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Seen in HD Episode 9


Talk turns to gaming for part of episode nine of Seen in HD. Recent news that the PS3 will be getting Netflix support and the Xbox won’t be getting Blu-ray support gives Adam and Phil a chance to talk HD gaming and the future of consoles. One thing we forgot to mention in the show was that the PS3 Netflix streaming requires the use of a special Blu-ray disc to access the video.

On the bargain front, Best Buy lobs the first shot in the holiday shopping season battle, offering up it’s Insignia brand Blu-ray player with Netflix support for just $99. That gets us wondering what prices we might see on Black Friday, could a $50 Blu-ray player show up?

Adam and Phil then get to do some dreaming. Our hosts answer what they would do if given the chance to start a new home theater with any one piece free. Would they start with audio, video, screen? Their answer might surprise you.

Phil’s Blu-ray review this week looks at X-Files: I Want to Believe, the second X-Files movie. A good movie, especially for fans of the show, has its ups and downs on Blu-ray. A great score, some engaging extras but a uneven video presentation hurt the disc’s overall rating. Get it for $22.49 at Amazon.

Looking at what shows we’re watching, Phil got a taste of the Clone Wars on Cartoon Network, and Adam and Phil have a go at movies like Gladiator on broadcast TV. Coming up, there’s not much left for premieres, as Geek Tonic lists only one new show for the coming week, ABC’s V on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. The World Series and the opening of the NBA season are the highlights for the HD Sportsman (full post here).

The Blu-ray release schedule for Nov. 3 is one of the largest we’ve seen in recent weeks. Highlights include Forrest Gump, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

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