Netflix has reached its target of 500,000 Blu-ray subscribers ahead of schedule.
The retailer’s chief financial officer Barry McCarthy said subscribers had added the option of paying an extra USD $1 to receive Blu-ray Disc titles at a quicker rate than Netflix forecast in October.
Blu-ray players bucked generally weak Black Friday sales in the US – helped considerable by average prices dropping to USD $200, according to DisplaySearch.
Stripping out sales of Sony’s PlayStation 3, the researchers report that US Blu-ray Disc player revenue "more than tripled from a year earlier" during the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday .
YouTube has finally moved to a default widescreen player with an HD-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the announcement follows the video sharing giant’s recent decision to start hosting full-length Hollywood movies.
Not that anyone will be complaining.
HD VoIP is rapidly gaining followers but the possibilities for excellent sound quality aren’t its only benefits.
Jeffery Rodman, Polycom co-founder and CTO of the Voice Division, believes that video will quickly become a "must-have" feature of HD voice technology.
Blu-Ray discs will go on sale in China for the first time today – officially that is.
While it’s been possible to buy dubious pirated version of the high-def format for some time, today marks the start of what is expected to be a major push by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment into the vast Chinese market.
The incredibly popular Flip camcorder is going high def with the launch of the MinoHD.
Flip makers Pure Digital says its new baby is the the world’s smallest HD camcorder – and at a mere 3oz it’s hard to disagree.
Boinx Software has launched a new tool for video podcasters that turns a Mac into a live video recording studio.
Called BoinxTV, it’s an audiovisual mixing application that allows one person to edit high quality recordings live.
AudioCodes has launched new high definition VoIP technology – VoIPerfectHD – that it believes delivers higher voice clarity, better intelligibility and richer sound.
Among key segments expected to benefit from this new introduction are banks, government, military, health, telemedicine and education.
MyToons only launched its high definition channel a few months ago but already it’s attracting attention from several major TV and film studios.
Paul Ford, president of the animation website, spoke to HDTV.biz-news.com about the burgeoning HD animation community and the challenges of offering high def cartoons on the internet.
Fifty per cent of US HDTV owners bought their sets because of the superior quality of picture and video on high def programming.
This improvement over standard definition – and not significant price drops – was the most influential factor in their purchase decision, according to a survey by PriceGrabber.com.