Samsung announced last week that it was no longer producing new 1080p or 4K Blu-ray players. If you're looking for the canary in the video-disc coal mine, it doesn't get any bigger than this.Whether it's the latest artist or the hip new show on Netflix, streaming media is the norm today, and owning a streaming movie is more convenient than ever, thanks to digital copies and services like Movies Anywhere. One result is that the popularity of cheap media streamers like Roku and Amazon Fire TV are on the rise, while Blu-ray player sales are declining.But people still continue to buy disc players, and 4K Blu-ray delivers best audio and video quality you can buy in home video -- without the need for a fast Internet connection. Samsung made the first 4K Blu-ray player, the UDB-K8500, and still makes plenty of high-end TVs, so as a Blu-ray player reviewer, its exit came as a surprise to me. Some experts say that Samsung's new partnership with Apple had an influence on the … [Read more...] about Samsung kills Blu-ray players. Blame streaming, smart TVs and Apple
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The movie Hot Rod was probably the first of its kind, arriving early for the hot rod movie frenzy in 1950. See more hot rod pictures. The great burst of hot rod movies, and the appearance of TV hot rods, came nearly a decade after the original growth of the California hot rod movement that was spurred by young World War II vets. Hot rod movies came into production beginning in the mid 1950s as a reflection of the preoccupations of a younger generation of hot rod enthusiasts. Hot Rod Image Gallery The kids who comprised this new audience had been toddlers or just entering grade school in 1945. Ten or 12 years later, they were old enough to drive and, like the first-generation hot rodders, they came to the party with plenty of disposable income. American business catered to these teens in many ways, of course: clothing, music, food, radio, television (remember rod-loving Kookie on 77 Sunset Strip?). And then there were "teenpics," movies shot in a week to ten days by independent … [Read more...] about TV and Movie Hot Rods & Customs
"Dune" fans, rejoice: The complex world of Frank Herbert's imagination is getting a second chance on the big and small screens.On Monday, Legendary Entertainment announced it had acquired the TV and film rights to Herbert's iconic 1965 novel.Those who didn't read the book and its sequels may know the series best from David Lynch's 1984 film, which starred Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides. While the film attained cult status later, at the time "Dune" was released, it was a box-office and critical flop. Roger Ebert awarded it only one star, dubbing it, "a real mess, an incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time." "Dune" has also been reworked into television miniseries, comic books, board and computer games. A planned film project from Paramount Pictures never materialized and was eventually dropped.The new agreement with Legendary "calls for the development and production of possible film and … [Read more...] about ‘Dune’ spiced up for ‘Legendary’ TV and movie comeback
HDR, or high dynamic range, is the next big thing in TVs. We've been talking about it for several years, but HDR-compatible TVs are now far more common. Nearly all midrange and high-end TVs for 2017 have HDR, and HDR content is becoming more common, both on streaming services like Netflix and Ultra HD Blu-ray disc. Is this new technology worth the hype? In two words: largely, yes. I am pretty jaded when it comes to new TV tech, and I'm really excited about HDR. And I'm not the only one. What is high dynamic range? The two most important factors in how a TV looks are contrast ratio, or how bright and dark the TV can get, and color accuracy, which is basically how closely colors on the screen resemble real life (or whatever palette the director intends). This isn't just my opinion, but also that of nearly every other TV reviewer, people who have participated in multi-TV faceoffs at stores and for websites/magazines, and industry experts like the Imaging Science … [Read more...] about What is HDR for TVs, and why should you care?
Disney is betting big on its 2019 streaming service, called Disney+. The company is ending its relationship with Netflix at the end of the year, and will instead make its own service the exclusive home for many Disney movies, TV shows and other streaming programming. And the Marvel Defenders shows Netflix has cancelled -- like Daredevil and Luke Cage -- could be revived for Disney+. You might be thinking, "No Disney, I don't want to pay another monthly fee," but that's the direction the entertainment business is headed. Netflix seems to trot out original shows and movies on an almost daily basis. Hulu (which will be majority-owned by Disney following its acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets) provides a home for many broadcast network shows. CBS is pumping its CBS All Access service full of Star Trek shows and other original programs. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.) And DC Entertainment now has its DC Universe streaming service full of shows, … [Read more...] about Disney+ streaming service: Release date, price, shows and movies to expect