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Blu-ray finally overtaking DVD regularly in sales

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Home Entertainment, Movies

Consumers are tending to favor Blu-ray over DVD when buying copies of top hits for home use, a nonprofit analyst group that tracks Hollywood reported Monday.

Overall consumer spending on home entertainment jumped nearly five percent from the same period a year ago, the Digital Entertainment Group reported, the first time consumer spending increased since 2008.

The DEG didn't explicitly say that a crossover between DVD and Blu-ray sales is occurring. But "for major box-office hits, sales of packaged goods often surpass 50 percent on Bluray in their first week of release," DEG said. In all, Blu-ray, electronic sell-through, and digital movie streaming all saw revenue growth.

Catalog sales of Blu-ray discs are also increasing, the DEG said, with year-to-date increases of more than 60 percent, led by Star Wars, Citizen Kane, Scarface and The Big Lebowski. Total household penetration of all Blu-ray compatible devices now stands at more than 33.5 million U.S. homes, DEG said, up 52 percent from a year ago.

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Tech Deals of the Day: Cheap B&N Nook and Sony 3D Blu-ray players

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Here's today’s  list, where we bring the the top discounts on gadgets and consumer electronics for the day. The highlight for today is a nice discount on the Barnes & Noble Nook, as well as a huge Walmart clearance sale:

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Disney to release 15 films in Blu-ray 3D this year including Lion King, Beauty and the Beast

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Movies

Lion King 3D Blu-rayDisney is definitely betting big on this whole 3D Blu-ray stuff, as we just got word that they're preparing to release at least 15 of their films in the home 3D format, including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, a first for both films. Other notable titles include Tron: Legacy, Tangled, Bolt, Meet The Robinsons, The Nightmare Before Christmas, G-Force, and Chicken Little. These join recent Disney 3D releases like Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, and Step Up 3D. In addition to the 3D movie itself, the discs will also feature 3D menus and previews as well. No specific dates have been given for any of the titles.


How to buy a Blu-ray player

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, HDTV, Home Entertainment

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The benefits of Blu-ray are crystal clear: Video from traditional DVDs contains fewer than 350,000 pixels, while 1080p HD video packs more than two million, which translates to sublime, high-resolution detail. If you want to make the most of your 1080p HDTV, you should upgrade to a Blu-ray player.

And there's never been a better time to do it. The technology has matured, and the current crop of Blu-ray players offer stellar HD picture quality, fast disc-handling, and extras like integrated Wi-Fi, audio and video streaming, and in the case of Sony's Internet TV Blu-ray Player, Google TV, which brings Web search and other Internet features right to your HDTV.

These days you can find a very solid, well-rounded player for less than $200 if you do some smart online shopping. Still, there are a lot of choices out there. Here's what you need to consider when choosing the right Blu-ray player:

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Silent Hill returns to theaters in new 3D film

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Movies, Video Games

Silent Hill is returning to theaters, but this time with a Michael J. Bassett penned script instead of Roger Avary. The flick will be based off one of the more popular Silent Hill games, Silent Hill 3, revolving around Heather Mason and her search for her father. 

The official synopsis of the film reads: "For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever." 

Also, this Silent Hill film looks to take advantage of the 3D craze, and inject a little more stereoscopic into your life (as if you needed anymore).

Read More | Kotaku via Hell Descent


Deal of the Day: Save 41% on Samsung 3D LED HDTV UN46C8000 bundle

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Looking to pick up a 3D HDTV, but don't wanna pay the high price? This  is your answer, and may be our best yet. You get the Un46C8000 46-inch 3D 240Hz LED HDTV with the Samsung BD-C6800 3D player, and the Samsung 3D starter with with 2 pairs of 3D glasses and a copy of Monsters vs. Aliens 3D, all for $1,779. That is a savings of $1,218 off the regular price, saving you a whopping 41% - with free shipping included! We aren't sure how long this one will last, but if you are interested, we recommend you jump on it:

Save $1,218 on Samsung 3D LED HDTV bundle

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread.


Avatar 3D Blu-ray release will be Panasonic exclusive at first

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment, Movies

Avatar 3D Panasonic

If you own a 3D HDTV and have been waiting for Avatar 3D to drop on , it looks like you’ll have to wait a bit longer than originally planned if you don’t own a Panasonic Viera model television. The long-awaited title is the first 3D Blu-ray movie that will get serious attention from home theater enthusiasts, and is seemingly a huge opportunity to sell consumers on the technology, so it’s pretty disappointing that Panasonic scored this timed exclusive that will keep Avatar off of the store shelves for a while. The movie will come bundled with select Viera 3D models, but if you already own one, there will be a way for you to get in on it as well. Look for it before the end of 2010.

Read More | CNET

Onkyo’s 2010 receivers to support HDMI 1.4

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: HDTV, Home Entertainment

HDMI 1.4 is the next big thing, namely because it brings with it support for 3D television as well as the Audio Return Channel, and seems to be leading the charge with getting it rolled into their products and into the hands of the public. In fact, Onkyo just announced that their 2010 receivers, scheduled to start shipping this spring, will support HDMI 1.4. That’s just in time for some of that 3D TV and Blu-ray content to appear.

“We are very supportive of the new standard,” said Onkyo’s marketing manager Paul Wasek, “because of the added capabilities and the simplification of system connections.”

We are fans of Onkyo, and we are definitely looking forward to getting our hands on the new receiver line.

Read More | Onkyo

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