The Secret Art of DivX Certification

When you see the DivX® logo on a device, how do you know it will play your DivX movies beautifully? Because we’ve tested it…a lot. Each Blu-ray player, tablet, TV or smartphone makes it into our certification lab for some serious testing before it’s bestowed with the DivX Certified® badge. Certification Technician and foosball hustler Amy McDonald tells us just what it takes to get a device DivX Certified. More…

5 Surprising New Ways to Get Your DivX On

How and where do you get your DivX on? In your living room? On the subway? In your car? For a dozen years, people have turned to DivX to make their videos small and portable, while still playable at high quality. Now, thanks to DivX, you can watch a favorite movie or TV show practically anywhere. Here are 5 new ways to get your DivX on that I bet you didn’t know.

Read on to find out how you can win one of these DivX Certified devices!

#1 – Upgrade your TV

Philips SoundBar Home Cinema Speakers (model #CSS5123)

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Why You Need DivX Now More Than Ever

Without it, you miss out on the freedom to play your favorite movies where you want

Not long ago, an article came out on Lifehacker called What’s the Difference Between All These Video Formats, and Which One Should I Use?

The article was a largely-useful breakdown of what the layman might need to know (and not know) about portable video formats. It talked about why video files need to be compressed and decompressed, gave a short history of codecs and containers, and pointed the reader toward a likely path to successful ripping and sharing of their favorite movies and TV shows.

But like most simplifications of complex things, it got some parts…well, wrong. And of course we noticed the errors that had to do with DivX.

Allow us to do a little DivX myth-busting!
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DivX Presents: Two Minutes with the Samsung Galaxy Note

DivX device advocate Jim Styn shows us what’s so cool about the Samsung Galaxy Note™, a new smartphone that’s larger than an iPhone and certified to play DivX HD video.

You’ll be relieved to hear that while it sports a 5.3-inch screen, guys won’t need a man-purse to carry it around.

Nice Thundarr the Barbarian shirt, Jim!

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You can also watch this video on YouTube.

DivX Announces First DivX Certified® Contact Lens

New advanced contact lens plays DivX Plus® HD video with only minor discomfort to eyes

SAN DIEGO, April 01, 2012 – DivX today announced to a roomful of confused press the world’s first DivX Plus® Certified contact lens for easy and mostly painless video on the go. The new lens plays high-quality DivX® (.avi and .divx) and DivX Plus (.mkv) video on a flexible screen fitted to the user’s eyes. More…

I Want My Foreign Films

A moviegoer reveals Oscar’s annual problem


The only three Oscar-nominated films I couldn’t see this year

Back in the ‘80s, a commonly-heard rant was “I want my MTV.” It was, of course, a marketing ploy by MTV to get their channel added to cable systems. We were supposed to rise up as consumers and demand this channel like it was a birthright. But we really did want our MTV, so we asked for it, and before long we had it.

Here’s what I want today: I want my foreign films. More…

From the Grab Bag: “Beer Wars”

“From the Grab Bag” is written by various members of the DivX team and highlights under-the-radar movies that are available in DivX format.”

So now 2010 is almost over and 2011 will soon be upon us. It is that special time of year when we turn to thoughts of family, traditions and….beer. Specifically craft beer.

The DivX headquarters are located in San Diego, California. Most people know San Diego for its great weather, good surf and scenic sunsets. What you may not know, however, is that San Diego also has a growing (and thriving) craft beer industry. The selections found in our local bars go beyond your basic variety of fizzy yellow beers. The beers here are about as unique as the people who drink them.

So imagine how happy I was when I was browsing through the DivX Video-on-Demand catalog for another “From the Grab Bag” entry and found a documentary titled “Beer Wars.” Check out the synopsis and the review after the break: More…

Get Your Scared On (and Test Your Scary Movie Knowledge)

Department stores are starting to sell Christmas decorations, which can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner.

There are several ways one can celebrate Halloween. You can carve pumpkins, wear crazy costumes, or beg your neighbors for candy (which APPARENTLY is socially unacceptable at my age…). Our friends at Film Fresh are celebrating the scary season by offering 20% off all movies through midnight on Halloween (Oct. 31). To get the deal, just use the coupon code FFHWEEN2010 during checkout.

This promotion could not have come at a better time, because our favorite DivX Halloween tradition is watching scary movies. So, every day for the next 10 days, we will be recommending a different film that we think would be perfect for this time of year. Each movie can be purchased (sorry, U.S. only*) and downloaded immediately from Film Fresh for playback on your DivX Certified device. This means that you can not only enjoy your scary movie on your computer, but you can play it on your DivX Certified portable DVD player or mobile phone and watch it while camping in a haunted forest or roaming around graveyards at night. (You do that, right?)

Click through the break to see if you can guess our movie recommendations and even win a prize. More…

Next Stop: Boston

2010 has been a great year so far. It has given us the World Cup, inception cat, and jeggings are coming back in style. We have also had the opportunity to meet a lot of awesome DivX users during the gdgt live tour. Next week, the tour will continue in Beantown, USA and we will be there with a couple of our favorite DivX Certified Devices. If you live in or around Boston and you love gadgets, you will not want to miss this event.

Did we mention that we will also be giving away Seagate’s new DivX Certified FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player, and a DivX Certified Philips Blu-ray player? We’re pretty sure we just did.

Details after the break. More…