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Wii U won’t support DVD or Blu-ray movie playback

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hardware, Nintendo, Wii U

Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo's hot Wii U console is set to ship next year, but one thing that won't be a part of the package is DVD or Blu-ray movie playback. According to Nintendo, customers already have DVD and Blu-ray players, and they are so cheap that you can get one easily without them bundling that into the Wii U software.

Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities. The reason for that is that we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn't warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies.

So yeah, Wii U will purely be a gaming console, just like Wii, as opposed to a whole-home entertainment strategies that you see with the Xbox 360 and PS3.


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Best Tech Deals of the Day

Xperia PLAY

We've got your latest list of items that fall under the best tech Deals of the Day for you, including a few standouts like free apps, an awesome deal on the XPERIA PLAY Android smartphone, and some nice deals on a few key video games. Be sure to hit the jump for the fill list.

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Deal of the Day: The big weekend list

We've got your latest list of items that fall under the best tech Deals of the Day for you, including a few standouts like free apps, heavily discounted HP and Dell laptops, and a nice Xbox 360 deal as well. Be sure to hit the jump for the fill list.

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals, or you can Like TechPromos on Facebook.

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Complete Star Wars Blu-ray set goes on sale September 16, pre-order now

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

Star Wars Blu-ray

We know a ton of Star Wars fans have been waiting for confirmation of when the series would be available for purchase on Blu-ray, and we finally have a date that's set in stone. You'll be able to pick up Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Star Wars: Original Trilogy, and Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy on September 16, 2011. In an interesting move, this is a Friday. Movie releases tend to fall on Tuesdays, but we're guessing that there are people hardcore enough to camp out for this thing and take time off work to tear through it, so having the weekend to do so is an added bonus.

You can pre-order the Star Wars Blu-ray set from Amazon at a significant discount:

May the Force be with you.


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.


Tech Deals of the Day: HP G62 LED laptop, Canon EOS Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i sale

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 huge discount on the HP G62 16-inch LED laptop, and a Dell Inspiron 15 16-inch laptop for $400 with free shipping:

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.


Deal of the Day: $300 off Sony VAIO VPCEC3AFX 17-inch laptop

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Hot Deals, PC / Laptop

Sony VAIO VPCEC3AFX 17.3-inch Core i5

Today’s  offers a notebook that can serve as a desktop replacement. The Sony VAIO VPCEC3AFX may have a ridiculous name, but it's a 17.3-inch 2.53 GHz Core i5-powered laptop with a 1080p display and built-in Blu-ray player with a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics chip, and you get it at a 25% discount, saving you $300, with shipping included:

Save $300 on Sony VAIO VPCEC3AFX laptop

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How to buy a Blu-ray player

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

buy a blu-ray player

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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Deal of the Day: Dell XPS 15 $50 off

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dell xps 14 sony h55 promo code

This is a nice one-two punch for the , which offers the just-released Dell XPS 15 laptop starting at $799 (a $50 discount) with free shipping. These have a 720p webcam, anodized aluminum exterior, brushed aluminum palmrest, and a ton of customizable features:

Save on Dell XPS 15 laptop

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


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