Bill Gates had previously stated that HD-DVD could be supported by Xbox 360 at some point, leading to speculation that an updated version of the console itself, with a built-in HD-DVD drive, could be on the cards.I really don't see Microsoft putting a HD-DVD into the Xbox 360 quite yet. HD-DVD drives are still quite expensive and would increase the Xbox 360's already sizable price tag. If you'd like to read more, the entire article can be found here. Add a comment
However, Microsoft said late last year that no such update was being planned - and now it seems that the firm has opted for an external drive instead, following to some degree in the footsteps of products like Sega's MegaCD and Nintendo's 64DD.
Little detail about the new drive has been revealed, but it remains likely that it will only be designed to play back HD-DVD movie content, and will not be used for videogames content, as Xbox Japan boss Yoshihiro Maruyama hinted last year. Releasing HD-DVD games would force users to buy the peripheral before they could play the titles.
Philips BenQ Digital Storage (PBDS), a joint venture between BenQ and Royal Philips Electronics, has obtained OEM orders for DVD-ROM drive modules to be used in Microsoft's Xbox 360 with shipments to begin this month, according to industry sources. BenQ, however, declined to comment on the report, citing customer confidentiality.If you'd like to read the entire article, head on over to DigiTimes. Add a comment
Panasonic, the leading brand of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., today announced plans for the 2006 introduction of blank Blu-ray (BD) discs in the United States. The new discs will be available in both 50GB and 25GB storage capacities which can be used on BD drives with 2X writing speed.Most interesting is Panasonic's pricing. With a suggested retail prices ranging from $17.99 to $59.99 per disc, Blu-ray media is not going to be cheap. If you'd like to read more, Panasonic's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Toshiba Corporation today marked a major milestone in the history of the consumer electronics industry and the world of home entertainment with the announcement of the March 2006 commercial launch of the industry's first HD DVD players in the USA.Toshiba also plans to introduce a HD DVD-ROM equipped notebook computer in the Q1 of this year. If you'd like to read more, their entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
The new HD DVD players, HD-XA1 and HD-A1, take advantage of a wide range of advanced capabilities offered the HD DVD format, the next-generation DVD format defined by the DVD Forum. Both models offer superior high definition images, crystal clear audio, and the enhanced functionality delivered by such features as Advanced Navigation using "iHD."
Verbatim Corporation and its parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (Verbatim/MKM), announced today that it will begin shipping its new Blue-ray Recordable/Rewriteable media in early 2006 when hardware and software products supporting the formats are launched. Produced at MKM's optical disc manufacturing facility in Mizushima, Japan, Verbatim initial products will include 25GB single layer media in both write-once (BD-R) and rewritable (BD-RE) formats. Verbatim/MKM has already supplied burner/recorder manufacturers and their software suppliers with engineering samples of its new high-capacity media for securing read/write compatibility.Verbatim's Blu-ray media will also include Verbatim BD media will include a proprietary super-hard coat developed by MKM. This protective coating protects the data layer from scratches and fingerprints and allows the usage of the media in a bare disc form, without a cartridge. More information on Verbatim's Blu-ray media can be found here. Add a comment
"Our automated manufacturing equipment is in place and we have confirmed the feasibility of mass production of BD-R and BD-RE media," said Tim Clatterbuck, Verbatim Optical Storage Manager. "We are just waiting for licensing and media qualification procedures to be established. As a true manufacturer, Verbatim looks forward to leading the industry in the production of high-quality, next-generation media as we did with CD and DVD recordable products. Our experience with DVD dual layer manufacturing also gives us a head start in producing 50GB dual layer Blu-ray media for launch later this year."
2006—Droppix, the new gold standard in digital media technology, today announced its new LightScribe-compliant Droppix Label Maker Pro software (multi-drive version) for creating and printing multiple professional quality CD and DVD labels simultaneously.If you'd like to read more, Droppix's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Droppix Label Maker Pro with LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology provides a complete and intuitive solution for creating customized labels for CDs and DVDs and printing them directly on the surface of multiple discs simultaneously via LightScribe-enabled optical drives.
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of the leading global imaging and information technologies company, today announced that Fujifilm-branded Blu-ray and HD DVD media will be available mid 2006. Prototypes of the new Fujifilm HD DVD and Blu-ray media will be on display at the Fujifilm booth at CES 2006 (Central Hall, N101/102).It's good to see that media manufacturers are getting ready for the flood of Blu-ray and HD DVD products that will be coming out later this year. If you'd like to read more, Fuji's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
The company also continues to conduct significant research and development in the area of holographic storage technologies that will bring future generation, multiple terabyte optical storage capacity to consumer, entertainment and commercial applications. A single terabyte of holographic disc storage is roughly the equivalent of 16 days of continuously running DVD movies, or 8,000 times more data than a human brain retains in a lifetime.
Memorex, the number one North American retail provider of digital media, will add the highly anticipated High Definition DVD (HD-DVD) and Blu-ray formats to its industry-leading family of recordable optical media early this year. The high definition discs will feature Memorex's DuraLayer Technology, a special scratch-resistant hard coating that protects media from dust, debris and rough handling.Memorex is expected to announce pricing later this year. If you'd like to read more, the entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
HD-DVD and Blu-ray both feature very large storage capacities and high data transfer rates, making them ideal for consumers interested in recording high definition TV shows, sporting events and movies in crystal-clear, high-definition resolution. Both formats also offer high capacity storage capability for all data storage needs. The HD-DVD format supports 15GB of capacity on a single layer and 30GB on a double layer disc, while Blu-ray DVDs support 25GB of capacity on a single layer and 50GB on a double layer disc. In contrast, today's standard DVDs store up to 4.7GB on a single layer or 8.5GB on a double layer disc.
Memorex, the number one North American retail provider of digital media, adds to its industry-leading line-up with the highest performing Double and Dual Layer (DL) DVD media available. Memorex 8X DVD+R Double Layer and 4X DVD-R Dual Layer discs deliver the industry's fastest recording speeds and up to 8.5 GB of recording capacity.Memorex's 8x DVD+R DL and 4x DVD-R DL media is expected to ship later this month. Suggested retail prices for both formats are $29.99 for a five-pack with slim jewel cases or $39.99 for a 10-pack spindle. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Ideally suited for home entertainment enthusiasts, Memorex DL media can record movies or other content, featuring 80 percent more capacity than a standard DVD. Longer continuous recording makes Memorex DL media ideal for recording movies, music and sporting events. DL discs offer DVD-quality picture resolution with four hours of recording time - about two hours more than a single layer DVD - accommodating most standard length movies on one disc. In addition to entertainment fans, computer users also will find high-capacity double layer DVDs to be an ideal back-up and storage medium for their data files.
Memorex Pro Gold Archival media will be available this April. More information can be found here. Add a comment
Memorex, the number one North American retail provider of digital media, brings the durability and longevity of 24-karat gold to its industry-leading family of recordable media. Memorex combines a 24-karat gold reflective layer, high performance dye and its innovative DuraLayer scratch-resistant technology to create Memorex Pro Gold Archival CD and DVD Media. These archival grade discs raise the bar for optical media, come backed by a lifetime warranty, and will be the only gold archival media available at retail in the United States.
Memorex Pro Gold Archival Media is the ultimate solution for securely recording and archiving critical data and precious memories. The 24-karat gold reflective layer provides maximum resistance to aging and chemical breakdown, and the high performance dye is extremely stable and ideal for long-term storage. Memorex's innovative DuraLayer technology is a special scratch-resistant hard coating that further protects the discs from dust, debris and rough handling. Memorex offers Pro Gold Archival Media in CD-R and DVD-R formats, making them the ideal choice for long-term archival of important data, photos, music and home movies.