I'm the Idiot Who Bought an HD-DVD PlayerA casualty of the format war tells all.

Illustration by Rob Donnelly. Click image to expand.Toshiba finally mercy-killed its HD-DVD format last week, ending a drawn-out fight with Sony's Blu-ray for high-definition disc supremacy. The format's demise has brought HD-DVD owners untold humiliation: reams of newspaper stories comparing them to the losers of yore who bought into Betamax and LaserDisc, the sad sight of desperate early adopters peddling brand-new players on Craigslist, and, worst of all, a Web site celebrating the similarities between HD-DVD and Hillary Clinton. I'm sick of the mockery and abuse. You see, I'm one of the morons who bought an HD-DVD player.

While I freely admit my moronitude, I still believe the HD-DVD owner is an unfairly maligned creature. It wasn't dumb to jump on the HD-DVD bandwagon: Toshiba's technology was cheaper and more consumer-friendly than Sony's. It was dumb, though, to assume that the forces of good would triumph. In the end, the fight between Sony and Toshiba played out like some kind of bizarro sports movie: The bad guy won at the end by clocking the lovable underdog in the crotch with a baseball bat.

In retrospect, it might've been smarter not to buy either player. But alas, I have a strange affliction that left me susceptible to HD-DVD's limited charms: I'm a gadget-loving cheapskate. The typical early adopter opens his wallet first and asks questions later; he doesn't care how many gigs of RAM are inside the MacBook Air, just that it slides into a Manila envelope. The HD-DVD player, however, appealed to a different group, electronics fetishists too imprudent to wait out a format war yet stingy enough to base their purchasing decisions entirely on price. Of course, this is an irrational position, like signing up for the inaugural commercial flight to the moon but only paying for a coach-class ticket. But that's how my brain works—I have a Creative Zen Micro, not an iPod.


Samsung to sell dual-standard DVD player


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Samsung announced it will market DVD players capable of playing back both Sony's Blu-Ray and Toshiba's HD DVD next-generation optical storage formats, if the two camps refuse to compromise on a single format. Assuming development is successful, consumers could expect to see such a device on store shelves next year.

Blu-Ray and HD DVD are projected to be the successor formats for current DVDs. Samsung, while leaning towards the Blu-Ray camp, hopes it can cover both bases by distributing a player with dual-compatibility. While this means spending more in development to unify the two technologies and develop a cost-effective production method, dual compatibility may pay off for the company if the formats challenge each other as VHS and Betamax did twenty-five years ago. Despite the support for Blu-Ray, Samsung has also been supportive of a unified standard to avoid such costly competition.

HD DVD offers single layer capacity of 15GB, more than triple the size of standard single layer DVDs, and benefits from similarities with current DVDs, such as cheap production and compatibility with current DVD players. Blu-Ray can hold 23GB on its smallest single layer version, and is reported to have superior durability and interactivity over current DVD-based technology and HD-DVD. HD-DVD is currently promoted by Toshiba, NEC, Sanyo and Microsoft; while Blu-Ray's base of support is the Blu-Ray Disc Association, which is lead by Blu-Ray developers Sony and Philips. It is notable that Sony and Philips, who developed the Blu-Ray format, also competed against the Toshiba-designed SuperDisc DVD standard, which is the standard that is followed today.

The first Blu-Ray and HD DVD products are expected to start appearing in mainstream markets within the next year.


DVD Players


By : Pooja Lapasia

DVD players are now being widely given away with LCD TVs

as printers are given away with laptops and computers. The DVD player market has evolved over a period. They were hot selling at a point of time but now they have been replaced by other technologies like Divx players and Avi players. The DVD players now only play DVD format files which is a big letdown, as many other formats of files are been preferred.

The DVD quality is truly commendable but the divx file format takes up less disk space and provides quality at par with DVD. While one can store three DVD format movies in a DVD disk, six movies can be stored in the divx format. This almost doubles the number of movies one can carry and also relishing on the same quality.

If you burn an avi or a divx format file into the DVD format and burn in a disk, it would still not play in DVD players. The reason being it doesn’t detect the file. DVD players sold in India do not support this other file format viewing. So you are either restricted to buy original DVDs or VCDs for viewing. If you have home videos and they are in a different file format it is not possible to play them on a DVD player easily.

The DVD players are large in size and occupy a considerable space. The portable divx players on the other hand are more feasible and also come with a LCD screen display. The DVD players are a good investment for someone who likes to watch movies on original DVDs. Thus the player won’t cause any damage to your DVD collection and will provide the best output.

DVD Players have been improvised; the best DVD players in the market now come with USB ports and memory card slots. They help you connect your flash-based pen drives directly onto the DVD player and listen to your favourite music instantly. There are many low price DVD players now available, as their prices have been dipped by the on going competition from other devices.

You can buy DVD players online at popular online shopping based websites. These sites will give you a through review of a DVD player and also give you comparison of products across brands. You can buy the one that suits your needs and lives up to your budget.


USB WriteProtector: Proteksi USB Anda Dari Virus


USB you often get the virus because it can be written (write) and modified by a virus? Well one solution that can prevent this ...

How it works, copy files and folders UsbWriteProtect.exe language into your USB. UsbWriteProtect.exe continue to open the file, there will be options such as below:

Protection after ON in order to work (the file can not be written), USB plug must be removed first. If the change in the ON position to OFF does not need to.

Download: Link1 - Link2

USB drives are probably the easiest and lightest way to move with your data from one place to another, but do allow the PCs you plug your drive into have good anti virus protection? Chances are that your tiny USB drive has become a haven for viruses and can infect any PC including your own.

USB Write Protector is a tiny portable software that shields your USB drive from pesky viruses and trojans by disabling the write functionality. This could be pretty useful when you want to only read data from the USB drive on public computers.


Watch DVD Movies for Free Like Scary Movie 3


By : Richard Cunningham

Yes, with the kind of technology that we have right now, you can now watch DVD movies for free like Scary Movie 3! There are so many means as to how you can actually do this, but what's important to remember is that you can find it all right on the internet. All you have to do is to know what you are looking for and you can just key it all down on your favorite search engine

What's more is that the different ways to watch DVD movies for free are, in any case, very easy to do. You can either go to online streaming sites to directly watch it straight from the internet, or you could download it. And then there are all those methods that go in between, such as streaming sites that actually allow you to download a movie while watching it online.

With so many people joining the popular trend of the freeware industry of the internet, you can watch DVD movies for free because these people share what they have with the rest of the world. All you have to do is to enjoy them and give a little feedback to know that they are being appreciated, because this is what freeware is all about. Perhaps you can even share one of your own movies, and that can help the online community a lot. But if you're not good at that you can support online freeware communities in so many ways and the best way to do this is to do what you're supposed to do and watch DVD movies for free.

If you enjoyed the first two releases of the Scary Movie series, you should not forget to watch Scary Movie 3. Among the three part series, the last one is probably the most popular one before the recent one was released.

The Scary Movie series is based off a variety of plots revolving around a blonde girl and her friends who together build a series of comic misadventures brought about the sewing of different plots from many famous movies during its time that is turned into a funny parody. Usually these parodies include the funny caricature of characters of the movies that they parodied or a change in the script of a popular scene in that movie and making it a funny one. As a matter of fact, these individually parodied movies are actually mixed and matched into one funny plot where the crazy caricatured characters are made to relate to make up one funny movie.

This would be a spoiler if you didn't watch Scary Movie 3 yet, but the story is actually about the invasion of aliens that started out with crop circle being formed one night and discovered in the next morning (from the movie Signs). This problem is connected "or not so connected" with the plot about a mysterious video that reveals secrets about a girl that kills those who watch it seven days after it was watched (from the movie The Ring). Together, it turns out to be one funny movie. So watch Scary Movie 3, you're sure to enjoy it.


DVD TV game


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A DVD TV game (or DVDi, "DVD interactive") is a standalone game that can be played on a set-top DVD player. The game takes advantage of technology built into the DVD format to create an interactive gaming environment compatible with most DVD players without requiring additional hardware. This technology has already been used for gaming, advertising, music, education, and corporate training.


DVD TV games were first developed in the late 1990s, and reached the end consumer around the end of the decade. They were poorly received and understood as an entertainment medium.

In 1997 Digital Leisure was formed and started producing a version of the popular Laserdisc gameDragon's Lair on DVD.

In 2002, Screenlife introduced the first DVD board game with the Scene It? Movie Edition. Since then, Screenlife has sold over 15 million games, and has more than 20 titles in its collection. Scene It? is distributed to the mass channel through Mattel and has many other popular licenses, such as American Idol, Thomas and Friends and Banzai. Screenlife Games is considered the front-runner of the overall DVD Game market, having pioneered the category and has won numerous international awards in design, production and authoring since its first release.

In 2004, Snap TV,Inc. a Santa Monica-based toy and interactive game introduced a series of DVD Games. With 12 games that target children ages 3 - 12, the company is the leading producer of DVD games for kids. Some of the games in Snap TV's catalog include Pokémon Champion Island, Major League Baseball Trade Up, I Spy Treasure Hunt, I Spy Spooky Mansion, and I SpyI-Pareting, Dr. ToyNPPA. Fantasy. The company has won over 10 awards from organizations including and

Imagination Games are the leaders in DVD Games with 5 of their titles in the top 10. Titles include Press Your Luck, Deal or No Deal, Family Feud, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Imagination Games recently won the Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company Under 2,500 employees in both the USA and Asia Pacific.

In 2007, MGA Entertainment released a DVD Game version of the popular television game show Jeopardy!. The game featured host Alex Trebek, 3 wireless buzzers and a plugin unit for your DVD player that keeps score. They had previously released the hit DVD Game version of the $100,000 Pyramid and have announced they will release a Wheel of Fortune DVD Game in 2008.

In 2008, Pressman Toy Corp released The Office DVD Game based on the hit NBC-TV sitcom. The game is narrated by Paul Lieberstein who plays the character Toby Flenderson on the show.

In addition, the format has been used to import some video games to the DVD format, allowing them to be played with a standard DVD player rather than requiring a PC. Examples include Dragon's Lair and Who Shot Johnny Rock?. At least one PC/console game has also been adapted as a DVD TV game: Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness was released in 2006 as a DVD game entitled Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Action Adventure.