• Is the end near for physical media?

    Posted June 9, 2014 - 11:28 pm

    New research says streaming will pass DVD in two years. But don't write off physical media yet.
  • If Tim Cook recapped Apple's 2012

    Posted December 20, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    The Apple CEO’s (hypothetical) holiday letter to family and friends, recapping the company’s eventful 2012
  • Let your code do the (holiday) shopping

    Posted December 4, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    Software developer creates a program to randomly choose and buy stuff
  • Three great DVD playback alternatives for Windows 8

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 7:40 am

    With Windows 8, Microsoft decided to remove DVD playback functionality from Windows Media Player. That's bad news for those of use with vast DVD collections. Here are 3 DVD playback alternatives worth a look.
  • 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."
  • Wall Street buying into Netflix comeback narrative big-time

    Posted January 26, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Shares of Netflix soared nearly 26% Thursday after the streaming video company's fourth-quarter report showed a return to subscriber growth in the U.S.
  • Netflix shares soar as Q4 results top estimates

    Posted January 25, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Shares of Netflix soared nearly 17% in extended trading Wednesday as a subscriber exodus triggered by last summer's price hike appears to be ebbing.
  • Why the media companies are learning to love Netflix

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 4:58 pm

    Remember just a few months ago when media companies were prepared to go to war with Netflix for ruining their business? Times have changed.
  • Netflix shares drop despite impressive Q1 earnings

    Posted April 25, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    Shares of Netflix hit another all-time high Monday, only to drop more than 5 percent in extended trading after the company said it nearly doubled first-quarter profit.
  • Rip a DVD with HandBrake

    Posted February 2, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    [Editor's note: The MPAA and most media companies argue that you can't legally copy or convert commercial DVDs for any reason. We (and others) think that, if you own a DVD, you should be able to override its copy protection to make a backup copy or to convert its content for viewing on other devices. Currently, the law isn't entirely clear one way or the other. So our advice is: If you don't own it, don't do it. If you do own it, think before you rip.]
  • Is Sony preparing for the extinction of the DVD?

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    Sony is experimenting with exclusive features embedded into its iTunes movies, PaidContent reports, slowly paving the way for the day when DVDs will be no more. In the iTunes version of The Other Guys users can search through the script of the movie to see the exact moment a line was said in the film, while other pictures like Salt and Resident Evil: Afterlife allow you to share video snippets on social media.
  • Resentment of Netflix by carriers, media companies grows

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    It's very clear that Netflix, with its current market capitalization of $9.8 billion, has been picking on companies such as Comcast ($44 billion) and Time Warner ($35.3 billion) by offering consumers the programming they want -- and only the programming they want! -- when they want it. What kind of crazy business model is that?
  • Netflix takes next step toward streaming-only future

    Posted November 22, 2010 - 4:19 pm

    Netflix shares (NASDAQ: NFLX) hit an all-time high on Monday after the online video company announced its first streaming-only subscription plan in the U.S. and rate hikes for plans that include DVDs by mail.
  • In defense of DVD drives - yes they still matter in spite of the MacBook Air

    Posted October 25, 2010 - 7:20 pm

    Apple's new MacBook Air ships with a restore flash drive rather than an emergency CD/DVD. As such, it poses the question: Do we still need optical drives? Despite the evidence to the contrary, there are some major reasons why optical drives aren't going the way of the Dodo just yet.
  • Legalizing Linux DVD Playback: Why Bother?

    Posted April 26, 2010 - 11:29 am

    Faced with the questionable ethics of DeCSS--itself a response to the unquestioned greed of Hollywood--users may soon opt for a new option that could send some Linux software vendors serious revenue.
  • Judge weighs testimony in RealDVD copy case

    Posted May 24, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    A federal judge is now considering whether to permit sales of RealDVD, after testimony on a pretrial injunction ended Thursday. That injunction has prevented RealNetworks from selling its DVD software since late September.
  • RealDVD trial to drag on another week

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 9:22 am

    A widely watched court case pitting software maker RealNetworks against seven Hollywood studios will resume next week after court testimony took longer than expected Wednesday.
  • GE Crams 500GB of Data on DVD with Holographic Tech

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 9:42 pm

    General Electric Global Research says it has figured out a way to put up to 500GB of data on a regular-sized DVD disc under laboratory conditions.
  • How to convert E-book, video and DVD to iPod ?

    Posted December 23, 2008 - 3:24 am

    iPod cannot directly display PDF files, you have to convert your PDF file or electronic book to *.txt format, and make sure the file size is smaller than 4KB, and then copy the *txt file to the “Note” folder ion your iPod. Here are the detailed steps:
  • Review

    RealDVD: Get it while you can

    Posted October 1, 2008 - 9:51 am

    Announced at DEMOfall '08 last month, RealDVD software, by RealNetworks, is now available for consumers. It lets users save DVDs that they own onto their computer's hard drive (either internal or external drive). Once copied, users can store the physical disc to protect it from damage and watch the content on their computers.
  • MPAA, RealNetworks sue each other over DVD copier

    Posted September 30, 2008 - 8:25 pm

    RealNetworks and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have filed dueling lawsuits against each other over a product that allows people to copy DVDs.
  • Sony to acquire all of optical disc venture from NEC

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 11:26 am

    Sony plans to acquire the portion of its optical disc joint venture with NEC that it doesn't already own and make the company a subsidiary, it said Thursday.
  • Patent holders cut some DVD licensing rates

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 11:54 am

    The nine member consortium that holds most of the important patents covering DVD technology is cutting some of its license rates.
  • Toshiba's XDE DVD players won't hurt Blu-ray Disc

    Posted August 29, 2008 - 4:01 pm

    When Toshiba announced its new XDE DVD player promising it could convert the picture quality of standard DVDs up to the HD, industry watchers took note. The company has been a champion of video technologies for years and its own high definition disc standard, HD DVD (high definition DVD), had been beaten as the HD successor to DVDs earlier in the year by Sony's Blu-ray Disc standard.
  • Toshiba propels DVD quality to near high definition

    Posted August 19, 2008 - 9:43 am

    Toshiba, which lost out to Sony in the battle for the next-generation DVD format, has announced a new technology that could help extend the life of current DVD libraries.

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