Rounding Up HD News: Japan Loves Blu-ray, Weather to Clear Up

May 29, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Blu-ray Is Really Big in Japan
Blu-ray player sales last month in Japan were more than triple January sales of Blu-ray and competing HD DVD machines combined, Reuters reports, citing research firm BCN. April sales of Sony’s Blu-ray players, which emerged earlier this year as the next-generation format victor over Toshiba’s HD DVD, exceeded standard-definition player sales for the first time, the wire service says.
Weather Will Get a Little Clearer
The Weather Channel, which is up for sale, will debut its high-definition broadcasts next week. Its early-morning and evening shows will air in HD starting June 2, with the rest of the day’s programming being upgraded over the next few months.
Verizon Nears NYC Approval for FiOS Service
Verizon said this week that New York City regulators approved the company’s proposal to make its FiOS fiber-optic service available to all of the city’s five boroughs. Verizon still needs approval from the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York and the New York State Public Service Commission.
‘Beetlejuice’ Gets Blu-ray Treatment for 20th Anniversary
“Beetlejuice,” starring Michael Keaton as an unscrupulous ghost wreaking havoc on a house bought by Winona Ryder’s family, will be released on Blu-ray as part of its 20th-anniversary edition by Warner Home Video. The Tim Burton-directed comedy will be available by the fall for $34.99 in Blu-ray and $19.96 for standard-definition DVDs. Meanwhile, Viacom unit Paramount Home Entertainment re-released more than 20 Blu-ray titles, including “Mission: Impossible III” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” Video Business reports.
Sony to Adopt Interactive Cable Specs for TVs
Sony agreed to adopt specifications for interactive-enabling cable adapters in its TV sets that may reduce the need for set-top boxes, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sony will adopt the so-called tru2way format, which had the backing of the six largest U.S. cable companies, after years of supporting a competing technology called DCR Plus, the newspaper says.
Amazon Cuts Prices on Many Blu-ray Titles
Amazon.com, the world’s largest Internet retailer, cut prices on more than 100 Blu-ray titles by 50%, according to its Web site. The promotion includes such titles as “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Terminator” and “Cast Away,” with prices for most of the movies reduced to between $15 and $20.


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