High Definition Optical Discs (Blu-ray and HD DVD)

Sep 25 2006

News - Tim Burton hits on HD DVD

Ommpla Loompas in HD! Better yet, Oompa Loompa songs in HD and surround sound. What a glorius age we live in :). Warner Studios has confirmed that a few of Tim Burton's hits will be making its way to the small screen on Oct. 18, 2006. Hits like Corpse Bride, Polar Express and of course Charlie And The Charlie Factory will be released. I guess the Warner Engineers have yet to perfect their multi-format disc yet.

From the article: 

Warner has confirmed an October 18 release date for Charlie and the chocolate factory on HD DVD. The Tim Burton movie will feature a raft of advanced interactivity, including a PIP video commentary, assorted pop-ups and selectable Oompa Loompa interjections. It will be joined by Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride and The Polar Express. On the same day, the studio will also release Syriana and 16 Blocks on Blu-ray.

Sep 25 2006

News - High Def DVD FAQ

About.com has a nice beginners guide to the next generation DVD formats. The key point to remember that can be taken from this article is that both Blu-ray and HD DVD players will be compatible with the current DVD format. In fact, most players will upscale to the same resolution as Blue-ray or HD DVD. This won't give current DVDs the same picture quality as a high def DVD but it will be an improvement.

From the article: 

There are films and video content now available on both the Blu-ray and HD-DVD format. By the end of 2006, expect to see several hundred titles available. Prices for the titles are about $5-or-$10 more than current DVDs. Prices for movies, just as for players, are expected to go down over time as competition heats up and more disc quantities of each film are produced.

Sep 23 2006

News - Xbox360 HD DVD Playback

Details on laucnh date and pricing are a little slim, however, EngadgetHD have a bit more information regarding the technical abilities of the Xbox 360 HD DVD player. The good news is that it will support 1080P HD DVD and convert all other formats to 1080p. To get that 1080p output, you will require VGA hookup, if not you are stuck in 1080i land for HD DVDs and 480p for standard DVDs.

From the article: 

To get 1080p output for movies, you must use a VGA cable, which is not subject to the same copyright restrictions. This just means the Xbox 360 is just like every other HD DVD and Blu-ray player on the market, but you wouldn't know that by reading Microsoft's press releases yesterday. If you ran out and bought a 1080p HDTV yesterday don't return it just yet, you should be able to get equal picture quality to 1080p if your TV processes the incoming signal correctly, and if it supports 1080p via component you can still play upconverted and native-1080p games . We're still waiting to hear exactly how HD DVD's advanced audio capabilities will be handled by the 360 and oh yeah...a US price, please Microsoft?.

Interesting times when your gaming console could be the center of your HT.

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