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While the Blu-ray camp is busy claiming victory, recently HD DVD supporters seem to be circling the wagons around an old friend, the -- 'til now -- unused 3X DVD technology. HD DVD has always claimed it holds a price advantage over Blu-ray, by way of offering low cost upgrades for existing DVD manuf...

February 19th 2007 at 12:54pm 0 Comments
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Whether playing HD DVD and Blu-ray discs from a drive, or files obtained or stored via other means, you'll need plenty of horsepower to keep the HD flowing smoothly. Hardware Zone took a look at NVIDIA and ATI's competing platforms for hardware acceleration of h.264 and VC-1 decoding on PCs. They te...

January 23rd 2007 at 1:12pm 0 Comments
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We were wondering how long it would take to get a high definition blockbuster movie onto Xbox Live Video Marketplace, and it looks like Microsoft and Major Nelson just got in under the wire for 2006, adding Superman Returns yesterday. Weighing in at 7 GB for the 720p HD version (2 GB in 480p SD... f...

January 1st 2007 at 4:10pm 0 Comments
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You're probably familiar with Azureus because of its popular BitTorrent client, now they're rolling that into a digital media platform called Zudeo. As Wired points out, like Youtube, Zudeo aims to let content providers publish and showcase material easily and freely. Unlike Youtube, Zudeo is built...

December 4th 2006 at 4:02pm 0 Comments
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The Lake House was just hit the streets on Tuesday of this week but High-Def Digest already has the skinny on both releases. Thankfully, both of these titles utilize VC-1 encoding so the picture quality should be top notch but there are issues with both discs and because the releases came from the s...

September 28th 2006 at 12:49pm 0 Comments
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The reviewer at High-Def Digest says yes. Warner has shipped four movies on Blu-ray we already saw on HD DVD, three (Blazing Saddles, Firewall, Lethal Weapon) that use the VC-1 codec for video compression, and one (Full Metal Jacket) that doesn't, but they are all "virtually indistinguishable" from...

September 7th 2006 at 11:58am 0 Comments
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A lot of the criticism leveled at early Blu-ray releases cited their use of the MPEG-2 video codec for compression on 25GB single-layer discs. According to Home Theater Spot, a Warner rep confirmed to them that Lethal Weapon, Blazing Saddles and Firewall will all be encoded with the Microsoft codec....

August 25th 2006 at 11:13am 0 Comments
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Following up on some comments made in this week's podcast about licensing terms, the MPEG Licensing Administrator group has announced the final patent terms for manufacturers wishing to product equipment or content using the VC-1 video standard. By combining the patent portfolios covering VC-1 into...

August 18th 2006 at 3:51pm 0 Comments
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Joe Kane is one of the world's foremost expert on TV calibration (Think Digital Video Essentials) and was recently interviewed about calibration and the high-def format war. The first half of the the video interview is all about calibration and if you can sit through the somewhat European content, (...

July 18th 2006 at 1:44pm 0 Comments
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For the second time this year, Xbox Live's Larry Hryb a.k.a. Major Nelson has a high definition expert, actually two, appear on his podcast to extol the virtues of HD DVD. However this time, unlike during the interview with Tyler the HDTV expert on 1080p back in February, Blu-ray and HD DVD are both...

July 17th 2006 at 8:29am 0 Comments
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Sony seems intent to prove you can -- and one day will -- buy just about everything with FeliCa, their contactless payment system we've been talking up for years now. Latest on the block is So-net distributed high definition video on demand service, which plays back MPEG-2, VC-1, and h.264 video&nb...

April 24th 2006 at 11:44am 0 Comments