August 12, 2010

Portable 3D Blu-ray Player

Screen shot 2010-08-12 at 12.52.23 PM  This is pretty crazy - from Tech News World:

 The Blu-ray of Happiness

Samsung claims a world's first with its BD-C8000 portable Blu-ray player. It can play full 1080p HD video, enable 3D playback when connected to a 3D-capable TV set and used with 3D glasses, and has a 10.1-inch screen.

Pricing stands at about $500.

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All I know is this: My 1996 Plymouth Voyager van will now be transformed into a MULITIDIMENSIONAL FAT-DEF MAKEOUT SHUTTLE.

But wait... it has to be plugged into a 3D TV? Then it's not really portable 3D, is it?

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December 11, 2008

New DTV blog advertiser: Qwest

Qwest Digital TV Service is now an advertiser on the DTV blog. Thanks for their support!

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April 12, 2005

Me TV

C|Net has a great site on the current state of television-in-flux called Me TV: Television of the future.

New technologies, from on-demand programming to TiVo offshoots to flat screens to HDTV, are radically changing the benign concept of traditional television. Viewers are now gaining control over the mass medium, creating interactive communities and installing custom-made home media networks. As entire industries are redefined, how are networks, content providers and advertisers adjusting their strategies?

Speaking of media-in-flux, keep an eye on Open Media Network, a "free public service designed to help you enjoy a broad selection of movies, public TV and radio, video blogs and podcasts while protecting producer's copyrights." The service will be powered by Kontiki, a commercial BitTorrent-like shared downloading scheme that the BBC used to deliver prime-time TV via the internet.

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April 07, 2005

Digital TV: Not Just for TVs Anymore

TorrentocracyYou might think digital television would require some sort of settop box and, you know, a television. Nope. Digital television is arguably expanding to include video content delivered digitally, whether through the internet or even formats like Windows Media High Definition Video which can be downloaded or served up on a DVD.

EXHIBIT A: Music Television - no longer on your television.

MTV Overdrive brings you the latest news, music, live performances, short form shows and music videos directly to your PC.

EXHIBIT B: ABC News smartly distributes video content through new media.

ABC News on Monday said it would launch an expanded suite of video news products available on the Internet, wireless devices, and someday, maybe even on cable television.

Now, all it has to do is find someone actually willing to put it on television.

ABC's ambitious plan takes the unusual approach of making its programming available to new media outlets even before it completes a plan to get it on TV.

EXHIBIT C: Indie producers don't need no stinking television.

Interested in helping to weave together a new marketplace for the independent media producer? Prodigem has just launched a new part of its service that allows you to sell your content. Check out more info for all the details, but the gist is that you will shortly be able to upload your content into Prodigem, name your selling price and then have Prodigem collect your revenue while controlling access to the torrent.

If that last one is confusing, I recommend reading this explanation of BitTorrent and a very important article on the importance of diverse, independent media, The Long Tail.

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April 01, 2005

Liberate Digital Television!

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Television Front of Digital Liberation wants you to exercise your freedom of content. Acquire or build your own PVRs and HDTV tuners, before the FCC/Hollywood-mandated "broadcast flag" goes into effect in 90 days - dooming your content to their DRM lockbox.

We at EFF want to do our part to advance the DTV transition -- and the public's rights to receive and manipulate DTV broadcasts with technologies they choose.

We want to keep the right to time- and space-shift that the VCR has given us (against Hollywood's protest). We want to keep the fair use rights that let us excerpt clips from press conferences or make our own "Daily Show" from the evening news. That's why we're encouraging people to buy HDTV tuner cards now and build multi-function receivers and recorders around them.

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March 31, 2005

France Goes Digital

Digital television is booming in Europe. Satellite and cable are losing share to terrestrial in the UK, with 60% of homes receiving digital television (Full report). U.S. digital TV penetration is expected to hit 60% by the end of 2007 (Full report). Now the French are up to speed.

France has finally launched digital terrestrial television, in what is seen by some as the biggest shake-up in French broadcasting since the launch of Canal+ nearly two decades ago. The French call it TNT - Télévision Numérique Terrestre - but it is being branded as La Télévision Numérique pour Tous, or digital television for all.

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