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Blu-Ray launch details at CES in January

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 30 Nov 2005 18:31 User comments (7)

Blu-Ray launch details at CES in January The Blu-Ray group has revealed that it is still aiming for a Spring release and that more details would emerge at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. "We're sticking with the spring timeframe," Andy Parsons, a spokesman for the Sony-led consortium, said at a demonstration Tuesday of the new high-capacity DVD format. Blu-Ray is competing with the Toshiba-led HD-DVD group. Both sides, having failed to reach an agreement earlier this year, are paving the way for a format war.
"At CES, you're likely to hear some announcements from a number of companies as to when you'll see our products on the market," Parsons told a group of analysts. Blu-Ray seems to be the front runner for now, having support for most Hollywood studios who need to provide high definition movies to consumers to attempt to boost slowing down home video sales. Besides it's much higher capacity than DVD, Blu-Ray also has some features that have brought it more attention.

The Blu-Ray group showed off some of the features it has today, including the ability to connect to the Internet and select functions, such as subtitles, while still watching a movie. The one main problem with Blu-Ray however is the cost in manufacturing the discs. Minor tweaks to the DVD manufacturing process is all that needs to be done to produce HD-DVD discs, whereas Blu-Ray needs completely new equipment.

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130.11.2005 23:16

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select functions, such as subtitles, while still watching a movie
Woo, it's not so hard on regular dvd's.
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The Blu-Ray group showed off some of the features it has today, including the ability to connect to the Internet
So you need to have a internet connection on your bluray player in order to watch movies? Man that sucks ass.

21.12.2005 0:40

Usually your player has to support on the fly subtitle switching and even then sometimes it doesn't work so that will be a neat feature to have but nothing groundbreaking about it. Connecting to the Internet I'm hoping has to do with accessing web based content about the movie.

31.12.2005 0:49

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Connecting to the Internet I'm hoping has to do with accessing web based content about the movie.
They'll probably utilize some kind of a copyprotection system through internet.

41.12.2005 5:12

@arcanix, actually your two quotes are all one sentence if you look again

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The Blu-Ray group showed off some of the features it has today, including the ability to connect to the Internet and select functions, such as subtitles, while still watching a movie.
It's the internet where you can get more subtitles for your player that might not be included on the disc for wahtever reasons. But I think they just wanted to show how you can download content while watching a movie in real time.. And i donmt see where the artiucle men tioned that you need an internet coinnection to watch movies......

51.12.2005 6:24

@Dela I know, but somehow I ended up pasting those quotes in two parts and wrong order o_O Silly me.

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And i donmt see where the artiucle men tioned that you need an internet coinnection to watch movies......
Yeah, I know. It was only my speculation. They could indeed come up with some kind of a drm-hell. But I don't get what bluray discs have to do with internet connection. It's the player which has those abilities, not the disc. And I think that if a product is released it should include needed subtitles.

61.12.2005 8:55

ye your poijnt is warran ted about the copy protection because they were also talking about turing blu rau's extra features into a sort of distribution model.

75.12.2005 14:07

To put it simply,"I will not buy the New Bluray system."

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