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ArcSoft & HD DVD group show off Digital Theatre 2

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 31 Aug 2007 5:09 User comments (9)

ArcSoft & HD DVD group show off Digital Theatre 2 ArcSoft, Inc, in conjunction with the HD DVD Promotion Group, is showing off ArcSoft Digital Theatre 2 at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. Digital Theatre supports playback of the HD DVD format, DVD (homemade and commercial) and a wide variety of common multimedia files. The HD DVD Promotion Group is showcasing Digital Theatre as part of its advancement of standards-based implementations of HD DVD playback.
"We are excited to be presenting our high definition solutions at IFA," said Michael Downs, ArcSoft Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. "We have been working closely with the HD DVD Promotion Group, leading graphics chipset companies, and the major Hollywood studios to ensure that we can provide complete, high performance, high quality HD DVD functionality."

Digital Theatre's HD DVD playback functionality includes complete support for high definition interactive content such as U-Control. Additionally, Digital Theatre supports next generation audio formats such as Dolby Digital and DTS, as well as a variety of advanced trick play features such as Smart Stretch and Time Stretch. Available for Windows XP and Windows Vista, the program also includes a Windows Media Center Edition plug-in that provides a 10-foot user experience.

Digital Theatre is available as a standalone application or as part of ArcSoft TotalMedia Extreme, a software suite that provides solutions for playback, capture, editing, and authoring of standard and high definition content.

More info: http://www.arcsoft.com/products/digitaltheatre

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9 user comments

131.8.2007 5:56
hughjars
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The Universal site has now gotten a subtle little addition.

Note the connect your player button.

Quote:
Download trailers and exclusive content to your HD-DVD player
http://www.universalhidef.com/

So there we are, it's starting.
So much for those claiming HD DVD's internet connectivity meant nothing so far.

231.8.2007 7:20

This isn't actually related to the ArcSoft news item but since hughjars brought up downloadable content:

These are questions that a friend of mine asked me and they have me stumped. He has an HD-A1 and he's wondering:
1. where all this downloaded content is stored,
2. how much capacity does this player have for downloaded content,
3. how does one go about clearing the cache or deleting the files if you're no longer interested in keeping what you've downloaded?

The user's manual isn't really helpful.

Plus someone has to explain to me what's a

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10-foot user experience

331.8.2007 8:13

For a minute there, when I read the title, I thought the HD-DVD group was showing off a new version of D-VHS D-Theater (currently holds 50GB of 1080i content on tape). To bad this is about D-Theatre (not D-Theater) and instead is just a new version of some media player...

431.8.2007 9:25
hughjars
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Originally posted by eatsushi:
These are questions that a friend of mine asked me and they have me stumped. He has an HD-A1 and he's wondering:
1. where all this downloaded content is stored,
2. how much capacity does this player have for downloaded content,
3. how does one go about clearing the cache or deleting the files if you're no longer interested in keeping what you've downloaded?

The user's manual isn't really helpful.
- 'Persistent storage' is a feature of both the HD DVD spec & Blu-ray spec.

IIRC the minimum HD DVD storage amount is 128mb.

For Blu-ray the amount differs depending on the spec requirement (this relates back to the 'unfinished' side of BD).

As for clearing the memory?
Good question but I'm sure there's some sort of facility for emptying it.

But I doubt it's as clear with Blu-ray - especially when one considers the implications of BD+.

531.8.2007 9:41

Found it!

Quote:
How to Delete Persistent Storage? (Toshiba Gen 1 Player)
1) Press the “Setup” button on Remote control of the Toshiba Player (It has a slide out remote. The setup button will be visible once you slide out the bottom portion of the remote.
2) Verify the Setup Menu Screen will be displayed
3) Select “General” Menu selection on this screen.
4) Press the “>” right arrow key on remote to activate the menu on the right side.
5) Now select the “Maintenance” option in this menu (6th entry in the menu list)
6) Press “Ok” to now view the Maintenance section
7) Select “Persistent Storage” option and press Ok
8) Now press the “Setup” button on the slide out portion on the remote
9) Verify that you are now on the “Persistent Storage Management Menu” Screen
10) Select the “Fixed Persistent Storage” text on this screen and press Ok
11) Select and delete the contents listed under this section
12) Press “B” button on the remote to go back to the previous screen
13) Press “B” again to end
http://www.universalhidef.com/HD_DVD_error_codes.pdf

631.8.2007 15:10

Quote:
10-foot user experience
I was also wondering about this.

731.8.2007 17:28
dblbogey7
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The ten-foot user experience refers to a PC entertainment environment that's modified to the living room setting with a television display and the user sitting about 10 feet away usually with a Media Center type OS running. This is in contrast to the two-foot user experience where you have the usual PC monitor, mouse and keyboard and the user sitting 2 feet away.

81.9.2007 3:43

eatsushi: The persistent storage of the HD-A1 looks to be a partition in the machine's flash disk that's 129.5 MB in size.

http://geekswithblogs.net/lorint/archive/2006/05/05/77332.aspx

The other Toshiba models and the Onkyo look like they have similar persistent storage sizes: 130 MB.

http://www.film-talk.com/forums/index.ph...=0&#entry404584

99.9.2007 23:52

Just another upgrade.

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