Microsoft's external HD-DVD drive for Xbox 360 likely will be cheaper than most HD-DVD players and the XBox itself processes the audio and video, which will help keep costs down for consumers, according to a Microsoft representative who demonstrated the device's capabilities at the DVD Forum in Los Angeles.
Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store customers will be able to buy Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" on a monthly basis, the company said Wednesday. Apple's initial move to a monthly subscription model will let users purchase 16 new episodes for $9.99, a significant savings over the a la carte pricing plan first offered by the service.
LG Electronics, which until now has been a major backer of Sony's Blu-ray format for the next generation of high-capacity DVDs, announced it also will support HD-DVD, a competing format backed by Toshiba. Samsung Electronics Co. and RCA also may announce they will support both formats, an analyst predicted. HD-DVD discs are expected in stores before Blu-ray ones.