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Old 11-04-2007, 07:21 PM   #1
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Which way will they end up going Blue-Ray or HD-DVD?

What will end up being the standard? I don't want to drop big bucks into one or the other only to find out that the "other" one is the preferred choice.

It's Beta & VHS all over again.
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:23 PM   #2
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Which way will they end up going Blue-Ray or HD-DVD?

What will end up being the standard? I don't want to drop big bucks into one or the other only to find out that the "other" one is the preferred choice.

It's Beta & VHS all over again.
Dude, it's not Blue-Ray...come on...seriously how long have you been around high def. everyone knows it's bloray
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:25 PM   #3
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You don't have to drop big bucks n HD DVD. Circuit City ahs the HD A2 for $129. The PS3 can be found for $399. We don't know which one will win but many of us are hoping for HD DVD to win. It the best bang for the buck.. when AQ and PA are equal, only price will be the deciding factor... let your wallet decide
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HD DVD is the ONLY Hi Def Format approved by the DVD Forum. So, HD DVD IMO will be the next Gen Format. It's standardized, finished, approved, and costs much cheaper. All players & movies past, present & future will be compatible with each other whereas Blu-Ray is still playing around with a bunch of different profile versions which are not guaranteed compatibility with newer movies.

Warner Bros. will choose either HD DVD or Blu-Ray for exclusiveness. Probably in around Jan 2008. Their choice in format may also be an indication in which format will win.
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Also the HD DVD player HD-A2 is selling off the shelves like there was no tomorrow.
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HD DVD is the way to go.
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Dude, it's not Blue-Ray...come on...seriously how long have you been around high def. everyone knows it's bloray

forgive me Brian... I'm married. if the wife ain't happy, I ain't happy (if you know what I mean). you don't rock the boat if you want to actually "hear" the tv. she's NOT technologically savvy so if it's High Def, Low Def she really couldn't give a hoot.

I buy all my stuff on the sly so as far as she's concerned, EVERYTHING costs $19.99 no matter what it is.

I thought it was a valid question
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Which way will they end up going Blue-Ray or HD-DVD?

What will end up being the standard? I don't want to drop big bucks into one or the other only to find out that the "other" one is the preferred choice.

It's Beta & VHS all over again.
If you consider $99 "big bucks" then maybe the hobby of HD movies on disc may not be for you . . . . now. Maybe in 3 years you could get what you want at the price you and your wife compromise to be acceptable and reasonable.

Have you looked at the cost of movies? Many can be purchased for $19.99 . . . each.
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:54 PM   #9
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IMO, it's all about which format has the titles you are interested in and for me Blu-Ray is the obvious choice because I am a huge Horror fan.
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Gotta agree with Newt on this one. What good is a player if all the movies you like are on the other format. Of course if you're looking to get into this cheap to get the wifes feet wet the A2/ A3 is the ticket. I would expect that the few stores that have the A2 still will be selling them off for under $100 soon as we start to see A3 sales on the A3 (like Sears BF sale).

So if you like movies on the HD DVD format and can spare a few bucks you can get into it cheap. Plus Netflix seams reall good about carring HD DVD content.
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HD DVD is great. It gives you everything Blu Ray does and is only for $100. It will win.
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Old 11-04-2007, 10:11 PM   #12
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IMO, it's all about which format has the titles you are interested in and for me Blu-Ray is the obvious choice because I am a huge Horror fan.
Actually, it's the studios that are following the sales. more people buying HD DVD would equal more titles being available on that format, savvy? I for one love Disney movies, but chose HD DVD because it seems better on a tech scale.
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HD DVD is great. It gives you everything Blu Ray does and is only for $100. It will win.
It gives you more than what blu ray does. HDi interactive features are really cool, and web-enabled stuff is really nice, as well.
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Personally, I chose HD DVD for a couple reasons, and this was when HD DVD looked like it was going down the drain too.

1. The player option, at the time, was waay cheaper than anything Blu Ray had to offer. I was able to get my HD DVD add-on for $200, compared to a $600 PS3 or BD player.

2. Universal movies. They are, by and large, my favorite movie studio and had they been BD exclusive instead of HD DVD I'd have chosen that format instead.

As for your choice it depends largely on the same two things that my choice depended on:

1. Your budget.
2. Your preference of movies.

Both BD and HD DVD have TONS of great action flicks. Just a few off the top of my head:

HD DVD:
Mummy
Mummy Returns
Children of Men
Bourne Trilogy
Matrix Trilogy
Transformers

Blu Ray:
Layer Cake
Kingdom of Heaven
Casino Royale
Spider Man Trilogy
Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy

Each of those movies you won't find on the competing format. In terms of other preferences you'll find that they both have a good mix of every kind of genre from romantic comedies to dramas to horror movies. One thing you should decide, however, is what you prefer more: Comedy movies or Horror movies. HD DVD has a lot more comedies, and not just more but better ones too, where as, Blu Ray has more and better horror movies. Important factors to think of.

As for price, well like others have said before me, HD DVD is cheaper than Blu-ray. You can buy a stand-alone HD DVD player for around $129 right now (someplaces might stille be selling em for $99). However, that is not to say that Blu-ray is not coming down in price. Their cheapest stand-alone is $399 (just announced by Sony, I think) which is the same price as the chepaest PS3 (which has a BD player inside it).

To give you a short breakdown here are the movie studios that support each:

HD DVD:
Universal (including Rogue Pictures and Focus Features)
Paramount
Dreamworks
Weinstein (including Dimension Films)

Blu-ray:
Sony (Including Columbia Pictures)
Fox
Disney
Lionsgate
MGM

Both:
Warner Bros. (including New Line Cinema)
Magnolia

I hope I have answered any question you may have. Enjoy whichever you choose, it is DEFINITELY worth the expense.
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IMO, it's all about which format has the titles you are interested in and for me Blu-Ray is the obvious choice because I am a huge Horror fan.
I wish it was that easy for me. I'm a big Disney fan. Have been for a long time but I can't get myself to spend so much money for a Bluray player. If it was cheaper I may go for it. But I still don't know cause I really want HD to win. Hopefully Disney will give into HD or Bluray drops their player prices dramatically!!!
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