We were able to get a first-hand look at the new AMD LIVE! Digital Home Cinema concept while hanging out with the AMD crew. For those who may have missed it at CES, the AMD LIVE! Home Cinema is pretty much a specialized HTPC that aims to replace just about everything in your entertainment center, save for game consoles. It can run Linux or Windows Media Center, and is even a digital cable tuner that is CableCARD compatible. Powered by an AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor, it aims to provide an immersive theater-quality media experience with high-definition video, integrated 100 watt per channel surround sound audio and Internet capability, all in a device fit for your entertainment center. Check the video for a full walk-through.
VeriSign is throwing down the content delivery gauntlet with their Intelligent CDN technology. We are talking about full high definition video content streamed directly to your television at very high speeds. They show off a 200 MB file that is encoded at 5 mbps 1080p, which downloads completely in under 30 seconds. This is the kind of technology we hope to see on our set top boxes in the near future, and VeriSign is promising that it isn’t far away at all. Give it a view, and let us know what you think. Could both HD DVD and Blu-ray be dead in the water with tech like this soon to be available everywhere?
We stopped by to chat with HD DVD Association representative David Carlson. Dave gives us a quick glimpse into the format, and the benefits it provides over standard definition DVD (looks a lot better), as well as the Blu-Ray format (less expensive for consumers to adopt.) He also goes into some of the more interactive features of HD DVD, such as navigating menus and settings while the movie is playing. For the full scoop, check the video.
We speak with Dish Network about their 30 high definition channels that they offer, including their exclusive Voom content. We also talk to them about their DVR, which is supposed to be all the rage, and an upcoming external hard drive device that will allow Dish customers to bring their content with them when they are on the go. Of course, expect it to be DRM’d all to hell, so sharing on other Dish DVRs won’t be allowed - but hey, it’s a start. Get all the details in this episode.
We talk to IOGEAR about their soon-to-be-released GHDMIAS2 HDMI switcher. What’s so special about it? It automatically senses which device is sending a video signal, and therefore automatically switches to that signal so that you don’t have to reach for the remote. It also has a manual override button in case you want to switch to the other input on your own. Lastly, it’s an HDMI 1.3 switcher and supports 1080p, so you know that you will be getting the latest goodness. This one will be available at the end of the first quarter 2007 for $149.99 USD. Good enough for us!
Olevia announced a series of new HDTV flat panels at CES this year. The new panels sport 1080p resolution, along with new technologies to help improve sharpness, contrast, and the all important black levels.
We catch up with JVC and get the full scoop (or, as much of a scoop as they would give us) on their upcoming high definition Everio camera. We give you a video preview of the JVC Everio GZ-HD7 in this episode.
The Xbox 360 HD DVD Player can be considered to be the cheapest way to add high definition movies to your entertainment center - that is, if you already own an Xbox 360 console. We picked up one of the new HD DVD Player add-ons for the Xbox 360, and grabbed a bunch of unboxing images for your enjoyment. You can find all 20 images in our Xbox 360 HD DVD Player unboxing gallery.
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Nate True is back, guest-hosting another edition of Unboxing Live. This time we have the super-fantastic Canon XH-A1 High Definition Digital Video Camcorder. The Canon XH-A1 is $4,000 of pure, high definition enjoyment, and we give you a peek at what’s inside the box.
Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!
When Xploder’s HDTV Player for the Playstation 2 was announced, it was greeted with a bit of skepticism. The HDTV Player promised to offer PS2 owners the ability to upscale their 480i games to HDTV resolutions, including 480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080i. IGN reviewed Xploder’s software to find out if it really works. The results were definitely mixed: 480p mode seemed to work the best, giving HDTV owners the option for progressive scan video output in games that normally don’t support it. Other modes like 720p and 1080i were judged unacceptable by IGN, and they were unable to test the 576p mode, which Xploder claimed to be the best mode for the player. If gamers have displays that support 576p, or are desperate to get 480p, then the software may fit those needs. However, according to the review, it appears that higher resolution display modes just do not seem to work well enough for recommendation.
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