11/02/2008 | Posted by Jonas D
Sure, by now we've all heard that BD-Live offers a really cool feature set that allows for interactivity. These kinds of features could never be done in DVD, and offers a real advantage taking the user beyond what is on the disc, and into exclusive content, which is internet based. Of course, that means that the Blu-ray player needs to have a connection to the world wide web. While my initial thought is how to snake some CAT 5e cable to the back of a Blu-ray player, that may be the least of the concerns. Recalling that the internet goes both ways, and Sony just may be using this new level of connnectivity to collect more than a little data on its users. Is this just paranoia, or one more example of why Sony shouldn't be trusted when it comes to technology? Personally, if this type of info is being collected, the user should be informed up front, and not find out later.
10/08/2008 | Posted by Jonas D
Most Blu-ray titles get outsold by their
cheaper less expensive DVD brethren by a factor of 10 to 1, and barely crack double digits with 9% of total sales of a particular film. We say most, because the film Iron Man, which debuted on September 30th has done better than that. A lot better.
We're talking estimates of 20% of the total sales of the film were the Blu-ray version. One of the factors for the films Blu-ray success is that it is priced very close to the cost of the special edition two DVD set, and needless to say, offers even more features. Of note, the success of this film on Blu-ray makes it the first film to bust into the "Top DVD Sellers For the Week." While this is great for Blu-ray in its own right, it is also encouraging for the Blu-ray format overall.
09/17/2008 | Posted by Jonas D
Here's the list of all the new Blu-ray films for this week:
Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season
Pirates of the Caribbean: 3-Movie Collection
Made of Honor
Risky Business: 25th Anniversary Edition
The Love Guru
Torchwood: The Complete First Season
Roy Orbison: Black & White Night
Scenic National Parks: Crown Jewels Collection
Speed and Angels
Dragon Ball Z: Tree of Might / Lord Slug
Scenic National Parks: Yellowstone
The Pyongyang Concert - New York Philharmonic & Lorin Maazel
Scenic National Parks: Yosemite
Another Cinderella Story
Scenic National Parks: Grand Canyon