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Short Bits: Xbox HD DVD, Stage6

Microsoft made it official that the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive is now dead . If you wanted one, I hope you got it already. You will likely find stock marked down all over the place, some retailers going as low as $50 now. DivX Inc has pulled the plug on their...
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Fact or Fiction: Microsoft and Blu-ray

I’ve gotten a fair amount of reaction to the various articles I’ve posted on Microsoft and Blu-ray, and it still seems the overall consensus on the web is that Microsoft will fall head over heels for Blu-ray in their products. I want to preface this post...

Blu-ray on Xbox 360 Not Going to Happen

Some websites are reporting “rumors” of Microsoft getting ready to add Blu-ray support to the Xbox 360. I’m not going to link to the main website in question, because nothing on that site has ever been true (unless there is an Xbox 360 with HD DVD intergated...
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Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Moves to $179

Xbox LIVE to promote HD DVD versions of “300” and “Heroes: Season 1.” SAN DIEGO — July 26, 2007 — Today at Comic-Con International 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced it will lower the price of the popular Xbox 360™ HD DVD Player from $199 to $179 ERP (United...
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Consumer Electronics Show Roundup (Part 1)

So much stuff so far at CES that the main page of my blog has already rolled over. Here is a quick rundown of what has happened so far CES Keynote/Microsoft Microsoft Unveils Wave of New Products and Services at CES Short Bits: Bill Gates CES Keynote...

Microsoft's CES Press Releases

Microsoft Integrates IPTV Software Platform With Xbox 360, Creating All-in-One Digital Entertainment Device | At the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. today announced a new solution that will bring together two of its...

Short Bits: Bill Gates CES Keynote

Media Center SportsLounge with FOXSports.com combines live television, real-time scores and online sports media. Also, Windows Vista (premium versions) will have new content from existing partners and new ones, including, Nickelodeon, Showtime and Starz...

Microsoft Unveils Wave of New Products and Services at CES

LAS VEGAS — Jan. 7, 2007 — Speaking at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division President Robbie Bach showed how the company is delivering...

Manufacturers Exploit Vista for Home Automation & A/V

[EHX] Manufacturers Exploit Vista for Home Automation & A/V (CE Pro) | Julie has a post with some of the great stuff that was on show at EHX. Embedded Automation, Cortexa, Exceptional Innovation, Honeywell, Niveus, Superna, and more are showcased...

Microsoft Showcases 110 High-Definition Xbox 360 Games; Xbox 360 HD DVD Player and 1080p Support

TOKYO — Sept. 20, 2006 — Today at the Tokyo Game Show 2006, Microsoft Corp. delivered information on new and improved entertainment experiences for Japanese gamers, including details of the Xbox 360™ library of nearly 110 high-definition games available...
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Chances HD DVD Brings H.264 Decode to Xbox 360 Extender?

Microsoft picked ATI's H.264 Decoder for use with their upcoming external HD DVD drive which will connect to the Xbox 360. This should add to InterVideo's MPEG-2 Decoder and Microsoft VC-1 Decoder to handle all video formats that could possibility...

Introducing Media Center Pro, a New Publication Focused on MCE

Introducing Media Center Pro, a New Publication Focused on MCE | The guys (and gals) at CE Pro have introduced Media Center Pro at new published that is focused on Media Center. This is the magazine for “people who build, sell, install, integrate and...

HD DVD's Managed Copy with Xbox 360 Extender

The Green Button member Neon asked a question about HD DVD's Managed Copy with Xbox 360 and I thought I would post a bit of the information here too, since many people have the question on their minds. The question was asked by Neon , “With Vista...

Why No HD-DVD Drive In Xbox 360?

Why Didn't Microsoft Ship the Xbox 360 with an HD-DVD Drive? | Alexander Grundner wants to know why Microsoft didn’t ship an HD-DVD drive with the Xbox 360. I would suspect that o ne of the largest reasons is cost. It is estimated that Microsoft loses...
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Thoughts and Answers on Managed Copies

I’ve been talking about the ability to legally “rip” HD-DVD’s to your hard drive for some time now, and of course today Microsoft finally made their announcement that they will pair with Intel to provide support for HD-DVD in Windows and with Intel's...

Why Microsoft is Still My Choice to Win Your Living Room

Last week I wrote that Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 will most likely not be seeing CableCARD support and that we will be waiting for Longhorn for such a feature to be correctly implemented. This has left a few of you questioning Microsoft’s...