BD News

Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses

February 19, 2008

TOKYO--Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.

Blu-ray Disc storms through Europe,
reaches 2 million movie disc landmark faster than DVD Video

February 14 , 2008

Total Blu-ray Disc movie sales across Europe have reached over two million units announced the Blu-ray Disc Association European Promotions Committee at a press reception in London this week. The most recent figures show Blu-ray Disc movie sales totaled 2.37 million, which means that 79% of the High Definition movie discs bought by consumers year-to-date across Europe were in the Blu-ray Disc format compared with 21% in the HD DVD format, according to sales data provided by Media Control GFK International.

Woolworths backs Blu-ray Disc, drops HD DVD

February 07 , 2008

UK high street retail chain, Woolworths, reportedly the UK's biggest retailer of nextgen
DVD discs, is to exclusively back Blu-ray Disc moving forward this year. The chain has announced it is only to stock Blu-ray discs in store from March, with HD DVD movies being dropped from shop shelves, only to be sold online.

Sony Bolsters Blu-Ray Disc Player Line With Two New Models

September 05 , 2007

Sony introduced two additional Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) players today offering a full range of features. Optimized for the home theater enthusiast and designed with input from dealers and consumers in mind, the new BDP-S2000ES model is the first Blu-ray Disc player in Sony’s “Elevated Standard” (ES) line.  This model, as well as the new BDP-S500, which complements Sony’s current BDP-S300 BD player, features full high-definition 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output. They support 7.1 channel linear PCM and Dolby® TrueHD, Dolby® Digital Plus, as well as dts-HD™ High Resolution Audio bitstream output via HDMI™ (ver1.3).

TDK Announces High-Speed 4x Recording BDs

July 12, 2007

TDK announces two new write-once Blu-ray Discs capable of recording at 4x speed. The discs are available in both 25GB and 50 GB BD-R versions scheduled for shipping later this summer.

Pioneer BD Computer Drive Now Shipping

July 11, 2007

Pioneer Electronics is now shipping the BDC-2202 combination Blu-ray Disc BD-ROM/DVD/CD computer drive to retail stores.  The drive comes bundled with Corel’s software for playback of multiple Blu-ray Disc formats.  The software also provides reading and writing of data to DVD and CD formats. 

Blu-ray Disc Summer Promotion - Get 5 Titles Free

July 04, 2007

The Blu-ray Disc Association announces a summer long promotion of Blu-ray Disc titles by major home entertainment distributors and consumer electronics manufacturers. Consumers are eligible to receive 5 free Blu-ray Disc titles when they purchase a qualifying BD player. The player must be purchased between July 1 2007 and September 30 2007.

Sony Ships BDP-S300 Blu-Ray Disc Player

June 4, 2007

Sony began shipping the BDP-S300 which includes new features such as the advanced Dolby Digital Plus audio codec as well as BRAVIA Theatre Sync and CD playback.

Sony Introduces Whole House High Definition Video Entertainment Systems  

May 30, 2007

Sony introduced its updated line of NHS rack systems with support for high-definition video distribution throughout the home in a pre-built rack system. The NHS-1040, NHS-2040 and NHS-3040 feature up to 13 zones of HD video distribution and a Blu-ray disc player.

Pioneer Introduces the Elite BDP-94HD Blu-ray Disc Player

May 9, 2007

Pioneer Electronics introduces the Elite BDP-94HD. 

Sony Introduces a Lightweight High-Performance Blu-Ray Notebook

May 9, 2007

Part of the new VAIO FZ notebook series these notebooks include a BD player/recorder.

Pioneer Announces BDC-2202 Blu-Ray Disc Computer Drive

May 2, 2007

Pioneer Electronics announces the BDC-2202, a robust Blu-ray Disc computer drive, allowing for the playback of high definition Blu-ray Disc film titles as well as the reading and writing of digital content to DVD and CD.

TDK Named Innovations 2007 Design And Engineering Award Honoree

January 8, 2007

TDK receives an International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Award from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), in recognition of TDK 25GB BD-R Blu-ray Disc media.

Samsung Electronics Breaks New Ground In Blu-Ray Technology

January 8, 2007

Samsung Electronics unveils the BD-P1200 player.

Sony Introduces Living Room PC With Blu-Ray Disc Technology

January 7, 2007

Sony introduces the Digital Living System, a high-definition living room PC with integrated Blu-ray Disc technology.

LG Electronics Launches Industry’s First Dual-Format High-Definition Disc Player

January 07, 2007

Scheduled for launch first quarter of 2007, the “Super Multi Blue” Player will be capable of the playback of both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. Model: BH100.

TDK Introduces 200GB Disc Technology

January 8, 2007

TDK introduces a 200GB blue laser disc technology and 8cm Mini Blu-ray Discs. \