Engineers now predict the day will come when we get all our newspapers and magazines by home computer, but that's a few years off. So for the moment at least, this fellow [video of a newspaper vendor] isn't worried about being out of a job.
Twenty-eight years later, he's finally starting to worry.
It's crap like this that makes me think that even though Blu-Ray may have beat/may be about to beat HD-DVD, it's a long ways away from getting full mainstream consumer adoption. I'm pretty technical, and even I don't understand all the nuances associated with the different profiles. When consumers are faced with making a choice, they'd just as often not make the choice for fear that if they do choose, they will choose incorrectly. I think this will happen to Blu-Ray and is just another reason why the next-gen format war will be won by the Internet. So why let this profiles garbage even happen? Consumerist reports:
When asked why current players were released to the market when in such a primitive state, manufacturers blamed the release of HD DVD and said it forced them to come to market too soon. "We should have waited another year to introduce Blu-ray to the public, but the format war changed the situation."
Of course, blame it on the other guys for making a mess of your own format. Why even worry have these profiles as "features"? I haven't seen anything like this plague the HD-DVD camp.
Regardless, we now have this mess on our hands. At least the early adopters can help spread the word of how great Blu-Ray is despite these small technical issues, right? Wrong. It seems like Blu-ray will be alienating those early adopters, instead of embracing them: 'Regarding current Blu-ray player owners, Blu-ray developers told BetaNews, "They knew what they were getting into."'
The high-def format war is far from over. Even after beating HD-DVD, Blu-ray faces an even greater foe: the consumer.
TechCrunch is reporting that Paramount, one of the last major studios on the HD-DVD side, will be announcing that it is switching to Blu-ray. This leaves Universal as the sole studio in the HD-DVD camp. I haven't been keeping up with the details of the format war, but I imagine the PS3 might have had something to do with it. Knowingly or not, people bringing home PlayStation 3's this holiday season were also bringing home Blu-ray players. With a much larger installed base of Blu-ray players, Sony had more leverage in negotiations with the last hold-out studios. I wonder how different things would be if the XBox 360 had HD-DVD built-in instead of as an optional add-on, given that it had a year (and effectively a two-year) head start.
I personally wouldn't go out and buy a PS3 just for Blu-ray support, and in fact was thinking about buying an XBox 360 because I like more of the games and because of the XBox Live (and Arcade) experience. That said, I wouldn't go out and buy any other Blu-ray player either. I doubt I would buy any Blu-ray movies since Netflix has been working wonders for me and on top of that, I would favor digital distribution over physical distribution at this point. I think many others do too, which makes me wonder if this was a war worth fighting over.
Scoble linked to South African musician Vusi Mahlasela playing at TED. Dave Matthews Band fans might know Vusi from his vocal work on the title track of 2001's Everyday (and occasionalguest appearances with the band since then). I have to admit that I've never listened to any of his own music until this video, but just watching this performance has spurred me to purchase his (only available) album on iTunes.
If you are wondering why your stock plummeted 12% today and is down another 4% in after-hours trading, it's because you suck. It all started out fairly well, when I signed up for the two free weeks and got my first two movies two days after I signed up. I also watched a fairly entertaining movie on demand from your site yesterday. I spent an hour or so building up my queue, rating movies and looking at your recommendations. I liked you so much that I even upped my plan to 3-at-a-time over the 2 I originally signed up for.
I returned those first two movies last Wednesday night and you got them on Friday. You promised me three movies on Saturday and I only got one of them. I'm still waiting on the other two. I went to file a shipping problem (or at least skim the procedure) before leaving work this evening around 7:30. You were down but you told me you'll be back by 8:45 (Eastern). You weren't. I kept checking back periodically and now you tell me you won't be back until 5. What have you been doing all this time? I hope it's not something you'll regret in the morning.
I was going to stick with you after the two-week trial was up, but now I'm considering leaving you for bluer pastures. Maybe they'll treat me better than you have so far. It was fun while it lasted, but if you don't get it together soon, you'll leave me no choice. Believe me, it hurts me more than it hurts you.
UPDATE:Earlier this morning it said it would be up by noon, now it's saying 2 PM. Just tell us you're down without an ETA instead of setting false expectations.
It seems like every week we get yet another guide on how to use RSS and a BitTorrent client to download TV shows automagically. Xtorrent, a Dave Watanabe (of NewsFire fame) app, will soon render those guides obsolete. Beta 3, released last week, adds built-in support for RSS. I've been using it for a few days now and it works wonderfully. Getting started requires only three steps:
Step 1. Find an RSS feed that has .torrent files enclosed (say, from tvRSS.net) Step 2. Click the RSS+ button at the bottom of the source pane to add the feed. Step 3. Find your feed in the source pane and double-click or click download to start getting the selected torrent.
Xtorrent has nowhere near the download/upload configuration options that an app like Azureus has, but it is still in beta and the default settings work just fine. Pre-release pricing is available for a limited time ($15.89 vs $18.99), so now is a good a time as any to pick it up.
Note: Downloading copyrighted television programs is a violation of copyright laws. Download at your own risk.