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  1. Pete T C

    Paramount boards the BD+ bus...

    Press Releases - Digital Entertainment Technology - Macrovision Just what we need, more DRM... Thanks Paramount. :/
  2. Pete T C

    3-D Blu-ray Made Simple: Which would you prefer?

    Option 1: Dolby method * Compatible with most current Blu-ray players (does not require new player purchase in most cases) * May require new HDTV purchase, but is compatible with many current 3D DLP HDTVs (requires new TV purchase if you do not have one of these) * Should be compatible with...
  3. Pete T C

    Blu-ray Glitch List - Titles you might want to avoid.

    Thought this might be helpful to those just getting into BD (UPDATED 5/24/11) CONFIRMED CURRENT PROBLEM USA BDs ***Releases highlighted in red have problems being ignored by the studio*** **** 1408 * Severe jaggies persist throughout the film. ! Weinstein has not addressed this as...
  4. Pete T C

    Panasonic BD30 and Denon BT-2500 confirmed to have weak LFE output w/ HDMI PCM.

    Just for a little heads up for those looking at new BD players, over at AVS Roger Dressler of Dolby Labs has just confirmed that the Panasonic BD10 and BD30 BD players plus the Denon BT-2500 BD Transport are running 5db quieter than they should be on the LFE channel over HDMI when reproducing...
  5. Pete T C

    300: HD DVD edition - Best hidef disc, period? A review.

    http://dvd.ign.com/articles/807/807121p1.html Perfect 10s across the board! Didn't see this posted, but a nice preview of the disc :)
  6. Pete T C

    Disc rot rears its head on Blu-Ray format (The Prestige)

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=857067 Looks like several copies of "The Prestige" on Blu-Ray are rotting with little specs on the disc, rendering the disc unplayable. Note that most of these users indicate that the discs looked perfectly fine when they first bought them...
  7. Pete T C

    Terminator 2 HD DVD beats T2 Blu-Ray!?

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post10681854 The French 2-disc HD DVD set (Theatrical + Extended Edition) is currently available from amazon.fr and xploitedcinema.com if you want it NOW. :) A slightly more English-friendly UK single disc Extended Edition-only HD DVD will be...
  8. Pete T C

    The Ultimate Affordable DVD Rack!

    Not sure if this is the right subforum to post this, but I have to let everyone know I have found one of the most awesome DVD/Media racks for collectors: Leslie Dame CD-1500-B Deluxe http://www.racksandstands.com/Leslie...-B-LE1068.html I have tried other $150 media racks/cabinets from...
  9. Pete T C

    Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player & DVD upconvert $242 at Amazon!

    http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-HD-A2-.../dp/B000IJV4BC FYI, only $242 at AMAZON with 5 free HD DVDs. Also, it is the #1 selling DVD player on AMAZON at this point in time.
  10. Pete T C

    The Prestige HD DVD - $38 US shipped from amazon.co.uk

    A bit pricey, but HD DVD fans can now preorder this UK Warner Bros title for $38 US shipped from amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...921256-5247654 Since its Warner, expect pristine VC-1 video and high quality audio on an HD30 disc. The USA version from Disney featured AVC...
  11. Pete T C

    Walmart orders 2 million $299 HD DVD players, in stores soon!

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/20/t...er-on-the-way/ $299 WalMart HD DVD player, looks like a serious committal from Wally World!
  12. Pete T C

    Did BDA use fake forum accounts & blogs created to promote Blu-Ray - "Phase Hydra"?

    Leaked today 4/4 on AVSFORUM by a longtime, reliable AVS insider who hacked the BDA's promo server (he did this once before and gained much info in advance that was later confirmed): http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post10208851 Confirmed by Microsoft, as well, it seems. Has HTF...
  13. Pete T C

    Terminator 2 HD DVD now available for preorder!

    http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/te...r-p-11233.html Word is from those who have seen preview clips is that it is signficantly better than the USA Blu-Ray MPEG2 release of T2. Price is $34 shipped, it is a French HD DVD that plays back perfectly in USA HD DVD players since there is no HD DVD...
  14. Pete T C

    HD DVD goes triple-layer 50GB!

    http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/003423.html On both recordable and ROM media!
  15. Pete T C

    Post-XMAS HD DVD Sales Surge: #8 ranked HD DVD surpasses #1 Blu-Ray in sales

    http://www.eproductwars.com/dvd/ Just a day or so after Christmas, HD DVD has experienced a sales surge on Amazon.com with its current #8 highest sales rank title having better sales rank than the #1 highest sales rank Blu-Ray title. Further, HD DVD's #12 sales ranked title has surpassed...
  16. Pete T C

    Study: Consumers Prefer HD DVD Over Blu-Ray

    Study: Consumers Prefer HD DVD Over Blu-Ray http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=19223 I'd have to say "lack of consumer trust in Sony" is a big one for me. After the whole CD rootkit thing, I shiver at the thought of BD+. Of course, YMMV! :)
  17. Pete T C

    Digital Trends: Optical HD Battle May Be Over: HD DVD Wins

    Optical HD Battle May Be Over: HD-DVD Wins http://news.digitaltrends.com/talkback158.html The author believes that Blu-Ray has no hope of "winning" and at best can make both formats lose.
  18. Pete T C

    Blu-Ray movies cracked?

    http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/entry/33..._blu-ray_movie That was quick. :)
  19. Pete T C

    CHRONOS HD DVD impressions

    CHRONOS HD DVD The HD DVD's audio is great with 24bit/96khz DTS-HD 5.1 soundtrack, 24bit/48khz Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 soundtrack, and 24bit/48khz PCM stereo soundtrack. Personally I would have canned the DTS-HD and PCM soundtracks and instead offered lossless Dolby TrueHD5.1 24bit/48khz, but...
  20. Pete T C

    Tom's Hardware: HD DVD wins, Blu-Ray loses!

  21. Pete T C

    Microsoft to improve HD DVD addon audio; patch to make it similar to HD-A1 optical.

    On AVSFORUM it has been confirmed that Microsoft's next firmware update for the HD DVD Addon will transcode the DD+/DDTHD sound to DTS (instead of DD), making the 360's digital output sound even better and just as good as the Toshiba HD-A1 standalone's coax/optical which no one ever had any...
  22. Pete T C

    NIN concert HD DVD truer to source than Blu-Ray version! (1080p30 support)

    Blu-Ray specs do not support 1080p30 encoding/playback at all: http://img140.imageshack.us/my.php?i...6154000gz6.png Of course, HD DVD supports this resolution/framerate. The new Nine Inch Nails concert disc which is being released on both HD DVD and Blu-Ray was shot at 1080p30. The HD DVD...
  23. Pete T C

    BANDAI VISUAL announces anime for HD DVD!

    Today BANDAI VISUAL announced the agreement with Memory-tech and Microsoft that they will use VC-1's to release animation in HD DVD worldwide. Quote from Bandai Visual VP 前田明雄 “We are very happy to be a pioneer in the HD optical market and will team work with Microsoft and Memory-Tech to find...
  24. Pete T C

    King Kong HD DVD $20 shipped (50% off MSRP!)

    @BUY.COM with GOOGLE CHECKOUT: http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...ype=video_vhs& Add one to your cart, use Google Checkout w/ $10 off, choose Budget Shipping. :)
  25. Pete T C

    Pioneer warns of danger due to potential "failure of Blu-ray Disc"

    http://www.rte.ie/business/2006/1031/pioneer.html Was rather surprised when I read this.
  26. Pete T C

    Dolby TrueHD vs. DTS-HD Master Audio on HD DVD/Blu-Ray

    Although we haven't heard any DTS-HD Master Audio lossless discs yet, I'd like to get everyone's opinion on which codec they prefer in terms of theory. Here is how I understand it. First, Dolby TrueHD (being based on MLP) is not backwards compatible with Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Digital...
  27. Pete T C

    FIX for dropouts, lip sync, pauses, glitches, etc here.

    Hey guys long time no post. Anyway, I've seen a lot of glitch posts relating to dropouts, lip sync, pauses, etc on the HD-A1 using FW2.0. This can be fixed by doing the following: 1. Go into the HD-A1's Audio setup menu 2. Change Digital Out SPDIF from BITSTREAM to PCM (very important)...
  28. Pete T C

    PS3 delayed until March 2007 in Europe; only 500k units total in US/Japan at launch

    Looks like Sony has left the door wide open for both XBOX 360 and HD DVD to take a big lead this XMAS. http://www.scee.presscentre.com/Cont...8&NewsAreaID=2 http://www.engadget.com/2006/09/06/p...pe-and-others/
  29. Pete T C

    Slither HD DVD + Standard DVD Combo 44% off MSRP!

    A great deal, and even a great first HD DVD to buy for those who don't have HD players yet - as this disc will play on both standard DVD and HD DVD players! Slither HD DVD/DVD Combo http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...112836?ie=UTF8 For the full discount, you must use the HDDISC10...
  30. Pete T C

    Image Entertainment announces 3 for HD DVD... Criterion next?

    Looks like HD DVD has just won over its first "on the fence" studio! http://thedigitalbits.com/#mytwocents Image Entertainment, aside from their concerts and IMAX films, also as of 2005 has become the exclusive distributor of The Criterion Collection. Could Criterion's HD DVD releases be...