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  • Facebook puts 10,000 Blu-ray discs in low-power storage system

    Posted January 28, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    If you thought Netflix and iTunes would make optical discs a thing of the past, think again. Facebook has built a storage system from 10,000 Blu-ray discs that holds a petabyte of data and is highly energy-efficient, the company said Tuesday.
  • Watch and rip Blu-ray movies on your Mac

    Posted June 24, 2013 - 10:59 am

    Apple's never going to bring Blu-ray to the Mac, but you can watch and even rip Blu-ray discs on a Mac. Here's how.
  • New Blu-ray Disc offers 'lifetime of storage'

    Posted January 6, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    A new Blu-ray Disc promises to keep data fresh long after it might have decayed on other discs.
  • Review

    Ripbot264: Rip Blu-ray movies without filling your hard drive

    Posted October 20, 2012 - 7:35 am

    If you've been using MakeMKV to rip Blu-ray movies to your hard drive, you may have noticed that the resulting MKV movies can be very, very large. If you want to reduce the size of those files without manually stepping through a lengthy and rather complex demuxing, transcoding, and remuxing process--or even looking those words up--downloading RipBot264 is the order of the day.
  • DVDFab Media Player worth a try for Blu-ray fans

    Posted September 8, 2012 - 7:08 am

    Few Blu-ray movie players are on the market because of the royalties for the technologies involved, but there are some. DVDFab has joined the PowerDVDs and WinDVDs of the world with its own player, aptly titled DVDFab Media Player ($50, 30-day free trial with feature limitations).
  • DVDs and Blu-rays will soon waste more time with new unskippable piracy warnings

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    In a move that seems like it will encourage piracy rather than curb it, the U.S. government is adding new warning messages that can't be skipped at the outset of DVD and Blu-ray movies. And there won't just be one--there will be two, one to "warn" and one to "educate."
  • Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, others launch HD content security initiative

    Posted December 19, 2011 - 3:04 pm

    Five major Blu-ray and memory manufactures are collaborating to create a new security protocol to protect hi-def content that will be available across multiple consumer platforms, including smartphones and tablets.
  • Researchers crack Blu-ray encryption with cheap hardware

    Posted December 3, 2011 - 9:01 am

    How much does it cost to crack Blu-ray encryption? Not much, apparently: Researchers at the Secure Hardware Group of Germany's Ruhr University of Bochum (RUB) have cracked Intel's encryption protocol protecting Blu-ray discs and other HD media using a $267 custom board.
  • Video

    More Star Wars Blu-Ray Changes: Extra Porkins!

    Posted September 23, 2011 - 10:05 am

    Coming to you from a guy who owns a Porkins action figure...
  • Video

    Darth Vader re-dubbed: And we're surprised, how?

    Posted August 31, 2011 - 11:48 am

    George Lucas tweaked the films again? Shocker!
  • $39 Blu-ray players and $99 Kindles -- Oh, my!

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 10:05 pm

    If you've been putting off buying a Blu-ray player because prices were too high, 2011 may be your favorite year. Same goes for shoppers craving an Amazon Kindle e-reader, a Nintendo Wii game console, or a 42-inch LCD TV. All will get fire-sale cheap this year.
  • Blu-ray continues to thrive, in spite of streaming threat

    Posted January 7, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Hard to believe that just five years ago at CES, the Blu-ray Disc specification first announced. And five years on, with one format war under our belt, and another scuffle brewing, Blu-ray is in fact doing very well.
  • Plex to enable streaming content in LG TVs and Blu-ray players

    Posted September 3, 2010 - 7:22 am

    Plex announced today that LG will be incorporating Plex's media streaming technology in certain 2011 LG televisions and Blu-ray players. Who needs a set-top box when you have the same functionality built into your TV?
  • Sharp Unveils 100GB Blu-ray Disc

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 12:25 pm

    Sharp recently announced that it will be the first Blu-ray disc maker to launch a recordable triple layer Blu-ray format with 100GB of storage capacity--twice the capacity of current Blu-ray discs.
  • Blu-ray Buzz: Exciting High-Def Players Under $300

    Posted January 12, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Bringing magnificent image quality and the best of the Internet (including the likes of Amazon, Netflix, and even Pandora) straight to your living room, Blu-ray players are falling in price. It's time to find your perfect home theater addition.
  • 10 Blu-ray Titles That Show Off Classic Movie Formats

    Posted November 20, 2009 - 1:14 pm

    Blu-ray's high-definition resolution isn't just suitable for new Hollywood blockbusters--it can also showcase revitalized cinematic classics.
  • Is Apple's Next Move Blu-Ray?

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 11:53 am

    Amid the flurry of brand-new Apple products -- including new iMacs, updated MacBooks and Mac Minis, plus more -- sometimes details go unnoticed and slip through the cracks. One such detail was Apple's decision to change the display ratio on its new iMacs to 16:9 -- which would then allow Macs to play 1080p, the Blu-Ray dimensions. Was this slight modification a tease of what's to come with next year's possible reworking of Apple's line?
  • Samsung releases its first dual function Blu-ray drive

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 9:15 pm

    Samsung released its first Blu-ray internal drive that can also read and write to CDs and DVDs. The player is slimmer than its previous generation Blu-ray drive, reducing heat and improving disk load efficiency.
  • Grab PSP Movies from Blu-ray Discs

    Posted September 30, 2009 - 11:09 am

    Want to watch Blu-ray flicks on your Sony PlayStation Portable? Okay, you can't watch them natively on the handheld--the system tops out at 480x272 lines of resolution, after all. But according to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment America, now you can pull the PSP versions straight from the Blu-ray disc itself.
  • Will 3D TV Be Blu-ray's Savior?

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    Panasonic's unveiling of a 50-inch plasma TV that displays 3D images got me thinking: Is 3D the killer app that will make Blu-ray players popular in the home?
  • Blu-ray's "bag of hurt" coming to the iMac?

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 11:26 am

    You knew it would happen eventually, but to this form factor?
  • State of the art: Blu-ray on the Mac

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 12:41 pm

    Apple has yet to offer Blu-ray as a standard or build-to-order option, but a few third party companies have been quietly testing the waters and marketing external Blu-ray burners to Mac users.
  • HDTVs, Blu-Ray Players Push Web Connections

    Posted September 14, 2009 - 10:24 am

    Connected TVs, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray Disc players aren't new, but they continue to make new connections with Web sites and services, from YouTube and Netflix to Amazon and Internet radio sites.
  • iTunes 9 to support Blu-ray & add social media features?

    Posted August 10, 2009 - 8:15 am

    Until now, Apple has been rather dismissive of the Blu-ray format, but is that all going to change this fall?
  • Wal-Mart Lowers Blu-ray Player to $128

    Posted June 11, 2009 - 8:47 pm

    It may be a Father's Day special, but Wal-Mart's $128 special for a Magnavox Blu-ray player is another indication of the mainstreaming of the high-def disc format.
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