Next Gen Movie Watching: Chat Meets DVDs

New Blu-ray feature allows viewers to chat on screen; other innovations on way
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser User
Posted Dec 8, 2008 2:21 PM CST
Guillermo Del Toro's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" is among the first to use BD Live technology, offering a live conversation via Blu-ray.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – As technology takes movie-watching ever further from the days of clunky film reels, the Wall Street Journal rounds up some developments to look for:

  • A new Blu-ray feature—called BD Live—combines movies with social networking, letting people viewing the same movie chat on screen.
  • Technology in the works will wirelessly transfer movies among portable gadgets, for watching anywhere, on any device.

  • Kiosks will burn DVDs or SD cards on demand from a data base of thousands of films, making older films available as stores cut titles.
  • Cloud computing will be used to allow individuals to store their movie libraries online and tap them from any computer, anywhere.
  •  At movie theaters, cutting-edge digital projection—4K—improves image quality even beyond current-generation offerings, and even up close.
  • One sound system in development uses dozens of speakers around the theater to make voices of characters on screen seem to come from right next to each audience member.