The BigScreen Cinema Guide Now Showing The Marquee Gift Shop Search Help
 
Have an Account? E-Mail Address Passcode
| Register Now
Video Interview: Sony Confirms BD-Live Functionality in PlayStation 3 by "Summer 2008"

Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 9:32 PM by Scott Jentsch

Tech blog site Engadget has a video interview that they took with a Sony representative showing off some BD-Live features that will be coming some time this year. In the video, the rep says that the functionality will arrive in "Summer of 2008" and BD-Live features on disc will happen in "2008," so that's quite a time range!

Here is the video, hosted by YouTube:

 

Sony PlayStation 3The good news from the video is that the PlayStation 3 will be upgraded to support the functionality, while standalone owners of Sony players are out of luck. They will need to wait until the production versions of the Sapphire 3 and 4 machines being displayed are available if they want something that has a Sony nameplate and IR remote functions built-in.

The "portable copy" feature, which is a way to download a 1GB standard definition file to a memory drive for playback on a PSP (PlayStation Portable), is somewhat interesting. If they can extend that idea to other players (and maybe burning a DVD somehow?), it would solve one of Blu-rays challenges of getting people weaned off DVD by providing a way to watch the movie in alternate locations, like the DVD player in the car.

The more I read about the PlayStation 3, the more I'm convinced that it's the only Blu-ray player currently available that is worth buying. It doesn't do everything, but neither does any other player. It has that annoying Bluetooth remote problem, but there are ways around it that shouldn't be too annoying.

Its best attributes are that there are 3.5 million of them out in the marketplace so movie software programmers are surely testing their movies on the PS3, it's a really fast unit so Java-related slowdowns don't seem to be a problem, and it can be upgraded for future capabilities. On top of those things, it's also a media center and I also hear it's quite a game system, but that almost seems like an afterthought!

Click the Read link below to visit the article on Engadget related to this story.



Add Your Comments

Reader VoiceReader Comments

No comments found. Be the first and let us know what you think!

Add Your Comments

Warning: Please login
Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.

Please login or register a new account before continuing.


Already Registered?

Log in to retrieve your saved settings.

E-Mail Address:
BigScreen Passcode:

Forget Your Passcode?

Send My Passcode To Me

Not Registered? Create a New Account!

E-Mail Address
In case we need to contact you. A valid E-Mail address is required, profiles with invalid addresses will be removed.
Please Confirm Your E-Mail Address
ZIP Code
This helps us display theaters that are near you.

Our registered members enjoy more features, including:

Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!

Concerned About Privacy?

So are we! We won't sell, trade, or share your personal information with anyone unless required by law. For more information, please read our Privacy Policy.



Home - About Us - Ad Info - Feedback
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service

The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2014, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.

'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.