Looks like the BDA needs to tighten up its messaging on falling Blu-ray player prices, as the new Panasonic players came in under our estimates and Sony put a price cut on its BDP-S350. We look forward to some good deals this holiday season, but according to our poll, almost a third of you need prices to head south of the $200 mark before you'll pull the trigger. We call "cherry picking" on this week's spate of news regarding Blu-ray's demise, and Hollywood seems to think enough of the format to send Academy screeners on Blu. What is more interesting in download/streaming space is Roku's open attitude to getting content onboard. Cannon PC introduced internal CableCard tuners for the HTPC crowd, which might help make them look more HT and less PC. We talk a little about our hands-on time with the long-awaited Slingbox PRO-HD, and then bat around plans for putting Nero's LiquidTV/TiVo PC to the test. But on the TiVo front, the new UI that leaked out this week took top honors -- it struck close to home for TiVo (the videos disappeared quickly) and close to our hearts (we want it now). Finally, we talk about the HD Guru's latest roundup of TVs -- the specs don't lie, Samsung's LN-46A950 delivered 1080 lines of resolution in motion (in one mode); but as always, let your own eyes be the final judge.


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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh and Steve Kim

Producer: Trent Wolbe

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04:33 - Comments from Engadget HD Podcast 0103 - 09.24.2008

10:10 - Panasonic's Profile 2.0 DMP-BD35 Blu-ray player priced at $299
10:36 - Panasonic's Profile 2.0 DMP-BD55 Blu-ray player gets priced: $399
10:48 - Sony gifts BDP-S350 with BD-Live via firmware update
11:33 - Poll: Are $200 Blu-ray players cheap enough for you?
13:36 - Blu-ray's market share has almost doubled since HD DVD's demise
18:01 - Roku reaffirms desire to work with other content providers
20:53 - Cannon PC starts offering internal CableCARD tuners for sale separately
24:25 - Sling Media's Slingbox PRO-HD unboxed and tested
26:03 - Nero LiquidTV / TiVo PC brings TiVo interface to the PC
32:50 - Potential new TiVo user interface shown on video
38:13 - HD Guru evaluates 125 HDTVs in the resolution loss test


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Engadget HD Podcast 104 - 10.01.2008