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CNET: Nine Reasons Why the Blu-ray Format Will Succeed

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302w ago - CNET reported on nine reasons why they feel the Blu-ray format will succeed as follows today:

1. Digital downloads will not eliminate the need for discs anytime soon.

2. Having one clear standard is a big advantage.

3. Blu-ray isn't going to be replaced by another disc format anytime soon.

4. Prices for large-screen HDTVs will continue to drop.

5. Prices for Blu-ray players will continue to drop.

6. Prices for Blu-ray discs will drop to near DVD price levels.

7. Sony will sell lots of PlayStation 3 game consoles.

8. Sony can't afford to have Blu-ray fail.

9. Sony and its partners will figure out a way to have Blu-ray resonate with the public.

As always, feel free to agree or disagree below and list your reasons you think Blu-ray will make it, fade away, or muddle about in a place between success and failure, forever eliciting praise and criticism.
 

Guide: Apple TV Rips via Ubuntu Linux and a PS3 Blu-ray Drive!

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304w ago - This guide is an addendum to [Register or Login to view links] guide. It explains how to use your PlayStation 3 Blu-ray drive to transfer BD movies onto a Mac or a PC for subsequent ripping & Apple TV encoding.

The primary purpose here is to avoid the expense of a computer-based Blu-ray drive for movies rips. Hardware/Software needed:

1. Sony PlayStation 3
2. USB keyboard & mouse for PS3
3. Windows XP/Vista PC or Mac with Parallels (100GB free space)
4. CD-RW or DVD-RW blank disk
5. Gigabit Wired Network
6. [Register or Login to view links] (free PC app)
7. [Register or Login to view links] (commercial PC app, ~$100, 21-day trial available)
8. [Register or Login to view links] (free open source)

Guide:

1. You have to install Ubuntu Linux onto your PS3. Those who are intimidated by this step or Linux in general - don't worry!

Installing other operating system on PS3 is fully supported by Sony, unlike say "patching" Apple TV. Also, installing Ubuntu is a very simple process even if you'd never touched...
 

Hybrid Blu-ray / DVD Disc Announced by Infinity Storage Media

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305w ago - A company called [Register or Login to view links] has released the first ever Hybrid and Blu-ray and DVD disc in Japan.

The new media has capacity of 33.5GB and is compatible with all existing DVD and Blu-ray players. Obviously, the major benefit of this is that you can play it on either your DVD or Blu-ray player.

To quote: Great news for those who have both Blu-ray and DVDs in the house; Infinity Storage Media has released the first hybrid Blu-ray and DVD disc in Japan.

The new media has a total storage capacity of 33.5GB and is compatible with existing DVD and Blu-ray players. The biggest advantage of the new media is backward compatibility - you can play it on your DVD or Blu-ray player.

How does it work? Based on JVC's 2004 Blu-ray/DVD combo disc technology, Infinity has layered one format on top of the other on the same side of the disc, making it possible for the lasers to penetrate to the desired depth and read the required information.

The Blu-ray makes up the top layer (25GB) with two more layers beneath that make up the DVD layers (8.5GB). Separated by a semi reflective film, the blue laser accesses the top layer and bounces off the DVD layers, while the red laser penetrate the various layers to get to the DVD information...
 

Blu-ray Poised to Eat Away at DVD Disc Sales

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305w ago - As predicted, the Blu-ray format experienced excellent holiday sales during the past few weeks. One of the hottest ticket items were Blu-ray players. Consumers have spent over $60 million on Blu-ray titles last week, representing 14 percent of the total home media market.

Reports from the [Register or Login to view links], state that Blu-ray sales experienced a dramatic increase of 167 percent. This increase is mainly due to the release of The Dark Knight.

There were several other successful movies such as Wall-E and Wanted. Wall-E followed closely behind The Dark Knight. It is definitely a significant achievement for Blu-ray sales to reach 14 percent of the home media market, considering all of the various forms of audio and video formats out there.

According to [Register or Login to view links], there were twice as many Blu-ray players sold versus DVD players during the same point in its life. This does not even account for the PS3 sales. There is no doubt that the adoption rate for Blu-ray is much faster than that of the DVD.

However, some have criticized that the adoption rate is not fast enough. I suppose there are some that believed that the...
 

Over $60M Spent on Blu-ray Disc Titles Last Week

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306w ago - According to [Register or Login to view links], consumers spent over $60M on Blu-ray titles last week, representing 14% of the home media market.

The 167% spike is due in large part to the Blu-ray release of 'The Dark Knight', which is breaking Blu-ray sales records around the world.

Comparatively, the previous week, where 'Wanted' was the hot new release, consumers spent $23.64M on Blu-ray.

On the year in whole, consumers have spent nearly $500M on Blu-ray titles, and the average spent per week has been growing as adoption continues to rise.
 
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