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post #46 of 60
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Originally Posted by Sduibek View Post
Is it worth it? I've never seen anything in HD.
I have split this into it's own thread so as not to derail this thread.
post #47 of 60
I might buy a few. However, I'm tentatively on board with Apple's video rentals through iTunes. Am planning to pick up the iTV unit in a week or two, as well.

I'd probably pick up some favorites for multiple views in a physical format, but will go with HD rentals the rest of the time.

I'll still buy music as a physical product, though.
post #48 of 60
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Originally Posted by Redo View Post
I highly doubt anything about the recession is anything more than financial analysts wanting to get air time. Consumer spending is up every month, always shocking all the "analysts".

I doubt any of this format war will have anything to do with the perception of a recession.
Still don't think there is a recession?


Toshiba sales will likely to continue dominating due to its price slashes. Sony is, again, situated in a bad time slot for high-end (price wise) selling point.
post #49 of 60
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Originally Posted by penguindude View Post
Still don't think there is a recession?

Consumer spending has been skyrocketing month after month. Recession talks certainly aren't stopping people from buying.
post #50 of 60
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Originally Posted by Redo View Post
Consumer spending has been skyrocketing month after month. Recession talks certainly aren't stopping people from buying.
Where are you getting your information from?

Major US retailers in 2008 are showing significant decrease in sales and consumer spending. The stock market is responding with nose dives. And the government is quickly attempting to "rescue" the US economy. In fact, this past holiday has been the weakest in terms of sales in the US since 2002.
post #51 of 60
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Originally Posted by penguindude View Post
Where are you getting your information from?

Major US retailers in 2008 are showing significant decrease in sales and consumer spending. The stock market is responding with nose dives. And the government is quickly attempting to "rescue" the US economy. In fact, this past holiday has been the weakest in terms of sales in the US since 2002.

We're not even out of January yet, can't say much about this year until a few months from now.


This past holiday was NOT the weakest since 2002. Depending who runs the figures, and what they consider holiday sales, we were hanging around 4.5% increases. November was a huge month for sales. Also, internet sales sky rocketed 19%.
post #52 of 60
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Originally Posted by Redo View Post
This past holiday was NOT the weakest since 2002. Depending who runs the figures, and what they consider holiday sales, we were hanging around 4.5% increases. November was a huge month for sales. Also, internet sales sky rocketed 19%.
That's why it was the weakest since 2002: analysts look at growth rates. They were hoping for 6%, got 4.7%....the rate of growth was slightly slower then that of 2002 (previous years have been closer to 6%). That was for November and December.....when retailers see their most sales.

December sales point to weakest holiday season in years - Jan. 10, 2008

Recessions aren't officially called recessions until well after they've started happening. But history normally shows that inflation and interest rates play a large role in the well being of the economy. Rising unemployment and investments are a strong indicator as well. All of this is reason enough for me to believe we're already begining a recession.

Curiously, both Asian and European markets have started taking a beating as well.....globalization indeed.

Economists share mixed views on possible global recession - Jan. 23, 2008
post #53 of 60
I spend my time on Head-Fi,have no use for blue ray,or sony products.
post #54 of 60
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
I might buy a few. However, I'm tentatively on board with Apple's video rentals through iTunes. Am planning to pick up the iTV unit in a week or two, as well.

I'd probably pick up some favorites for multiple views in a physical format, but will go with HD rentals the rest of the time.

I'll still buy music as a physical product, though.
Just some info about the downloads:

"What he failed to mention about Apple's iTunes HD movies is that they use much lower bit-rates than Blu-ray and are only encoded in 720p, half the resolution of Blu-ray, which encodes all film content at 1080p (Full HD).....urthermore, only some of the iTunes HD movies have surround sound, and those that do only make use of the archaic Dolby Digital technology. Anyone who has listened to a PCM, Dolby TrueHD, or DTS-HD Master Audio track knows that there is simply nothing that can compare to a lossless/uncompressed audio track." Blu-ray.com - Apple: Blu-ray Won the Format War

PS3s sold pretty well over the holiday period and stand-alone players are selling pretty well, too. Even if we are already in a recession or going into one, people will just be more selective of how they spend their money. In some cases, this will lead more people to spend money on things they can enjoy at home rather than going out.
post #55 of 60
at this point, i would much rather invest my money in Criterion Collection DVD releases.
as a film buff, additional discs with extra footage, interviews, and director's commentaries interest me far more than that tiny percentage of increased resolution you get from HD.
post #56 of 60
In no hurry for HD, have over 700 DVDs with a fair few still unwatched. It would ony be a select few titles to double dip, plus I'd have to factor the cost for a new av system as well.
post #57 of 60
I'll be holding off for a while more as I would need to get a new TV (mine is only 480p capable).

I haven't been very impressed with the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD demos I've seen at shops. They probably haven't set it up properly though.
post #58 of 60
Yes. I recently bought a PS3. Bought The Departed, Unforgiven, Goodfellas, and Black Hawk Down last night on Blu-Ray. I already owned the last two. I won't replace all of them, just the REALLY good ones!
post #59 of 60
I see no point in bothering with the HD formats out right now. DVD is inexpensive, widespread, has a huge library of content, can be upsampled to look pretty good on HDTVs, and unofficially can be transferred to computers and portable devices. BluRay and HD-DVD both are expensive, have few playback devices and those devices are finicky with what monitors they'll output to, they have a very tiny library of content, and they are locked down pretty tight and can't be transferred to a computer or portable device (at least not easily). I'm just going to stick with DVD until something that is actually worthwhile comes along to replace it. It took over 20 years for VHS to be replaced and it may very well take that long for DVD to be replaced.
post #60 of 60
Nope, I'm not falling into the trap of buying things twice. I'm sure we'll all be able to play DVDs 20 years down the road, no sense in replacing something that's completely usable.
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