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LiteOn DX-4O1S-03C External USB 4x Blu-ray Disc BD-ROM Drive only £74.99 @ Play
LiteOn DX-4O1S-03C External USB 4x Blu-ray Disc BD-ROM Drive only £74.99 @ Play

LiteOn DX-4O1S-03C External USB 4x Blu-ray Disc BD-ROM Drive only £74.99 @ Play

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this is an EXTERNAL BluRay drive. For Playback of BluRays on your PC without the need to open up your case. Just plug in and your away. all for 74.99. about a fiver over the price of internal ones !!!!

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- Adam2050

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bloody hell thats a great price.

minimum specs for blu-ray playback on a pc/laptop tho?

ITs pre-order so we expecting prices to drop at that price?

cclonline.com/pro…03c

Has it there for 4 pence cheaper

Could this be plugged into an Xbox via the usb?

petedburns;4001638

Could this be plugged into an Xbox via the usb?



gamer.blorge.com/200…or/

Something there about blu ray being developed for xbox360:thumbsup:

Not sure if its true or as stated a aprils fool

i know there are some new drives coming out end of january so prices should start to drop around then

Banned

Good price if you need one.

Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version of Betamax so I can't be giving you a hot vote just yet. Will have to wait to see how long the format lasts first.

Banjo String;4001857

Good price if you need one.Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version … Good price if you need one.Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version of Betamax so I can't be giving you a hot vote just yet. Will have to wait to see how long the format lasts first.



If you think thats the case, then theres a massive library of films that would eventually get to HD cheap. So very good investment.:thumbsup:

Banjo String;4001857

Good price if you need one.Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version … Good price if you need one.Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version of Betamax so I can't be giving you a hot vote just yet. Will have to wait to see how long the format lasts first.



Eh???

The war was won, HD-DVD Lost out to Blu-Ray.... would think blu-ray is here to stay

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I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If it doesn't pick up dramatically It will be dropped and will be Betmaxtastic lol

Banjo String;4001857

Good price if you need one.Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version … Good price if you need one.Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version of Betamax so I can't be giving you a hot vote just yet. Will have to wait to see how long the format lasts first.



And HD DVD was VHS? I think you have those two analogies reversed.

Last year (19 February), Toshiba announced that it would no longer develop, manufacture, &/or market HD DVD players & recorders. Since then the HD DVD format has dwindled to nothing & the Blu-ray format is widely accepted as winning the recent HD format "war".

Blu-ray may well be superseded in five years time but at present there is no other contender.

BFN,

fp.

Banjo String;4002008

I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If … I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If it doesn't pick up dramatically It will be dropped and will be Betmaxtastic lol



I think you will find it was the same story for DVD when that launched, it was expensive and the choice was limited, HD quality is the way forward, as production increases things become cheaper.

Banjo String;4002008

I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If … I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If it doesn't pick up dramatically It will be dropped and will be Betmaxtastic lol



Please quote your source of this statistic.

With respect, I think you are misinformed.

BFN,

fp.

Banned

Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will never over take dvds everyone including your nan can't see a big enough difference over dvd.

fanpages;4002068

Please quote your source of this statistic.With respect, I think you are … Please quote your source of this statistic.With respect, I think you are misinformed.BFN,fp.



Banjo just seems to post his own ideas on the world on most of the forum, he sounds like an arrogant twirp. :whistling: Hope this is not just me thinking hes too good for M&S £10 meal deal. :santa::gift::stocking::p

Banjo String;4002092

Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will … Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will never over take dvds everyone including your nan can't see a big enough difference over dvd.



Digital downloads will only take so much, im sorry there is no way being in a population of older generations will they all catch on, unless its in a supermarket with clear instructions, thats rubbish.

I will certainly be buying increasing digital format online, but I won't buy it all and if I can get it on a disk i'd rather have it.

Banjo String;4002092

Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will … Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will never over take dvds everyone including your nan can't see a big enough difference over dvd.



Your puddled, there is a huge difference in quality between standard DVD and BR.

Digital (Legal) Downloads are few and far between and take forever for HD content on standard broadband, and to be honest most people still like to have a physical item interms of recorded media.

Banned

Digital HD is nowhere near the quality and bitrate of Blu-ray anyway. Digital downloads will never be the most common channel of distribution while the Internet infrastructure in the UK is as poor as it is now.

Banjo String;4002092

Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will … Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will never over take dvds everyone including your nan can't see a big enough difference over dvd.



Adam2050;4002093

Banjo just seems to post his own ideas on the world on most of the forum, … Banjo just seems to post his own ideas on the world on most of the forum, he sounds like an arrogant twirp. :whistling: Hope this is not just me thinking hes too good for M&S £10 meal deal. :santa::gift::stocking::p



From the most recent comment, I think "Banjo" sounds like a disgruntled owner of a certain console that supports the HD DVD format. The manufacturer's "comeback" to the market in light of their "loss" was to announce that "digital downloads are the way forward".

Q: How many Microsoft technicians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None, they just declare darkness as the new standard.


Digital downloads can co-exist with Blu-ray media.

("]Virtually Physical")

BFN,

fp.

Banjo String;4002092

Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will … Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will never over take dvds everyone including your nan can't see a big enough difference over dvd.



From my point of view you are wrong, im not going to pay £9.99 for a download when i can own the disc. Part of collecting films is owning the media i like to have something physical not just a file that can be lost on my PC/console. This must be the case for other or why would people buy special editions of films when they come out 2 or 3 months after the first release.

Banjo String;4002092

Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will … Digical downloads are the way forward everyone knows that. Blueray will never over take dvds everyone including your nan can't see a big enough difference over dvd.



My Nan is dead. So I don't think that is a valid argument.

Besides which she didn't have a HD TV before she died, so the use of Blu-ray or HD DVD format movies would have been a waste of time anyway.

Neither did she have a DVD player.

And come to think of it, she didn't have a VHS player either.

BFN,

fp.

chris-richardson;4002184

From my point of view you are wrong, im not going to pay £9.99 for a … From my point of view you are wrong, im not going to pay £9.99 for a download when i can own the disc. Part of collecting films is owning the media i like to have something physical not just a file that can be lost on my PC/console. This must be the case for other or why would people buy special editions of films when they come out 2 or 3 months after the first release.



The end of HotUKDeals trading in physical media is nigh.

Repent sinners...

What spec pc will I need?
I have tried the xbox hd drive on my pc and it's not accepted.
I would like to back up my blu-ray collection if possible

Adam2050;4002093

Banjo just seems to post his own ideas on the world on most of the forum, … Banjo just seems to post his own ideas on the world on most of the forum, he sounds like an arrogant twirp. :whistling: Hope this is not just me thinking hes too good for M&S £10 meal deal. :santa::gift::stocking::p



true enough, someones having a grumpy new year alright, seems to have registered purely to hit the cold button and **** off products!

back to the deal, personally I think if you're comfortable enough to watch bluray through your PC you're probably happy enough to install an internal drive - whats more, there have been a few £99 standalone bluray players on this site recently - for that reason I'm not voting.

banjo you a 360 owner by any chance? lol.

anway, there's no friggin way i'm gonna be downloading a HD movie, not a friggin chance lol.

you say there isn't enough people who'd get blu-ray over dvd................what makes you think those people would buy something digitally over having the product in their hands??

crocodilemick;4002254

true enough, someones having a grumpy new year alright, seems to have … true enough, someones having a grumpy new year alright, seems to have registered purely to hit the cold button and **** off products!back to the deal, personally I think if you're comfortable enough to watch bluray through your PC you're probably happy enough to install an internal drive - whats more, there have been a few £99 standalone bluray players on this site recently - for that reason I'm not voting.



Great for laptop users though (but I have an on-board Blu-ray writer drive in my Sony VAIO laptop, anyway). Especially those who bought a laptop with an integral HD DVD drive

Also good for general purpose DVD media for Netbook owners (if, as mentioned, the machines are of a high enough memory/CPU speed specification to cope).

BFN,

fp.

serpic try this: cyberlink blueray advisor
cyberlink.com/pro….do
it tells you if your pc components are up to spec

liteonit.eu/opt…tml

Theres the required spec.

Pentium 4 2.0GHz or faster CPU and 512MB or higher RAM are required. > 30GB HDD available capacity.
For High Definition BD Playback & Authoring: (Only Windows XP SP2) Pentium D 3.4GHz or faster CUP and 1GB or higher RAM are required. GPU : nVidia GeForce 7600GT / 7800GTX512 / 7900GX2 / 7900GTX / 7950GX2 and ATI X1600 / X1800 / X1900 series are recommended. >60GB HDD available capacity.
HDCP capable graphics card with 256MB RAM, PCI Express x16, 1920x1200 resolution, 32bit color. HDCP capable Monitor or TV for High Definition digital output.
Compatibility Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 / XP SP2 / Vista

Make sure your PC or Laptop is up to the job of HD playback.

For High Definition BD Playback & Authoring: (Only Windows XP SP2) Pentium D 3.4GHz or faster CPU and 1GB or higher RAM are required. GPU : nVidia GeForce 7600GT / 7800GTX512 / 7900GX2 / 7900GTX / 7950GX2 and ATI X1600 / X1800 / X1900 series are recommended. >60GB HDD available capacity.

mjr600;4002321

Make sure your PC or Laptop is up to the job of HD playback.For High … Make sure your PC or Laptop is up to the job of HD playback.For High Definition BD Playback & Authoring: (Only Windows XP SP2) Pentium D 3.4GHz or faster CPU and 1GB or higher RAM are required. GPU : nVidia GeForce 7600GT / 7800GTX512 / 7900GX2 / 7900GTX / 7950GX2 and ATI X1600 / X1800 / X1900 series are recommended. >60GB HDD available capacity.



Thanks.

"60GB HDD available capacity"

It caches the entire contents of the disc to the hard drive by the end of playback by the sounds of it.

I guess the USB 2.0 interface cannot cope with the throughput so a PC with a relatively high speed processor is required to juggle pre-caching & playback simultaneously.

Forget I mentioned the use on a Netbook then

BFN,

fp.

Banjo String;4002008

I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If … I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If it doesn't pick up dramatically It will be dropped and will be Betmaxtastic lol



are you having a laugh? 47% of sales of Batman the Dark Knight was Blu Ray!!

I can imagine your the guy who bought an Amiga CD32, Sega Saturn and then the Nintendo Gamecube... gave up and thought that no way would Microsoft back a dodgy technology like HD DVD!

Oh how technology grows and grows!

SERPICO77;4002239

What spec pc will I need?I have tried the xbox hd drive on my pc and it's … What spec pc will I need?I have tried the xbox hd drive on my pc and it's not accepted.I would like to back up my blu-ray collection if possible



You need to find the drivers or it won't be recognised properly. You also need playback software like PowerDVD.

I quite like the idea of this drive, but my laptop struggles a little when playing HD-DVD (1.66ghz dual core, 256mb X1600). It also generates a fair amount of heat.

Having ran 1080p downloads at about 10gig in size, they don't compare to proper bluray or indeed HD-DVD quality. There is a lot of macro blocking etc that simply isnt there on a bluray disc. Indeed it looks good, but certainly not as good.

Also, 10gig files take an age to get and a bluray disc can be grabbed and running within 30-40 mins from your local shop and you know it will work as there is no worries on the latest codec needing updating etc.

chris-richardson;4002184

From my point of view you are wrong, im not going to pay £9.99 for a … From my point of view you are wrong, im not going to pay £9.99 for a download when i can own the disc. Part of collecting films is owning the media i like to have something physical not just a file that can be lost on my PC/console. This must be the case for other or why would people buy special editions of films when they come out 2 or 3 months after the first release.



or in some cases being told that the item you downloaded or physically purchased can only be played on a set number of pcs

my U2 collection will soon be rendered useless if i change my pc again

Banned

Banjo String;4002008

I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If … I'm afrain blueray sells about 1% share of dvd/movie market in the uk. If it doesn't pick up dramatically It will be dropped and will be Betmaxtastic lol



I understand the Blu ray accounted for about 30% of all Dark Knight sales, so that not a bad start for the "NEW Betamax" as you seem to call it!

fanpages;4002367

"60GB HDD available capacity"


It doesn't need this - just a few tens of MBs to install PowerDVD or Arcsoft TMT.
fanpages;4002367

It caches the entire contents of the disc to the hard drive by the end of … It caches the entire contents of the disc to the hard drive by the end of playback by the sounds of it.


It certainly doesn't do this.
fanpages;4002367

I guess the USB 2.0 interface cannot cope with the throughput so a PC … I guess the USB 2.0 interface cannot cope with the throughput so a PC with a relatively high speed processor is required to juggle pre-caching & playback simultaneously.


Not true - you can expect upwards of 20MB/s from a USB2 port (480Mb/s theoretical maximum, but you can't get anywhere near this in practice). There's more than enough bandwidth to stream a BluRay movie.
A quick processor and/or a graphics card with hardware-decoding is required purely to decode the movie in realtime - there's a vast amount of decompression required to display the movie, and if it's a standard 24fps film, then your machine has just 0.04 seconds to get each frame onto your monitor :thumbsup:

Very odd comments.

Blu Ray is here to stay and will not be replaced by Digital Downloads. Frankly i find it odd that people are willing to pay £10.99 on itunes for a DVD download when DVDs are much cheaper in store and quite frankly id rather have a phyiscal copy anyway. HD downloads are definetly not going to happen much in the UK until BB speeds are in the excess of 50mb (true 50mb) which wont be widely available for maybe 3-5 years atleast.

Plus, DVDS and CDS were in exactly the same boat. Expensive and 'New'. Technology will go cheaper and Blu-Rays disks will go down in price. The BluRays DISKS have already reduced from almost £25-30 to £15£20 in the past year already; and theres lots more deals to be had online.

Banjo String;4001857

Good price if you need one.Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version … Good price if you need one.Gotta a feeling this will be the Ps3 version of Betamax so I can't be giving you a hot vote just yet. Will have to wait to see how long the format lasts first.



The format will last longer than you will as a member of this site if you keep posting drivel!!!!

I'm amazed you didn't say "Gotta vote this cold because I can" or some waffle like you keep posting.

It's a very, very good price and worthy of a hot vote, BluRay will be around for a very long time yet. I vote hot because I can see the light! lol

Nom;4002644

It doesn't need this - just a few tens of MBs to install PowerDVD or … It doesn't need this - just a few tens of MBs to install PowerDVD or Arcsoft TMT.It certainly doesn't do this.Not true - you can expect upwards of 20MB/s from a USB2 port (480Mb/s theoretical maximum, but you can't get anywhere near this in practice). There's more than enough bandwidth to stream a BluRay movie.A quick processor and/or a graphics card with hardware-decoding is required purely to decode the movie in realtime - there's a vast amount of decompression required to display the movie, and if it's a standard 24fps film, then your machine has just 0.04 seconds to get each frame onto your monitor :thumbsup:



Thanks. I was just going off impressions from the specifications presented by the two sites quoted.

Have you used an advance release of this unit, then?

Either way, the graphics cards requirements documented above are not found in a Netbook machine anyway. Laptops yes, but not the smaller machines intended just for web browsing.

BFN,

fp.

EDIT:
From the original Play.com product page link...

"External Blu ray reader allowing Blu ray playback on your PC. Kit includes USB 2.0 and Cyberlink BD software"

I agree that BR will pick up after a slow start...

I don't own a BR player and won't get one or even be tempted until they are down to about £50..... after buying my first DVD player for £120....!

However if BR players were £10 tomorrow I still wouldn't get one as I don't have a HD TV and won't be getting one until my old one breaks....

I think thats what makes BR slower to catch on than DVD, the fact that you need a BR player AND a new TV.

As people start to replace their TV's and BR players come down, I suspect they will start to sell a lot quicker.

SERPICO77;4002239

What spec pc will I need?I have tried the xbox hd drive on my pc and it's … What spec pc will I need?I have tried the xbox hd drive on my pc and it's not accepted.I would like to back up my blu-ray collection if possible



Did you install the driver for it? If you need it pm me.
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