Sunday, February 24, 2008

Wii's galore, New Guitar Hero

Best Buy stores in the US are going to start receiving regular shipments of Nintendo Wii's and DS's starting in early March. While there has been no official announcement from Nintendo, it has been confirmed through sources at Best Buy that there are shipments of the rare consoles scheduled for delivery in about three weeks. In the past 15 months, the method of distribution for Wii's and DS's has been drop shipments. Basically, Nintendo put the consoles on UPS trucks to be delivered to retailers. These shipments were never regular, and has frustrated retailers and customers alike. With regular shipments, it will be much easier to find Wii's, and they will be cheaper when they don't have to be purchased in bundles, or on eBay for highly inflated prices.

Also a new Guitar Hero is to be released in June, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The game will feature, of course, Aerosmith as well as some of their favorite bands. The game will be available on all the major consoles: Xbox 360, PS2/3, and Wii. It is not clear if the game will also come in a bundle pack that includes the guitar controller, or if it will come out for PC/Mac.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Best Buy will start prominently featuring Blu-ray

In another blow to HD DVD, Best Buy will sart to reccomend Blu-ray media and hardware to its customers. HD DVD products will still be carried for those who want them. Netflix also made similiar decisions by deciding to exclusively stock Blu-ray movies, after some of the world's biggest studios decided in favor of the format.

This sounds to me like the death song of HD DVD. In a couple of years, HD DVD may be no more, and the hard choice of what format to buy will be history.

P2P may be banned in England while Yahoo lays off 1,000

The British Government is currently in the works of creating laws to attempt to ban file sharing. In a draft consultation, it is being suggested that ISPs be required to take action against people who illegal download and share copyrighted materials.

This measure would invade the privacy of millions of British Internet users by screening ever packet of data that travels throught British ISP servers. This could mean that the government could effectively see what a user is doing, any time of day. It seems to me that if these laws were passed, this could lead to other privacy-invading measures.

If the UK passes this, who might be next?

Also, Yahoo! has purcahsed Maven Networks for $160M while at the same time, it has announced plans to lay off 1,000 people.

Sounds pretty fishy to me. And Microsoft wants to buy this company?