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  • Do you Blu-ray owners like the BD Live feature on Blu-ray Discs?

    So, I'm opening this thread because it was suggested in this post that some MiceChatters might be interested in discussing the BD Live feature on Blu-ray Discs (BD).

    I like the BD Live features (they're not on every Blu-ray Disc), but I really don't use them much either. Like the Disney BD Live features; I haven't really learned to do much with because I don't have a lotta friends who are connected to Disney's BD Live network. But the fact that you can do things like leave a message at some point in "Sleeping Beauty" and email that to a friend on the network so that when they next watch the movie, they get your message at that exact point in the film is pretty amazing stuff! On my "Casino Royale" BDs, I logged in to find just four short bonus interviews with the actors, nothing very exciting. Perhaps it's the hype, but the favorite BD Live features so far are the live chats I've watched with the directors for Guillermo del Toro for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and Christopher Nolan for "The Dark Knight". Technologically speaking, they really weren't all that exciting; basically while the movie plays in the background, the director answers questions submitted by fans who have logged in at the schedule time from all around the world. There's a box that appears over the upper or lower portion of the film where you read the questions and the answers. If you're a fan of the film or the director, then I suppose it's exciting, and I was entertained while I sat on my couch watching the answers more than really watching the movie in the background. And it's kinda neat that you actually have an opportunity to interact with these directors, tho' I didn't type in any questions.

    I've read two opposite reactions to Chris Nolan's chat on two different websites. Blue Sky Disney was underwhelmed. But The Digital Bits enjoyed it for what it was, like I did. They also have pictures of how the chat box appeared over the film at the link above if you wanna see how it looked.

    It's a new technology, and it's a new bell and whistle. I also appreciate the fact that I can even access it since many of my friends still don't have a BD player or HDTV (so I host a lotta movie days with them). Can it be better? Sure, but I'm also still trying to wrap my arms around all that it does. There's some content on "The Incredible Hulk," something about making my own comic book, that I haven't dived into yet to figure out.

    So that's my lecture/take on it so far. Any other folks experience BD Live yet and wanna say what they think about it so far too?

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    Re: Do you Blu-ray owners like the BD Live feature on Blu-ray Discs?

    Thanks for starting this thread (under my suggestion hehe). I'm one of the few who aren't as technical saavy when it comes to connecting anything to the internet so I've been reluctant to even attempt to hook up my player to BD Live. The biggest reason so far is probably that nobody else I know does it either.

    But leaving a note on a movie for a friend seems like a novel idea... I'd most likely use it as a prank but it'd be too time consuming or something.

    The live director chats sound cool. As if you're having a private director commentary session.. and the best part about that is that it's live right? It's not pre-recorded.

    I may have to check these out. Thanks!


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      Re: Do you Blu-ray owners like the BD Live feature on Blu-ray Discs?

      Originally posted by Coheteboy View Post
      Thanks for starting this thread (under my suggestion hehe). I'm one of the few who aren't as technical saavy when it comes to connecting anything to the internet so I've been reluctant to even attempt to hook up my player to BD Live. The biggest reason so far is probably that nobody else I know does it either.
      My Blu-ray player is a PlayStation 3, and it has built-in Wi-Fi. It's actually the first time I tried to learn and use Wi-Fi in any capacity. After talking with my more experienced Wi-Fi friends, one of them gave me a router he wasn't using any more. As simply as turning on that router and plugging it to my Internet box, my PS3 sniffed and recognized there was an Internet connection in the air. A few selections from the on-screen menu and "Wa-la!", my Blu-ray player was connected to the Internet. Pretty darn easy! Since doing that, I no longer get some message saying it can't find an Internet connection when I click the "BD Live" feature on a Blu-ray Disc.

      Edited to add:
      I should mention too that another benefit of the Internet connection is that when I pop in a Blu-ray Disc that needs the newest version of the Blu-ray software, my PS3 will put up a message saying something like, "This requires the latest update for Blu-ray. Would you like to download it now?" You choose "Yes" and it seeks it out to download. Once it finds it, it usually takes a few minutes to complete (If you haven't guessed by now, I've come to realize my PS3 is basically a computer that's optimized to play games and movies). I've read that for some other Blu-ray players it's a hassle because you have to find the software update on the Internet using your computer, download it, burn it to a disc, pop that into your BD players and then install it. Read a lotta comments that that's a hassle for them. So that's another reason I'm happy I decided on a PS3.
      Last edited by Gone2Disneyland; 12-21-2008, 09:30 AM. Reason: upgrading software comment

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