Logitech Acquires Slim Devices

I always thought the Squeezebox was an awesome product that just needed more publicity, and now with Logitech behind it, they shouldn't have any problem getting their products out. I feel old remembering the first Squeezebox that was essentially just a 40x2 VFD display in a cheapo case, with some ethernet cable, but it was still very cool & it's great to see them succeed.

“With the acquisition of Slim Devices, Logitech is building on our foundation of innovation in digital music and home-entertainment control to address an emerging market,” said Guerrino De Luca, Logitech president and chief executive officer. “Our focus is on people who want to listen to and control their digital music, anywhere in the home. Slim Devices brings expertise in both network-based music delivery and high-quality audio, and a committed community of developers. Slim Devices complements Logitech´s existing technology and human-interface strengths, helping to ensure that we can deliver to music lovers the promise of the digital home.”

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