Megaton: Warner Bros. Goes Blu-ray Exclusive

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Ladies and gentlemen. The high definition format war is all, but over. Warner Bros. goes Blu-ray exclusive. WB representives say money hats were not given for the “sudden” move, but only the naive could completely believe that.

I am very pleased with this move. I guess we know why WB needed the 2 hour timeslot for their press conference at CES 08 now; lots of Q&A time.

Update: HD-DVD Forum just cancelled their CES 08 press conference. I’m shocked. Why no damage control?

CES 2008 Rumor and Preview Round Up

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I recall a time when the Consumer Electronics Show was more of a tradeshow about gadgets, huge LCDs, computer technology and other new technologies, such as this high definition wireless solution. I started following the show thanks to all the new computer oriented products companies would announce and display; it was a nice preview of the year to come computer technology wise.

Since the inceptions of the high def war and the next-gen console war, CES’ entertainment section slowly became the highlight of the show for me.

With CES 2008 is just a few days away (starts January 7th), I found it hard to miss all the buzz surrounding it. Here’s a rundown of some of the noteworthy:

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The Ultimate PS3 Media Streaming Solution Is Here

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The Past

Ever since DLNA support was added to the PLAYSTATION 3 in firmware 1.80, I have been streaming all sorts of media to my living room and HDTV in a configuration similar to this:

Pre FW 2.10

Early on, I transcoded my Top Gear and American Dad episodes from my PC via TVersity since a majority of my content was encoded in DivX/XviD format (incompatible with the PS3 at the time). While the solution worked, it had some inconvenient setbacks:

  • Computer(s) must be on in order to view/access all media.
  • Image quality suffered due to transcoding.
  • TVersity service needed to be restarted in order to become visible to the PS3.

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