HD DVD — Live in Las Vegas

Seems like only yesterday we were here at the Las Vegas Convention Centre talking about how HD DVD was “coming soon”. Now we’re here again just a few short months later for the NAB trade show (National Association of Broadcasters), but this time the players are real, the titles are real, and people are loving…

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Hello, World Part 3: Dealing with State

In the last post, we looked at a very simple (and useless) animation. Today we will look at state and how that can be used to trigger slightly more useful animations. We’ll also move from simple “Hello, World” text to have something a bit more practical on screen, like some buttons. Hello.xmu Here’s a completely…

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Hello, World Part 2: Simple Animation

In the last Hello, World example, I showed you how to place a simple text label on the screen. In this next instalment, we will add a very basic (and somewhat underwhelming) animation to the text label by modifying the markup file. Hello.xmu Here’s the new file, with the updated content in colour:   <?xml…

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HD DVD Launches in Japan

In case you hadn’t seen the news, Toshiba launched their first HD DVD players in Japan today! Only a few weeks now until I get my player from amazon.com… the video quality on these things is amazing, and the interactivity rocks 🙂 The ironic thing about the Japanese launch is that one of the titles…


Quick Intro to iHD

After posting my Hello, World sample, I realised I hadn’t really explained what iHD was. You might have seen the demo of the kinds of things iHD can do, but that’s not very geek-friendly, now is it? In a nutshell, iHD (“interactivity for High Definition”) provides the user interface between you and the HD DVD…


Hello, World in iHD

It’s traditional to introduce any new programming language or environment with a “Hello, World” program, so we’ll do something similar here for iHD. Writing applications in iHD is a bit like writing web pages; the basic layout and styling is described in an HTML-like dialect of XML, and the behaviour of the application is coded…

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There’s more to HD than, uh, HD

A lot of consumers are under the impression that higher-resolution images are the only thing that HD DVD offers over traditional DVDs. Whilst dramatically increased video quality is certainly one of the most visible features of the new format (“visible” – get it? Ha ha ha), there are many other new features in HD DVD…

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High Definition Facts

High Definition Facts If you follow tech news, you’ve probably heard about High Definition movies and the two competing “shiny disc” formats — HD DVD and Blu-ray — and the new copy-protection system, AACS. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there about these technologies, probably because the facts change over time and the…

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