In a move to educated Blu-ray owners and potential consumers, Samsung has launched a new website, the Blu-ray Resource Center. The site is dedicated to anwsering some of the fundamental questions about Blu-ray technology, support current Blu-ray owners, and a little propaganda to boot.
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.
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.
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
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