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October 9, 2008

Netflix Tacks $1 Surcharge Onto Blu-ray Rentals (As Customers Count Leftover Pennies)

hot-actor-adrian-grenier-teams-with-netflix-to-serve-hot-food-in-local-soup-kitchen(2).jpgNetflix has added a $1 surcharge to Blu-ray rentals starting with next months billing cycle. Normally this wouldn't be cause for concern, but with something like $4 trillion disappearing from 401k's in the United States lately, every penny counts. Good thing Blockbuster offers a such a pathetic experience at a higher price.

Via Blu-ray.com

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Rumor: Microsoft's Xbox 360 Getting A Blu-ray Add-On...Again

xbox3601sm.jpgIt's been awhile since the last Microsoft Xbox 360 Blu-ray rumor. Still no Xbox Blu-ray player, but the rumor has resurfaced. Apparently Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology Corp has received a contract from Microsoft to manufacture external Blu-ray drives for the Xbox 360, expected to be priced in the vicinity of $150. As for rumored release dates? Possibly in advance of the holiday season, or if Blu-ray sales are deemed to be too slow, then Microsoft may wait until CES next January in order to maximize the press exposure. Geez, give me a break. Microsoft's been getting all kinds of press exposure for the past year surrounding this phantom Blu-ray Xbox 360, and still nothing to show for it. Well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see if this rumor pans out.

Via Pocket Lint

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October 8, 2008

Olevia Lives On With $229 BD-100 Blu-ray Player

10-7-08-bd_100_olevia.jpgOlevia's parent company may have kicked it back in July, but the Olevia brand lives on. The company's latest release, the BD-100 Blu-ray player, has been spotted in Target stores for a fairly reasonable $229. Not bad for a 1080p player with DolbyTrueHD support, HDMI and component inputs, coaxial and TosLink digital audio ports and even an included backlit remote. But if I were you I'd wait about a month and net a better Blu-ray player for a cheaper price.

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October 6, 2008

BD Live Rewards Program Kicking Off Tomorrow

zohan(2).jpgTomorrow both Sony and Walt Disney will launch BD Live reward programs, great news for those who've blown wads of cash on adding Blu-ray to their home theaters.

The Sony Blu-ray Club's launch will coincide with the Blu-ray/DVD release of Adam Sandler's Don't Mess With The Zohan, and grant points each time a Profile 2.0 title is registered on the BD LIve network. The points can be used for items in the existing Sony Rewards program.

Disney's launch will begin with tomorrow's Blu-ray launch of Sleeping Beauty, after which all Disney title's will feature Profile 2.0 interactive elements. Surprisingly though, given the target demographic, you'll have to work a little harder to earn BD Live reward points from Disney. With the Sleeping Beauty release, viewers can log onto the BD Live network and face off in trivia games against other viewers; points can be earned for correct answers. Once enough points are accumulated, items such as ringtones and wallpapers can be redeemed at Disney Movie Rewards Live.

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October 4, 2008

Ironman Blu-ray Shatters Records, Dark Knight Coming December 9 To Shatter Ironman

9-29-08-dark_knight_blu-ray(2).jpgThe word's out the Ironman has already broken all the Blu-ray records to be broken. At least according to director Jon Favreau, but we'll have to wait until next week to get the official Nielsen numbers. The real question is whether Ironman will be able to stack up against The Dark Knight when it comes out December 9?

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October 3, 2008

France's Ironman Blu-ray Release Integrates BD Touch Enabling iPhone Interactivity

ironman01.jpgSo there's been the odd problem with the American Ironman Blu-ray release, mainly due to its crazy popularity. But Paramount is totally making up for it, integrating Netblender's BD Touch technology into the French release of Ironman on Blu-ray coming November 5. BD Touch allows your iPhone or iPod Touch to communicate back and forth with any BD-Live Blu-ray player, utilizing WiFi and the BD Live Network. The BD Touch application, called "Remote Haxey", will let you download trailers, play games, adjust the position of subtitles on the screen, use your iPhone as a remote control and even allow you to edit the film to make your own version. All on your iPhone or iPod Touch. This is the first BD Touch Blu-ray release so we're excited to see how it fares, and if it's successful we can't wait to see it hit North America.

Via Slashgear

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LG's BD300 Up For Pre-Order At Circuit City

bd300drama(2).jpgLG's BD300 Netflix-streaming Blu-ray player is up for pre-order over at Circuit City. Priced at $350, cheaper than the original $400 price tag, the BD300 will begin shipping next Friday. Not only is LG's new Blu-ray Profile 2.0, but it can access over 12, 000 Netflix titles which will stream to your HDTV in less than 30 seconds. Smart move LG. If ya' can't beat digital downloads, then join 'em, right?

Via Boy Genius Report

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October 2, 2008

Ironman Blu-ray Jammed Up By Mass BD-Live Downloading

51hso1X0GJL._SS500_(2).jpgEarly release copies of Ironman on Blu-ray had an authoring problem that caused all kinds of playback problems. So much so that there was talk of a delayed release. But Paramount got the much-anticipated release out on time...only to have a different problem altogether. If you've been getting jammed up trying to download BD-Live material, don't fret as Blu-ray.com got this statement from Paramount:

"The Iron Man Blu-ray went on sale Tuesday and due to the overwhelming popularity of the release an unprecedented demand was placed on the BD-Live connection. The disc represents a truly state-of-the art Blu-ray presentation with a first of its kind BD-Live application. As such, the heavy amount of traffic strained the servers due to so many people heading to the same destination. The bandwidth capacity was increased in preparation for the release but the demand exceeded all expectations so capacity was expanded dramatically last night and local servers were established worldwide to accommodate all the fans. The issue should be completely resolved but if anyone experiences a brief traffic jam, we have provided consumers with a menu option during disc startup that allows them to go directly to the movie main menu or continue to download the BD-Live features."

Hopefully this is true and the recent issue isn't related to the earlier problems. We wouldn't want people ditching Blu-ray for digital downloads now, would we?

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October 1, 2008

Sony Slices BDP-S550 Blu-ray Player Price $100

63_1_large(2).jpgWhen Sony's BDP-S550 BD-Live Blu-ray player was announced back in February we were bitchin' about prices. At the time it was expected to be released this fall priced at "around $500" and that's where the estimated price point remained. But turns out Sony's decided to cut the price to a relatively reasonable $399.99. Definitely great news.

Right now it's up for pre-order at Amazon for the reduced price with an estimated shipping time between 3 and 5 weeks.

Buy The Sony BDP-S550 From Amazon

via bluray.com

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September 30, 2008

Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player Gets Promised BD-Live, $100 Price Cut

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When Sony released the BDP-S350 Blu-ray player earlier this year they promised a BD-Live update and sure enough it's now available as a free firmware update downloadable straight off the internet. Of course because the BDP-S350 doesn't have the required internal memory you'll have to use a USB drive to do it, and like many Profile 2.0 add-ons there is some problems with slowness and overall functionality. But don't complain too much because Sony has dropped the price for the BDP-S350 to $300 confirming a rumor we reported in August! That's $100 less than our favorite Blu-ray player to date, the Playstation 3!

Or, if you head to Amazon the BDP-S350 is an additional $24 off, bringing the price down to $276. Definitely worth consideration.

Via CNET

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