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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.

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.

Kaleidescape Cinema One DVD movie server

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2010

Kaleidescape’s Cinema One is the company’s most affordable movie server to date, but still costs $4,999. It can store up to 225 DVDs or 2,500 CDs for instant access and sports some kid-friendly features, like an included junior remote in addition to the standard version, which triggers a simplified system UI.

Support for toddlers is nice, but there’s no Blu-ray support or Netflix streaming for that price. At least rich kids can feel important with their junior remote as they navigate this $4,999 box and watch some Spongebob.

Casio CD/DVD Title Printer

Posted in Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

The Casio CD/DVD Title Printer prints titles directly onto discs for a more professional appearance. It’s both permanent and safe. The thermal printer creates up to 16 lines in any of 18 alphanumeric or four graphic preset formats at 200dpi.

This printer also features a large LCD that displays up to 12 characters at a time. If you have a ton of unlabeled discs, you can purchase the Casio CD/DVD Title Printer for just $129.95.

Avatar 3D Blu-ray coming in 2011

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2010

Avatar is coming to DVD/Blu-ray as early as next month, but it will be a no-frills 2D release. If you already bought your 3D TV for it, too bad. Avatar will have its first DVD/Blu-ray release on April 22, but you won’t find a single bonus feature anywhere. None of the stuff you love, like trailers, making-of featurettes, or commentary

Sources at Fox are saying that this is because they want all available storage space to be used for the best picture and sound possible. If you want all of the extra stuff, there’s a Special Edition coming in November, possibly with two discs.

Amazon Disc+ on Demand: Buy a DVD, watch it instantly

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

Amazon Disc+ on Demand: Buy a DVD, watch it instantlyHere’s something that makes perfect sense and we’re surprised that it has taken so long. With Amazon’s Disc+ on Demand, when you buy a DVD or Blu-ray movie, you will be able to stream it instantly via Amazon On Demand. Pretty awesome huh?

Looks like it applies to a few hundred titles so far and for the moment it’s just for those in the US, but it should have no problem being successful and should grow quickly. You’ll need to look for the Disc+ on Demand logo on movie pages to make sure it’s eligible.

MD Sound unveils cheap MD-DVD3.5T car stereo

Posted in Radio by Shane McGlaun on December 9th, 2009

md35-t-sgEvery car I have owned for the last six years or so has had a double DIN stereo in it. I thought the single DIN stereo was outdated, but I guess there are enough cars out there that there is still a market. MD Sound has announced a new single DIN stereo called the MD-DVD3.5T with a color LCD and a low price.

The radio has a 3.5-inch LCD on a flip down panel that can play DVDs and other media from flash drives and SD cards. The radio supports DVD/DVD-R/MP3/MP4/VCD/CD/CD-R/CD-RW media. The radio also has a built-in AM/FM/MPX tuner.

DVD2Blu lets you trade in DVDs for Blu-Rays

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on November 20th, 2009

DVD2Blu lets you trade in DVDs for Blu-RaysWarner has a new trade-in plan that hopes to convert you to the ways of Blu-Ray (Especially if you just got a Blu-Ray player and have a ton of DVDs, they want you too.) Just send in your old DVDs, $7.95 to $9.95 per movie plus $4.95 for s&h and HD versions will arrive in about 4 to 5 weeks.

You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it or not by consulting the 55 movies on the approved list that you own, but we suspect that most of you will just want to keep the ones you have on the shelf and wait for better deals.

Panasonic rolls out new DVD and HDD Recorders

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2009

Panasonic rolls out new DVD and HDD RecordersMeet the DMR-XP200 and XE100, two new DVD and HDD recorders from Panasonic., Both have similar specs and look the same design-wise.

The Panasonic XE100 has a 320GB HDD and a digital TV tuner, while the Panasonic XP200 features a 500GB HDD, a digital and analog TV tuner, and a BS/110 CD digital tuner. The XP200 can also record 1Seg TV programs and save recorded video on an SD card.

Addonics unveils external Blu-ray drive with USB interface

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on August 27th, 2009

addonicsblurayThe problem with netbooks is that they lack optical drives. I learned that the hard way when I used my netbook at CES earlier this year and everyone was handing me CDs with information on them to check out.

Addonics has a new external optical Blu-ray drive that has both eSATA and USB connectivity. The Blu-ray drive can play Blu-ray movies and burn CDs and DVDs. The drive is also available in a DVD only version that can burn and play DVDs or CDs.

HDTVs now in over half of American homes

Posted in Home by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2009

samsung50plasma-sbIf you are like me, you have probably been rocking the HDTV for several years now. Many consumers still haven’t moved to the HD world. I feel like I am walking into the 60′s when I go to my in-laws and see their massive 27-inch CRT TV sitting on the entertainment center.

According to a new report from CTAM, HDTVs have gained significantly in reach in American homes. The report claims that 53% of America homes now have HDTVs in use. That number is up 18% over 2008. The report also says that of that 53% owning HDTVs, 59% own sets with screens 32-inches or larger.

Flex DVD is a greener DVD alternative

Posted in DVD by Shane McGlaun on July 16th, 2009

flexdvd-sbBack in the heyday of AOL it seemed like there was a CD or DVD in the mail each time I went to the box. Thankfully, I rarely get optical discs in the mail anymore. I wonder if some of the reason you don’t see optical discs being mailed today has to do with the cost of sending them.

A company called CD Digital Card has announced a new type of DVD called the Flex DVD. The Flex DVD is the same diameter as a traditional DVD, but about half as thick at 0.6mm. The Flex DVD can store 4.7GB of video or DVD-ROM content and weight 8 grams.

Toshiba releases two new HDD and DVD recorders

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2009

Toshiba releases two new HDD and DVD recordersLooks like Toshiba is serious about the HDD and DVD recorder market in Japan. They’ve just released the 1TB Regza RD-E1004K and the 320GB Regza RD-304K.

Both HDD and DVD recorders can record HD video in Blu-ray format or in a standard format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264). The 1TB RD-E1004K retails for 65,000 Yen (or $677). No word on pricing for the 320GB model.

Philips portable DVD player with retractable iPod dock

Posted in Philips by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2009

Philips portable DVD player with retractable iPod dockIt seems counterproductive to be buying a portable DVD player, what with Blu-Ray and all of the other options available to you, but if you are eyeing a new DVD player, check this out. The most interesting feature of the DCP951/37 from Philips is the retractable iPod dock.

Its compatible with the iPod Touch, iPod Nano and the iPod Classic. The DCP951/37 will give you only a 640×220 resolution, but on the other hand it can play almost all standard video discs and also has an SD card slot. You’ll also get MP3 support, 2 x 3.5mm stereo headphone jacks and a built-in battery that will give you almost 3 hours of playback.

Netflix announces Q4 2008 financials

Posted in Netflix by Shane McGlaun on January 27th, 2009

Netflix LogoThere is more than a little truth to the fact that when money is tight and the economy sucks, people want to spend what little money they do have on things that take their mind off how bad the economy sucks. Thanks to that fact entertainment industries tend to weather recessions pretty well.

Netflix is among the companies that are still doing well despite the weak economy. Netflix has announced its Q4 2008 financials for its year ending on December 31, 2008. The mail-order movie rental service finished the quarter with 9,390,000 subscribers for a 26% growth compared to the same quarter of 2007.