In the battle for the next generation DVD format, we're putting our money on Blu-ray. With companies like Sony, Apple, Samsung and Panasonic backing Blu-ray and the whole 25GB vs 15GB thing, there's no way we'd side with HD DVD. At CES in Las Vegas last week, Sony unveiled its first Blu-ray disc player, the BDP-S1 ($TBA). While barely any features are known, the unit will offer 1080p full HD video output and DVD upscaling to 1080p. Look for it, and the first movie titles, around the beginning of summer.
When your 60” widescreen just isn’t cutting it anymore, step on up to the Epson Moviemate 25 ($1250). The unit includes a 1200 ANSI Lumen projector — capable of producing an 80” screen from 6.6’ away — inside its stylish white box, along with a CD/DVD player and speakers. Also included in the package is an 80” pull-up floor screen that rolls into a carrying case and a powered external subwoofer. It’s like a theatre on the go.