Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sony KDL40HX803 Review

We’ve had a look at 3D TV offerings from Panasonic and Samsung, but now it’s time for Sony’s entry-level 3D display to go under close examination. The Sony KDL40HX803 is an edge-lit LED LCD TV, and is also a “3D Ready” set, meaning that although it ships without any out-of-the-box 3D functionality, this can be unlocked with a little bit ... Read More »

Blockbuster USA Files For Bankruptcy; UK Stores Unaffected

Nearly 25 years after opening its first store in Dallas, Texas on the 26th of October 1985, Blockbuster Inc. yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a New York court, having experienced a severe drop in revenue in recent times due to increased competition from online DVD rental services such as Netflix and self-service DVD vending kiosks like Redbox. The ... Read More »

Microsoft: Digital Download & Streaming Makes Blu-Ray Obsolete

Microsoft, who for some time now has stood on the opposite side of the Blu-ray camp, once again reaffirmed its non-friendly stance by declaring that Blu-ray will be displaced by digital download and streaming as a HD format. When HD DVD went head-to-head against Blu-ray in the high-definition optical disc format war a few years ago, Microsoft sided with the ... Read More »

Sony PS3 Gets 3D Blu-ray Playback With Firmware Update 3.50

As scheduled, Sony has released firmware update version 3.50 for the Playstation 3 (PS3), which among other features adds 3D Blu-ray playback to the popular media/game console system. As the Sony PS3 has gained 3D gaming capability since firmware update 3.30, this leaves 3D photo support as the only remaining missing specification (which will surely be rectified later this year ... Read More »

Ofcom Hands Over UK VoD Content Regulation To ATVOD

In addition to the existing BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Channel 4’s 4oD and Demand Five, quite a number of new video-on-demand (VoD) services are about to hit United Kingdom: YouView, the venture formerly known as Project Canvas backed by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva; Sony’s Qriocity subscription service that will allow PS3 users to stream ... Read More »