Speculation: Samsung Adds MKV to Blu-ray Players, PS3 Next?


241w ago - With Samsung now having a major advantage, we can only hope that the MKV file format is added to the PS3's accepted format list soon so that converting will be a thing of the past.

At IFA, Samsung announced that Blu-ray player models BD-P1600, BD-P3600 and BD-P4600 will support both YouTube and the MKV file format.

Existing players will be able to access those features by upgrading the firmware. The company plans to launch BD recorders in 2010, and is holding a wait-and-see stance towards 3-D.

To quote: "We know our consumers want access to multi-platform content, and the addition of YouTube to our Blu-ray players aims to provide this to them - from the comfort of their living room," added Robert Shaw (General Manager CTV & Home Platforms).

"Adding MKV file support and YouTube to our range of Blu-ray players is the latest step from Samsung Electronics in providing an unparalleled home-cinema experience for our customers."



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B4rtj4h's Avatar
#20 - B4rtj4h - 241w ago
Aahhh....ntfs? The ps3's hdd's filesys can store files bigger then 4GB!!
No need to have ntfs on the ps3
Eh ... the files CAN be bigger
Its just not possible to copy them by HDD... i use my WRT160NL

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#19 - semitope - 241w ago
I think this sums it up perfectly. I think they also know that a good percentage of ps3 users have hi-def equipment and as such a regular divx will never compete with a 30 dollar Sony Blu Ray Disc. So why the hell would they ever allow a technology that competes with something they just spent billions developing?

I think Hulu being blocked from the ps3 is further evidence of Sony's zeal to protect their content (read "screw us"), similar in fashion to the mkv affair.

And please don't tell me mkv's aren't in the firmware because Sony doesn't have the time / effort / etc... They built a machine suitable for supercomputing, I'm sure it wouldn't take too long

I am saying they have no reason to. They have other things to do than to support mkv that aren't used commercially and aren't used by the majority of people who have videos to watch. It doesn't really stop piracy since the PS3 supports other formats that can be used to watch HD pirated media. DVD business is still important to sony, who wants to throw away money just because there is a new thing out there?

Doesnt the ps3 have digital HD video downloads? Wouldn't that compete with BluRay as well?

Hulu wasn't blocked by sony, hulu did that themselves I believe.

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#18 - setTopbox - 241w ago
MKV is not the main format used by pirates, but it is nearly exclusively used by blu-ray pirates.

You guys point out sony has a movie company to worry about. They still produce retail dvd's, but allow you to play avi files and divx/xvid, which ARE the most common formats used by pirates. The thing is, in addition to Sony Pictures, Sony also owns the proprietary rights to the Blu-Ray format.

They won't let you play MKV files because they don't give a shit about their dvd sales. DVD is sony's past, and Blu-Ray is what they view as their future. They want you to buy blu-Ray right now, and they're not going to make it easy for you to pirate their movies/technology AND use their hardware to facilitate this process.

NTFS is owned by Microsoft, and will be a feature of the ps3 sometime around right after we can cross game chat with Xbox Live users, aka never.

I think this sums it up perfectly. I think they also know that a good percentage of ps3 users have hi-def equipment and as such a regular divx will never compete with a 30 dollar Sony Blu Ray Disc. So why the hell would they ever allow a technology that competes with something they just spent billions developing?

I think Hulu being blocked from the ps3 is further evidence of Sony's zeal to protect their content (read "screw us"), similar in fashion to the mkv affair.

And please don't tell me mkv's aren't in the firmware because Sony doesn't have the time / effort / etc... They built a machine suitable for supercomputing, I'm sure it wouldn't take too long

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#17 - semitope - 241w ago
Wasnt your argument that sony would not allow mkv because they have rights to protect? That would suggest that mkv is the most used file type for piracy to me, otherwise whats the point of specifically preventing that format from playing? What the cell can do and what your DVD player can do have little consequence to sony.

Anyway, those arguing that sony has some legal reason for not enabling mkv are likely wrong for the very reason that its not the only file type that is used for HD content. Its likely just of no concern to them or its not used often enough for the things that matter to them.

NTFS is readable and writable to on linux? what are the reasons that is possible?

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#16 - ynoz - 241w ago
The only problem with remuxing to AVCHD is that you need movies with full frame, like exact 1920x1080 or 1280x720, or else you will get a green line in the middle of the screen. And most of the downloaded files you will get will have resolutions like 1920x968 to save some space and keep the file smaller.

Since i've bought a tvix media player jukebox I don't need to worry with that anymore.
i use multiavchd, and when the media don't complain the standar the software add a black line at the bottom of the image, adding the missing pixels, the only problem i ever had its when the reference frame is higher than 4 then i have to reencode (about 4 hours with a 1080p movie).

MKV is the main file type used for pirated movies? I dont think so. I mostly see them used for anime really.

NTFS support would be greatly appreciated. I dont exactly have any fat32 external drives that I can easily backup my ps3 to.

did i say tha mkvs are the main file.......? NO, the thing is why would i use my cell powered ps3 to play avi files if my usb capable dvd player could doit without any stress, even my cellphone can play them, mkv are used for bd rips, 720p and 1080p really worth the effort of turning on my ps3.

@ynoz:

can you tell us, which software do you use ?
i have testet with avidemux under linux x264 and ac3 into a mp4 container , but it does not works.

perhapes you have a "mencoder or transcode" commandline or an X-frontend ?

i looking for a linux-tool for set the profile ... example for mainprofil@4.1
or highprofile@4.1


greets
mike
forget about linux, that OS is to complicated i'd tried whit it and belive me it was a waste of time, ther is this tool (MultiAVCHD) for bill's OS that works perfectly, and do the job in no time.













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