DVD Roundup Links

Some DVD technology and business related stories over the last week:

Microsoft Ties Up With Toshiba on HD-DVD: Toshiba, which backs the HD-DVD format over the rival Blu-ray Disc, plans to work with Microsoft on high-definition DVD players that would use a specialized version of the Redmond company’s Windows operating system. It’s part of a broader plan by the companies to collaborate and share technology.

Video Island buys DVDs365: In UK, online DVD rental service Video Island has bought rival DVDs365 for an undisclosed sum. The deal will also see Video Island gain control of DVDs365’s sister brands, Mailbox Movies, QFlicks and Movietrak, which DVDs365 has acquired over the last two years.

Will DVDs kill the theatrical star?: Concerns are mounting that DVD sales and rentals will take on even more prominence — and that the timelag between the theatrical debut and the home video release will close.

Java to appear in next-gen DVD players: Java technology will be built into Blu-ray DVD players, a development that advances the technology in the consumer electronics market for which Sun originally developed the software…Java will be used for control menus, interactive features, network services and games.