Archive | DVD

The Coming 1K/2K to 4K Upconversion Disconnect

A couple of months back I received a distressed email from a reader. It seems he bought a new 4K TV and eagerly hooked up his DVD player, believing his new UHD would make his old DVDs look lovely. You can guess the inevitable: disastrous results. Imagine blowing up a postage stamp-sized photo to billboard […]

From Russia, With Gadgets

For most Americans, despite Détente and Perestroika and blinis and borsch, Russia remains behind at least a heavy velvet curtain. As a technology analyst/forecaster/reporter, Russia remains a fascinating mystery. But a recent visit Moscow and St. Petersburg solved some of the Russian technology mystery. It turns out the state of Russian consumer electronics isn’t that […]

Some good news and some (okay, a lot of) bad news…

If you missed CE Week in New York a couple of weeks ago (and judging by the turnout compared to, say, Black Friday at Walmart, most of you did), you missed a lot. I don’t mean to sound like a commercial, but this mid-year CE Week confab, while not exactly a substitute for the late […]

A Blu-ray Player By Any Other Name

What do you call a disc player that performs a varying of entertainment functions, but in which you rarely or ever play a disc? Someday soon, Blu-ray player makers may be facing this nomenclature conundrum. Blu-ray is already seated uncomfortably under the streaming sword of Damocles. Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, et al, all are threatening the […]

Wal-Mart-Vudu Deal: Something’s Not Right

So let me get this straight. Wal-Mart expects consumers to box up their DVDs (making sure they were released by participating movie studios) and, if they have them, Blu-rays, schlep them down to a local superstore, wait for however long it takes, for someone to mark down the titles, fill out some online forms, and […]

If a DVD Falls off a Cloud Will Anyone Hear It?

Monday May 16, 2011 – Myra Moore You know the old saw: Content is King. I’m not delusional enough to suggest that has changed, and, in fact, it hasn’t. But the quest for convenience has become almost as important as having access to high-value content when it comes to entertainment media consumption. It’s more common […]

Video Optical Disc Wonder-land?

Monday May 2, 2011 – Maya Jasmin   With the push to get over-the-top (OTT) content to the television, options are becoming more plentiful and quality is improving.The question of what will become of video optical disc packaged media undoubtedly has to be explored.The best way to embark upon that exploration is to go straight […]