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Get to Know the Cast of Survivor: Gabon

Cast of Survivor: Gabon

With the premiere now just days away, it’s time to familiarize ourselves with the next round of castaways.

For the program’s 17th installment, the reality show will be kicking things up a notch. This season, the contestants will be “battling extreme conditions and interacting with wildlife such as elephants and gorillas” during their stay in Gabon. The filthy castaways will also have all of their flaws exposed in high-definition. (That’s a first for the long-running series.)

Host says the African locale is the perfect setting for the contest we will be seeing this year. “In a strange coincidence to Earth’s Last Eden—good vs. evil emerges as a major theme this season. I think the audience will quickly identify with one group or the other.”

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Toshiba Stops HD DVD Production

Toshiba, HD DVD

It’s official.  is DOA.

Toshiba finally announced Tuesday what had been rumored for days—it is pulling out of the high-definition market.  Although the HD DVD system preceded Sony’s product, sales have steadily outpaced its competitor.

In the past few months, major studios have aligned themselves with the Sony brand.  Even though Paramount and Universal continued to offer their titles on HD DVD, it was clear the Toshiba format was being crippled.

Recent decisions made by Wal-Mart and Netflix helped drive a nail into the HD DVD coffin.  The companies announced they would no longer be making the high-def option available to its customers.

Shipments of the Toshiba systems will wrap up by March.

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Hollywood Reporter

HD DVD Owners Lose New Line, HBO

HBOJust days after announced it was abandoning HD DVD owners, others have chosen to jump ship.

and will both be following their distribution partner’s lead and go completely .  Up until now, the two companies had been releasing high-definition titles under both formats. 

Those with the Toshiba system should probably make a point of purchasing and to keep in their time capsule.

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Hitachi Reveals First Blu-Ray Camera

Hitachi DZ-BD7H Cam

Hitachi has announced the formal unveiling of the word’s first Blu-ray (BDs) camcorders. The DZ-BD70 is a single drive cam that can record approximately an hour of 1920 x 1080 of full high-def video (two hours of 1440 x 1080) on an a single side, single layer 8 cm BD. The DZ-BD7H (shown here) is a hybrid with a 30 GB built-in HDD which can record up to four hours of 1920 x 1080 high-def video (4 hours of 1440 x 1080) and can also copy its contents from HDD to BD within the camera itself. Both models will be available in Japan at the end of August and will come across the seas in October, just in time for the Christmas Disc War to heat up.


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