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Dave Zatz —  June 29, 2007 — Leave a comment

A periodic roundup of non-iPhone news… from our other blogs:


The UK edition of CNET pressured Microsoft into revealing some Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive sales figures. While they didn’t get a global tally, they did learn MS hass moved 155,000 units in the US since the November launch… Which strikes me as a large number, indeed. And probably why we rarely see discounts on this accessory.

I’ve debated picking one up, though I’ve managed to resist the urge thus far. I figure, as expensive as those $6 HD Marketplace movie downloads are, the amount of interesting content won’t come close the $200 drive price tag any time soon. Besides, everyone’s telling me Blu-ray has won.

(via Boy Genius)


We love our HDTV, except when it comes to explaining it. According to Hitachi Research, 66% of American consumers surveyed say they would not be comfortable trying to explain HD options such as 720p, 1080i and 1080p. But here’s the real kicker, as ZDNet points out, 72% of college-educated adults are “not comfortable”, while only 59% of those without a college education say the same. Guess that degree’s not worth what it once was, huh?

For your own HDTV brush-up course, check out the Wikipedia explanation of different HD formats. Image above is a (slightly-altered) copy of the entry’s illustration.

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  June 22, 2007 — Leave a comment

Stories Dave missed while he was away…

Perhaps Blu-ray isn’t having such a bad week after all… Blockbuster has decided to exclusively stock Blu-ray in the majority of their brick & mortar stores. (HD DVD is available for rental online and at select stores.) Blockbuster made the decision based on Blu-ray accounting for 70% of next-gen DVD rentals in a 250 store pilot. Seems premature to choose just one format this early in the game. Which makes me wonder what kind of back-room deal might have been struck.