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Netflix says chooses Blu-ray format over HD DVD

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358w ago - Online rental giant Netflix has confirmed that it will exclusively stock high definition films in the Blu-ray disc format by year's end, following Warner's decision to back the format over HD DVD technology.

It's worth pointing out that other online film rental services, such as Blockbuster Online, still plan to support both formats – but with the odds stacking up in favor of Blu-ray, who knows for how long. :P
 

F.Y.E backs Blu-ray, will special order HD DVD for customers

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361w ago - Retailer Trans World has said it will will be giving more catalog room to Blu-ray titles than HD-DVD and they plan to only order key new releases on HD-DVD. They say they don't want to be biased but this seems to be the direction that high-def production is going.

However they have said they will special order non key HD-DVD titles if a customer requests so. Trans World Entertainment Corporation is a chain of entertainment media retail stores, with 800 F.Y.E stores.

To quote: "We are waiting to hear more about what [HD DVD] hardware manufacturers decide to do, but I think one thing we can all agree on as retailers, is that consumer confusion is leading to a delay in buying a format," said Mark Higgins, Trans World VP of DVD, videogames and consumer electronics merchandising. "They don't want to buy into another Betamax. As retailers, we need to simplify things for the consumers as much as we can with merchandising one format. We don't want to be biased, but that is clearly the direction that high-def production looks to be going."

"Based on the way the playing field is shaping up, you'll see BD with more prominence in stores," said Victor Fuentes, VP and divisional merchandise manager at Hastings. He said it was because of "the sheer number of titles coming from the majority...
 

Ultimate guide to converting HD-DVD/Blu-ray movies to watch on PS3

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361w ago - This video shows you how to convert any movie to watch on your PS3.

Transformers HD-DVD is used in this example.




 

PS3 Hard Drive Map Unveiled!

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361w ago - We have been receiving some questions from the curious such as "What does the PS3's Hard Disk Filesystem look like?"

Below is a file list off the hard disk, although some directories are still inaccessible, we would like to share them with you.

The BCUS98107 entry is that of Resistance: Fall of Man, and its files are cache files copied to the HDD. Also, there is a pic of the debug controller lit up below.

PS3 HDD Map:

./dev_hdd0:
.
..
data
drm
dump.txt
game
home
mms
vsh
widget

./data:
.
..
bootflag.dat

./drm:
.
..

./game:
.
..
ABCD67890
BCUS98107
BLUS30014
NPSX00002
SXXX00001

./game/ABCD67890:
.
..
PARAM.SFO
USRDIR

./game/ABCD67890/USRDIR:
.
..
ENTRY-DATA

./game/BCUS98107:
.
..
ICON0_00.PNG
ICON0_09.PNG
ICON0.PNG
PARAM.SFO
PIC1.PNG
USRDIR

./game/BCUS98107/USRDIR:
.
..
cache
data
quick.sav

./game/BCUS98107/USRDIR/cache:
.
..
credits_0.bnk
credits_0.bnk.done
credits_0.bnkh
credits_0.bnkh.done
 

In Wake of Warner Defection, Studios Roll Out HD DVD Product

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361w ago - Down but not out, the beleaguered HD DVD format suddenly has some product in the pipeline, after studio announcements that had been slotted for the Consumer Electronics Show were yanked at the last minute due to the pre-show defection of Warner Home Video to the Blu-ray Disc camp.

One of the most high-profile HD DVD releases, ironically, will be from Warner, which won't officially abandon the Toshiba-developed format until the end of May. The studio Wednesday announced it will release a two-disc special edition of the action hit Twister on all three home entertainment software formats, with the DVD and Blu-Ray Disc coming May 6 and the HD DVD edition following May 27.

Orders are due April 1 for the standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc and April 22 for the HD DVD. Special features include a commentary, an HBO First Look Special on the making of the film, and a 2003 History Channel special on tornadoes.

Paramount Home Entertainment, which after May will be the only major studio besides longtime supporter Universal Studios Home Entertainment to release titles on the HD DVD format, is expected to announce a full slate of HD DVD titles for the first quarter today (Thursday, Jan. 17) – a slate it was to unveil at CES.

Already in stores is Zodiac, which quietly shipped...
 
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