In an effort to turn around a declining music business, Sony-BMG is
currently in discussions to offer a flatrate-based music download
service. In an interview with a German newspaper, CEO Rolf
Schmidt-Holtz mentioned that such a service could debut this year for a
price between $9 and $12 per month.
In the end, it was not the adult film industry that decided the
high-definition format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD. However, this
segment faces appears to be taking a lead role in the promotion of high
definition as DVD sales are down dramatically and customers apparently
are shifting to Blu-ray quickly. The new format opens new opportunities
for large studios, but will bring massive challenges for smaller
companies in the business, Digital Playground co-founder Joone told TG
French video game company Ubisoft has bought all
intellectual property rights to the Tom Clancy name. Clancy was paid
an undisclosed lump sum and will also receive annual payments over the
next two years.
The Playstation 3 is likely to retain its reputation as the most popular playback platform for Blu-ray content as Sony announced that owners of the console will “soon” be able to upgrade to firmware version 2.20 which will add Blu-ray Disc Profile 2.0 support as well as improved interoperability with the Playstation Portable (PSP).
Best Buy today said that it will be sending out $50 gift cards to
apparently more than 200,000 of its U.S. customers who purchased HD DVD
players and Xbox 360 HD DVD units before February 23 of this year.
Steam content distribution platform just became THE
800-pound gorilla in the world of digital distribution. Valve just
announced that Epic Games signed with Steam, making this three out of
three for founders of FPS gaming.
A weekend spent in Hollywood can greatly help to learn about trends in
the Consumer Electronics industry. Of course, Blu-ray was one of the
main discussion topics and if you are currently frustrated about the
high prices for players and movies, you may see much lower price tags
The PS3 had one of its best months in February, selling over 280,000 units. That barely edges out the Xbox 360's sales numbers, but is only around half of the number of Wii units sold in the same time period. In February, NPD reports that the Wii was unsurprisingly the top console seller, reaching 432,000 units. The PS3's 280,800 units put it in the number two spot, with the Xbox 360 reaching 254,600 units.
Opinion - Microsoft squashed speculations that there is a Blu-ray add-on for the Xbox 360 in the immediate future. But is the announcement really a surprise? Is there an immediate need for a Blu-ray drive in the Xbox 360 right now? While we believe that Microsoft has to take some responsibility for the failed HD DVD format by not offering an integrated drive for the console, we think it is not the worst decision to leave Blu-ray alone right now. What do you think? Here is some food for thought.