307w ago - The BBC reports on how owners of already purchased Blu-ray players may effectively find themselves locked out of future developments in the technology as their machines are not upgradeable.
Later on in the year, BD Live will be launched to support features to connect to the Internet and download content but as Internet functionality is not a strict requirement, no Blu-ray players currently on the market will be able to access this feature.
However, there is one small exception to the previous thought and that is the PS3 which should always be able to keep up with the Blu-ray technology updates due to the correct hardware and online access.
To quote: Machines released onto the market since November are called profile 1.1, but none of the standalone Blu-ray players can be upgraded to accommodate this profile.
Films will still play on the machines, but access to extra features is limited.
Later this year the Blu-ray camp will offer profile 2.0, called BD Live, which will allow the players which support the feature to connect to the internet to download related content, such as ringtones, trailers and photos.
But because internet functionality is not a mandatory requirement in current players, none on the market today will be able to access the feature.
308w ago - Major adult movie studio Digital Playground has announced eight titles it will be releasing on Blu-ray in February. The studio had initially backed HD DVD but the eight titles it will be releasing on Blu-ray deals a further blow to HD DVD.
A representative for the studio said they were contacted by many PS3 owners who wanted Blu-ray movies for their console. they say however they will continue to support both formats until there is a clear winner.
To quote: Joone says that he was influenced by PlayStation 3 owners asking when their content would be available on Blu-ray.
"A lot of people were emailing that bought a PlayStation and they were basically saying, 'When are you guys going to release Blu-ray?' They really have no preference in format yet because it's so new. When it comes down to image quality, there is no difference between the two," he told CE Pro last month.