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Engadget HD Podcast 106 - 10.17.2008

Trent Wolbe
We kick off with the brouhaha Steve Jobs raised with the Blu-ray "bag of hurt" remark; as always, Apple keeps us guessing what it's really up to. Netflix removed any mystery behind its Blu-ray allegiance, though -- kick in a buck more each month for all the Blu you can eat. The BDA is looking forward to a strong holiday showing, and with falling player prices and titles like The Matrix, Iron Man and The Dark Knight, we can't blame them; let's see if the VideoScan numbers can keep up the good performance. You guys picked Sony as the winner of favorite Blu studio, but we like Warner for trying out new things, like DivX distribution -- who knows if it'll stick, but at least Warner is trying some new tricks. LG's new BD300 Blu-ray/Netflix combo is also trying some new things, but we'll see if consumers pay for the single-box convenience. Next up is Vudu's new HDX format -- the tech and quality is good, but we think it'd be better served by a subscription model and blame Hollywood for keeping that from materializing. We spend a little time talking over DIRECTV2PC local placeshifting and NBC's Universal Sports, and once Ben vents about how NBC has ruined his Sunday evenings, we turn to the Nero LiquidTV / TiVo PC review. Basically, we thought it came up a little short. Tru2Way is a-coming, and even though Bright House customers may have to suffer Mystro software to get it, at least Panasonic has held up its end of the deal by rolling out Tru2Way sets in time for the holiday. We wrap up with a slightly happier TiVo note -- the Hawk software is going through testing -- but as much as we'd love to get a hands-on, we won't sign an NDA that keeps us from sharing with you all.

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Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh and Steve Kim

Producer: Trent Wolbe

00:27 - Comments from Engadget HD Podcast 105 - 10.08.2008
01:48 - Apple's Steve Jobs calls Blu-ray "a bag of hurt"
06:04 - Netflix implements $1 per month Blu-ray premium charge
11:59 - BDA unsurprisingly bullish for holiday season
15:49 - Poll: Which Blu-ray studio is your favorite?
18:24 - Nielsen VideoScan High-Def market share for week ending October 5th, 2008
20:47 - LG's BD300 available and in the wild
22:45 - Warner Bros. gives green light for DivX distribution
24:06 - VUDU's HDX titles compare to Blu-ray's picture quality
29:56 - Poll: Which HD download service do you prefer?
34:34 - DIRECTV2PC launches in beta form, brings HD recordings to your local PC
37:37 - NBC replaces Weather Plus with Universal Sports
41:34 - Nero LiquidTV | TiVo PC review
44:53 - Bright House bigwig acknolwedges complaints about Mystro Digital Navigator
47:24 - Panasonic reveals first tru2way HDTVs in Chicago and Denver
49:45 - TiVo soliciting beta testers for "Hawk" Series3 / TiVo HD software update


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