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KR~!
03-04-2008, 06:32 PM
We can use this thread to post all the latest blu-ray news:

Broadcom acquisition could lead to cheaper Blu-Ray players

Broadcom announced Monday that it has acquired Sunext Design Incorporated, the US arm of Taiwanese company Sunext Technology which specializes in chips and architecture for optical drives.

This acquisition is crucial to Broadcom, who has been showing off high-definition Systems on a Chip (SoC) since last year. Its design integrates dual MIPS execution units, dedicated graphics engines, 7.1 audio, security processor, hardware still image decoder, audio and video outputs, and more. The important thing these systems lacked was something to handle the front end -- the operation of the consoles themselves.

Sunext's single chip front-end technology is precisely what the company needed to complement this strong back-end offering. Broadcom will no doubt begin to market total Blu-Ray chipset solutions at a price which should ultimately drive down the total cost of players. Before Christmas, Understanding & Solutions' Senior Technology Consultant Bill Foster predicted that the bill of materials for Blu-ray players would be under $150 beginning in the first half of this year.

Currently, Broadcom chips are employed in the majority of Samsung's Blu-Ray players, as well as in LG and Philips players. Philips also has had dealings with Sunext for optical drive semiconductors. It will be one of the first companies likely to see the benefit of this acquisition.

The transaction closed on Friday, February 29, costing Broadcom upwards of $48 million for a capital stock buyout and entitlement to Sunext Design's licenses.

http://www.betanews.com/article/Broadcom_acquisition_could_lead_to_cheaper_BluRay_ players/1204583648

The Chaostar
03-04-2008, 06:49 PM
I'll be the first one to buy a region-free, "mole"-free Blu-Ray player. Nothing less though...

X-human
03-27-2008, 05:18 PM
It looks like Blu-ray's picked up the pace with HD-DVD dropping out of the picture:According to HMR research, BD unit sales for the first 11 weeks of this year lodged 3 million units, adding to the 6 million the format had sold previously since its launch in mid-2006. The year's strong sales pace thus far puts Blu-ray solidly on track to top at least 15 million units sold for 2008.

Although weekly Blu-ray disc sales have been averaging 200,000 to 300,000 since the beginning of the year, they surged to 319,000 for the week ending March 16, buoyed by Disney's 'No Country for Old Men.'

The recent Best Picture Oscar-winner moved a stellar 68,000 Blu-ray copies in its first week, and handily outpaced the 10,000 to 30,000 units that top-sellers in previous weeks had averaged (it also easily trounced its nearest competitor, Fox's 'Hitman,' though the second-place finisher also posted healthy sales). http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Industry_Trends/Disc_Sales/Disc_Sales:_No_Country_Pushes_Blu-ray_Past_9M_Mark/1595

I think they're being a little optimistic but considering this is the slow season it looks like people really are jumping on specifically because the format war is over. Although I still don't recommend going Blu until 2.0 stand alone players become the norm.

KR~!
03-28-2008, 06:50 PM
BLU-RAY Laptop for just $879!!!

cheapest blu-ray laptop ever.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2279916,00.asp

geeare
03-28-2008, 07:37 PM
...or you could just go here:

http://www.blu-ray.com/

Livingdead102
03-28-2008, 09:02 PM
...or you could just go here:

http://www.blu-ray.com/

Yeah, but you won't find news like this on that site:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080323-led-patent-dispute-could-block-blu-ray-cellphones-imports.html

Hopefully this will be settled out of court relatively quickly. I'm no Blu-Ray supporter, but if BR is going to be the future, I'd prefer not to see too many roadblocks between consumers and less-expensive players.

X-human
03-28-2008, 09:28 PM
Yeah, but you won't find news like this on that site:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080323-led-patent-dispute-could-block-blu-ray-cellphones-imports.html

Hopefully this will be settled out of court relatively quickly. I'm no Blu-Ray supporter, but if BR is going to be the future, I'd prefer not to see too many roadblocks between consumers and less-expensive players.

Those same road block would have been laid before HD-DVD as it uses blue lasers as well. Very interesting, I think company's best strategy is to put this in appeal hell and wait for her to die. ;)

Livingdead102
03-28-2008, 09:42 PM
Very interesting, I think company's best strategy is to put this in appeal hell and wait for her to die. ;)

:lol: That's cold, man. Very, very cold. Super funny, though.

Horrorphilly
03-31-2008, 03:21 AM
I'll be the first one to buy a region-free, "mole"-free Blu-Ray player. Nothing less though...

I 2nd that but do the BR players upconvert standard dvds to near HD quality?


Sean

Ash28M
03-31-2008, 04:00 AM
I 2nd that but do the BR players upconvert standard dvds to near HD quality?

Sean

yes they do.

Horrorphilly
03-31-2008, 11:39 PM
yes they do.


Thanks ASH

KR~!
04-01-2008, 01:01 PM
Thanks ASH

Some can do to 1080p others 1080i.

geeare
04-01-2008, 02:25 PM
yes they do.

hahaha, do you own a Blu-ray player and if you do, is it set up properly???? upconverting does NOT come close to true 1080p quality. you've got to realize that altho your TV is telling you that it is receiving 1080p it's just blurring the lines between.

Ash28M
04-01-2008, 02:55 PM
hahaha, do you own a Blu-ray player and if you do, is it set up properly???? upconverting does NOT come close to true 1080p quality. you've got to realize that altho your TV is telling you that it is receiving 1080p it's just blurring the lines between.

What's your problem?

Yes I do have a Blu-Ray player and Yes I have it set up properly. I know Upconverting isn't near as good as HD and I have an Oppo and A PS3 with the latest firmware both upconvert better then most. He asked if it Upconverts DVD's and the answer is still yes.

geeare
04-01-2008, 03:08 PM
do the BR players upconvert standard dvds to near HD quality?


Sean

this is what he asked and the answer is NO...that's my problem. I'm not trying to piss you off, i'm just trying to give the guy the proper answer to the question. it's not near HD quality IMO, it's not close either. then again my TV does 120hz so maybe i'm spoiled.

Ash28M
04-01-2008, 03:15 PM
this is what he asked and the answer is NO...that's my problem. I'm not trying to piss you off, i'm just trying to give the guy the proper answer to the question. it's not near HD quality IMO, it's not close either. then again my TV does 120hz so maybe i'm spoiled.

My response was more to the up-converting question then the near HD part. It does improve DVD's though maybe not as advertised but it's still an improvement, just not a substitute for the real thing.

geeare
04-01-2008, 03:44 PM
yes, we agree on that. I've just seen so many people get told that the upconverting will make their regular DVD's HD quality only to disappoint them after they purchase an HD player and see a real Blu-ray vs an upconverted DVD. I didn't mean to offend or piss anyone off it's just that it's a huge misconception that you will not have to upgrade your DVD collection after you go HD, hahaha. I'm still hanging on to many titles but more and more I am finding that I really need to double dip on more titles that I had originally wanted to. It's going to be tough since my original DVD collection is 900+.

The Chaostar
04-01-2008, 04:00 PM
SOME upconverted DVD's look wonderful though.
Any of the Criterions released the past three-four years, for example, is a revelation upconverted. However, that only means one thing: imagine how the Criterion's Blu-Ray would look like...

X-human
04-01-2008, 07:56 PM
It seems like lots of people are calling upconversion "good enough," and there are plenty out there who think upconversion IS true HD. There's also more and more complaints that Blu-ray doesn't look as good as HD cable/satellite, which has a much lower bitrate. In not so many words, it's all relative. For anyone who's not an AV specialists, "near" is as accurate a term as anything.

geeare
04-01-2008, 08:09 PM
There's also more and more complaints that Blu-ray doesn't look as good as HD cable/satellite

this is just ludicrous, haha.

Ash28M
04-01-2008, 08:12 PM
There's also more and more complaints that Blu-ray doesn't look as good as HD cable/satellite, .

Really? My Blu-rays looks much better then anything I've seen on HD TV.

X-human
04-01-2008, 09:59 PM
Really? My Blu-rays looks much better then anything I've seen on HD TV.

Yeah, mostly people who watch Discovery or football games which are all ultra bright with obviously no grain. Football games are especially misleading because they use very long lenses, which makes the background as detailed as the foreground.

It seems like every week someone starts a new thread on AVS about something not looking as good as Planet Earth, but the first thing I found real quick is some anti-grain propaganda:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=874466

You watch films where the background is usually left out of focus and people complain they can't count the petals on the wall paper. Then there's the anti-grain crowd who freak out over natural amounts of inherent grain. I'm someone who likes the film like look (including grain) and find TV visually dull. I see HD's inability to simulate film as a flaw of HD, while others see it as film's inability to simulate HD. It's a growing devision and with the DNR overload we've been seeing I'd say film fans are loosing.

KR~!
04-04-2008, 12:49 PM
A majority of U.S. households now know what a Blu-ray Disc is, while the number of households with a high-definition disc player has crossed the 10 million threshold, a new study shows.

The study, from media research firm Interpret, finds that 60% of U.S. consumers are aware of Blu-ray Disc, "up from zero two years ago, when the format was still in the talking stages," said Jason Kramer, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm's chief strategy officer.

Internationally, Blu-ray has even further to go than it does in the U.S. Awareness is at 56% in Great Britain, 49% in Germany, 45% in Japan and just 30% in France.

The HDTV household penetration rate, accordingly, is lower in those countries as well. In Great Britain, an estimated 26.2 million households have HDTVs, for a penetration rate of 35%. In Japan, the rate is just 28%, followed by 21% in France and 18% in Germany.

The high-def player penetration rate in Japan and Great Britain is currently at 9%, on par with the U.S.; it's 4% in France and Germany.

In contrast, 92% of British households have at least one DVD player, a higher percentage than in the U.S. France is next at 89%, followed by Germany at 84% and Japan at 82%.


read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN0343456620080403

KR~!
04-10-2008, 07:32 PM
PS3 Firmware 2.30 To Add Blu-Ray Hi-Def Audio Features

Sony has announced that in addition to the updated interface of its PlayStation Store, the latest version of its PlayStation 3 firmware will add DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio features for Blu-ray movies.

Sony says the new audio features will give users the "complete high-definition Blu-ray movie experience, matching the format’s crisp visuals with rich, lifelike sound."

DTS-HD Master Audio delivers audio at 24.5 mega-bits per second (Mbps) significantly higher than standard DVDs, and 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depths. Sony says more than 100 Blu-ray movies and concert videos feature DTS-HD Master Audio.

The company also says the DTS-HD High Resolution Audio codec gives content creators the ability to stream audio at a high constant bit rate of 6.0 Mbps on Blu-ray discs, and is also capable of up to 7.1 audio channels at 96k sampling frequency/24 bit depth resolution.

In addition to the audio features, the new update will also bring the newly revamped PlayStation Store, transitioning the feature from an online storefront to a native PS3 application, which Sony says will enable customers to "more easily and quickly locate and purchase games, and download demos, game videos, Blu-ray movie trailers and other game-related content for PS3."

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=18204

X-human
04-10-2008, 10:17 PM
Sony also announced they'll be adding a feature which deinterlaces 1080i to 1080p. They seemed to indicate though that it won't be the 4/15 firmware, but down the road.

There were a lot of doubters DTS-HD would come at all to PS3. It became quite the talking point. Personally I really don't care, I'm not an audiophile and doubt I'll ever put much thought into the audio mix accept deciding to watch the original voice track or dub track.

KR~!
04-11-2008, 07:52 PM
read this:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/home-cinema/news/2008/04/11/Sony-BDZ-A70-Transfers-Blu-ray-To-Walkmans-PSPs/p1

and this:

http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Blu-Ray_support_for_iPod_iPhone/551-88468-643.html

two different stories.

Pretty cool way to use them.