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Mitsubishi HDTV with built-in Blu-ray and hard disk recorder

Posted in Mitsubishi by Conner Flynn on June 27th, 2011

Most of us have many separate components for our home theater setup, but some prefer the convenience of having everything in a single device to keep things tidy. Mitsubishi has answered the call with an all-in-one system that consists of an HDTV that comes with a built-in Blu-ray and hard disk recorder, among other features.

The REAL LCD-22BLR500 is an all-in-one package 22-inch HD television set that comes with a digital TV tuner, a Blu-ray recorder that features a 500GB hard disk and support for AVCREC.

Wii U will not play DVDs or Blu-ray

Posted in Wii U by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2011

According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, the company’s new gaming console won’t play DVD or Blu-ray discs. This is due to patent licensing fees and besides they feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray.

They have a point. And besides, we don’t care about DVD and Blu-Ray as long as the console has Netflix capabilities and we are sure that will be included at some point anyway.

LG FX166 Micro Hi-Fi / 3D Blu-ray Combo Ready For The Japanese Market

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

Good news for those of you in Japan, if you want, you can now purchase the LG FX166. The company will be releasing this micro Hi-Fi and 3D Blu-ray combo later this week.

The FX166 comes equipped with not only a DVD/Blu-Ray video player with 3D support, but also DLNA support, an FM radio and the always appreciated alarm clock. This music player is also compatible with your iPod touch and iPhone.

Star Wars Blu-ray set ships Sept. 16th in the U.S.

Posted in Star Wars by Reuben Drake on May 4th, 2011

We finally have more information about the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray releases. They will hit store shelves on September 16th. The three editions are: The Complete Saga with all of the movies included, or the original trilogy / prequels by themselves. The release dates are September 12th internationally, and the 16th in the US.

There are 40 hours of special features. Right now the site is having trouble from the entire worls trying to access it, but apparently there is a promotion where fans share the page on social media networks, and access additional artwork and more as more people continue to visit throughout the page.

Star Wars Blu-ray release is September 16, 2011

Posted in Star Wars by Reuben Drake on March 30th, 2011

Star Wars fans have some good news today. The Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: Original Trilogy and Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy Blu-ray sets now have a firm date. They will have a September 16th arrival.

That’s a Friday, so feel free to plan a party and dress up as your favorite Jedi or Ewok, then enjoy your geekend. Mark your calendars. Do or do not buy, there is no try. May George Lucas’ money printing machine be with you, and so on.

Samsung SE-406A Slim External 3D Blu-ray Combo

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2011

Samsung has introduced a new external Blu-ray combo drive. It looks nice and sleek and even features an anti-fingerprint surface so you can avoid smudge marks. The SE-406A external Blu-ray drive also comes with software that will turn 2D DVD movies into 3D.

The device provides several speeds across different data media types: 6X BD-R, 4X BD-R Dual Layer, 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R recording, 8X DVD-RAM recording, 6X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording. You can expect it to arrive in April 2011 for $150.

Panasonic’s Blu-Ray Line Up Features Skype

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on March 1st, 2011

Panasonic has just announced that their new VIERA Cast Blu-ray players will have the ability to make voice and video calls over Skype. Just press the dedicated Skype button on the remote control to launch Skype. That’s it. Video and voice calls will require a supported webcam of course, one that works with the VIERA Cast Blu-ray player.

Using Skype on the VIERA Cast will also give you access to Standby Mode which you can personalize with different ring tones, Answering Message so you can record a personalized message to answer your calls when you’re away and the ability to record messages left on an SD card.

Unstoppable is the first Blu-ray film with Android-compatible Digital Copy

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2011

I know. We can’t believe there’s finally a Digital Copy that’s compatible with Android. It’s about time. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that “Unstoppable” will allow Android users to watch the movie on their Android mobile device.

It’s the first time that this has been possible with Google’s mobile OS, but just realize that you will need the disc itself, a WiFi-connected BD player, Android 1.6 or higher and the free PocketBLU app. Both the movie and app can both be downloaded today.

Acer AZ5750-F54 All-In-One Desktop PC with Blu-ray

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2011

Acer has unveiled their newest all-in-one desktop PC in Japan. It sports a Blu-ray drive and goes by the model number AZ5750-F54. Like othe all-in-ones, this will save you some desktop space.

Other features include a 23-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display, a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-650 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, a webcam, a card reader, TV tuner, WiFi and it runs Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).

DiscGear Selector 100 will organize your DVD and Blu-ray Discs

Posted in DVD by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

Do you have DVD or Blu-ray discs everywhere and need to get organized? The DiscGear Selector 100 is a DVD/ Blu-ray disc organizer that will help you to keep your movie collection more tidy. The DiscGear Selector 100 has 100 compartments for you to store up to a 100 discs.

It features a one-touch disc retrieval system and an index slider so that you know which discs you’re looking for and can easily select what you want. Just find the right number, move a slider to it, press down and your disc pops out.

Star Wars Blu-ray discs to arrive September 27th

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Fox and George Lucas didn’t even give a release date for the arrival of Star Wars on Blu-ray at CES, but now we have some info. Amazon has updated its preorder ship dates to September 27th. It has 30 hours of special features and I’m guessing that none of them show Han firing first.

No official word other than that. They come in full Complete Saga form or either trilogy set by itself. Jar Jar says, “Mesa so happy!” Lucas says “Mesa make money!”.

Panasonic DMR-BR30 Blu-ray recorder with swappable hard drives

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on January 12th, 2011

Blu-ray recorders with integrated hard drives are no big deal, but Panasonic is offering something different in their DMR-BR30 that was announced for the Japanese market. It features a slot for swappable hard drives. The idea must be to mimic VHS cassettes. It’s not a bad idea really.

The problem is that you won’t be able to swap just any hard drive. You’ll need to buy Panasonic’s DY-HDD500 500GB hard drives for $240 each. It connects via a USB connection and is only supported in this recorder. Users will be able to copy videos from Blu-ray discs or DVDs to the hard drive or vice versa. But only if you have that hard drive.

Audiovox AVDBR1 Automotive Blu-ray Player

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2011

Audiovox’s new Automotive Blu-ray DVD player, the AVDBR1, lets you enjoy HD movies in your car. The player can be installed under the seat or in a storage compartment and connects to any monitor via HDMI, composite or component output.

The AVDBR1′s small size allows you to mount it either horizontally or vertically in any number of ways. It gets power from a 2-pin, 12-volt connector to the vehicle’s accessory power source and comes with a full function wireless IR remote control.

Panasonic Blu-ray Players now with Skype

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

CES is in full swing and another of the cool things unveiled is that Panasonic and Skype have announced a partnership that will allow Skype voice and video calling on any 2011 Panasonic VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray Disc Player. So you can either pop in a Blu-Ray disc or spend some time with your loved ones face to face.

Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls are free. Calls to landline or mobile rates use Skype’s low rates with other options like: receiving inbound calls, voicemail, and conference calls with up to 24 other parties. All you need is a VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray Disc Player, HDTV and a Skype compatible web camera and an Internet connection.

Kaleidescape 100-disc Blu-ray movie server

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

Do you have 100 Blu-Ray discs in your collection? If so, then check this out. Kaleidescape has announced the launch of the first Blu-ray movie server. The Kaleidescape System stores copies of your Blu-ray Discs on its hard drives and can rip, store, and stream copies of Blu-ray movies throughout your home. However, there are some restrictions. Each disc vault has to be connected to an individual player, and the discs have to remain in the vault for the player to stream their ripped copies over the network.

You’ll get high resolution cover art combined with a brief synopsis of each film and other details, to easily explore your collection of movies. Video bookmarks and triggers allow the system to start a movie instantly and automatically adjust lighting, curtains and screen masking. With over 145,000 titles, Kaleidescape’s Movie Guide is the largest database of its kind to date.