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Old 12-10-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Chrysler announces Blu-ray system is now available in minivans
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DVD players have been available in all manner of vehicles for just about as long as the DVD has been around. Before DVDs, some vans even had old school VCRs in them to allow people to watch movies on the go. What we havenít seen so far is Blu-ray players available in vehicles, which is rather surprising.

Chrysler has now addressed that with the announcement that Blu-ray players are now available in its Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. The available Blu-ray systems will play both Blu-ray movies and DVDs. The systems also have HDMI inputs allowing the connection of video game systems.

The Blu-ray system has a nine-inch screen for both the second and third rows of seats. The entertainment systems also have a pair of USB ports for recharging gadgets and a standard 115 V power inverter. Chrysler says that the Blu-ray video system is a segment exclusive feature. The system allows different movies to be played on the screen for the second row and for the third row passengers.

Itís unclear exactly how much the option price for the Blu-ray system will be. Odds are it will be bundled with a high-end audio system that adds significantly to the price of a new vehicle. The Blu-ray system also has two wireless headsets and a wireless remote control.
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With iPads, tablets and phones, why would anyone want to mess around with discs in a car anymore?
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With iPads, tablets and phones, why would anyone want to mess around with discs in a car anymore?
For me it would be because the quality of a DVD or BD is better than most of the content on a tablet or phone.
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For me it would be because the quality of a DVD or BD is better than most of the content on a tablet or phone.
But is it needed or noticeable on the screens that are used in a minivan? I find that my iPod filled with movies looks fine when plugged into my RV sets. And I have a huge collection of titles available in the palm of my hand. Plus I don't have to worry about all those discs getting scratched. It's really a no-brainer.
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For me it would be because the quality of a DVD or BD is better than most of the content on a tablet or phone.
For you? Do you spend a lot of time in the backseat of a car watching movies?
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For you? Do you spend a lot of time in the backseat of a car watching movies?
No, but I have watched DVDs on a 9" screen before and they look decent.
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No, but I have watched DVDs on a 9" screen before and they look decent.

Yeah but with a portable you can watch it from less than two feet away and appreciate the difference in PQ.

Overhead van displays are generally watched from further away so you're not likely to see much, if any, difference in quality.

What would be practicable, in terms of appreciating the PQ improvement that Blu-ray has to offer, would be portable Blu-ray players. Do they make any yet?
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I think the only real difference that people will appreciate with these Blu-ray van players is the difference between loading times of DVD and Blu-rays that they play in it.
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Amen brother , well said
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Yeah but with a portable you can watch it from less than two feet away and appreciate the difference in PQ.

Overhead van displays are generally watched from further away so you're not likely to see much, if any, difference in quality.

What would be practicable, in terms of appreciating the PQ improvement that Blu-ray has to offer, would be portable Blu-ray players. Do they make any yet?
Yes, quite a few.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...u-ray%20player
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With iPads, tablets and phones, why would anyone want to mess around with discs in a car anymore?
Not ready to hand any of those over to my 3 yr old just yet. Disc in the player and he can't break anything.
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It's just another opportunity for blu ray to expand. Now you can just buy the Bd disc, and not a combo.
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It's just another opportunity for blu ray to expand. Now you can just buy the Bd disc, and not a combo.
You can't for major releases. All the BD skus of top releases have DVDs inside. Combo are responsible for most of the sales too.

Besides, parents will still want the DVD so the kids will have their own copy for places such as the van. That way the BD don't get lost, broken, scratched, or torched by the sun.
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But is it needed or noticeable on the screens that are used in a minivan? I find that my iPod filled with movies looks fine when plugged into my RV sets. And I have a huge collection of titles available in the palm of my hand. Plus I don't have to worry about all those discs getting scratched. It's really a no-brainer.
Most people dont have ipods filled with movies. You gotta rip them, buy them off itunes, or pirate them, maybe have to reencode them. Still hassle for a lot of people, usually old people.
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Most people dont have ipods filled with movies. You gotta rip them, buy them off itunes, or pirate them, maybe have to reencode them. Still hassle for a lot of people, usually old people.
A lot of people do thanks to getting those Combo packs that include a Blu-ray and Digital Copy with their DVD purchase. SEE WHAT I DID THERE?

I find it amusing how now people can tell the difference on a little tiny portable Blu-ray player, but watching movies on an iPad was just so silly a year ago Who watches movies anywhere but on a 60" TV? C'MON!
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