Okay, that's not true. I own a single Blu-ray title, but only because a family member recently gifted me a copy of Barry Lyndon (a personal favorite; horrified there's yet to be a Criterion Blu-ray edition) as a Christmas gift. But otherwise, I've yet to purchase a single Blu-ray title despite knowing the medium provides the best picture quality available for consumers today. No, I don't plan to purchase a single Blu-ray disc because the format was dead on arrival...
Q: I disconnected my cable and I'm going to rely on Netflix, Hulu and my Blu-ray collection since I have no time for TV. I use my laptop to view Blu-rays but I'd like to buy a separate Blu-ray player. I'd like to know what Blu-ray players are good in the market today, with features like being able to access a Netflix account and maybe wireless (or wired depending on the pros and cons)?
The first UltraViolet-enabled movie comes out today, but most people haven't even heard of UltraViolet let alone know what it is. You'll soon be seeing plenty of UV logos since most of the future movies we end up purchasing will be UV-enabled, but just what is UltraViolet all about?
It doesn't matter which HDTV display you've got, out of the box any set can see dramatically improved picture quality with calibration. Yes, you could go the route of having your set calibrated professionally, but we'd argue using one of these calibration discs gets you 90% the way there for a fraction of the cost (available in both DVD and Blu-ray edition). This Disney produced disc walks you through the process of optimizing your set's brightness, contrast, aspect ratio, color, sharpness, and viewing angle specific to your room's environment, alongside audio calibration for stereo up to 7.1 surround sound systems in easy to follow fashion. WOW, indeed!
$1 for DVD and $1.50 Blu-ray rentals from Redbox is a great value, but it can be a pain to go through the rental process. You’re often faced with limited selections, availability, and locations. How often have you been stuck waiting in line behind someone slowly browsing titles while you simply want to return your disc before the 9pm deadline? While there’s not much you can do except ask politely of others, you can streamline your Redbox rental process and avoid joining those other slowpokes.
This past weekend we bit the bullet and picked up an Apple TV along with Netflix, hoping to cut out our digital cable bill and save $90 monthly. We’ve read some very good reviews (12) on the unit and thought it would be a great addition to our Apple family. Unfortunately, it simply did not provide the quality experience we've come to expect from Apple. And to prove we’re not a bunch of Apple apologists as well as give full disclosure of an ill-performing device to our readers, we felt it necessary to highlight the flaws of the unit that has rendered it completely unwatchable.
The Samsung CES booth was filled with plenty of eye candy and arguably had the most decor-friendly home theater and computing products on display at this year's show. An example of this commitment to design for the home, and also marketed as the thinnest Blu-ray player, is this sculptural 5.1 wall-mountable home theater system, the Samsung HT-D7500W.
We've gotten quite spoiled thanks to Hulu, Netflix Watch Instantly, and the various networks who now offer their content online. Being able to watch something without having to wait for a disc is the bee's knees, which is why we're so excited about Amazon's new Disc+ On Demand service.
Mark Perrin runs the tech blog Techreview Online, so it's no surprise that he has a unique media set-up at his home. He was kind enough to share photos and info on what's going on in his home theater rig.
While we still think the Sony Playstation 3 offers one of the best Blu-ray players around (plus you get the added bonus of rad game playing) there are those who don't really care enough about gaming to spend the cash on one. So, are all Blu-ray players built the same. Digital Trends informs us that they aren't and there are a few specs you won't want to overlook when shopping.