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August 24th, 2002.

I have released Zoom Player v2.80 release candidate 1.

Several important bug fixes since the beta and a few interesting features thrown in for good measure, so make sure you check it out.

August 20th, 2002.

The HiPix volunteer development group has come up with a Zoom Player wrapper interface allowing you to output high-quality scaled progressive video for HDTV.

For more information, click here.

August 19th, 2002.

Looks like the end of DVD Regional Coding is slowly growing near,
In this BBC article, they describe some of the views from the manufacturer and retailer point of view. The original region coding was a failure from day one. The "improved" RCE wasn't even a bump in the road. Hopefully the DVD Consortium will get the message and drop regional coding altogether.

August 15th, 2002.

Amazon has some really nice discounts going on major titles this month, Here's an interesting compilation.

Star Wars - Episode II, Attack of the Clones (40% off)
Spider-Man (40% off)
The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (40% off)
The Lord of the Rings - FotR (Extended Edition) (35% off)
Ice Age (35% off)
Monsters, Inc. (40% off)
Blade II (35% off)
Panic Room (25% off)
Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (28% off)
Grease (35% off) We Were Soldiers (35% off)

Boxed Sets:
24 - Season One (25% off)
Band of Brothers (25% off)
Babylon 5 - The Complete First Season (25% off)
Stargate SG-1 Season 2 Boxed Set (34% off)
Star Trek The Next Generation - The Complete Fourth Season (29% off)
The Simpsons - The Complete Second Season (35% off)
The Sopranos - The Complete Third Season (35% off)
The Godfather DVD Collection (29% off)

August 11th, 2002.

Ok, Zoom Player 2.80 is out of limbo, the first beta has been released to the wild, so make sure you check it out on the forum.

August 10th, 2002.

While Zoom Player v2.80 holds in limbo, I'm releasing version 2.71 as a maintenance release fixing all confirmed stability issues.

For the full details, check this post on the forum.

August 4th, 2002.

As part of my on-going slow revamp of the site, I've updated the Zoom Player FAQ to the new design and also included 4 more entries.

July 28th, 2002.

As some of you may have seen on the forum, I delayed the Zoom Player 2.80 beta 1 release until I work out several features for a related project. I have no ETA for the beta, so stay tuned.

In a brighter note, AICN is reporting that the Indiana Jones Trilogy will be coming out on DVD by X-Mas 2003. Still a long way to go, but it's good to know there's actually some movement in this area.

July 21st, 2002.

Don't think I've been lying around scratching my ass, development waits for no one, version 2.80 is progressing nicely and a few people drew up some nice skins, so make sure you check them out.

I am still looking for a DVD Software reviewer with the hardware to make valid calls (AC3/DTS System, Good quality output device). If you feel you're up for it, contact me.

July 13th, 2002.

Announcing Zoom Player v2.70.

After a bit over a month of work, Zoom Player v2.70 is ready for action. Surprising amount of new features in this version considering the development time, but there you go!

For the complete list of changes since v2.60 go here.

To download Zoom Player, click here.

July 12th, 2002.

As you might have seen, the DVD Player review section has remained rather quiet in the last few months. The reason for this is twofold. The first is that I was concentrating hard on Zoom Player and didn't really have much time to make myself available to handle other aspects of the site, and the second was that our beloved reviewer, Kelly Garvey had to bow down due to family obligations.

I am now actively seeking someone to replace Kelly. If you think you can do objective reviews of the latest DVD Playback software and have the required Audio/Video Hardware to perform these tests, please contact me with details about yourself and your qualifications.

July 11th, 2002.

I am putting the finishing touches to Zoom Player v2.70 and fully expect it to be ready by July 13th. Lots of effort has gone into this release and the change list can attest to this. Won't take much longer.

July 6th, 2002.

I hope all our american viewers had a nice 4th of july,
Personally, I spent that time working and now Zoom Player v2.70 release candidate 2 is up for grabs. Make sure you check it out.

July 1st, 2002.

We ring in the new month with an in-depth article on ATSC (HDTV) Video Capture and Encoding by SmC.

The article covers the entire range of the HTPC experience, from picking up the right Antenna and Card all the way to encoding and filtering your video. So if you're a fan of HDTV, make sure you read it!

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