A lot of interesting bits have washed up in this installment of Tech Jetsam.
Did you know that a Blu-Ray player bought today won't truly play Blu-Ray DVDs? Players other than the PlayStation 3 won't be able to access future capabilities of the format according to Blu-Ray developers.
When asked why current players were released to the market when in such a primitive state, manufacturers blamed the release of HD DVD and said it forced them to come to market too soon. "We should have waited another year to introduce Blu-ray to the public, but the format war changed the situation."Meanwwhile, the plain vanilla DVD is starting to get the cold shoulder. USA Today reports sales of DVDs slipped last year for the first time since they were introduced.
Oh well, we can always watch 3,000 hours of TV on Comcast's new website Fancast. I wonder how much "traffic shaping" they'll be doing with this little venture. (The FCC is investigating allegations that Comcast interfers with certain kinds of Internet traffic such as the BitTorrent file-sharing system.)
Are you familiar with Apple TV, EyeTV or Slingbox? All three are devices that allow you to content shift programs from their original sources and replay them on other devices. Are you ready to stream TV to your iPhone?
The Macworld conference is upon us in San Francisco. Expect a lot of announcements regarding new hardware and new media deals. More studios are lining up to allow the renting of their product via iTunes. No wonder. Too bad there's no money in it.
Finally, if you own an iPhone and you're a Bank of America customer you can now use your iPhone to see exactly how much Nick Counter is contributing to your bottom line (or not contributing).
I'll be posting more after the Macworld dust settles. There's a rumor that Apple TV is up for a major upgrade. Could it be a game changer?