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Old 11-28-2006, 02:11 PM   #1
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Sometimes the only winning move is not to play.

I'm sorry Sony and I'm sorry Toshiba (et. el.) but you can each tout the wonders of your new hi-definition players until the cows come home and it won't make a bit of difference to me. I just want to watch movies. That's it. End of story. There is no way in hell I'm going to pay for a new player that will let me watch some movies but not others. It's absurd. It ain't gonna happen.

So here are your options:

1. Release ALL movies from ALL studios on both formats.
2. Release a good quality dual format player at a reasonable price
3. Give up entirely on one format or the other.

Until one of those scenarios happens, I'll just have to keep watching my "old" DVD's.

Oh and you can also plan on a little less revenue coming your way, because I'm also holding off on purchasing that new plasma set and any new DVD's until you solve this issue.
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:27 PM   #2
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Well options 1, 2 or 3 aren't going to happen anytime soon. I guess the only thing I can say is "more for us"!
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:58 PM   #3
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Sometimes the only winning move is not to play.

I'm sorry Sony and I'm sorry Toshiba (et. el.) but you can each tout the wonders of your new hi-definition players until the cows come home and it won't make a bit of difference to me. I just want to watch movies. That's it. End of story. There is no way in hell I'm going to pay for a new player that will let me watch some movies but not others. It's absurd. It ain't gonna happen.
Makes sense to me. I'm thinking about just grabbing a cheap BDP1000 and/or A1 and waiting until a full-featured player is out. I hate having to settle for something that doesn't meet my needs. Neither format has made me want to run out and buy a player and discs. High-def movies can be very impressive but there are too many problems on both sides. HD DVD has awful studio support and not enough lossless soundtracks, Blu-ray is just getting over a rough transitional phase and doesn't have enough outstanding transfers for me to get excited about. Neither format is selling well, and there just aren't enough quality titles out on either side. I'm hoping in a year thing will be different. I won't hold my breath for a dual-format player. I'd rather just see HD DVD die. It never deserved to exist in the first place and IMO doomed both formats to a niche audience and a short existence. Microsoft used HD DVD to further their own agenda, downloadable movies. I feel sorry for the suckers who actaully trusted Amir and the gang about the wonders of VC-1 and HD DVD. I'm ready for some extensive HD VOD but I doubt we'll see it within the next couple of years... I'm hoping Apple can come up with a quality h.264 movie download service, I'm not interested in helping line Micro$oft's pockets anymore.
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Blu-ray is just getting over a rough transitional phase and doesn't have enough outstanding transfers for me to get excited about.
What was the transition? Why didn't HD DVD have a transitional period?
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:07 PM   #5
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What was the transition? Why didn't HD DVD have a transitional period?
HD DVD's transitional period was before the format hit the market. It was the transition between everyone thinking "Why the hell would anyone want to support this crappy format?" to "OMG, VC-1 rulez!!! 30GB is okay cuz efficient low bitrates are teh best!!! MPEG-2 is so inferior to VC-1!!! We luv u, Amir!!!"

The rest is history....
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HD DVD's transitional period was before the format hit the market. It was the transition between everyone thinking "Why the hell would anyone want to support this crappy format?" to "OMG, VC-1 rulez!!! 30GB is okay cuz efficient low bitrates are teh best!!! MPEG-2 is so inferior to VC-1!!! We luv u, Amir!!!"

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Right...

And what was BD's transition? You never answered my first question.
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:12 PM   #7
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And what was BD's transition? You never answered my first question.
Poorly done transfers w/ great audio to awesome transfers w/ great audio
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BD is still in transition because they released the format TWO years before it was ready. Lousy transfers, no HD audio decoders built in, very expensive players (2-3 times the money for a BD player over a HD-DVD player), lesds movies, no internet interactivity unless you replace the surrent offerings next year with the profile2 BD players, excuses, excuses excuses as to why HD-DVD has the BD format beat on all the above.
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Lousy transfers
Thousands of people would like to disagree with you on that. Don't worry, though, you should be safe on this forum.

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very expensive players (2-3 times the money for a BD player over a HD-DVD player)
The cheapest BD player is $500 and full-featured. The cheapest HD DVD player is $500 and doesn't have nearly the same amount of features. Don't say 360 add-on, we all know that is 1/2 of an HD player and it doesn't count as being $200 because you need to buy a $400 console first. The HD DVD equivalent of the $500 BD player costs $1000 and hasn't been released yet.

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excuses, excuses excuses as to why HD-DVD has the BD format beat on all the above.
Where are the excuses for why HD DVD hasn't garnered more studio support since it is selling SO EXTREMELY WELL. I remember quite a few people here claiming that Disney would be neutral by this Christmas... what happened to those claims? Don't give me any excuses why you still only have UNiversal.
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The cheapest BD player is $500 and full-featured. The cheapest HD DVD player is $500 and doesn't have nearly the same amount of features. Don't say 360 add-on, we all know that is 1/2 of an HD player and it doesn't count as being $200 because you need to buy a $400 console first. The HD DVD equivalent of the $500 BD player costs $1000 and hasn't been released yet.



Where are the excuses for why HD DVD hasn't garnered more studio support since it is selling SO EXTREMELY WELL. I remember quite a few people here claiming that Disney would be neutral by this Christmas... what happened to those claims? Don't give me any excuses why you still only have UNiversal.
Where can I get a BD player for $500?
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Old 11-28-2006, 04:54 PM   #11
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Where can I get a BD player for $500?
I think he's referring to the PS3. IF you can find one, its either $500 or $600. IF you actually can find one, it will be likely to be the $600 unit.

FYI - 360 with HD-DVD can be bought for just $500 as well. With the micro center deal on the 360, you could have had both for $400.
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Poorly done transfers w/ great audio to awesome transfers w/ great audio
Awesome transfers like the one for Talladega Nights?
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Awesome transfers like the one for Talladega Nights?
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You do that, and we'll continue to enjoy watching the latest high definition movies on our high definition TV's with some people listening to the latest in lossless high def audio while you play the waiting game. I hope the wait isn't too long for your sake, as there are lots of people in the same boat as you.

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Sometimes the only winning move is not to play.

I'm sorry Sony and I'm sorry Toshiba (et. el.) but you can each tout the wonders of your new hi-definition players until the cows come home and it won't make a bit of difference to me. I just want to watch movies. That's it. End of story. There is no way in hell I'm going to pay for a new player that will let me watch some movies but not others. It's absurd. It ain't gonna happen.

So here are your options:

1. Release ALL movies from ALL studios on both formats.
2. Release a good quality dual format player at a reasonable price
3. Give up entirely on one format or the other.

Until one of those scenarios happens, I'll just have to keep watching my "old" DVD's.

Oh and you can also plan on a little less revenue coming your way, because I'm also holding off on purchasing that new plasma set and any new DVD's until you solve this issue.
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:31 PM   #15
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hahaha..... glown3d
Do you ever have anything important to add to a conversation other than "pwn3d" and "ROFL"? Your profile says you're almost 30 yet you post like you're a 14 yr old.......
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