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SV Staff  |  Jul 18, 2008  |  0 comments
Sony's new Blu-ray player is making news on many accounts. They're currently shipping the BDP-S350 that is about 55% smaller than previous models, uses approximately 52% less packing materials (when will they replace packing peanuts with cheese...
SV Staff  |  Aug 11, 2008  |  0 comments
Blockbuster is taking aggressive steps to push Blu-ray and download services. While known as a DVD rental giant, Blockbuster is busting out of the mold. The stores are pushing Blu-ray with software and hardware displays and kiosks in a joint...
SV Staff  |  Feb 02, 2009  |  0 comments
According to Hacking Netflix, users (not me, sadly) are getting e-mail surveys asking if they would be willing to pay an extra $10 a month to watch a selection of movies and original shows from HBO. It goes on to list most of the network's most...
SV Staff  |  Apr 02, 2010  |  0 comments
This is a genuinely impressive graphic for anyone who's enjoyed Pixar's films. Chilean artist Juan Pablo Bravo has produced a huge picture depicting 100 Pixar characters, from the company's mascot Luxo to Up's Kevin, drawn to scale. Well, sort of...
SV Staff  |  Aug 29, 2008  |  0 comments
We've known for a while that Disney has been planning on its first Blu-ray release, Sleeping Beauty, to hit the streets on October 7. Finally, we have word of some of the other classics that will be coming out over the next two years in the...
SV Staff  |  May 18, 2009  |  0 comments
Last week, IMAX generated a lot of buzz among the tech blogs. It wasn't because of the release of Star Trek on the very-big screen, but because of an argument about what constitutes "IMAX." Comedian Aziz Ansari (you may have seen him on Parks &...
SV Staff  |  Feb 27, 2009  |  0 comments
I haven't had much use for 3-D. But with the advent of RealD — and since I am, after all, the entertainment editor of this magazine — I figured it was high time for me to check out the latest state of the 3-D art. And what better film to do...
SV Staff  |  Mar 15, 2008  |  0 comments
Have you got a favorite film that's never been released on DVD? I have - in fact it never came out on laserdisc and is virtually impossible to get on VHS. I acquired a tape copy of Montparnasse 19 , also known as Modigliani Montparnasse 19 and The...
Michael Berk  |  May 11, 2011  |  0 comments

While 3D makes immediate and perfect sense in certain contexts (games, horror), there have been a few dissenters as the revamped medium has slowly taken over big and small screens everywhere.

SV Staff  |  Sep 16, 2008  |  0 comments
Is it just me, or do most people get a headache trying to transfigure our HD video to work from one device to the next? Wouldn't a transcoder that would take either HD or SD MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 media, convert and wirelessly transmit it to another...
SV Staff  |  Oct 24, 2008  |  0 comments
Netflix is a company on the move. They've already become the world’s largest online movie rental service, and they're fast sewing up their leadership in online streaming.Hard on the heels of their announcement that LG will offer Netflix...
SV Staff  |  Jun 25, 2009  |  0 comments
When I heard the news, I was in the S&V sound room listening to (wait for it) "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." True! Specifically, when my mother called (a true rocker, she), I had just heard "Shine . . . Part VII," which ends...
SV Staff  |  Apr 09, 2009  |  0 comments
Music just got more expensive on just about every MP3 site in the game, so I certainly won't be surprised when more sites pop up offering tunes for free. Grooveshark is simple: Type in the name of the song you want to stream and two clicks...
SV Staff  |  May 23, 2008  |  0 comments
You know you do it. I do it too. We all do it. We all use our DVRs to skip commercials. For many users, that's the main reason they purchased a DVR in the first place. Unfortunately, this trend is effecting the advertiser's bottom line. They pay...
SV Staff  |  Jul 14, 2010  |  0 comments
Few people were expecting Spain to win the World Cup. Toshiba, in particular, put a significant amount of money on the line based on that. The company offered to pay back in full any money spent on a Toshiba TV in Spain if the Spanish team wins...

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