Toshiba has promised us a Blu-ray player, but it looks like they are still rolling out standard definition products. Their latest release includes three models of a DVR/DVD player/recorder. Each model is roughly the same, changing the storage capacity and DAC.
The latest DVDirect Recorder from Sony is 60% smaller than previous models. It is able to transfer videos (high- and standard-def) from a camcorder or camera to a DVD without a computer. The files are transferred at up to 1080i resolution and 5.1 channel sound, and are playable on Blu-Ray players and PS3s.
The RealNetworks legal battle against top Hollywood studios is going to expand. The lawsuit revolves around DVD-ripping software that Real introduced several years ago, RealDVD, and the studios’ complaint that it allowed consumers to rent, rip and return DVDs without paying full price for them.
The “Entertainment Trends in America” report update from NPD Group this March shows that 63% of consumer entertainment media spending is still going towards DVDs, beating Blu-Ray spending and downloads by a wide margin.
According to the National Consumers League (NCL), consumers are looking for new ways to back up their DVDs to PC. This stems from an increasing amount of DVD users watching their discs on laptops and PCs, and experiencing scratches that result in the user being forced to purchase another copy of the same disc.