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post #3931 of 3949
Xbox 360 to go Blu, says Ballmer
post #3932 of 3949
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Xbox 360 to go Blu, says Ballmer

Already been shot down:
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Managed copy requirements delayed

Players not yet ready to offer backups for Blu-ray discs


NOV. 6 | DIGITAL: Come December, studios and anyone else releasing movies on Blu-ray Disc will be required to offer consumers a backup copy of every Blu-ray disc they buy.

But, because no Blu-ray players in the market yet have the capability to make the backups, it’ll be meaningless for consumers in the immediate future. So, the group that administers the provision is delaying some requirements for studios until the second quarter of next year.

The long-planned managed copy requirement goes into effect Dec. 4, as part of the final licensing agreement for AACS, the copy protection used on Blu-ray discs. The final agreement was approved in June by the Advanced Access Content System License Administrator, a consortium of studios, hardware manufacturers and technology companies that licenses the AACS copy protection used on BD. Up to now, studios and Blu-ray companies have been operating under an interim agreement.

Studios and other Blu-ray licensees must sign the final agreement to keep using Blu-ray. So far, 600 companies worldwide have done so, AACS-LA chair Michael Ayers said. Once content holders sign, they must make all discs ready for managed copy, essentially including a link on the disc directing the Blu-ray player to an authentication server.

The way managed copy is expected to work is that a consumer would insert their disc in a Blu-ray player or drive and the disc’s menu would include an option to make a managed copy or the consumer might have to press some buttons on their Blu-ray device to make a copy. Once they choose the option to make a copy, the Blu-ray player connects online to an authorization server, run by a studio, supplier or the AACS-LA. Discs are serialized, and the authentication server will determine if a copy is allowed.

However, until Blu-ray player manufacturers begin offering players with the ability to make full-resolution back-up copies, the managed copy addition on discs will be unnoticeable to consumers.

Manufacturers aren’t ever required to make players that offer managed copy, and so far, no manufacturer has announced plans to do so. However, backers say they expect some devices in the next year, with PC drives likely to be the first products to support managed copy.

In the meantime, that means Blu-ray discs will come out managed copy-ready without any player support.

That’s why the AACS-LA has pushed back the start date for some managed copy requirements from the first quarter to the second. Studios and content holders aren’t required to promote and label discs as managed copy-ready until March 31. That’s when the AACS-LA expects to have its authentication servers up and running, Ayers said.

Ayers said he hasn’t yet heard of any manufacturers announcing plans to include managed copy support, and AACS-LA is trying to make sure that studios aren’t required to promote managed copy before managed copy-capable devices are on the market.

Once devices are out, Blu-ray owners who have purchased discs made after Dec. 4 will already have managed copy-ready movies.

The hope, Ayers said, is once devices are in the market and studios start promoting it, consumers will have a “ready-made library of movies to take advantage of managed copy.”

Studios will be able to charge for those backups and offer more than one copy. They also may choose to offer managed copy rather than a digital copy, which is more expensive to add to a disc.

Managed copies can be burned to recordable Blu-ray or DVD discs, as a download to a Windows Media DRM-compatible portable player or hard drive, on a memory stick, SD card or as a bound copy, such as a digital copy file on the disc, though AACS-LA can approve other methods going forward.

It is possible that Walt Disney Studio’s Keychest and whatever format the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem chooses as its standard could be approved as managed copy backups, Ayers said. Neither Disney nor the DECE has approached AACS-LA about that, though the group “would be interested in them taking part,” he said.
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Extending physical media by making it the "license" to access streams from any device. Very sweet consumer win!


Blu-ray Disc and DVD won't be left out of the digital movie revolution.

Two upcoming proposals to make digital content playable on a broad range of devices from connected HDTVs to mobile phones, both attempts to make digital movies more appealing to consumers, could also extend the life of DVD and Blu-ray once digital takes hold.

Both Walt Disney Studios' Keychest technology and the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem would tie digital content to packaged media.

The idea is that a customer could buy the latest Blu-ray movie at a Best Buy or any other store, then access that same movie through a set-top box on their TV, at a hotel on the road or through a mobile phone or other device that's part of the content ecosystem.

Disney is expected to unveil more details about its Keychest technology in the coming months. Keychest would allow consumers to buy a movie once and access it digitally through a broad range of connected devices from Disney partners. Rather than download digital content, movies would be stored on a digital cloud and be accessible through different devices. There would be some sort of authentication to verify what content a user has access to.

The DECE is working to develop an open digital standard that would be adopted across its 45-member companies, which range from every major studio except Disney to Comcast, Intel, Microsoft and Best Buy. Digital movies bought under the DECE standard would be tied to digital content accessible through any other connected device using the DECE standard.

Disney hasn't said when it plans to introduce its technology; DECE backers are hopeful that the group will approve a standard in the next year.

In the meantime, most major studios already include digital copy on major disc releases, allowing consumers to watch a film on their computer, iPod, PlayStation Portable or other device.

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Universal's BD-59 Blu-ray / DVD flip discs to debut on Bourne trilogy releases
By Richard Lawler posted Dec 1st 2009 at 2:22PM


Once upon a time Universal was the hybrid disc king, with plans to release up to 90% of its 2007 HD DVD titles on the dual sided discs, but we know how that ended. Now the company is back to its old tricks, ready to ship the first BD-59 discs with a 50GB Blu-ray / 9GB DVD configuration promising movie and all available special features in whichever format is desired. The expensive answer to a question no one was asking or the perfect way to add future proofing and extended compatibility to new movie purchases? We'll know more once a price is announced for the Jason Bourne trilogy of movies -- seeing their first individual Blu-ray releases -- due on January 19.
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Several TV shows that had upgraded to Blu-ray Disc have shifted back to standard-definition DVD-only releases, indicating hurdles in the adoption of the category.

Series whose latest seasons are being released only on standard DVD, though previous seasons got Blu-ray treatment, include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Rescue Me and Damages and Warner Home Video's Nip/Tuck.

Studios and retailers note that consumers have been relatively slow to embrace the overall TV on Blu-ray genre. To date, the average TV title streeting in standard and high-def sells just 5% of its copies on Blu-ray, sources said. That compares with a 12% to 15% Blu-ray average for theatrical new releases and 25% to 30% for some high-profile films.

One main reason for the discrepancy, according to stores and studios, is the big difference in pricing on standard DVD and Blu-ray TV sets. For new release films, the difference has shrunk to around $5, but the spread on TV remains at $10 or more. For example, Universal Studios Home Entertainment's fifth season of The Office, which bowed on Sept. 8, is retailing for $41.99 on Blu-ray and $28.49 on DVD at Amazon.com. Warner's Jan. 5 second season of Chuck is similarly split at $47.99 Blu-ray and $38.99 DVD at the site.

As a result, studios continue to be cautious about which TV shows they bow on Blu-ray, as well as pulling back from the format when necessary.

The significant amount of content and multiple discs make the financial model challenging for many TV series on Blu-ray and is a significant reason for the methodical approach studios are taking to release product, said Rosemary Markson, VP of TV marketing for Warner Home Video. Unfortunately, Nip/Tuck Blu-ray sales were insufficient to continue releasing in the format.

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HBO launches TV campaign for Blu-ray

PHYSICAL: Channel hopes to highlight its expansive high-def library
By Susanne Ault -- Video Business, 12/9/2009

DEC. 9 | PHYSICAL: HBO has launched its first TV campaign dedicated entirely to Blu-ray Disc, covering such new release and catalog titles as True Blood, Band of Brothers and John Adams.

The channel wants to communicate the expansiveness of its library of Blu-ray content as many consumers buy or receive Blu-ray players during the holidays.

This year we have shifted our holiday campaign focus to Blu-ray. Our goal is to build awareness for HBO on Blu-ray, and specifically for shows like True Blood, Band of Brothers, Rome and John Adams.

In HBO's 2010 Blu-ray pipeline are shows True Blood, Hung, Bored to Death and Entourage
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Sales figures post removed.

I see it's time for our every-few-pages reminder that this section is for technology news, not for most title releases or reports of sales figures.
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Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it is the first silicon provider to ship a true single die Blu-ray Disc® chip. The new Broadcom® BCM7630 offers an unprecedented level of integration combining proven optical front-end and back-end video decoding and display technologies in a single die solution. In addition to industry leading Blu-ray performance, the BCM7630 also supports leading-edge Internet streaming applications including Netflix® 2.0, Pandora® Internet Radio, Vudu(TM), CinemaNow® movie services and others. This unparalleled integration and functionality delivers a premium home entertainment experience to consumers.

Also announced today is the BCM7632, which supplements the capabilities of the BCM7630 by adding support for the playback of 3D Blu-ray movies. The potential for watching 3D movies in the home has generated great excitement with more than a dozen 3D movies released in 2009. Although the 3D Blu-ray standard is not yet finalized, it is anticipated that the BCM7632 will comply with the final specification.
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"With 'Avatar' close at hand, the Blu-ray 3D spec is launched"


Looks like it is the Panasonic spec, maybe?

Also seems to be backward compatible - older Bluray players will be able to play the 3D streams in 2D - and the PS3 will be able to output 3D content in 3D - these are pleasant surprises!
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New standard could pave way for higher capacity Blu-ray discs
By Donald Melanson posted Jan 2nd 2010 at 10:27AM

Already feeling the pinch of a mere 25GB per layer on a Blu-ray disc? Neither are we, but it looks like Sony and Panasonic have been busily working on ways to boost capacity nonetheless, and they've now devised a new method that seems to be on the fast track to becoming a standard. The best news is that it doesn't involve a change in Blu-ray optics, but rather something called the Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation evaluation index (or i-MLSE -- the "i' is just for kicks, it seems), which is a new means of estimating the read error rate of discs on the fly that has apparently be made possible thanks to "recent hardware advancements." According to Sony and Panasonic, that should now allow discs to hold up to 33.4 GB per layer, but it's not exactly clear what that means for existing Blu-ray players (a little firmware assistance seems to at least be a conceivable option, though). There's also no timeline for a rollout just yet, but Sony is reportedly now set to propose widespread adoption of i-MLSE to the Blu-ray Disc Association, of which it just so happens to be the leading member.

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From Twice, new Blu-ray players include new vendors:


Anthem: The audio electronics supplier is launching its first-ever source component, a Blu-ray disc player at a suggested $799

Krell: The high-end audio company will launch its first Blu-ray player and additions to its Evolution and S-series lines. Details were unavailable.

NAD: The company embedded Wi-Fi and added PC networking to two Blu-ray players for the first time. The two Profile 2.0 players feature DLNA certification to stream audio, video and photos from a networked PC.
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From HDTV Magazine: Panasonic First out of the Gate with Blu-ray 3D Authoring Facility


Universal City, CA (February 1, 2010) - Following on the announcement of a broad range of Full HD 3D TV products, from VIERA consumer 3D TVs to a Prosumer Full HD 3D camcorder, at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic is now unveiling its fully operational Blu-ray 3D Advanced Authoring Center located at Panasonic's R&D facility, Panasonic Hollywood Laboratory. The Advanced Authoring Center was recently upgraded and equipped with the latest 3D technological innovations, based on standards developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association. The Center now offers studios and filmmakers Blu-ray 3D image processing, interactive programming, as well as authoring and disc certification services, which are capable of making Blu-ray 3D Discs commercially available as early as Spring 2010.
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Sony Bows First 3D-Enabled Blu-ray Player - Story here


By : Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 10 Feb 2010

Watching 3D movies in the home took another step toward reality when Sony Corp. Feb. 10 unveiled the first Blu-ray Disc player capable of playing the new format.
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Blu-ray Disc Association Announces Additional Format Enhancements

LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Apr 03, 2010 The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced two new media specifications that use Blu-ray Disc technology to provide targeted functionality for commercial and consumer applications. The specifications for BDXL (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) and IH-BD (Intra-Hybrid discs) are expected in the next few months.

The BDXL specification, which is targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, will provide customers with write-once options on 100GB and 128GB capacity discs and rewritable capability on 100GB discs. The discs reach these capacities by incorporating three to four recordable layers. A consumer version of BDXL is also expected, particularly in those regions where BD recorders have achieved broad consumer acceptance.

"Professional industries have expressed a desire to find optical disc solutions that enable them to transition away from magnetic media for their archiving needs," said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair. "Leveraging Blu-ray Disc to meet this need provides professional enterprises with a compact, stable and long term solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images using a proven and widely accepted optical technology."

The Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray Disc (IH-BD) incorporates a single BD-ROM layer and a single BD-RE layer so as to enable the user to view, but not overwrite, critical published data while providing the flexibility to include relevant personal data on the same physical disc. This allows for consumer specific applications where combining published content with related user data on a convenient, single volume is desirable. Both the ROM and the RE layers on IH-BD discs provide 25GB of capacity.

Because both BDXL and IH-BD are specially designed formats with specific market segments in mind, newly-designed hardware is required to play back or record BDXL or IH-BD media. However, because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technology, future BDXL and IH-BD devices can be designed to support existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Discs.

About Blu-ray DiscTM

Blu-ray DiscTM is the next-generation optical disc format for high definition audio-video and high-capacity data software applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 25 gigabytes of data and a double-layer Blu-ray Disc holds up to 50 gigabytes of data.
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3-D global sales off to a slow start

by Michael Grotticelli July 12th, 2010
Globally, only one in eight 3-D set owners will actually watch 3-D programming this year.

The numbers are starting to trickle in, and perhaps it's no surprise: 3-D sales globally have gotten off to a slow start. To be fair, only a few vendors offered 3-D sets in the first weeks of sales, with major vendors like Sony just beginning to offer 3-D sets as of last month.

3-D TV and stand-alone Blu-ray player sales in the United States have exceeded $55 million in the first three months since the launch of these products in February, according to the NPD Group, a market research company.

While that number may sound big, it represents only a tiny fraction of total TV sales in the United States. Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis at NPD, said 3-D sales are expected to remain small throughout 2010.

One hurdle to widespread adoption of 3-D TV in U.S. homes is the need to wear special glasses when watching 3-D TV. These glasses can add significant cost and work only with their brand of TV. Only 10 percent of consumers surveyed in NPD's poll cited looking silly as a main concern of the glasses, whereas 41 percent cited not having enough glasses on hand for everyone watching the set.

Many consumers have already shown that they are willing to use special glasses to obtain the effects, but want to preserve the social aspect of group television viewing, Rubin said.

Globally, only one in eight 3-D set owners will actually watch 3-D programming this year. A report by Informa Telecoms & Media indicated that by the end of 2010, there will be 845,000 households globally with a 3-D TV, but only 101,000 (less than 12 percent) will be watching 3-D material.

The report also suggests that by 2016, there will be 70 million 3-D TV households worldwide. But even then, less than a third will be watching 3-D TV on a regular basis.

Retail analysts GfK said 25,000 3-D-enabled TVs were sold in Europe through the end of May. That number was dwarfed by the predicted 252 million TV sets to be sold worldwide this year.

Perhaps one reason for the slow sales is there is still little to watch in 3-D thus far. In the UK, only one Blu-ray 3-D disc is available, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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Redbox Launches Blu-ray Rentals

DVD Rental Kiosk Leader Now Offering Popular Blu-ray Titles at an Affordable Price

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Redbox, the popular DVD rental kiosk provider, and wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSTR), today announced it has started rolling out Blu-ray titles with availability at approximately 13,300 kiosks nationwide. Redbox will rent Blu-ray Discs® at $1.50 per night plus tax and the company expects to have availability across its network of approximately 23,000 kiosk locations by the fall.

"Offering Blu-ray rentals is an exciting opportunity for redbox to expand our product offerings and build on the relationships that we've established with millions of consumers nationwide," said Mitch Lowe, president, redbox. "Redbox is a convenient, affordable home entertainment provider and we're delighted to offer consumers their favorite movies on the increasingly popular Blu-ray Disc format."

According to a recent report by the Digital Entertainment Group, sales of Blu-ray players increased 103 percent in the first half of this year. The sale of almost two million set-top players during this time has increased the total number of Blu-ray players sold to an estimated 19.4 million, resulting in more consumers entering the Blu-ray rental market.

"The Book of Eli," "Bounty Hunter," "Brooklyn's Finest" and "Green Zone" are among the Blu-ray titles currently available at redbox® kiosks. The number of Blu-ray titles and copies will vary by kiosk and location with new titles being added each week. Consumers can visit www.redbox.com/bluray to find a nearby redbox location and to check Blu-ray availability in their area. Consumers can return their Blu-ray rentals to any redbox location as part of the company's rent-and-return anywhere® policy.

Each fully automated redbox kiosk holds 630 discs, representing up to 200 titles, including standard definition DVDs and Blu-ray Discs at select locations. Consumers simply use a touch screen to select their favorite movies, swipe a valid credit or debit card and go. For added convenience, customers can visit www.redbox.com to select their movie online or via the iPhone® app from redbox and pick it up immediately at the redbox location of their choice.
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CyberLink Partners with Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony to Establish One-Blue, LLC

Taipei, TaiwanMay 2, 2011 CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), innovative solutions provider for the connected digital lifestyle, today announced joining Hitachi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony, in establishing One-Blue, LLC, an independent licensing company that will administer a one-stop shop product license for patents essential to Blu-ray Disc products. One-Blue is designed to provide an important licensing service to the entire industry while at the same time stimulating the growth and adoption of Blu-ray Disc products. Under the one-stop shop product license, potential licensees no longer need to handle issues with respective patent owners individually.
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New Singulus BLULINE III Machines Produce First 100 GB Blu-ray Discs
SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES developed a new replication line under the product name BLULINE III for the manufacturing of triple-layer Blu-ray Discs with a storage capacity of 100 GB.

Production equipment by SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES enables the production of next generation optical discs on the basis of the current BLULINE II machines for dual-layer Blu-ray Discs.

Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, Chief Executive Officer of the SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG, comments: "Just in time for the market introduction of the new ultra-high definition television technology (4K or Ultra-HD), we completed the development of the production technology for the new triple-layer Blu-ray Discs with 100 GB storage capacity". Dr. Rinck adds: "For SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES, in the Optical Disc segment the year 2013 has been very positive overall. Until the end of this year's August we received significantly more orders for Blu-ray Disc production machines than in the prior-year period. We also see good opportunities for the sales of our Blu-ray production equipment in the future. The positive life cycle of the Blu-ray Disc will continue for some years with the launch of the new ultra-high definition television format".
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