Mark Schubin's frequent memo on digital television developments for July 26, 2006 has been posted to the OpenDTV list. Link: FreeLists. His lead story this week is TiVo starting a research division. The story quotes the New York Times, and I'll make a separate post on it. --Dennis
It's the Holy Grail of the movie download business. Movies straight
from the Internet to your TV, none of that watching the flick in your
straight-back chair while peering at your computer monitor. Now, for
those who want to watch movies the way they should be enjoyed—that is,
while curled up on your couch—comes the first downloadable movie that
can be burned onto a DVD. On July 19, CinemaNow, a movie download site
backed by independent film studio Lionsgate Entertainment, Microsoft, Blockbuster, and others, announced it will be the first to provide that service. ...
... Think Secret has learned exclusively that
CEO Steve Jobs will use his keynote address to announce the debut of
movie rentals through the iTunes Music Store. While the announcement
will undoubtedly be billed as a further extension of iTunes' dominance
in digital media downloads, it represents a coup for the movie
industry, which will have succeeded in standing its ground against
Apple's pressures to offer consumers the option of owning movie
Are we on the brink of a data storage revolution? Professor Venkatesan
Renugopalakrishnan would like to think so, because he has developed a medium that should allow 50 TB
of data stored on a DVD-sized disc. His research team, in cooperation
with Japanese electronics giant NEC, has developed a prototype disc
covered in a modified form of bacteriorhodopsin proteins.
Link: Ars Technica. So, in other words, if this pans out you'll be able to watch "Creature from the Black Lagoon" using something resembling the pond scum through which he crawled. Seriously, I'm convinced that storage technology is the place to watch for the next big disruption. Also see a related post from Monday. --Dennis
Matteris doesn't think optical discs, even Blu-ray ones, hold enough storage. ¶ The company, which spins out of Israel's technical university Technion, has devised a coating for 5.25 optical discs that can hold up to a terabyte of storage, according to Zohan Gendler, who runs the incubator at Technion. ...
Reviews are starting to trickle in from those early adopters lucky (?)
enough to get their grubby mitts on the first Blu-ray player, the
Samsung BD-P1000, ahead of its official launch on June 25. The question
on everyone's mind is: now that I've just dropped US$1,000 on a movie
player, have I at last scaled the heights of cinematic bliss? The
answer is a conclusive "maybe." ...