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British Video Association launches £1 million Blu-ray marketing campaign

The British Video Association (BVA) has announced that it is set to launch a ¬£1 million through-the-line marketing campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of the Blu-ray format and the new BD releases taking place in the run-up to Christmas. The campaign, launched by the BVA on behalf of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth […]

CyberLink releases PowerDirector8

CyberLink has launched the latest edition of its PowerDirector software, promising the ‚Äúperfect balance between easy consumer-level usability and powerful pro-like technology.‚Äù The PowerDirector 8 package includes the ability to author HD or upscaled SD content to Blu-ray Discs. The full press release can be read at the CyberLink website, and a copy of the […]

Photos from the BDA conference IFA 2009

Here are a few photos from yesterday’s BDA press conference. From left: Ben Carr, Walt Disney Studios; Nicholas Denissen, Amazon.de; Victor Matsuda, Chairman Global Promotion Committee, BDA; Niels Leibbrandt, Chairman European Promotion Committee, BDA; Rich Marty, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; and Jim Bottoms, Futuresource Consulting: The audience: Victor Matsuda opening the conference:

msm-studios launches CopyToGo for Pure Audio BDs

Munich-based msm-studios has announced CopyToGo for Pure Audio BDs, a new service that will allow users to enjoy BD audio on other devices. The press release states: In addition to unparalleled audio quality and maximum ease of use Pure Audio Blu-rays can be equipped from now on with “CopyToGo” technology. This means that the user […]

Samsung partners with YouTube for new BD range

At IFA this morning Samsung announced a partnership with YouTube that will enable users to view content from the video sharing site directly through their BD players. New players will have the functionality built in, but Samsung will also make it available to existing users through a firmware update. Tech Radar has the full story.

Sony adds Wi-Fi to new BD player range

More news from IFA ‚Äì Sony has revealed two new Blu-ray Disc players which include Wi-Fi connectivity. The addition of Wi-Fi means that BD-Live features and firmware updates can be accessed more easily, while DNLA functionality means that the devices can receive photos and videos from computers connected to the same network. Pocket-Lint has the […]

Philips showcases new BD players at IFA 2009

At its IFA press conference this morning, Philips unveiled a new range of BD players, including a new SoundBar model and several full home theatre systems. Here are details on the SoundBar from the press release: For design conscious consumers who demand superior sound and picture, Philips SoundBar with Ambisound is the right choice. The […]

On the spot: Your Blu-ray Disc questions answered

On the eve of IFA, we sat down with Niels Leibbrandt, Chairman of the BDA‚Äôs European Promotion Committee, to ask him some of your questions on Blu-ray Disc. Here are his responses to questions about a whole range of subjects, from¬† sales progress, to competition from digital downloads, to environmental technology and much more: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCxrjhXnVXs&hl=en&fs=1&] […]

Blu-ray Disc at IFA 2009

The IFA conference starts in Berlin this week, and the BDA will be there to show off new developments in the world of Blu-ray Disc. If you can‚Äôt make it to the show, but would like to see the BDA‚Äôs press conference, which starts at 5pm CET on Thursday 3rd September, you can watch a […]

Blu-ray Disc Association Provides Updates on 3D Technology

With the IFA conference kicking off this week, the BDA has today announced its plans for bringing 3D films to the Blu-ray Disc format. The press release reads as follows: The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced its plans for incorporating 3D into the widely successful Blu-ray Disc format.¬† The rapid and enthusiastic consumer adoption […]

movieIQ debuts on BD-Live

The latest BD-Live feature is almost upon us. It‚Äôs called movieIQ, and it promises to bring movie lovers constantly updated information about the film they are watching without leaving their sofa or interrupting their movie watching experience. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Gracenote teamed up to create the new feature. It gives viewers access to […]