Jan 22 2008

HD DVD Fiery End?

Category: Sci/TechTim @ 12:58 pm

It looks like the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray war may be nearly over.

In a sign of things to come, retailers are preparing to lower the visibility of HD DVD on their shelves, putting a larger emphasis on the rival format, Blu-ray.

With a number of studios such as Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, and HBO leaving HD DVD for the Sony-backed Blu-ray format, it was inevitable that HD DVD would lose the all-important shelf space at retail.

HD DVD Burning Up

Of course, Toshiba is not letting this go without a fight:

Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. has announced that it is stepping up its successful marketing campaign for HD DVD as it experienced record-breaking unit sales in the fourth quarter of 2007. Major initiatives, including joint advertising campaigns with studios and extended pricing strategies will begin in mid-January and are designed to spotlight the superior benefits of HD DVD as well as the benefits HD DVD brings to a consumer’s current DVD library by upconverting standard DVDs via the HDMI output to near high definition picture quality.

ZDNet‘s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sees it this way:

Dropping the price might make HD DVD seem attractive in the short term, especially for those looking to complement an HD TV with an HD player. But the sudden and dramatic price drops so soon after the announcement by Warner that it was backing Blu-ray and the canceled press conferences at CES, it’s hard to look at this move as anything other than Toshiba trying to offload existing inventory.

All I can say is, I’m glad I waited.

Jan 11 2008

Britney Spears vs. Dr. Phil – It’s On!

Category: Entertainment,HumorTim @ 2:28 pm

I have to be honest, I’m not really all that interested in the Britney Spears soap opera or Dr. Phil’s request constant quest for higher ratings, but I could not resist the chance to compare these two:

Britney Spears and Dr. Phil

The latest on this saga from the AP:

Britney Spears’ family says “Dr. Phil” McGraw crossed the line by not keeping his mouth shut after making a house call on the singer last week.

Lou Taylor, a business manager for Spears’ mother, Lynne, and younger sister, Jamie Lynn, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday and said McGraw had betrayed the family’s trust by talking to the media about Spears’ mental health after showing up at the 26-year-old pop star’s hospital room on Saturday for a visit.

Does anyone really have any doubts as to the mental health of this woman?

Jan 09 2008

Mark McGwire’s Second Strike at the Hall of Fame

Category: Pro Sports,VideoTim @ 1:57 pm

The first poster child for the steroid era of baseball failed another test yesterday; an integrity test administered and judged by the voters for baseball’s hall of fame:

On the steroids front, Mark McGwire received no spike in his second year on the ballot as writers continued to overwhelmingly shun him. His 23.6% was about the same as last year (23.5%), making it clear that the steroids protest against him wasn’t a one-year deal.

No spike in year two. But he is such a stand-up guy. Who could forget that moving and inspirational testimony before the Senate:

Is is possible that the enhanced players from the steroid era will be by-passed by the hall of fame forever? Hard to say. The good new is, Mark McGwire did not make it again and if his numbers drop below 5%, we can be rid of this.