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In the eyes of Panasonic's digital storage and software technologies executive officer, Kasuhiro Tsuga, the next-generation optical disc format war is virtually over, and Blu-ray Disc will be the winner.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Plans for Sony's first Blu-ray Disc players, key new BRAVIA LCD TVs and the company's first hard disk drive-based digital camcorder were all part of its International CES introductions.
For Blu-ray Disc (BD), Sony said it would begin to introduce in the United States this spring a number of products using the technology, including a home player, Vaio computers with BD drives, after-market computer drives and recordable BD-R (write-once) and BD-RE (rewritable) media.
As the economic storm clouds grow darker, consumer electronics manufacturers are looking at a handful of growth categories — including Blu-ray Disc players — to hedge the industry's bets, but one major retailer told TWICE that he fears the category is still not the slam-dunk some perceive it to be.
Steven Spielberg's classic UFO adventure "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," will be released in a special 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition in both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD formats Nov. 13, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment said last month.
Warner Brothers Entertainment announced that it now plans to release high-definition movies in the Blu-ray Disc format in addition to HD DVD, making it the second HD DVD studio to announce dual-format support.
The decision, which also involves Warner joining the Blu-ray Disc Association's board came days after Paramount made a similar announcement.
More evidence that the end was at hand for Toshiba's HD DVD format came from a recent J.D. Power and Associates mystery-shopper study that found retail salespeople across the country were strongly recommending Blu-ray Disc players to their customers.
Chris Denove, VP with J.D. Power and Associates, said that less than one in 10 retail salespeople recommended HD DVD to survey takers posing as shoppers for the syndicated, independent field study.
DENVER — Sony brings Blu-ray Disc to CEDIA Expo in a big way, unveiling two new players and its first 200-disc Blu-ray Disc home server with 25GB Blu-ray Disc burning capability.
The company also is presenting new Bravia 1080p SXRD video projectors, including the VPL-200, which packages the advanced features of the former Qualia 004 model with a sleeker form factors.