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Samsung Will No Longer Release New Blu-ray Players In the U.S.

Samsung will exit the U.S. Blu-ray player market — and has abandoned plans to introduce a new high-end 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray model that was originally meant for release later this year. – Simon Cohen, Digital Trends » https://ift.tt/2GUAKIv

DVDFab Says No Crack For Next-Gen Blu-ray Discs

Like SlySoft, China-based Fengtao Software has also been involved in a dispute with AACS LA and in 2014 was the subject of a preliminary injunction after a court found that DVDFab violates the DMCA’s anti-circumvention clause. In 2015 a federal court in New York extended the injunction, further pressuring the company. Then yesterday, just a day after the closure of SlySoft, Fengtao dropped a bombshell of its own. In a press release sent to Myce the company announced that DVDFab will not be updated to crack the Advanced Access Content System encryption that will be present in the next generation of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs. – Andy, TorrentFreak

4K Blu-ray has already lost to streaming

photo: Engadget

But it’s not as if we didn’t see this coming. In 2015, Blu-ray and DVD sales fell 12 percent while digital-media sales jumped 16 percent, following years of similar trajectories for both categories, according to figures from the Digital Media Group. In fact, digital sales also surpassed physical-media purchases last year, clocking in at $8.9 billion compared with $8 billion. And let’s not forget about streaming subscriptions, which jumped 20 percent to reach $5.7 billion. In other words, 4K Blu-ray is launching at the worst time for disc-based media since the advent of DVDs. – Devindra Hardawar, Engadget

Blu-Ray Struggles in the Streaming Age

While consumers may want to stream all of their content, broadband speeds are still insufficient in many parts of the country or not reliable enough to provide a consistent, quality experience. “Streaming 4K content requires a sustained broadband connection of a minimum of 12 to 15 Mbps,” says Brett Sappington, another director of research at Parks Associates Research. “Since real-world broadband speeds fluctuate, homes need a connection of 25 to 50 Mbps in order to stream video at 4K quality. Only a small percentage of homes receive this speed today.” – Chris Morris, Fortune Magazine

Warner Bros. will release 35 4K Blu-ray movies this year in glorious HDR

Warner Bros. recently announced that it has plans to release 35 4K Blu-ray movies by the end of 2016. Its initial launch features four titles, including Mad Max: Fury Road and The LEGO Movie, and the catalog will later expand to include movies like Pacific Rim. […] Manufacturers are already hedging their bets on 4K and HDR this year, and Warners is responding in kind; in addition to the Ultra HD releases, the studio plans on expanding on its selection with HDR from digital retailers, as well as Dolby Atmos on certain films. – Kwame Opam, The Verge

Ultra HD ‘4K’ Blu-ray: Here’s what we know

Sadly, most people won’t care. Worse, most people won’t know there’s a difference. 4K is 4K to most people (and if you’re reading this, I’m not counting you in the “most” group). That’s a battle not likely to be won by an archaic physical media, no matter how shiny it’s marketed as being. Think that’s pessimistic? How many of your friends still watch DVDs? – Geoffrey Morrison, CNET
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Cord-cutters shake up consumer electronics

Black Friday’s frenzied buying masks tectonic shifts in the $207-billion consumer electronics industry. Mobile devices are upstaging traditional TVs in what could be the biggest change in mass entertainment since television supplanted radio and the movies after World War II. 2014 could mark the second consecutive year of declines in television sales. DVD sales are plummeting and Blu-ray, once the industry’s great high-definition hope, has plateaued. Meanwhile, smartphones, tablets, and streaming-video services are surging as “cord cutting” from cable or satellite TV accelerates. More consumers now value mobility and sharing over the picture and sound quality that marked the home theater era of the 2000s. […] While television sales decline from their peak of 40.3 million in 2012, smartphone purchases have tripled since 2010, to an estimated 163.5 million this year. Since 2010, tablet shipments have skyrocketed almost 700% to an estimated 80.4 million units in 2014, according to [the Consumer Electronics Association] .- Howard R. Gold,MarketWatch via USA TODAY

Batman, One of the Last Great TV/DVD Holdouts, Finally Arrives. Was It Worth the Wait?

Delayed due to complex rights issues that pitted DC Comics parent company Warner Bros. Entertainment against Twentieth Century Fox for decades, the series has now been brought out in all digital formats. […] Regardless of which edition you purchase (the “Complete Classic” edition features all 120 episodes, the “Classic” is a best-of boxed set), the colors pop like they never have before — the show is currently running on IFC and MeTV in the non-cleaned-up version, which gives the sense that Vaseline has somehow gotten smeared on the inside AND outside of your screen. And the colors are really the thing. In one commentary, a DC Entertainment executive recalls that Batman was the show that got his parents to buy the family’s first color-TV set, and it’s easier than ever to see why. – Ivan Cohen,Vulture
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Will Redbox’s 25% Price Hike For DVD Rentals Hurt Its Bargain Image?

The jump to $1.50 per night from $1.20 takes effect on December 2, […] And while that’s still just pocket change, it could make some consumers question whether it’s worth the trek to a local kiosk instead of staying home and paying a bit more to queue up a movie on a cable, satellite, or streaming VOD home entertainment service. Redbox last raised the price of its once-famous $1-a-night DVD rentals in 2011. […] In addition to the change for DVDs, Redbox will increase the price of Blu-ray disc rentals to $2 from $1.50. Video games will go to $3 from $2 beginning January 6. This is the first time the company has raised the rental price for Blu-ray and games. – David Lieberman,Deadline Hollywood
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