309w ago - Buffalo Technology announced today the market's first external Blu-ray and HD DVD player, that allows users to both read and write Blu-ray content. The USB device can also read HD DVD discs.
It is expected to be hitting the US during Q1 2008 with an estimated street price of $649. To quote:
-- Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking, storage and memory solutions today announced the MediaStation Blu-ray HD DVD (BRHC-6316U2), the market's first external Blu-ray and HD DVD player. It is the first device of its kind on the market that allows users to both read and write Blu-ray content.
It provides the ability to save high-definition content, giving users an all-in-one solution to meet their entertainment needs. Users can also connect the player to a notebook or other mobile device via USB and view their favorite video content while on-the-go. In addition the player allows for playback of HD DVD content.
"Consumers are increasingly implementing either High-Definition or Blu-ray content into their digital lives -- from TV sets, to camcorders to audio content," said Takayuki Nishioka, CEO of Buffalo Technology, USA. "The
MediaStation Blu-ray HD DVD offers users the best of both...
317w ago - If price is the battleground where the war between Blu-ray and HD DVD will be fought, then Philips and Lite-On Digital Solutions fired a new salvo on Tuesday, with the announcement of a $199 drive.
Unfortunately, the internal PLDS DH-4O1S drive is not the official answer to the $99 Toshiba HD DVD player that went on sale at Wal-mart last week. The DH-401S is an internal drive for the PC that simply plays back Blu-ray, DVD, and CD discs, although the manufacturers noted that a PC equipped with the drive could be connected via an HDMI cable to a TV.
The Blu-ray format desperately needs some price competition, however. A Blu-ray DVD burner from Philips costs just under $480, and a similar search of Blu-ray players at the same retailer fails to turn up a price lower than $400. (The Toshiba HDA2 HD DVD player costs $269, at least from Newegg.) If consumers simply view the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray battle as one based on price, HD DVD appears poised to overcome the lead Blu-ray holds and start buying...
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