We start off by talking Blu-ray players -- Samsung, Pioneer and Yamaha all introduced new models this week. We're not ones to complain about increased choice in the market, but we sure do wish that the lower price points would open up. Rumors have been swirling around VUDU this week, and we sympathize with the small company duking it out with much bigger players. Speaking of which, Sony's PlayTV DVR accessory for the PS3 came out, but is it too little, too late? Another company we like to pull for is DISH, which has made the leap (in certain markets) to 100-percent MPEG-4 encoding, which leads us talk about how much (or little) the encoding has to do with ultimate picture quality. That's one area we think ABC needs to step up in its World News Tonight and Nightline productions, so we'll keep hoping for the day that all newscasts get treated to high-quality HD. Finishing up, it's the beginning of football season, which promises lots of joy for college and pro fans alike.
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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh and Steve Kim
Producer: Trent Wolbe
01:04 - Comments from Engadget HD Podcast 098 - 08.20.2008
16:43 - Samsung gets official with BD-Live-ready BD-P2500 Blu-ray player
18:10 - Best Buy unveils the Samsung BD-P2550
20:53 - Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player leaks out
22:45 - Audioholics sets loose Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray player for less than $1,000
25:20 - Double toil and trouble, VUDU rumor pot bubbles over
34:43 - Sony's PlayTV DVR for PlayStation 3 reviewed on video
37:59 - DISH Network calls first to 100% MPEG-4
41:46 - ABC's World News Tonight and Nightline enter high definition tonight
45:00 - ESPNU HD preps for launch Thursday