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post #16 of 99
These formats are both ahead of their time for the average consumer. Right now a majority of consumers still have an SDTV that will not be able to take advantage of the enhanced resolution. Even most HD consumers can't take advantage of the full resolution yet. To get the most from the format you need a 50"+ 1080p set and most of the current sets are 720p.

The convience factor for the formats is low when comapred to DVD as well. The only advantage I can think of is the enhanced capacity reducing the number of disks. The convience cannot justify the cost alone. I think both of these formats will fail and I will not consider purchasing either format until a dual format reader comes out.
post #17 of 99
I noticed that Superman Returns was released on both formats. Can anyone comment or link me to some unbiased reviews comparing movies that are on both formats with equal quality players/TV's?

btw- very disappointed in the pic quality of the regular Superman Returns DVD... looks very grainy and I have a decent DVD player.
post #18 of 99
I heard that BD had more movie studio support?

I like Bluray, if only because the world doesn't need more acronyms. 5 syllables versus 2.
post #19 of 99
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Go the way of laserdisc? Which for hardcore videophiles was still the format of choice over DVD?
and let's not forget... Laserdisc was the first consumer HDTV playback format. HD Laserdisc players came out in 1994... of course, they were waaaay to expensive to be practical (and still are), but they were nonetheless cool and waaaay ahead of their time .
post #20 of 99
Sony's low yield of blue lasers certainly can't help their position with studios.

Nevermind the fact that HD-DVD is just an extension of DVD, while Blu-Ray is an entirely new format that requires proprietary manufacturing hardware. It costs a great deal of money less to add HD-DVD functionality to a DVD pressing facility than to start a Blu-Ray facility from scratch.
post #21 of 99
Why isn't BluRay dead already? With HD-DVD players you can still play your old DVDs. That's my understanding .
post #22 of 99
The "unobtainium" = PS3. If they actually could provide enough of these to win the Christmas season, BD would get a big jump.
post #23 of 99
I know its about BD vs HDDVD but...
neither will win and the TD(teradisc) being developed by DARPA will be the ultimate successor.
post #24 of 99
I think HD-DVD will win because it's self explanatory to the layperson: EVERYONE knows what a DVD is, and most people now know what HD means. So when they see HD DVD they put 2 and 2 together and get 4 (lol). But to the layperson they see Blueray Disc and are like "wtf is Blueray?!".
post #25 of 99
I have seen HD DVD at a friend's house and it looks great. However, I could care less who wins. I will probably end up with a Sony PS3 next year sometime and I may buy a player that will do both formats if it comes out.

Right now, I am pretty happy with DVD and it is not a huge downgrade from HD-DVD from my couch and 61 inch screen. The jump to HD is not nealy as significant as VHS (non-HD of course)to DVD.

HD DVD came out earlier and was much cheaper than the BD machines. So it was a bigger success over the last year. I think PS3 may be the equalizer since it is priced much closer to HD DVD and it plays games. Only time will tell.
post #26 of 99
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Originally Posted by perplex View Post
Why isn't BluRay dead already? With HD-DVD players you can still play your old DVDs. That's my understanding .
You can use a blu Ray player to play DVDs too.

I use a standalone Blu-Ray player right now and will buy a a HD-DVD player when they release3 the 1080p versions.

IMO, the latest releases on both formts look amazing on a large 1080p panel. Content for both formats are starting to come out at about the same pace.

I'm not sure which will win in the end, but I don't think we'll really know until large 1080p screens become the norm.
post #27 of 99
hddvd will be accepted more IMHO, but BR is sony's last hope and they'll go down with that ship; imho, they'll both fail, killed by the goodness of DVD, and the succession of downloadable video
post #28 of 99
I am just waiting for pc disk drives. either format will making backing up files alot simpler.
post #29 of 99
As a couple of guys already posted, I think its either HD-DVD or they both die. I zero chance of BD winning. Zero. They can't make the laser, they can't make enough PS3, they won't allow universal players (that was already propsed by Toshiba and/or some other big company which Sony threatened to sue), the cost of creating BD is much ihgher than HD-DVD at this point, and finally, big titles like Lord of the rings and The Matrix will probably make it to HD-DVD first.

Btw, I would like it to just for 1080i let alone 1080P (and the fact that my older HD LCD TV doesn't have HDMI! )
post #30 of 99
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Originally Posted by uzziah View Post
hddvd will be accepted more IMHO, but BR is sony's last hope and they'll go down with that ship; imho, they'll both fail, killed by the goodness of DVD, and the succession of downloadable video
The goodness of DVD is not so good when you try to sit 8 feet away from a 65" 1080p plasma.

Most TVs and setups won't take advantage of the new formats, but they have picked up plenty of steam in the high end market. As large 1080p panels start to come out in force next year, I think you'll see one of the formats really pick up the pace.
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