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Harry Potter HD-DVDs have bit the dust.

mytime
07-30-2014, 05:09 PM
Well what I was hoping wouldn't happen did. I have the HP movies 1-5 on HD DVD. All of them have a spot ( or several ) where the disc will freeze or just stop altogether .
Guess I'll have to get them on BD.

BIslander
07-31-2014, 12:11 AM
Same with mine. I replaced the first five with Blus a few years ago.

ImRizzo
07-31-2014, 08:22 AM
lamination problems ?

mytime
07-31-2014, 06:48 PM
lamination problems ?

No clue. The discs are pristine. No dirt or scratches.

ImRizzo
07-31-2014, 07:13 PM
No clue. The discs are pristine. No dirt or scratches.

Strange ?

BIslander
07-31-2014, 07:29 PM
HD DVD was fraught with software issues and I started getting those sorts of errors.

GizmoDVD
08-01-2014, 08:13 AM
HD DVD was fraught with software issues and I started getting those sorts of errors.

:rolleyes:

HD Goofnut
08-01-2014, 03:02 PM
Were these combo discs?

mytime
08-01-2014, 03:56 PM
Were these combo discs?

No. I have tried them in different players as well. Same thing.

1stSilverado
08-02-2014, 09:34 PM
for movies and a player that is around 6-7 years old, you got your monies worth. I don't know anyone who still has a working Blu ray player from pre 2008.

ImRizzo
08-03-2014, 07:38 AM
for movies and a player that is around 6-7 years old, you got your monies worth. I don't know anyone who still has a working Blu ray player from pre 2008.

Sad but True and, what lays in store for this next generation HD hardware, in terms of longevity early reports were no very positive for OLED panels are really still researching. Products brought to market early are questionable of the full potential of OLED , when will the displays reach their full potential for US ? I'm certain these new panels will be $$$$ for the first year or so, till production rate reaches possible consumers demands / limits.

bruceames
08-04-2014, 11:17 AM
I'll have to check to see if mine still play on the XA2, but not worried since I have all my Warner HD DVD backed up on a hard drive (should go ahead and copy that back up as well on another drive).

I could easily check as well to see if it will burn once again to ISO using my xbox 360 HD DVD drive, but I have found that that drive is more forgiving and so will be more likely to play than on the XA2. Same goes for the LG BH200: a few movies that wouldn't play on the XA2 would play on it.

I have TMT3 and PowerDVD5 which will play HD DVD off the computer, so I can easily play my entire HD DVD collection off of pure software if I wanted to. Nothing to break down or rot there. ;)

morriscroy
08-04-2014, 12:00 PM
I could easily check as well to see if it will burn once again to ISO using my xbox 360 HD DVD drive, but I have found that that drive is more forgiving and so will be more likely to play than on the XA2. Same goes for the LG BH200: a few movies that wouldn't play on the XA2 would play on it.

In practice, I find it is useful to have several different drives and players around. (Though I don't have any hd-dvd discs). A disc that pukes on one drive/player, may play fine on another drive/player.

It saves time and trouble on exchanging/returning discs.

Lee Stewart
08-05-2014, 05:06 PM
Both my A2s and A3 have crapped out. They wouldn't play HD DVDs or DVDs. Threw them out along with the 200 HD DVDs we had.

morriscroy
08-06-2014, 07:47 AM
Both my A2s and A3 have crapped out. They wouldn't play HD DVDs or DVDs. Threw them out along with the 200 HD DVDs we had.

What would be amusing and sad at the same time, is something like this happening 10 or 20+ years from now for dvd and/or bluray.

bruceames
08-06-2014, 10:02 AM
What would be amusing and sad at the same time, is something like this happening 10 or 20+ years from now for dvd and/or bluray.

It happens with discs and players eventually...all the time. HD DVD doesn't have a monopoly on it. It's the nature of the beast. None of my HD DVD players have broken down yet though. The early players generally have a higher build quality and tend to last longer.

morriscroy
08-06-2014, 10:18 AM
I've only had one dvd player breaking down on me. Albeit it was a model from the early-2000's that was heavily used for many years. (ie. Almost daily use for several hours every evening).

A friend gave it to me back in the late-2000's, where I shoved it into a closet for a few years without ever plugging it in. I pulled it out later in 2011, when I first started buying a lot of dvds. It was so heavily used previously by my friend, that it only lasted about one year for me until it died.

morriscroy
08-06-2014, 10:26 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if external computer dvd drives are still being manufactured in 10+ years time, even after all the American/European/Japanese dvd patents expire.

HD Goofnut
08-06-2014, 10:38 AM
I'll have to check to see if mine still play on the XA2, but not worried since I have all my Warner HD DVD backed up on a hard drive (should go ahead and copy that back up as well on another drive).

I could easily check as well to see if it will burn once again to ISO using my xbox 360 HD DVD drive, but I have found that that drive is more forgiving and so will be more likely to play than on the XA2. Same goes for the LG BH200: a few movies that wouldn't play on the XA2 would play on it.

I have TMT3 and PowerDVD5 which will play HD DVD off the computer, so I can easily play my entire HD DVD collection off of pure software if I wanted to. Nothing to break down or rot there. ;)

My LG BH200 died several months ago, but my A20 still works. The BD/HD DVD drive from the BH200 is fine as it was a power supply issue. My question is can I hook it up to a PC with a SATA cable to get it work like a PC drive?

morriscroy
08-06-2014, 12:47 PM
My LG BH200 died several months ago, but my A20 still works. The BD/HD DVD drive from the BH200 is fine as it was a power supply issue. My question is can I hook it up to a PC with a SATA cable to get it work like a PC drive?

Can the bh200's drive swap with an already existing computer internal dvd/bluray drive, using the same computer cables?

(ie. Is the bh200's drive a repurposed computer hddvd/dvd drive? )

bruceames
08-06-2014, 12:51 PM
My LG BH200 died several months ago, but my A20 still works. The BD/HD DVD drive from the BH200 is fine as it was a power supply issue. My question is can I hook it up to a PC with a SATA cable to get it work like a PC drive?

You should be able to, don't see why not. I've done it with internal laptop drives that read and burn HD DVD. I think you can just buy a Sata enclosure for that has everything.

HD Goofnut
08-06-2014, 01:39 PM
You should be able to, don't see why not. I've done it with internal laptop drives that read and burn HD DVD. I think you can just buy a Sata enclosure for that has everything.

Can you post a link for a good enclosure for it?

bruceames
08-06-2014, 01:58 PM
Can you post a link for a good enclosure for it?

Here (http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-5-25-Inch-Enclosure-Interface-NST-530S3-BK/dp/B0093HKFYW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407354588&sr=8-1&keywords=5.25+sata+enclosure) is one. Not 100% sure if it's the right one or if it'll even work, so you'll have to do some research or just take a chance and deal with a return if it doesn't work out.

fettastic
10-16-2014, 05:45 PM
Both my A2s and A3 have crapped out. They wouldn't play HD DVDs or DVDs. Threw them out along with the 200 HD DVDs we had.

Damn Lee, that's a shame. Once the WB deal went through, the writing was on the wall so I sold most of them to the resale shop.

A few others I gave to a guy (along with my A1) who bought my last TV. I'll never forget he said "Do I HAVE to take the HD DVD player?" Ha ha.

Hard to forget all the people echoing that HD DVD would be forever and they had stocked their closets with closeout players. Oh andf China HD DVD was going to be it's savior, ha ha. Good times, good times.

FrancisHackman
06-25-2015, 10:48 PM
Starange.....

GizmoDVD
06-27-2015, 12:15 PM
Damn Lee, that's a shame. Once the WB deal went through, the writing was on the wall so I sold most of them to the resale shop.

A few others I gave to a guy (along with my A1) who bought my last TV. I'll never forget he said "Do I HAVE to take the HD DVD player?" Ha ha.

Hard to forget all the people echoing that HD DVD would be forever and they had stocked their closets with closeout players. Oh andf China HD DVD was going to be it's savior, ha ha. Good times, good times.

And yet, all my HD DVDs still work (when I still play a physical disc). So yes, HD DVD is forever. Just like DVD, just like Laserdisc etc.

I mean, it's not like HD DVD had to suffer like Blu-ray has. What an embarrassment. Gotta toss in a DVD and digital copy just to move the SKU.

bruceames
06-28-2015, 07:13 AM
And yet, all my HD DVDs still work (when I still play a physical disc). So yes, HD DVD is forever. Just like DVD, just like Laserdisc etc.

I mean, it's not like HD DVD had to suffer like Blu-ray has. What an embarrassment. Gotta toss in a DVD and digital copy just to move the SKU.

What's really embarrassing is that Blu-ray is declining faster than DVD. It's been that way for the last 12 months. Blu-ray share still the same at a meager 31.3% (although it did peak at 31.8% several months ago. Wow.).

last 52 weeks
Blu-ray: -13.2%
DVD: -12.9%

Chris Gerhard
06-30-2015, 04:11 AM
My LG BH200 still gets used and works fine. I am playing Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone HD DVD now, watched a few minutes of it and left it playing. Will check to see if it is playing properly and if the time code is precisely where it should be later.

I have 15 year old DVDs and 30 year of CDs that still play fine but I suspect I have dozens of HD DVDs that are unplayable after 7 years. I dont' think I have ever had a DVD or CD go bad and I own thousands. There was a serious manufacturing issue with HD DVDs at least one plant, maybe more. No Blu-ray software problems at all for me. LaserDisc had serious rot problems early but I think later releases were much better and I know people still playing LaserDiscs that are 20 to 30 years old.

As far as pre 2008 Blu-ray hardware, my 2 PS3s both work fine. My Samsung BDP1200 worked fine the last time I had it connected, with the exception of a few newer Blu-ray discs not loading, so it is in the closet.

Blu-ray doesn't sell well now although it sells well enough that we still see new releases, including old movies, it is still far and away my favorite way to watch movies.

As far as HD DVD hardware, I think the more expensive players have been reliable, still work great. From what I have read, the HD-A2, HD-A3 and similar inexpensive players have not held up and those were a big majority of players sold. I have an HD-XA2 and HD-A20, both are still fine.

I just checked Sorceror's Stone, it is not precisely where it should be, not even close, it is not playing properly at all. Will do the same with Chamber of Secrets and see what it does.