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Evergreen DN-DRK72 repairs CDs & DVDs

Posted in DVD,Home,music by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2007

Evergreen DN-DRK72

The Evergreen DN-DRK72 wants to repair your CDs and DVDs. Just put the disk in the device and it does all the work. The disc that comes out is supposedly as good as when you bought it. Let’s face it, some of us still use our discs from time to time and if it has been well loved, chances are it’s also full of scratches. We probably should take better care of our things, but thanks to devices like this, we don’t have to.

No word on pricing or availability yet. Also no word on how many times it could potentially repair a disc. I am assuming this works by filling in the the scratches using heat and liquid.

Walgreens to start burning DVDs

Posted in Burner,DVD,News,Services by Chetz on October 29th, 2007

Walgreens to start burning DVDsBeginning next year the Walgreens drugstore giant will begin putting DVD burning kiosks in its 6,000 retail stores nationwide. The move is designed to deliver an improved selection of entertainment titles that the company offers to its consumers while reducing the potential for piracy. The kiosk will be located in the photo departments of the store. Once a customer has made their selection as to what movie they want to purchase the machine will begin burning the title. About 15 minutes later the buyer will have their DVD ready for viewing.

Samsung offering “world’s fastest DVD burner”

Posted in Burner,Disc Drives,DVD,Samsung by Nino Marchetti on October 29th, 2007

Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-S203NSamsung unveiled today what it is calling the world’s fastest DVD burner. The new Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-S203N is priced at around $80.

The Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-S203N is an internal DVD burner which offers up 16x dual layer recording and LightScribe technology, which lets you imprint a label or design on the disc. This 20x SATA drive supports all CD/DVD discs, according to Samsung, including DVD-RAM. The company also states this burner offers “a 30-40 percent improvement recording time” compared to other dual layer devices.

Sony announces new internal Blu-ray Disc burner

Posted in Blu-ray,Burner,Disc Drives,DVD,Sony by Nino Marchetti on October 9th, 2007

Sony BWU-200SSony unveiled today a second generation internal Blu-ray Disc drive which cuts down the amount of time it takes to burn a BD-R disc. The new BWU-200S, available as an aftermarket item for computer users, is priced at around $600.

The Sony BWU-200S is capable of 4X BD-R, which Sony says results in burning time to this Blu-Ray Disc format being cut by half. It also offers 16X DVD+R recording speeds. All in all, Sony has designed this drive to “record up to 50GB of data for random access storage and backup on BD-R (write once) or BD-RE (rewritable) discs, or up to 230 minutes of high-definition HDV 1080i video on a BD-R/RE 50GB disc. It also supports recording on standard single layer 4.7GB DVD+R/+RW/RAM discs, 8.5GB DVD+R double/dual layer discs, and CDs.”

Sharp sights for new Blu-ray players

Posted in Blu-ray,DVD,Sharp by Chetz on September 26th, 2007

sSharp Aquos BD-HDW20 Blu-ray DVD playerNeato. The word is traveling fast across the blogosphere that Sharp Japan has announced two new Aquos Blu-ray players that push the limit on HDD size. There are two BD-HDW Blu-ray recorders in the product line-up, the BD-HDW15 and the BD-HDW20. Both units have HDMI output, a dual TV tuner so you can record two shows at the same time, Dolby DTS, a smart drive that can detect the differences between dual layer discs and single layer ones and compatibility with the company’s i-Link to make for smooth connections to other Sharp electronics. The HDW15 has 500GB of HDD space on it while the HDW20 ups it to a cool 1 terabyte of magnetized media. Supported media also include dual layer BD-R/RE discs apart from single layer discs.

Linksys bringing new Media Center Extenders

Posted in DVD,Linksys,Set Top Boxes by Darrin Olson on September 26th, 2007

Linksys DMA 2200 Media Center Extender connects with Windows Media CenterLinksys has released some scant information about two new Media Center Extenders that they have slated for launch in November, designed to extend the reach of the digital media on your computer through the Windows Media Center.

One problem that a lot of people have with digital media, especially high-def movies, on their computer is having a way to get it out of the room with the computer an into their entertainment center. These extenders avoid having to have a dedicated computer in your entertainment room by streaming the content to your TV or home stereo.

Ultra-portable DVD player concept

Posted in Concepts,DVD by Darrin Olson on September 21st, 2007

Ultra Portable DVD Player ConceptTake a look at this super-portable DVD player concept designed by Yeon-shin Seung. The design looks similar to the ultra-portable CD player concept we say back in August but incorporates a flexible display screen that scrolls up which would be made he Sony full color flexible organic electroluminescent display material, according to the designer.

It starts out looking like a candy bar style phone and the top half swivels to expose a speaker, DVD controls and a place to turn the DVD. The screen then pulls up like a rolled up projector screen to provide the display. Pretty cool.

LaCie Designer Drives, by Sam Hecht

Posted in DVD,Hard Drives,LaCie,Storage by Matt on September 20th, 2007

Lacie Unveils drives, DVD burner designed by Sam Hecht
Aesthetics are not something people usually talk about when it comes to Hard Drives and portable storage devices, but would you rather have a clunky box sitting on your desk or a slick looking portable storage device like the LaCie devices pictured here? Designed by renowned designer Sam Hecht, this new line of machines do what they’re told and look good doing it.

The LaCie Little Disk line will provide a capacity of 30 to 250GB in 1.8 inch and 2.5 inch drives both of which support the USB 2.0 interface. Additionally the 2.5 inch version will be available with Firewire connectivity and a one-click synchronization and back up function. The drives are available now with prices starting at $90 USD.

LG announces new Blu-ray/HD DVD combo player

Posted in Blu-ray,DVD,HD DVD,LG by Nino Marchetti on September 5th, 2007

LG BH200LG has unveiled the second generation of its dual format HD disc player, letting one enjoy both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. The LG Super Blu Player (BH200) is priced at around $1,000 and should be available in October.

The LG BH200 supports HDi Web-connected interactivity available for HD DVDs and also includes BD-Java interactivity. It can output video up to 1080p, including upscaling of standard DVD to this resolution. It also supports a wide variety of audio formats, including MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264 video, MPEG1/2 audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, DTS and DTS-HD.

New Harman Kardon A/V system a looker

Posted in DVD,Harmon Kardon,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on August 30th, 2007

Harman Kardon Cinespecial 29Harman Kardon today unveiled for European markets the Cinespecial 29, a two component home theatre system. It’s priced at €1,299 and should be available in October.

The Cinespecial 29 consists of the Harman Kardon DVD 29 DVD player and the AVR 350 A/V receiver in a new industrial design. The DVD 29 can play DVD Audio, supports HDMI and can upscale to 1080i. The AVR 350 has two HDMI 1.2a inputs, an automatic calibration system and offers expanded iPod integration.

LG’s Slim Portable, USB powered DVD burner

Posted in Burner,DVD,LG,USB by Reuben Drake on August 29th, 2007

LG Slim DVD burner GSA-E50N and GSA-E50L are USB poweredLG has a new non-high def DVD burner that should hit the market within days, sporting a very slim and portable design. The LG Slim DVD burner is completely USB powered requiring no additional cables to run, helping you to conveniently burn discs and drain the battery from your notebook when you’re on the go.

The device measures only .84 inches thick and weighs less than a pound making it very portable, housing the ability to burn DVD+R / RW, DVD-R / RW, and DVD-RAM discs as fast as 8x. LG has two models of this slim burner coming out; the GSA-E50N will retail for about $122 and is the standard model. For $136 you can treat yourself to the GSA-E50L which adds LightScribe to the feature set, using the same DVD burning laser to let you burn labels …

DivX: Over 100 million certified devices served

Posted in DVD,News by Nino Marchetti on August 13th, 2007

DivXDivX continues to gain traction as a format of popularity for use with consumer electronics devices. The company behind the name said today over 100 million DivX-certified devices had shipped worldwide.

DivX said over time it has partnered with CE brands like LG Electronics, Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Electronics, Thomson and more. The 100 million devices represent over 2,500 individual product models including DVD players, DVD-recorders, portable DVD players, digital still cameras, mobile handsets and in-car devices.

Onkyo announces first HD DVD player

Posted in DVD,HD DVD,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on August 10th, 2007

Onkyo DV-HD805Onkyo announced yesterday plans to shortly launch its first HD DVD player. The new DV-HD805 is priced at around $900 and should debut this fall.

The Onkyo DV-HD805, said its manufacturer, is one of the first HD DVD players to take advantage of high-bit-rate audio streaming via HDMI version 1.3a. This latest HDMI version also offers technology to reportedly improve color tones and achieve finer color gradation. You’ll also get support for lossless surround sound formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Oppo DV-980H

Posted in DVD,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on August 8th, 2007

OPPO DV-980HOppo Digital came out this week with a new universal DVD player with 7.1 channel audio and 1080p up-conversion. The Oppo DV-980H is available now for around $170.

The Oppo DV-980H is, according to Oppo, the “world’s first to offer 7.1-channel audio output and 1080p video up-conversion in a DVD player.” The player offers support for Dolby Digital Surround EX decoding and HDMI 1.2a output. Like many other DVD players on today’s market the DV-980H provides multiple HD output formats, including 1080p/1080i/720p/480p/480i. It is compatible with DVD-Audio/Video, SACD, DivX, WMV9, WMA, Kodak Picture CD and a variety of other formats.

Sony unveils DRX-S70U DVD burner and more

Posted in DVD,Sony by Nino Marchetti on August 7th, 2007

Sony DRX-S70USony unveiled today three next-generation dual format DVD/CD recordable drives for computer users. The most interesting looking of these three drives is the slim, external DRX-S70U.

The Sony DRX-S70U ($130, September) is geared towards those who want a more stylish DVD burner sitting alongside their notebook PC. This burner supports both dual and double layer formats, offering 8X DVD+/-R, 4X DVD+/-R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 5X DVD-RAM, and 24X CD-R/RW recording speeds. It comes bundled with a full version of Nero 7 and sports a USB 2.0 interface.