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View Poll Results: POLL: Which DVD format will become the standard?
HD-DVD/AOD 565 60.62%
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EVD 1 0.11%
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Old 03-21-2004, 06:21 PM   #1
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:39 AM   #2
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?? What will you do with your current DVD collection. I need a Idea. what to do with my collection.
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:08 PM   #3
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?? What will you do with your current DVD collection. I need a Idea. what to do with my collection.

Keep it. HD-DVD have excellent backwards compatibility with DVD. Plus it'll be a while before many of us can outfit every household with HDTV and HD-DVD/Blu-Ray players.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:25 PM   #4
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?? What will you do with your current DVD collection. I need a Idea. what to do with my collection.
As hmurchison said, both kinds of HD-format disk players will be able to play normal DVDs as well, so there's no need to panic.

Also, this format war will delay the release of older films and TV shows to an HD format until a single format is chosen -- it would be too expensive to release low-selling disks in two different formats (and eat the production costs for those disks released on the losing format).

Unless I'm badly missing my guess, the only movies that will be released in HD format during the first couple of years are blockbusters from the past or new releases, but odds are that most new releases will be released in DVD and one or both HD formats, so if there is a Summer film you want to buy, you'll probably want to only rent the SD version and buy the HD version when you have a deck.

Finally, if you want to get the most resale value out of your present disks, keep an eye on HD-format disks that are to be released, and sell your DVD version the moment you know there will be an HD version coming out of a movie you're sure to "trade up."
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Old 03-30-2005, 03:28 PM   #5
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My High Def. projector only has Component Video inputs(well also, VGA, Composite, and SVideo, but I would expect to use one of the 2 sets of Component inputs. If they only support HD over DVI / HDMI then I can't get any benefit from it, and thus will not need it.
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Old 04-01-2005, 03:45 PM   #6
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I wondered why this format hasn't taken off... I downloaded enough of the demos to know that this is better than all the previous video sources I've got and according to MS you can fit two hours on one standard dual density DVD. Heck some of the companies even have full disks already for purchase.

But after playing one of the movie trailers, I get a message saying my license to play this has expired...(noting that I've had 5 full days of play) all my viewers cough out on this and direct me to the lic. site. So am I to buy TerminatorII extreme ($30US) and then have my lic. chopped at some future time, or my next PC install wipes out my usuage of this video?

I don't know if someone is missing the boat here, but it looks like I'll be old and grey before we get the politics out of the way.
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Old 05-05-2005, 01:27 PM   #7
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I vote for Blue-Ray. What we are talking about is technology. Everyone is comparing this to betamax vs. vhs. I know vhs eventually won out but that doesn't mean it was a better choice. If we are talking about technology then why don't we go with what is better? Sure betamax was more expensive but so is the current gas prices. Yet people are not cutting down on usage for it. Besides if it was given a chance, betamax might have cost less on a long run. So my conclusion is for Blue-Ray.
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Old 05-06-2005, 04:49 PM   #8
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Latest rumors are that a single compromise standard is being worked out, with Panasonic playing matchmaker between Sony & Toshiba...
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Old 05-09-2005, 06:50 AM   #9
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It doesn't matter what we think....when did it ever? Remember all the failed standards that were shoved at us and failed (beta tape, sony 2" CDs, and the list goes on and on.) A new HD DVD format will hopefully have a "sane" solution add confusion to an already confused buying public.
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I'll be very happy with whatever they propose as a single solution if such a feat is accomplished. If not, while the thought of dealing with two competing solutions seems painful, I would still be looking forward to seeing real HD quality movies with my projector's 102" image!
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I vote for Blue-Ray. What we are talking about is technology. Everyone is comparing this to betamax vs. vhs. I know vhs eventually won out but that doesn't mean it was a better choice. If we are talking about technology then why don't we go with what is better? Sure betamax was more expensive but so is the current gas prices. Yet people are not cutting down on usage for it. Besides if it was given a chance, betamax might have cost less on a long run. So my conclusion is for Blue-Ray.
Can't really compare gas with DVDs. Gas is much more essential, hence, people will "bite the bullet" and shell out the money for gas, not movies. If you got to be at work at 8:30 and you need gas, you are going to spend x amount to get it. You might not be happy about it, but you'll do it. DVDs are more of a "luxury" item that you can do without.

Mainstream wouldn't pay top dollar for a high def DVD, especially considering HDTVs are extremely far from mainstream.
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Side question, from what I read, HD-DVDs are similar to manufacture as current DVDs; whereas, Blue Ray would require significant changes...any one able to confirm that? That alone is why I believe the industry will lean to HD-DVD. With HD-DVDs being able to support 45 GBs or so, do we really need much more? Even if some content had to be spread on to two discs, would anyone care?

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Old 05-25-2005, 06:01 PM   #12
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Of course we'd care, we're lazy Americans! Get up to flip the disc? Never!

The big hyped deal is that BluRay would be more expensive to make than HD-DVD... but it's $0.55 vs $0.50... hardly a significant part of the $20-30 price.
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:02 AM   #13
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Optware Corp. is planning to release a Holographic Versatile Card (HVC) media product around the end of 2006. The card capacity is expected to be 30 GB, priced less than $1
You don't have to flip the disc, and you don't have to spend $20-30 for a single disc too. Now it depend on how the company is strong to proof that this is the suitable format.
http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=14105
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Old 06-11-2005, 02:42 AM   #14
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"I vote for Blue-Ray. What we are talking about is technology. Everyone is comparing this to betamax vs. vhs. I know vhs eventually won out but that doesn't mean it was a better choice. If we are talking about technology then why don't we go with what is better? Sure betamax was more expensive but so is the current gas prices. Yet people are not cutting down on usage for it. Besides if it was given a chance, betamax might have cost less on a long run. So my conclusion is for Blue-Ray."


Precisely to the oppisite will happen just like Beta ....

HD-DVD will have cheaper players and most importantly cheaper media for movie studios to produce therefore making it cheaper for us to by ...This will make it a no brainer for the walmart consumer...
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Old 06-11-2005, 03:35 AM   #15
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I just got a video about Holographic Storage, check it out:
http://www.inphase-technologies.com/...hase_promo.mov
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