Editorial

What’s the Difference Between Compact Discs and MiniDiscs?

The history of audio recordings goes back a long way. From wax cylinders and reel-to-reel tapes to vinyl records and 8-track tapes, each new media format has brought with it improvements in sound quality and usability. The compact cassette introduced in the early 1960s had become the preferred format for pre-recorded music and home audio […]

Disposable DVD Discs: Technology Without An Audience

Whether you rent movies from a local store, RedBox kiosk, or through the mail with Netflix, it’s easier than ever to borrow a DVD movie for a day or two. The only problem with rentals is that you have to bring them back when you’re done. But what if instead of returning the movie, you […]

How Long Will Blu-ray Discs Be Around?

When it comes to archiving important files and information, it’s a wise idea to choose a format that will be around well into the future. As we know, there are many media formats which have not survived the test of time. The Betamax tape, the MiniDisc, and the ill-fated HD-DVD format all died out after […]

Streaming vs. Blu-ray: The Battle for Movie Quality

The market for online video services is heating up with major players including Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon all competing with each other. These Streaming Video-on-Demand services offer a catalog of popular movies and TV shows for a monthly fee. With millions of households signing up for these streaming video services, why would anyone stick with […]

Blu-ray Security: A Cause for Concern?

Blu-ray is the preferred home movie format for consumers because of its amazing picture and sound quality. Movie studios love Blu-ray discs because they contain strong anti-piracy technologies that prevent people from making illegal copies of HD movies. However, recent developments have caused the security of the Blu-ray format to come under scrutiny. It wasn’t […]