This week's hottest high definition stories: Blockbuster support Blu-ray, but do the discs rot?, SIM2 projector, new TVs from Sharp and Pioneer, reviews of JVC and Toshiba, Arcam, Texas Instruments, BrilliantColor

hdtv.jpgThe biggest news this week, though the HD DVD Promotions Group deny it, is that Blockbuster has chosen Blu-ray over HD DVD. Not surprisingly, Sony is very happy about that, and a Panasonic executive thinks it’s game over for HD DVD.

However, the fly in the ointment could be rotting Blu-ray discs. Not good.

SIM2 has rolled out its HT3000E 1080p projector, while Sharp reveal their latest RD2E 100Hz TVs, and Pioneer release their new plasma TV range with 80% deeper blacks.

Sony unveils portable multimedia PC with Blu-ray drive

Sony has unveiled its new VAIO FZ range of notebook PCs, with the premium model able to play Blu-ray high definition content in full 1080p resolution.

The FZ notebook weighs less than six pounds, packing in an Intel Centrino Duo processor, 15.4-inch widescreen display with XBRITE-HiColor technology, an HDMI connector, 802.11n wireless connection, and pre-loaded Vista Premium.