With Black Friday only a few days away, U.S. retailers have slashed the price of entry-level Blu-ray players in an attempt to bring shoppers into their stores. With these players being channeled to the Japanese and American markets, media research firm Screen Digest expects that affordable Blu-ray players will be in short supply in Europe this holiday season. Screen Digest also stated that this shortage, combined with the recession, will slow the adoption of Blu-ray in the European market.
"A shortage of cheaper Blu-ray players means that the sub-$300 machines that are already appearing on U.S. shelves are unlikely to materialize in Europe this Christmas," Screen Digest analyst Richard Cooper said in a report.
"Combined with the recession, this means the format is unlikely to move much beyond the early adopter market this year," he said.
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Blockbuster recently announced the launch of its new MediaPoint digital media player. Manufactured by 2Wire, this set-top box gives consumers the ability to instantly stream thousands of TV shows and movies directly to their television. The player features built in ethernet and Wi-Fi as well as support for HD video content. The MediaPoint digital media player is available now as part of a $99 package which includes the device as well as 25 movie rentals.
Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B), a leading global provider of media entertainment, and 2Wire, a provider of integrated broadband solutions, today introduced the 2Wire MediaPoint(TM) digital media player, an easy-to-use, on-demand video solution that offers movie fans instant access through their television sets to BLOCKBUSTER(R) ONDEMAND content, including thousands of titles from the latest movie releases to classic favorites.
Beginning today, for a limited time, the MediaPoint digital media player is available free with the advance rental of 25 BLOCKBUSTER ONDEMAND movies for
A-DATA sent out a press release today, announcing its new line of XPG 2.5-inch Solid State Drives (SSD). Available in capacities up to 192GB, A-DATA's new SSDs use a high-speed SATA II interface that is capable of 170MB/s read and 100MB/s write speeds. The drives also feature a mini-USB 2.0 port that allows them to be used as an external hard drive.
With the ever-growing popularity of compact notebooks and high-end portable devices, the demand for Solid State Drives (SSD) is greater than ever. A-DATA offers a new SSD aimed at a growing, more casual audience seeking for fast and solid storage device.
A-DATA XPG 2.5” SSD is an innovative gadget available up to a tremendous capacity of 192GB. Having both, SATA II high-speed interface and an extra built-in mini-USB 2.0 port, this SSD combines the advantages of SSD and conventional hard drives, such as mobility and great convenience, in one device. Equipped with a tough but lightweight case, high reliability, low power consumption and incredible shock resistance, A-DATA XPG SSDs delivering exceptional read/write speeds of up to 170MB / 100MB per second to guarantee fast transfer rates.
“Plextor continues to strengthen its position in the optical storage market with the addition of these new drives to its already robust line of products,” said Bob Gronski, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. “Now more than ever, people are going out less and taking advantage of home entertainment more, so it’s a perfect time for us to introduce such an extensive line of products.”
Reuters recently interviewed the president of Sony Electronics' U.S. operations, Stan Glasgow. In the interview, Glasgow stated that Blu-ray player sales have fallen short of Sony's expectations. Along with the tough economy, player sales have been hampered by the high price of Blu-ray titles.
High definition Blu-ray disc players may be one of the holiday season's best sellers, but they will still fall short of expectations, due to the tough economy, the head of Sony's U.S. electronics unit said.
Sales of the next-generation movies players, developed by Sony and sold under brands including Panasonic and Samsung, could benefit from a late shopping spurt as budget conscious U.S. consumers find deals, Stan Glasgow told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.
But they will not meet the worldwide target of 5 million units, most of which had been expected to sell in the United States.Add a comment
Samsung announced today that it has begun mass producing 256 GB solid state drives (SSDs). According to Samsung's claims, this new 2.5-inch SSD offers twice the performance of its 64GB and 128GB SSDs. The drive is capable of 220 MB/s read and 200 MB/s write speeds, allowing it to store 250GB worth of high-def movies in just 21 minutes.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing 256 gigabyte (GB) solid state drives for use in notebooks and desktop PCs. With the addition of the high-speed 256GB drive, Samsung now offers the most extensive line of SSDs in the industry with 8, 16, and 32GB SSDs for low-density designs and 64, 128 and 256GB alternatives for the higher densities.
The new 256GB SSD more than doubles the performance rates of Samsung 64GB and 128GB SSDs to become the SSD with the highest overall performance in the personal computer industry, combining sequential read rates of 220MB/s (megabytes per second) with sequential write rates of 200MB/s. This sharply narrows the performance gap between read and write operations to only 10 percent, compared to a read-write speed difference of between 20 and 70 percent for other SSDs. In addition, erase cycles are a rapid 100GBs per minute, allowing the entire drive to be re-written much faster, when needed.
Kanguru Solutions sent out a press release today, announcing the release of the Kanguru e-Flash. This high-performance flash drive is available with 16GB or 32GB of storage and features both eSATA and USB connections. According to the specs on Kanguru's website, the e-Flash is capable of 75MB/s and 25MB/s write speeds when connected to a computer via eSATA.
Kanguru Solutions, announces the release of the Kanguru e-Flash™, a cutting edge flash drive with both eSATA and USB connectivity.
Utilizing eSATA (External Serial ATA) technology allows the Kanguru e-Flash to achieve performance speeds never before obtainable with standard USB Flash Drives. This performance, coupled with large storage capacities means the Kanguru e-Flash can handle any application or data file, regardless of size. In addition to eSATA, it also contains a USB2.0 connection for universal connectivity to virtually any computer.
The Kanguru e-Flash has a powered eSATA connection so it doesn’t require any additional power source. It also comes packaged with an eSATA + Power bracket and an eSATA + Power cable for easy hookup to the computer you use it on most. Capacities are available in 16GB or 32GB with 64GB planned for January 2009.