If you’re feeling sorry for your abandoned USB ports HP has good news for you. The HD100 is the first USB 2.0 based external HD-DVD player. But in order to make use of it’s HD-DVD playback, you need at least a 3.2GHz core solo Pentium or an AMD 64 X2 2.2GHz. No wonder no one’s jumping into the high def bandwagon yet. And if you want external output (duh!), you’d better have an HDMI or HDCP-compliant DVI-D cable lying around. The drive also won’t burn regular DVDs. What a
bitch waste. It’s due around Christmas time this year, no known pricetag yet.
Press Release (PDF) – Via Everything USB.
Paramount Pictures will release Mission: Impossible III movie on HD DVD, Blu-ray and DVD. It will become the first movie to be available on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray. The high-def versions will offer 1080p resolution and 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. The HD DVD version will also include an enhanced commentary by director J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise who shows the pair talking in the corner as the movie plays.
German CT magazine has found a huge hole in the copyright protection of Blu-ray and HD DVD movies. By just pushing print screen on a computer, it allows you to copy each frame of a movie. They tested this with the Blu-ray Sony Vaio VGC-RC 204 and the HD DVD Toshiba Qosmio G30 notebook. Using AACS and HDCP, Blu-ray and HD DVD are supposed to be highly secure but it’s not anymore. Visit RegHardware for more info.
LG’s newest laptop, S1-P555K features 1680 x 1050 15.1-inch display, an Intel Core Duo processor, HD-DVD burner, and an ATI X1600 256MB graphics module. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced. Via Gizmodo./Laptops@TechFresh.
Digital Cowboy has just released a HD-DVD based media player that plays either HD-DVD and DVD and has the ability be an attachable harddrive. The movies will come out in HD (1920×1080) resolution. For the harddrive all you would need to do is connect the player to the harddrive and you’re ready to go. Digital Cowboy’s media player supports: “Mpeg-1/2/4, DVD (IFO, ISO, VOB), WMV HD, MP3, WMA and OGG.” Via Akihabara News.