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Wednesday, 18 June 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Kaleidescape and Toshiba Claim 1080p Upscaling Players Rival Blu-ray
Kaleidescape, known for their DVD and Blu-ray archiving systems have claimed that their new 1080p Player and 1080p Mini Player rival the viewing experience provided by Blu-ray using SD DVDs.  Kaleidescape is not the first to make this claim.  Toshiba recently announced that they would not support the Blu-ray market, and instead focus on their DVD upscaling technology.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Panasonic Brings 6x BD-R media to Japan - USA Has the 6x Recorders
Panasonic has announced they are going to be first to market with 6x compatible 25GB and 50GB BD-R discs begining July 10th in Japan.  While Japan will have 6x burnable media, the US will have the LG's 6x capable Blu-ray recorders.  Panasonic says that Blu-ray recorders compatible with 6x media will be available in Japan by the end of September 2008.  Panasonic has made no announcement of a US release date for 6x media.  Hopefully sooner than later the hardware and software will meet, giving everyone the opportunity to burn large capacity discs in a reasonable amount of time.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Royalty Fees Tacked on to Blu-ray Recorders and Recordable Media
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry along with the Education, Science and Technology Ministry of Japan announced that royalty fees will be levied on blank Blu-ray recordable media and Blu-ray disc recorders in Japan.  The rationale for this move is that it is necessary to compensate copyright holders due to the increase in new digital technologies and personal copying.
Thursday, 15 May 2008 ,  Written by Adrienne Maxwell
Profile Issues Confuse Consumers as They Upgrade From DVD to Blu-ray
Now that Blu-ray manufacturers don’t have a format war to contend with, they can focus on giving us players that take advantage of Blu-ray’s full technological potential. One of the main criticisms of the format thus far is that the first crop of players didn’t support interactive features like picture-in-picture playback and Internet connectivity (features that we got with early-generation HD DVD players, I might add).
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Pioneer Announces the Elite BDP-05FD and BDP-51FD Blu-ray Players
Elevating the high definition experience in home theaters, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. announces the Elite® BDP-05FD and Pioneer® BDP-51FD BonusView Blu-ray Disc® players that exceed the capabilities of current players in the market with support of next generation high resolution audio and video formats that fulfill the emotional experience of high end entertainment. Featuring picture-in-picture interactivity and a redesigned platform that significantly improves overall performance, the new players work in tandem with Pioneer's KURO displays and A/V receivers to provide film enthusiasts the most true-to-life reproduction of HD feature films.
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