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Blu-ray falls: HDCP key crack confirmed

Blu-ray falls: HDCP key crack confirmed

Intel has confirmed that the rumored master key crack for HDCP (the high-definition video "copy protection" used in Blu-Ray, high def consoles, and many game consoles) is real. Blu-Ray and other systems that rely on HDCP are now terminally compromised. As a practical matter, the most likely scenario for a hacker would be to create a computer chip [...]

HDCP master-key leaks, possible to make unrestricted Blu-ray recorders

HDCP master-key leaks, possible to make unrestricted Blu-ray recorders

Engadget reports that the master key that controls HDCP, the anti-copying system used to restrict the outputs of Blu-Ray boxes, set-top boxes, and many game systems, have been compromised and published. With these keys, knowledgeable users can make their own "source" and "sink" keys for devices that permit copying at full resolution -- which [...]

Toshiba to launch first glasses-free 3D TV

Toshiba to launch first glasses-free 3D TV

Japanese electronics giant Toshiba plans to market the world's first 3D television that does not need special glasses later this year, a report said on Tuesday. Toshiba will unveil three models of the television, which will cost several thousand dollars, before Christmas, the Yomiuri Shimbun said. The company has developed a new system [...]

Sony reveals a “no-3D-glasses holographic” display

Sony is showing off a new prototype display capable of 360 degree 3D images at Siggraph in LA. (more…)

Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player for $80 shipped!

Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player for $80 shipped!

Great deal for a new one. These seem to be going for $60-$85 on eBay used or refurbished so $80 for a new one seems pretty sweet to me. Just use code 24HRSALE721E. No Mail-in Rebate FTW. I'd recommend using a USB wireless NIC. List of compatible USB wireless devices can be found here. Western Digital WD TV Live HD Media Player

Popbox Arrives (with early firmware issues)

Popbox Arrives (with early firmware issues)

The Popbox media streamer from Syabas has been one of the more anticipated media players for 2010 and it seems to have arrived a few days ahead of schedule (yet still late). As a matter of fact Syabas, the company that brings us Popbox says they were “surprised” by the early availability on Amazon. Unfortunately, a number of those who [...]

So Long HDMI: New Standard for A/V Uses Ethernet Cables

So Long HDMI: New Standard for A/V Uses Ethernet Cables

In for $500, 4ft Monster Cable CAT5 cables at BestBuy. According to the HDBaseT press release, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor are working to kill HDMI. They are trying to replace it with a new standard which will transport the video and audio signals through an ethernet cable. The new [...]

Roger Ebert: Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too)

Roger Ebert: Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too)

3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood's current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a $5 to $7.50 surcharge on already [...]

XKCD on HDTV

XKCD on HDTV

Today's XKCD, HDTV, hits it right out of the park for me. HDTV is such a yawn for me -- a giant screen with only one window on it? Friends in HD, so you can see all the duct-tape holding the set together and the makeup caked over the actors' pores? Be sure to click through and read the very trenchant tooltip when you hover your mouse over the [...]

Blu-ray Discs expand to 128GB under new BDXL spec

Blu-ray Discs expand to 128GB under new BDXL spec

This probably isn't a response to the 3D onslaught or even "superbit" releases like the upcoming Avatar 2D disc, but just in case the standard 50GB Blu-ray discs were beginning to feel a bit... how do you say... cramped? -- the Blu-ray Disc Association's rolling out a new BDXL format capable of holding up to 128GB (write-once) or 100GB [...]

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HDTV and the placebo effect

HDTV and the placebo effect

New research from the Netherlands explores a placebo effect around high-definition TV. Of course, HD does look sharper, but the mind apparently can easily be tricked into thinking that regular TV is HD. From New Scientist... Sixty people in turn were shown the same video clip on the same television. Half were told to expect clearer, sharper [...]

Sunday’s “Simpsons” episode goes HD and has updated title sequence

Sunday’s “Simpsons” episode goes HD and has updated title sequence

"The Simpsons" is finally going HD—and, in what some fans might consider an even bigger development, getting a new opening title sequence as well. Both events will take place Sunday, Fox said during a promo for "The Simpsons" that aired as part of Wednesday night's "American Idol." The network actually made a low-key announcement of the news [...]

Blu-ray is dead

Blu-ray is dead

Please note that HD DVD was done completely right. Blu-Ray killed HD DVD through studio bribes and in the process, killed the format. I and others said a year ago that if HD DVD wins the content war then HD disc media will have a future and if Blu-Ray wins it will not. Yeah, I was right. You idiots screwed yourselves buying into Sony hype when you [...]