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Halloween marks the day of Blu-ray Disc's support for advanced HD special features

Today marks the day that every new Blu-ray Disc player released must adhere to the Profile 1.1 specification, which calls for added hardware to support advanced special features such a picture-in-picture video overlay.

Although the deadline for Profile 1.1 hardware has been known well in advance, hardware and software supporting the new specification is yet to be available. LG’s dual-format player is believed to be fully compliant with Profile 1.1, and Panasonic announced today its plans to ship its full profile player on November 5.

Those who purchase Profile 1.1-capable players may have to wait some time before getting a chance to view movies with picture-in-picture features, as many studios aren’t planning on releasing software supporting advanced features until early 2008.

Fox Home Entertainment announced today its first Profile 1.1 movie release to be Sunshine set for release on January 8, 2008. Sunshine will take advantage of the new features with picture-in-picture video commentary, which Fox refers to as an “Enhanced Viewing Mode.” According to High-Def Digest, the Blu-ray Disc title will also be the first to utilize Profile 1.1’s audio mixing abilities that allows users to switch sound sources and remix the audio of a scene from the movie.

While those who have existing Blu-ray Disc hardware that is not Profile 1.1-capable will not be able to enjoy the advanced picture-in-picture and audio mixing features, Sunshine will still play all the basic extras as found on current Blu-ray Disc releases.

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By fleas2016 on 11/1/2007 7:54:02 AM , Rating: 2
Anybody knows what this means to the PS3 being a blue-ray player itself?

By nace186 on 11/1/2007 8:34:05 AM , Rating: 3
It will probably get a firmware update.

By SunAngel on 11/1/2007 8:35:20 AM , Rating: 5
not a problem. firmware update 10.019753 will take care of adding the feature.

one thing you should learn now - the CBE has no limitations. its faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

name me another processor that can do that.

By vhato on 11/1/2007 9:19:48 AM , Rating: 3
A Celeron!

By RMSe17 on 11/1/2007 11:46:07 AM , Rating: 2
It is an amazing processor design, too bad no one knows how to program for it. Conventional methods don't really work. Well, they do, but they don't utilize the chip design strengths.

By FITCamaro on 11/1/07, Rating: 0
By GaryJohnson on 11/1/2007 10:41:13 PM , Rating: 3
I believe that he feigns ignorance for some offensive purpose.

By kyp275 on 11/2/2007 4:17:31 AM , Rating: 5

~~~SunAngel's sarcasm

O <-FITCamero's head

sorry, but I'm not very good at these kind of drawing :P

why would anyone want PiP when watching a movie?
By Fenixgoon on 11/1/2007 10:16:41 AM , Rating: 4
for me it would only detract from the feature film. i don't see how it's beneficial in any way.

RE: why would anyone want PiP when watching a movie?
By jtyson on 11/1/2007 10:43:35 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, I don't really see what the appeal is for a feature like that. If you're the type of person who can't sit through a movie without needing another screen displaying God-knows-what to keep you entertained, I don't think "watching movies" is for you.

By peter7921 on 11/1/2007 10:51:06 AM , Rating: 2
PIP with HD-DVD is used to give you a video commentary while movie is being played, or to show a scene being filmed while the movie is playing. Or in the case of 300 you can watch the original film while watching it the blue screen effects off etc. etc.

This is not you watching a Basketball game or something while watching a movie.

By therealnickdanger on 11/1/2007 11:10:38 AM , Rating: 3
The Transformers HD-DVD was awesome. In addition to a pop-up tidbits and info relating to the scene or characters on the screen, other time there would be video windows with commentary from stunt coordinators or Bay and it was typically really interesting. I very rarely watch any special features, but this was very well done. The '300' PIP was cool as well, but after a while you kinda got the idea: everything is blue-screen (green-screen).

By SunAngel on 11/1/2007 11:26:58 AM , Rating: 1
This is Sparta!!!!!!!

This New York!!!!!!!

"Yeah, well this is Toilet Bowl!!!!!", (bloop!!!!!!!)

By therealnickdanger on 11/1/2007 2:09:22 PM , Rating: 1
This is CAKE TOWN!

By murphyslabrat on 11/1/2007 4:46:50 PM , Rating: 2

By mikefarinha on 11/1/2007 11:19:07 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, I don't really see what the appeal is for a feature like that.

I never understand this type of self-centered argument. Just because one person doesn't like something doesn't mean a vast majority of others wont.

I think the main draw for these extras is to give movies longevity. If you really like a movie you watch it more than once, and maybe by the 5th time you'll decide to watch it with the commentary, or the PiP, or whatever other feature the movie has included.

By VoodooChicken on 11/2/2007 1:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I saw Sunshine, and thought it was a perfectly good movie, but don't think I'll ever watch it again. I may be possible there could be extra features that could grab my attention again however.

Many people still can't perceive the difference between VHS and DVD, or SD and HD. Our family didn't buy into laserdiscs, and early DVD's didn't impress me, but once they started churning out "Special Editions" with variable audio tracks, commentaries, behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes, etc. I was sold. I see the same thing with high def discs, it's just optional/supplemental presentations marketing think people would enjoy. Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to watch/listen, but I'd rather have the option at my own discretion.

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