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Sony and Panasonic Propose Blu-ray Disc Capacity Increase

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258w ago - Sony and Panasonic have developed a new technology that will allow the layer capacity of Blu-ray disc to be increased from 25GB to 33.4GB per layer.

Apparently, exisiting devices would just need a simple upgrade to read all 33.4GB or 66.8GB per disc.

To quote: "Sony and Panasonic have announced that they have developed a new optical disc evaluation technology that will allow the layer capacity of Blu-ray media to increase from 25GB to 33.4GB using existing Blu-ray laser diodes.

This would presumably allow existing Blu-ray hardware - including Blu-ray Disc players and burners - to play the proposed discs with a simple firmware upgrade.

Currently, disc evaluation is accomplished by analyzing disc jitter, but at higher capacity, that technique becomes unreliable. Sony and Panasonic resolved this by developing i-MLSE (Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation) evaluation index, which can perform the same function as jitter but at higher capacities."
 

District 9 with God of War III PS3 Demo - Own it NOW on Blu-ray

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260w ago - As previously reported, today SCEA's Product Marketing Specialist Ken Chan has announced that fans can now own the new District 9 with God of War III PS3 Demo on Blu-ray disc!

To quote: Adding to my Christmas Wish List this year (Hint to any of my family and friends reading this blog) is long awaited [Register or Login to view links] release of [Register or Login to view links].

Starting with a gorgeous 1.85:1 1080p transfer, and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio Mix, the [Register or Login to view links] include a Interactive Map feature "Joburg from Above: Satellite and Schematics of the World of District 9."

It provides a highly detailed environmental exploration of the world through a series of interactive satellite maps, technology schematics and photo-real files; and movieIQ, which allows viewers to immediately access continuously updated information on the cast & crew and explore relevant trivia such as production facts, music and soundtrack information all tied to scenes within the movie.

But what makes this Blu-Ray release really special, is the inclusion of the highly sought...
 

Final 3-D Blu-ray Specification Announced, PS3 is 3D Compatible

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261w ago - Considering all of the press Sony has already got for PS3 3D gaming, it's no surprise that the PlayStation 3 meets Blu-ray 3D compatibility specifications as announced by the BDA (Blu-Ray Disc Association) today.

Press Release from Blu-ray.com (linked above): The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the "Blu-ray 3D" specification.

It leverages the technical advantages of the BD format to deliver "unmatched picture quality" as well as uniformity and compatibility across the full range of Blu-ray 3D products, both hardware and software. The specification is also designed to allow the PS3 to play back Blu-ray 3D content in 3-D.

Notably, the specification allows every player and movie supporting it to deliver full HD 1080p resolution to each eye. Moreover, the specification is display agnostic, meaning that Blu-ray 3D products will deliver the 3-D image to any compatible 3-D display, regardless of whether that display uses LCD, plasma or other technology and regardless of what 3-D technology the display uses to deliver the image to the viewer's eyes.

Regarding compatibility, the specification supports playback of 2-D discs in forthcoming...
 

Universal PS3 Blu-ray / DVD Hybrid Discs Launching in 2010

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263w ago - Universal Studios is preparing to launch its line of Blu-ray / DVD hybrids known as 'Flipper discs' in 2010, which could benefit Sony's PlayStation 3.

For those curious, the hybrid discs hold a Blu-ray film on one side and a 9GB DVD version on the other.

To quote: "The technology allows a single disc to offer a 50GB Blu-Ray version of a film on one side, and a 9GB DVD version on the other. It's a plan by Universal (and most likely the rest of the Blu-ray Consortium) to increase the adoption of Blu-ray HD films by giving consumers the option to future-proof their content.

One of the key components in Sony's PlayStation 3 is its Blu-ray drive, offering gamers a chance to experience high definition movies. If the Flipper discs prove to be a popular format, it could help cement the PS3 as the home entertainment console of choice.

The first dual-format Flipper discs are due to go on sale on 19th January 2010 in the US, with the very first product being the Jason Bourne trilogy, a box set containing The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. No pricing has yet been announced."
 

Video: Sony PlayStation 3: It Only Does Blu-ray Movies

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265w ago - Sony's Senior Vice President of Marketing & PlayStation Network Peter Dille has unveiled a new video from PS3's ad campaign today entitled 'It Only Does Blu-ray Movies.'

To quote: Next week's Thanksgiving holiday marks the kick-off to the traditional retail holiday selling season. It's a key part of our year as many people who may not be hardcore gamers begin their research for the hottest gift items. Naturally, we expect the PS3 to be on a lot of those lists this year.

This holiday's PS3 campaign marks one of our most aggressive approaches in terms of our advertising reach and frequency, so we hope you've seen the new commercials while watching your favorite TV programs.

I've been receiving a lot of emails from friends and family and hearing from a lot of you who are catching the commercials regularly and laughing even after the third or fourth helping.

We couldn't be more pleased by the overwhelming response, not just to the ads, but also evidenced by the sheer momentum behind our recent sales numbers. I'd like to personally welcome all of the new PS3 owners to what will be one of our best years ahead.

Beyond the amazing line up of Blu-ray games hitting this holiday, we're also expecting some blockbuster Blu-ray movie releases, including...
 
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