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Helios H2000 DVD player upscales video files

Posted in DVD,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on July 23rd, 2007

Helios H2000Consumer electronics company Helios announced today a low cost DVD player which upscales both regular DVDs and also video files in a variety of formats. The new Helios H2000 is set to appear in August for $99.

The Helios H2000 upscales to 1080i resolution DVDs as well as MPEG-4, XviD, DivX and MPEG-2 via component, HDMI and VGA connectivity. The player can also output an unprocessed 480i/576i video signal and allow a TV or external video scaler to do the upscaling. It even includes support for the VobSub subtitle format in case you like to download and play foreign films.

Blockbuster Goes With Blu-ray over HD-DVD

Posted in Blu-ray,DVD,HD DVD,News by Chris Weber on June 18th, 2007

Blockbuster decides to go with Blu-ray discs at stores instead of HD DVDIn a major hit to HD DVD supporters, Blockbuster has decided to go with the rival Blu-ray high definition DVD format in 1,450 of its 1700 stores across the nation. This decision was made after a year of renting both the Blu-ray and HD DVD formats in their stores after which the video rental giant found that Blu-ray was preferred by its consumers over 70% of the time.

According to the announcement, the Blu-ray titles will still be offered for rent online but a vast majority of the physical stores will not be stocking them. Blockbuster found that it wasn’t the price that was driving the consumers decision as much as it was the content with big releases like Spiderman and Pirates of the Caribbean doing better than similar exclusive releases on HD DVD.

This decision by …

Becker Vision Pro 7985 Touchscreen Media Player

Posted in DVD,Media Players by Darrin Olson on June 14th, 2007

Becker Vision Pro 7985 Media PlayerThe Becker Vision Pro 7985 media player boasts a touchscreen interface along with DVD playback claimed by Becker to be the first of its kind in portable media players. The 7″ 16:9 TFT display will show up to four hours of continuous DVD playback, static images and MPEG-1 to MPEG-4, DIV-X, XVID, AVI and SVCD video which all can be played on your big screen as well with some A/V out jacks. A/V in lets you also watch and listen from other output devices such as a camcorder.

MP3 audio and the videos can be played back through media on an SD card, Memory Stick or a USB thumb drive along with a DVD or CD. The Vision Pro can also pick up DVB TV and radio stations with a built in tuner, and it also sports some built in speakers and a …