DVD archive

  • Sony boss: Blu-ray players to hit $299 by end of the year
    Home Cinema

    Sony boss: Blu-ray players to hit $299 by end of the year

    By 6 March 2008

    At a press "roundtable" event in the States Sony Electronics Inc president Stan Glasgow has been ruminating on Blu-ray, now the format war is over. Although Sony "won" the next-gen disc format war, it seems the company realise they have plenty ahead of...

  • First external Blu-ray drive on its way
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    First external Blu-ray drive on its way

    By 29 February 2008

    PLDS or Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions are going to introduce the world's first USB-connected external BD-ROM drive later this year. Called the Lite-On DX-4O1S, it can read Blu-ray Disc media at 4x; single-layer DVDs at 12x; dual-layer DVDs at 8x;...

  • Sony launches DAV-DZ home cinema systems
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    Sony launches DAV-DZ home cinema systems

    By 25 February 2008

    Sony has announced its new range of DAV-DZ BRAVIA Theatre systems, each unsurprisingly styled to match the look and feel of the latest Bravia TVs. To increase the appeal of a Sony-branded home cinema set-up, the new systems use Bravia Sync, an enhanced...

  • Toshiba launches SD-P120DT widescreen portable DVD player
    Home Cinema

    Toshiba launches SD-P120DT widescreen portable DVD player

    By 21 February 2008

    As well as other introductions to their DVD range we've covered, Toshiba has announced the more unusual SD-P120DT widescreen portable DVD player into their new range for spring. The 11.8-inch player offers a more unusual form factor than the traditional...

  • Toshiba launches new portable DVD players
    Home Cinema

    Toshiba launches new portable DVD players

    By 21 February 2008

    Toshiba has announced a new range of portable DVD players at its spring event in the UK. Comprising of three separate models with very different designs and features, Toshiba’s 2008 portable DVD range meets a variety of different portable entertainment...

  • Toshiba announce new DVD players
    Home Cinema

    Toshiba announce new DVD players

    By 21 February 2008

    Toshiba might have ditched the HD DVD format, but that hasn't stopped them launching a range of new standard-def DVD players today. The new line-up for 2008 will feature 1080p upscaling on high-end players as standard and all DVD recorders equipped with...

  • RIM and Motorola declare war
    Phones

    RIM and Motorola declare war

    By 19 February 2008

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion and its rival Motorola are sueing each other over alleged patent infringements for technology used in their mobile phones. RIM, which is a Canadian company, has filed its case in US District Court for the Northern District...

  • Netflix choses to exclusively stock Blu-ray
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    Netflix choses to exclusively stock Blu-ray

    By 11 February 2008

    Stating that with the "industry now having picked a winner in the face-off between the two competing high-definition DVD formats", American DVD rental company Netflix has announced it will be stocking high-def DVDs exclusively in the Blu-ray format. Netflix...

  • Brando offers optical drive for Eee or Air
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    Brando offers optical drive for Eee or Air

    By 5 February 2008

    Love your Eee/Air (delete as appropriate) but inconvenienced by lack of optical drive? Brando has the $78 answer for you - a USB Portable DVD Multi Drive that will hook your lacking laptop up with CD/DVD capabilities. Specs below - slightly confusingly...

  • Amazon invests in LoveFilm, becomes biggest shareholder
    Home Cinema

    Amazon invests in LoveFilm, becomes biggest shareholder

    By 4 February 2008

    Amazon is to become the largest shareholder of online DVD rental firm LoveFilm in a deal that will include rebranding its UK and German DVD rental business under the LoveFilm banner. Following completion of the cash investment deal and partnership agreement,...

  • DVD watching up as Hollywood strike continues
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    DVD watching up as Hollywood strike continues

    By 21 January 2008

    It seems that the continuing writers' strike in Hollywood is driving TV fans to buying DVDs and video games. According to a survey by the consultancy company Interpret, people are turning to movies and games while TV programming is affected by the stand-off...

  • Buffalo to move into optical storage market
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    Buffalo to move into optical storage market

    By 17 January 2008

    Buffalo Technology has announced it'll move into the optical disk market with a range of external DVD drives, aimed at "tech-savvy consumers". The new flagship product will apparently be the only one on the European market to support Blu-ray (with read/write...

  • Macworld2008: Apple and Fox launch "iTunes Digital Copy"
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    Macworld2008: Apple and Fox launch "iTunes Digital Copy"

    By 16 January 2008

    20th Century Fox and Apple have announced "iTunes Digital Copy" which gives customers who purchase a Fox DVD a digital copy of the movie for iTunes. Like movies bought from iTunes, an iTunes Digital Copy can be viewed on a PC or Mac, iPod with video,...

  • CES 2008: Toshiba launches DVD-based products
    Home Cinema

    CES 2008: Toshiba launches DVD-based products

    By 6 January 2008

    Stating that as well as supporting the promotion of the HD DVD format, Toshiba is "committed to supporting all the current DVD technologies that consumers demand", the electronics company has launched new DVD-based products at CES. Toshiba has enhanced...

  • CES 2008: Pioneer launches two slim DVD players
    Home Cinema

    CES 2008: Pioneer launches two slim DVD players

    By 6 January 2008

    Pioneer has launched two slim DVD players at CES in Las Vegas that promise upscalling capabilities and a host of multimedia capabilities. The DV-310 and DV-410V DVD players will offer upscaling to 1080p while a front panel USB port on both players gives...

  • 2007: A year in review, September
    Phones

    2007: A year in review, September

    By 30 December 2007

    The month started off with two major announcements from Apple with good news for iPod enthusiasts. Apple renamed its flagship iPod calling it the iPod classic giving it a large 160GB drive, and then launched a newer model to take the flagship spot in...

  • Disney-themed kids electronics range launches in the UK
    Gadgets

    Disney-themed kids electronics range launches in the UK

    By 20 December 2007

    We've brought you news of these kid-friendly gadgets when they've launched in other territories, but Disney Consumer Products have now launched the collection of home entertainment gadgets uniquely styled on a host of Disney favourites, in the UK. The...

  • LG HT762TZ Champagne Flute home cinema system review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    LG HT762TZ Champagne Flute home cinema system review

    By 19 December 2007

    LG continues to expand its range of HD-ready home cinema equipment with the attractively styled Champagne Flute 5.1 surround setup. Impressively you'll find a supplied amplifier/DVD player that upscales to 1080p and includes a built in FM radio and support...

  • LG GSA-E50N slim DVD rewriter  review
    Online 4 out of 5

    LG GSA-E50N slim DVD rewriter review

    By 18 December 2007

    While most notebooks come with a built-in optical drive, there are an increasing number of slim and light machines that keep weight down by excluding such a drive. This slim and light device from LG weighs in at 400g, so won't be too much strain should...

  • Arcam Solo Movie 2.1 launches
    Audio

    Arcam Solo Movie 2.1 launches

    By 17 December 2007

    Designed and manufacured by Arcam in the UK, those feeling patriotic in the run up to Christmas might like to take a look at the just launched Arcam Solo 2.1 music and home cinema system that the company says "continues the Arcam tradition of being different"....

  • HANNSG launches 7-inch portable DVD player
    Home Cinema

    HANNSG launches 7-inch portable DVD player

    By 10 December 2007

    HANNSG has expanded its range to include a 7-inch portable DVD player. The HP076VD features a 7-inch Widescreen Active Matrix TFT LCD and is designed in "flip-up" format so that the screen is more protected from scratching, knocks and bangs when not in...

  • Polaroid announces new DVD player
    Home Cinema

    Polaroid announces new DVD player

    By 7 December 2007

    The DPJ-08580B is the latest portable DVD player from Polaroid. The device has been unveiled in Japan with a price tag of 28,000 JPY, which is around £124. As well as playing DVDs, it can also be used to display the contents of fifth generation of iPods....

  • Lite-On DX-20A4PU external DVD writer launches
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    Lite-On DX-20A4PU external DVD writer launches

    By 29 November 2007

    Philips and Lite-On Digital Solutions have announced the launch of a new external drive, the DX-20A4PU - the first in a new range of drives to integrate an updated version of the EZ-DUB technology. The DX-20A4PU is a high speed 20x DVD writer in a "trendy"...

  • Canon launches DW-100 DVD recorder
    Cameras

    Canon launches DW-100 DVD recorder

    By 23 November 2007

    Canon has launched the DW-100 that allows transfer of camcorder footage direct to DVD for what they will no doubt claim is a super-simple way of making home movies. The Canon DW-100, available in the Far East from March 2008, can work with MPEG2 Video...

  • Onkyo offers LS-V501 2.1 home cinema system
    Home Cinema

    Onkyo offers LS-V501 2.1 home cinema system

    By 21 November 2007

    Onkyo has launched the LS-V501, an HDMI-equipped, all-in-one Universal DVD system with SACD, DVD-Audio, DVD, CD and iPod compatibility and 2.1-channel speakers. Only available in black (£600 with 2.1 speaker system, £400 without) Onkyo says it’s designed...