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October 17, 2008

Profile 1.0 Blu-ray Players Nearing $200 Pricepoint

chart_10172008(2).jpgIf you're okay with Blu-ray playback and nothing more, the prices of Profile 1.0 Blu-ray players are dropping drastically and we may see them sitting around $200 or less as we near the holidays. TGDaily did some digging and found that most mainstream Blu-ray players (mainstream equals Profile 1.0) have dropped around 20% in price over the past 45 days. With the vast majority of newer players supporting all the interactive features of Profile 2.0, it's a reasonable assumption that first-generation Blu-ray players soon won't cost much more than a good upscaling DVD player.

Via TGDaily

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October 15, 2008

Sherwood's BDP-5003 Bonus View BD Player Delayed Until November

sherwood_blu_ray_bdp5003(2).jpgRemember the Sherwood BDP-5003 we told you about back in August? The lowly Profile 1.1, $300 Blu-ray player supposed to hit stores this month? Of course you don't, who remembers the name Sherwood in tandem with the name Blu-ray. If you are interested in nothing but a Bonus View Blu-ray player, it turns out you'll have to wait another month as the BDP-5003's release has been delayed until November (PDF). The specs still look the same, although we now know that the Sherwood will support lossless audio formats Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio which is a good thing. But $300 for a Profile 1.1 Blu-ray player? No thanks.

Via Engadget HD

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October 14, 2008

Rumor Crushed: No MacBook Blu-ray, Format Is A "Bag Of Hurt" Says Steve Jobs

250px-MacBook_white.pngLooks like the Blu-ray packin' MacBook rumor was a BIG LIE. Thanks Kevin Rose. Yes, there's a couple of new MacBooks sans Blu-ray drive of course. As for reasoning says Steve Jobs,

Blu-ray is a bag of hurt. I don't mean from the consumer point of view. It's great to watch movies, but the licensing is so complex. We're waiting until things settle down, and waiting until Blu-ray takes off before we burden our customers with the cost of licensing.

That's gotta hurt Sony. "A bag of hurt" just sounds rough. Funny stuff though.

Via Gizmodo (Photo Credit: Apple)

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Blu-ray Title Releases For October 14

1136_medium.jpgYou're probably wondering why we waited so long to start filling you in on weekly Blu-ray releases. Well, I've only lately started to really have faith in the format. Honestly. Anyway, this week's hot title is definitely this summer's hot Indiana Jones flick, although personally my favorite on this list would have to be American Gangster. Some back titles from Warner are also on the list, finally being updated from HD DVD, like The Ultimate Matrix Collection. And finally, there are six IMAX titles on here, like usual pertaining to space and nature, that would probably blow your mind while viewing them in your living room. Enjoy.

American Gangster (Universal)
Casino (Universal)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount)
Constantine (Warner)
The Ultimate Matrix Collection (Warner)
Poltergeist (Warner)
Gangsters Giftset (Universal)
Eastern Promises (Universal)
The Jewel of the Nile (Fox)
Romancing the Stone (Fox)
Mongol (New Line)
Standard Operating Procedure (Sony)
Space Station/Mission to Mir (Warner)
Cosmic Voyage/Destiny in Space (Warner)
Coral Reef Adventure (Image)
Dolphins (Image)
Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (Image)
The Living Sea (Image)
Great Expectations (ITV)
Internal Affairs 3 (101)
The Universe: Season 1 (A&E)
War, Inc. (First Look)

Via Blu-ray

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Victor-JVC DR-BX500 Blu-ray Recorder Coming To Japan With Support For MPEG-4/H.264 Encoded Video

victor1(2).jpgVictor of Japan, better known to most as JVC, will be releasing the DR-BX500 Blu-ray recorder in Japan come late November. Capable of recording BD-R/RE, MPEG-2 TS, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, DVD-R/RW AVCREC, the DR-BX500 sports analog and digital terrestrial tuners, a 500 GB HDD, an Electronic Program Guide and allows you to record two programs at once. It also has a SD card slot that allows recording of AVCHD camcorder content to either the hard disk or to a Blu-ray disc. With support for 1080/24p, the DR-BX500 has an HDMI output, D4 video, s-video, composite and analog audio output and has an Ethernet jack so it can be hooked up to a local network. The 430 × 361 × 77mm, 5.4 kg projector doesn't have a set price yet, but we likely won't be seeing it in North America anytime soon.

Via AV Watch

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Acer's AX3200 Desktop PC Gets Blu-ray Drive, HD Display

ASX3200_03_1.jpgNow here's another half decent Blu-ray deal. Acer's newly released AX3200 desktop PC and 24-inch 1080p LCD monitor cost just north of $1000 and with an integrated Blu-ray drive costs less than some standalone Blu-ray players we've seen.

The AX3200 features a 2.1 Ghz AMD Phenom X3 8450 processor, NVIDIA GeForce 8200 chipset, combo Blu-ray/DVD drive, 5.1-channel Dolby Home Theater, nine USB 2.0 ports and a 640GB HDD.

The 24-inch P244W monitor is pretty impressive in its own right. Widescreen with a 1080p resolution, the P244W has a 20, 000:1 contrast ratio, 2 ms response time, 75 Hz refresh rate, and a couple of HDMI slots.

As standalone products, the AX3200 is available at Fry's for $679.99, while the Acer P244W display is priced at $339 and available at most major electronics retailers.

Via Gizmodo

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October 13, 2008

Black Friday Rumor: $149 Samsung BDP-1500 Blu-ray Player

BD-P1500(2).jpgThe folks at Gizmodo have been tipped off by a source close to Ultimate Electronics that Samsung's BDP-1500 Blu-ray player will be selling for $149 come Black Friday, November 28. Even though Ultimate Electronics is a Midwestern chain, it seems likely that the deal will be Samsung-imposed meaning the Blu-ray player will be $149 elsewhere as well.

This makes sense. In September, the BDP-1500 was selling for $149 with the purchase of a Samsung LN40A550 LCD TV. And right now it's selling for $180 when purchased with Samsung's HT-AS720ST 5.1 channel home theater system, plus a free copy of The Ultimate Matrix Collection. Now if only Blu-ray prices stayed in this range maybe we'd see a little more mainstream consumption.

Via Gizmodo

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October 12, 2008

Kevin Rose: Apple's New MacBooks Getting Blu-ray

250px-MacBook_white.pngBlu-ray rumors have been hot ever since the format reigned supreme over rival high-definition format HD DVD. No company has hosted more such rumors than Microsoft and its Xbox 360, but according to Digg founder Kevin Rose the expected-to-be-announced tomorrow new Apple MacBooks will include integrated Blu-ray. If you're a big Apple fanboy (or girl, or course) you'll probably remember that Rose was spot on when be predicted the recently released iPod Nano's, so his Blu-ray guess could very well be true. We'll definitely see tomorrow.

Via Edible Apple

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October 11, 2008

Blu-ray Grabs Highest Market Share, Weekly Revenues Ever (Thanks Ironman)

hmm13.thumbnail.jpgUndoubtedly fueled by the massive sales of Ironman, Blu-ray reached all-time market share and revenue highs this week versus DVD. Pitting the top 20 Blu-ray discs with the top 20 DVD's, Blu-ray finished off the past week with a 13% market share and revenues were up a massive 145% bringing in $26.8 million. Back to the Ironman sales, 17% of buyers went with the Blu-ray format and including DVD sales, the flick sold nearly 15 times as many copies as the second best selling title of the week, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Via Blu-ray Stats

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October 10, 2008

No Blu-ray For Xbox 360, What A Surprise

xbox3601sm.jpgRumors surfaced again this week that Microsoft's Xbox 360 would be getting a Blu-ray add-on sometime in the near future, and of course they've been debunked once again. Blogger Major Nelson grabbed an audio clip with the Xbox 360's product manager Aaron Greenberg at the Tokyo Gameshow reiterating the same stuff he did back in May. Namely that digital downloads are the future making any type of Blu-ray integration a complete waste of time.

Via Register

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