Give your Blu movies an Android kick
Pocket BLU Review
by on November 12, 2010
Blu-ray hasn’t quite taken DVD’s throne to become king of the home entertainment market yet (please bear with us while we wriggle out of this awful metaphor), but there are a number of interesting enhancements the hi-def format brings.
One of these is Pocket BLU. It may sound like porno for dwarves but Pocket BLU is a companion app to the Blu-ray experience. Essentially it allows you your Android device to communicate directly with your Blu-ray player, offering up deleted scenes and bonus content you can download to your mobile.
Setup is fairly simple. The app works by speaking to your Blu-ray player over a Wi-Fi network. Once this is done you have the option of streaming the extra content or downloading it.
Unfortunately the only disc we had at hand to try out the app was Robin Hood. Which should be renamed ‘The Robin Hood you know and love is not really in this movie, but you do get the worst accent ever from Russell Crowe’. Maybe that title didn’t fit on the Blu-ray sleeve.
The content from this disc was piecemeal – it gave us a virtual remote (we kind of like our real one) and other bits of interactive content.
It wasn’t the mind-blowing experience we hoped for, but the app was slicker than the Gulf of Mexico.
Content is king with apps like this, however, and that’s why Pocket BLU walks away with the ‘must try harder’ badge.
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