Shane Buettner

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Shane Buettner  |  Jul 21, 2007  |  0 comments

<I>Blood Diamond's</I> IME feature goes farther than Warner's previous efforts in two respects. First, rather than having to wait for the PIP video material to come up, the user can hit the left or right cursors to skip to fro the chapters with IME material. Second, a gold disc icon appears during the film indicating "Focus Points," and hitting enter when this icon is on-screen removes the viewer to a more substantial, out of band feature rather than in band PIP. Not quite U-Control, but pretty cool. Previous IMEs haven't been icon-driven- you simply had to find them and couldn't exercise this much control over the experience.

Shane Buettner  |  Jul 11, 2007  |  Published: Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments

Talk about a win-win. Not only is the BBC's <I>Planet Earth</I> series spectacular hi-def eye candy, it's so well-made and narratively compelling that it holds up to an insane number of repeated viewings. And I should know- my two-year old son has us watching several of these episodes (especially <I>Shallow Seas</I> and <I> Ocean Deep</I>) several times a week.

Shane Buettner  |  Jul 05, 2007  |  8 comments

Today's Blog was inspired by an article I read at Content Agenda. Click <A HREF=" to read it.

Shane Buettner  |  Jun 25, 2007  |  3 comments

After my recent Blog criticizing the Blu-ray transfer of <I>Blood Diamond</I> and speculating bit budget was to blame, Microsoft's HD DVD Evangelist (that's his job title, not an editorial comment!), Kevin Collins contacted me to point out some facts that contradict my theory of the bit budget for the HD DVD restricting the image quality of both the Blu-ray and (pending) HD DVD releases.

Shane Buettner  |  Jun 20, 2007  |  5 comments

I have more info to follow up with on the <I>Blood Diamond </I> Blu-ray Disc but that nonsense is going to have to wait in the wake of the passing of our friend and colleague Randy Tomlinson.

Shane Buettner  |  Jun 17, 2007  |  6 comments

Our new guy, David Vaughn turned me onto this story, so props to him from the beginning.

Shane Buettner  |  Jun 10, 2007  |  3 comments

I'm a huge boxing fan since way back, and seldom miss a big fight any time for any reason. Last night I threw down $50 to watch the Migel-Cotto-Zab Judah showdown on HBO Pay-Per-View over Comcast digital cable. The fight card itself met or exceeded expectations with two of the four matches, including the headliner, being terrific scraps.

Shane Buettner  |  Jun 06, 2007  |  2 comments

The <I>Matrix</I> and <I>Pirates of the Caribbean</I> aren't the only compelling HD releases that have come out in the last few weeks. And a pair of releases from Paramount and Warner however, highlight the different approaches taken by each studio to dual format releases.

Shane Buettner  |  May 29, 2007  |  0 comments
Essential Audio Features
Basic Surround Decoding
Today's AVRs feature a ton of surround decoding features from Dolby and DTS, from basic 5.1-channel surround decoding to several ways of decoding stereo into 5.1-channel surround, or beyond.
Shane Buettner  |  May 24, 2007  |  0 comments

The 2007 TVs and HDMI 1.3 devices are showing up to market, and the hype machine is running full tilt. New TVs with wider color gamuts and far greater bit depths, and the ability to display as many as 68 billion colors! And if you can name all those colors, I'll buy you a cigar.