Is the future blu or is it just disc based?

September 30, 2008

“The Future is Blu or I should say Disc based”

For those of you that believe that Downloads are the next generation…as that may be true it’s going to be a while before that so happens.

1.) HD takes up a lot of space

2.) Download will take a while for a full HD movie

3.) Hard Drives

4.) DVD and Blu-ray similarities

Remember that DVDs started at a high price and it wasn’t until the players dropped below $150 before people started to buy DVD. Now having said that, DVD and Blu-ray can exist harmoniously, HD owners get Blu and non-HD use DVD.  So it took a few years for DVD players to drop down in price before people bought them and some people thought that DVD would die because VHS was good enough. Now for some Upconversion DVD players will work fine, but for those who want to see true HD will buy a Blu-Ray player. It will be another 2 years before adoption becomes more wide. For HD downloads, a full HD movie would be around 25GB and on a DSL connection will take hours, so until connection speeds increase and people have bigger Hard Drives, this won’t happen and with existing DVRs most people won’t be able to keep movies on their DVRs for very long because if they get movies in HD then they will record shows in HD and that will take up an enormeous amount of space. I for one like having a disc because as a movie lover I like having films on a disc that I can take with me anywhere and if I go to a friend’s house I won’t be able to burn it on a DVD I would have to use a BD-R. So in short we are another 5-10 years away from HD downloads if it all because I like to have the disc that I can take anywhere or anywhere in my house and watch. So the two formats can exist and HD downloads are years off if they ever do come.  So you decide on the future.


ok…got a reason from Sony as to why the BDP-S350 update was pulled

September 29, 2008

ok…got a reason from Sony as to why the BDP-S350 update was pulled. According to Sony:

The Firmware updates files were pulled from the website due to an issue with the files…it will be reposted when this issue with the update is resolved. Once you get the update please install it. The update will be released soon.

Ok so there you guys go.


Firefox 3.0.3, two days after 3.0.2 and Sony BDP-S350 update pulled

September 27, 2008

Looks like the BDP-S350 update has been pulled, there is no reason yet but it is prolly due to technical issues that people were having with the update…although the update worked for me, obvisuly for some people it didn’t work. More details as I get them.

Also for those who d/l and installed Firefox 3.0.2 and had problems with it 3.0.3 is now out and fixes that issue. Apparently 3.0.3 fixes a problem with 3.0.2 where users were unable to retrieve saved passwords or save new passwords

– Brendan


Blu-ray player update

September 26, 2008

So last night I download and installed the BDP-S350 firmware update……..in addition to improving Java BD compatibliity and BD-live stuff, they added the function for the Blu-ray player to be in a standby mode…so it would never have to fully shut off and you wouldn’t have to wait for it to come back on, although the notice does warn it uses more electricity and the fan will be in use at times when in standby, so you can choose either the normal startup or a Quick Start.  There have been little changes here and there though with the player’s main menu some icons are different, in system settings it has added whether or not you want the player to automatically connect to the internet for BD-live content, which is cool. It took 15 minutes to install and I can tell some of the improvements. So if you have a BDP-S350, go and download.

– Brendan
Update: 9/26: Looks like the BDP-S350 update has been pulled, there is no reason yet but it is prolly due to technical issues that people were having with the update…although the update worked for me, obvisuly for some people it didn’t work. More details as I get them.


BDP-S350 Firmware update…and new Macs….and The Simpsons Season 20 starts sunday

September 25, 2008

So I bought my Blu-ray player, the S350 back in August, and now a firmware update is out. It’s supposed to add BD-Live capability and improve BD Java-compatibility. So I get to apply this update tonight….my first one. I know I am weird but I get to do it, finally. So I hope it all goes well. More later on this.

The next thing, rumor has it that Apple IS in fact going to refresh their macs this year. All Mac Authorized resellers have been told to make way for these new machines and as always Apple will demo them and I can’t wait…maybe one model will carry the Blu-ray drive or a BD-R drive. But we can’t help but wonder because of the next Mac OS X update…10.5.6 carrying Blu-ray support. So we will have to wait and see.

– Brendan

P.S. The Simpsons rule: http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2008-09-24-simpsons-20th-season_N.htm


Apple adding Blu-ray support in OS X?

September 22, 2008

Rumor has it that Mac OS X 10.5.6 will add Blu-ray support.

So Apple is finally adding official Blu-ray support to Mac OS X. Now Blu-ray drives have software and drivers for OS X and Windows to work with Blu-ray. Apple is the first to add support for Blu-ray, which may mean that Apple on their next refresh of computers will add BD drives in their machines, laptops included which would be a huge step, although Apple was the first to make CD Burners standard back in 1999, and DVD-Rom drives back in 2002. Apple may make Blu-ray a standard on their computers which I wouldn’t be too surprised about. Apple always makes moves like this and PC’s usually don’t follow for a few more years. So with Mac OS X 10.5.6 update supposedly containing Official Blu-ray support we may just see those Blu-ray drives in the upcoming refresh from Apple. So keep your eyes peeled on Apple for the next few months.


New Microsoft Ad’s round two.

September 21, 2008

Well looks like Microsoft has dumped Jerry Seinfeld in it’s newest line of commercials. Surprise, Surprise. While the ads were funny, they were about nothing and that is no way to promote Vista (who’s rep is destroyed) or a company such as Microsoft. Although by now you may have seen the newest ad, it somewhat copies Apple’s Mac vs. PC ads with John Hodgeman. Now Microsoft found a look like and he says “Hi I’m a PC”. Then a ton of different people pop up and they say their job and that they are a PC, an interesting new idea Microsoft, but it won’t help you destroy Apple’s funny ads with Justin Long and John Hodgeman, because they do have a Chemistry that you will have a hard time duplicating. My question is to Microsoft, Bill Gates doesn’t run your company anymore, why is he in your ads?