As you all know, Warner Brothers went Blu-Ray, but rumor has it that the WB was rewarded with a fat stack ($500 million!!) of cash money for their choice.

The story goes like this: Warner was seeing its DVD sales slump because of the format war and wanted to end it quickly. They preferred HD-DVD, but going Blu would end it sooner. They gave Toshiba a chance if they could get another Blu-Ray studio to switch.

FOX was apparently lined up, but dropped at the last minute due to a reported $120 million payout by Sony.

Star Trek Online, the massively-multiplayer online RPG that takes place in the final frontier of the popular sci-fi universe, is boldly going where it has never gone before: a new studio. The game has been handed over to an unnamed developer after the original creators, P2 Entertainment, bowed out of the project.

One caveat of the transfer is that P2 did not ship over the game code to the new developer, which means the project could end up facing delays as the new studio will be required to re-code the entire project. In the meantime, P2 will swing their dev focus to games with mass market appeal and their middleware, the Perpetual Platform.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles had a monster opening night for Fox on Sunday. How monster, you ask? How about the best opening night in the past three years? The best scripted premiere for Fox since Malcom In The Middle  debuted in 2000? Yeah. That’s pretty good. Over 18 million people tuned in to watch the newest entry in the Terminator canon.

By stunning contrast, the Golden Globes, such as they were, only drew enough to get 4th place in the same time slot. The awards, which are usually a big draw for the networks, failed to draw any interest without writers and a show to speak of, and sort of limped along, losing viewers along the way.

In a new interview with the Star Wars Insider magazine, producer Rick McCallum confirms that Boba Fett will be a part of the upcoming Star Wars live-action TV series.

“The series will be about brand new characters, a group of people we haven’t seen yet, except Boba Fett, who will be an instrumental part of it,” McCallum noted. “The series will also showcase other bounty hunters.”

The series will take place within the 20 year gap in-between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars (A New Hope), and is about “what happens to an empire. It’s a much darker, much more character-based thing. It’s not as plot-driven [as the movies].” But the show will not star the main characters from the films.

(Source: The Feed) This morning, TheFeed had the opportunity to screen the new concert film U23D, a 3-D movie featuring Irish megastars U2, which comes out in a limited run in theaters on January 23rd. So, we strapped on the glasses and took a look, and here’s what we saw. First off, the 3-D was amazing. The technology, developed by 3ality Digital, really took 3-D in a whole new direction, giving live action with steadicam, robotic cameras, aerial footage, and visual effects all in three gorgeous dimensions, which is something that filmmakers have yet to be able to accomplish. Until now.

So you’re pumped up at the idea of iTunes HD rentals? You want to grab iTunes 7.6 and get the crystal-clear movie-rental goodness? Not so fast: what exactly IS the resolution of these forthcoming High-Definition rentals? Where on earth can you find out just what resolution the movies will be in?

Thankfully, you needn’t look farther Engadget, for they point out that as the AppleTV has not been updated on the hardware front, we can still expect the maximum playable content to be 1280 x 720 pixels. That’s not to say that there will be movies at 1280 x 720 resolution, but if you’re hoping for 1080p content to arrive on your freshly, and freely updated Apple TV that might not be the case.

(Source: TUAW)

So what is it with the “guy tax” that Apple has added to its Apple TV rentals? You know what I mean. Rentals are $3.99 for women, $4.99 for men. See? Look at the picture. Because few women are going to look at that pricing structure and say “Oh wow, honey. Let’s pay a dollar more so that we can enjoy the romance and relationships with better pixel counts.”

 

Get used to hearing the word ‘dongle’ in casual conversation, because Apple is shipping one for the MacBook Air — an Ethernet to USB adapter for those who absolutely must use a wired network. For $29 you get a 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection and the opportunity to use up your one USB port for connectivity (hint: either get used to typing on the full-size keyboard on the laptop, or pick up a small USB hub). It’s not the fastest gun in the West but it will certainly get the job done.

The Macbook Air is only a couple of hours old (to you and me, at least), and only a handful of people have even seen one, so let’s pick apart its flaws! Just kidding. This post is meant to point out certain aspects of the little machine that may not be immediately obvious.

  1. No user-replacable battery. Not the end of the world, for sure, but a nuisance, especially as your battery’s life drops to four hours, then three, then … (but that’s a few years away, right?). Shades of the user-inaccessible iPhone battery commotion here.

 

More additional gear to carry for the lightest laptop you can buy — Apple’s external SuperDrive DVD writer, with a USB 2.0 connector and all the capabilities of a normal laptop optical drive. It’s a $99 slot-loading 8x SuperDrive, full specs:

DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW (gesundheit!)

  • Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 4x speed
  • Writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed
  • Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed and DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
  • Reads DVDs at up to 8x speed
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