Archive for April, 2007

Blu-ray Lead Increasing Over HD-DVD

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Since our first update ‘Game Hotting Up on BlueRay Vs DVD‘ 10 weeks ago on the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD battle, the game is still running hot.

 HD DVD launched in April 2006; Blu-ray in June 2006. HD DVD is supposedly cheaper to produce. Since that time, 2.14 million discs have been sold: 1.2 million Blu-ray Discs and about 937,500 HD DVDs.

Since Blu-ray and HD DVD first launched, the sales of high-definition discs in the first quarter show 70 percent were Blu-ray Disc and 30 percent were HD DVD – Source: Home Media Magazine.

And it seems Blu-ray sales are climbing at a faster pace. There is a definite preference for Blu-ray. As an example, the video The Departed was released by Warner in both formats on the same day, February 13. The sales to March 31 showed 53,640 copies of the film sold on Blu-ray Disc and 31,590 on HD DVD. Source: Nielsen VideoScan point-of-sale data.

From January 1-March 31, consumers bought almost 1.2 million high-definition discs–832,530 Blu-ray units and 359,300 HD DVDs–according to Home Media Magazine. In March, consumers bought 335,980 Blu-ray Discs and 119,570 HD DVDs.

Studio support for Blu-ray Disc [five out of six] is also leading HD DVD [three out of six]. Sony, Disney and Fox are supporting Blu-ray exclusively. Lionsgate. Paramount and Warner support both formats. Universal is the only major studio to release titles only in the HD DVD format.

Gym Wars – Battle Of The Exercise Machines

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Had a very healthy set of reviews to do this month on exercise equipment. After many years of attending gyms in a smaller city, I found my motivation dropped once I had to tackle 20 minutes of city traffic just to get to my workout. By then my body was more tense than before I left the office, and took longer to warm up to get any real benefit from my one hour dedicated time.

So I became a home workout fan. Equiped now with a cabinet full of exercise VHS and DVD’s I can keep my programs varied depending upon the weather, my energy state and my mood. I don’t need to wear make up or trendy gear and can languish in my own shower afterwards – bliss!

My key workout equipment includes:

  • Elliptical Trainer
  • Hand weights – in three sizes
  • Large Barbell
  • Resistance Band
  • Inner Thigh Thingy
  • Hand Spring Grip
  • Yoga Mat

Not an exhaustive equipment collection but extremely adequate to give me a full body workout through flexibility, cardio and strength.

My elliptical cycle is a very compact, inexpensive model without all the programs but doesn’t need to be plugged into the wall, and is light enough to roll outside into the sun when I get the urge. It fits discretely into a main living room so I can watch television whilst working out [along with my chipping net and putting practice gear].

But it was time to upgrade my elliptical trainer so I set out to compare the options between elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, rowers and treadmills. My personal conclusions as to the best home exercices machine, in order or preference are:

  1. Elliptical Trainer – gives a full body workout, is easy on the back and knees.
  2. Rower – again a good body workout whilst protecting the body – but I wasn’t so keen with the sitting down
  3. Treadmill – rather boring and no upper body. Can still hammer the knees but does add more to helping with osteoporosis with that pounding!
  4. Stationary Bike – great for a 5 minute warm up for the lower body, but can be tough on the knees and if your feet slip during spinning – ouch! And recumbent bikes are great for those over 75 or rehabilitation purposes but you are kidding yourself if you think you are getting a good workout.

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