The Unofficial Apple Weblog received a tip today that DVD's with iTunes-enabled ripping could be available as early as January 15, right around the MacWorld expo. The tipster received an early copy of the Family Guy Blue Harvest DVD with an iPod-compatible "Fox Digital Copy File" included on the disc. Head over to TUAW for pics confirming this rumor.
CES 2008 will undoubtedly showcase some of the hottest TV tech products of the next couple of years, and we're very excited about that. However, we're also very excited about the drama we expect on the CES party scene on the coattails of the Warner Bros. Blu-ray announcement. We've taken a look at probably the most comprehensive CES party list on the web and have made 10 party predictions, tongue-in-cheek of course.
Prediction #1-The HD DVD Promotional Group crashes the invite-only CES Unveiled press event tonight and announces that the Blu-ray Association raised the funds to supposedly pay off Warner Bros. through fraudulent means.
Prediction #2-Bill Gates wonders why he's the only person at the HD DVD party tomorrow following his keynote address to three people, then realizes after a couple of glasses of punch that they all went to the Panasonic party earlier in the day. Apparently, the HD DVD fans of yesterday are Blu-ray fans now as the whole lot of them spend the entire party trying to cop Panasonic Blu-ray players. After another glass of punch, Gates realizes he has made a fairly poor business decision. Damn HD DVD, he thinks.
Heading to the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Email the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to get the odd update and picture from you as get first view of the hottest TV technologies in the world. Unfortunately we won't be going, so if we could vicariously enjoy the experience through you, we'd definitely give you some mad props!
Happy New Year's TV Snob's! Posting was a little late today due to family commitments, but that doesn't mean we don't hope you have the best year of your life in 2008, especially when you finally have the home theater of your dreams! 2008 will see TVSnob.com continuing to cover the best television technologies in the world and find you the best HDTV and home theater accessory deals that'll get you the most bang for your buck! So once again, Happy New Year's!
2008 is just around the corner and now is the time to figure out your theater-going schedule for the upcoming year. Torrent Geek has the 10 most anticipated movies of 2008 and their corresponding trailers. Would it be nihilistic of me to say that they all look pretty bad?
For the most part we focus on the technology end of the whole television experience here at TVSnob. But, once in a while there is something newsworthy to report. And while this may not be newsworthy from a, um, conservative point of view, it's worthy of reporting in our books because it's just so funny. Laughter is important to your health and well-being you know.
Britney Spears is apparently looking to get her career back on track, again, by starring in a new movie entitled Memoirs of a Medicated Child. At first I thought this was a joke, especially when I read that she was chosen over other potential star Lindsey Lohan. But it seems otherwise as it was reported to the New York Post by director Tommy Parker that "as far as Britney's concerned, we're talking". Spears was supposedly approached by producers as a potential actor to take on the role of the girlfriend of a misdiagnosed mental patient (insert comment here).
You may want to wait until this one comes out on DVD before you check it out, that it even if it hits theaters and DVD in the first place. But if it does, check it out just to see how bad a movie can be.
The rumors floating around the blogosphere for the past couple of months regarding Apple's intentions to provide a video-on-demand service via its iTunes platform seem to be coming true.
Apple has signed News Corp's 20th Century Fox Studio to a new video-on-demand service that would allow movie buffs to download a digital copy of the latest Fox DVD releases from the iTunes platform for a limited time, after which they would no longer be viewable.
Fox will use Apple's FairPlay digital rights management system to protect digital files included in Fox DVD releases, however the digital file does enable content to be ripped from the DVD disc to a computer or video iPod. This is the first time that Apple has allowed the use of their FairPlay technology beyond their own products and an unnamed studio exec has said that Apple hopes the deal will increase their sales of iPods substantially.
The deal is expected to be officially announced at the MacWorld conference on January 14 (although Steve Jobs doesn't actually speak until the 15th?) and with Apple apparently in talks with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount and Warner Bros regarding making their new releases available on iTunes to buy and rent, we wonder what else may be announced.
Talks are rumored to have covered FairPlay deals with the above-mentioned studios as well, meaning that if Apple extends their digital rights management technology to those studios as well, 2008 may be the year of the iPod rather than the Apple TV.
Sony's 11-Inch OLED TV was named the coolest gadget of 2007 by InfoWorld, leading a good showing by TV-related gadgets. Others that made the list include the Casio Exilim EX-S880 and EX-Z77 digital cameras that include a video mode optimized for YouTube uploading, NEC's Lui concept PC which include two digital HDTV tuners, DLNA connectivity, and a Blu-ray disc writer, the Hitachi Blu-ray disc camcorder, and the Sony Video Walkman with TV.
I'm pretty excited about some of the innovations in mobile entertainment I think we'll see in 2008, but we all still have to remember that distribution of forms of entertainment such as video to your cell are still very inefficient and therefore very expensive. A 29 year old British factory worker named Ian Simpson found this out the hard way after downloading "20 to 30 TV shows and 4 albums" using the Vodafone provider for his cell phone service. His cell phone bill? $54000. Unaware of the charges he was racking up, Simpson was surprised to find his service disconnected one day and found out about the substantial bill after phoning Vodafone to find out why he had no service. Simpson is in tough now though as he states all he can afford to pay for at the moment is the room in which he lives. He hopes Vodafone will go easy on him and it seems they might even though he ran up the charges legitimately. Vodafone has said that they will "try to come to some sympathetic arrangement" with Simpson, but if he can only pay for a room, he better hope the company's sympathy is extreme.
TVSnob would just like to extend our happy holiday greeting and wishes to our readers and their families. We hope this holiday season is one of joy with friends and family, and our hope for you is a healthy and successful New Year in 2008!
Tell us about the TV of your dreams you found under your tree in the comments section!