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Old 06-02-2007, 12:06 PM   #1  
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my dad and i are considering getting hd dvd players within the next few months (or now with the rebate, you can get 7 free movies if you buy a player and one of the matrix collections from amazon). my question is this: if blu ray ends up winning (can't deny the studio support and the ps3) will universal and warner continue to support hd dvd? the combination of battlestar galactica, lord of the rings, the matrix, and the 300 is making hd dvd look very nice, but neither of us wants to be completely screwed down the line. thanks is advance for any replies.
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Old 06-02-2007, 12:31 PM   #2  
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If Blu-Ray wins, that will mean HD-DVD is gone.

I really don't see this happening though. Its very likely both formats will stick around. Either way, you'll still be able to enjoy any HD-DVD's you've purchased and the players make great upconverting players too.
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Old 06-02-2007, 12:37 PM   #3  
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yeah, i see your point. i've got a 360 so i would just get the add-on. to me it seems like a win-win situation if hd dvd wins or loses. if it wins, the add-on will likely go down in price, and hd dvd will be the standard. if hd dvd loses, the add-on will most likely still go down in price, and prices for movies will likely plummet as well, similar to sony's umd's, but not nearly as drastic where you were able to get 5 movies for $10.
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my dad and i are considering getting hd dvd players within the next few months (or now with the rebate, you can get 7 free movies if you buy a player and one of the matrix collections from amazon). my question is this: if blu ray ends up winning (can't deny the studio support and the ps3) will universal and warner continue to support hd dvd? the combination of battlestar galactica, lord of the rings, the matrix, and the 300 is making hd dvd look very nice, but neither of us wants to be completely screwed down the line. thanks is advance for any replies.
I was thinking similarly last October. Do I want to jump in? But, I love HDTV, and wanted HD video, which I knew would be better than the compressed HD I get from Comcast.

When the A-1 got under $400 I got real interested, then I dove in and got a one for $322 from a good Ebay vendor. I figured I'd just cherrypick a few titles and Netflix the rest while the format war raged. But, I now have 42 titles!

I have not regretted the decision one bit. First, neither format will die any time soon. And, even if BR eventually does carry the day (maybe by 2009 at the earliest), I figure my HD DVDs will continue to be used for years to come. My A-1 is playing pretty much flawlessly. In fact, I'll probably buy a newer HD DVD player this holiday season and move the A-1 to the bedroom... Remember, these babies are nice upconverting DVD players, too, so they will get used for years to come.

I'd love to get a combo player, but those are likely too be too pricey for now. The current deals on the A2 are awesome. Under $300 with 5 free movies (and more from some vendors). I'm jealous...
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if hd dvd loses, the add-on will most likely still go down in price, and prices for movies will likely plummet as well, similar to sony's umd's, but not nearly as drastic where you were able to get 5 movies for $10.
Disc prices will plummet a little bit but they will also go OOP rather quickly. If Blu-ray pulls ahead by a longshot, better snatch up all the HD DVDs you can before they're all gone. Otherwise you'll have to pay insane prices on eBay like you have to now with D*theater tapes.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:28 PM   #6  
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Your question requires some perspective.

If Blu-Ray wins, then of course HD DVD goes away--that's the definition of winning. Same if HD DVD wins.

If neither format goes out of production, then they will continue to be supported at some level.

No matter what happens, whatever discs you bought will continue to play on your player and you could never count on exclusive movies being re-released in the other format, although it's certainly possible.
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Old 06-02-2007, 03:34 PM   #7  
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I think the neutral studios will continue to output on both formats for quite some time. And Warner is supposed to be releasing their stuff on THD soon, so that would make their purchases future proof.

At the current prices of these players, the investment isnt so bad if 2 years from now we all find out we need a BD player. Cant ssay the same about BD players.
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So please tell me what is going to happen that will make HD DVD go away?

Or for that matter BD?

With all the "support" that BD has - it really hasn't given them a substantial lead in the race. And HD DVD is not getting weaker - on the contrary - it is getting stronger with the sales push for May/June.

We do know for a fact that the purchase of a standalone player/add-on results in the sales 0f HDD (High Def. Disc) movies. The same cannot be said for the sale of a PS3, as it is dual use.

Even if Universal went neutral - the HD DVD players are still less expensive as are the HD DVD movies that are not Combo's.

And what happens to the BDA CEM's that are supporting BD, when the new Sony player comes out at the beginning of next month with a now rumored MSRP of $499? Think that is going to help sell Panny or Sammy players which are much higher in price?

Price trumps all other features/advantages and benefits and HD DVD has a large lead in the price category. This will only dissappear when BD gets below $250 which may or may not happen this year. We know it will happen with HD DVD.

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To be honest by the time either format wins chances are there will be a decent number of dual format players available, as the technology will be there and prices will be more reasonable and with the amount of HD/BR DVD's that will be in circulation I'm sure IF EITHER format were to lose this war you will happily be able to find a way to play your old discs by the time your player is at the great electronics shop in the sky.
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thanks for all the replies, you guys have all brought up really good points. looking around on ebay, it seems like i can get the 360 add-on for about $150 plus shipping, with most of the auctions including some free movies other than the included king kong. i've decided to go for it if i see something enticing on that or if some retailer has a good deal on included movies. again, thanks a lot!
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my dad and i are considering getting hd dvd players within the next few months (or now with the rebate, you can get 7 free movies if you buy a player and one of the matrix collections from amazon). my question is this: if blu ray ends up winning (can't deny the studio support and the ps3) will universal and warner continue to support hd dvd? the combination of battlestar galactica, lord of the rings, the matrix, and the 300 is making hd dvd look very nice, but neither of us wants to be completely screwed down the line. thanks is advance for any replies.
There are too many HD DVD standalone players sold now for it to be an abandoned format, and they're selling like hotcakes. It will continue to have studio support for years to come.

The number of studios supporting HD DVD: 25
The number of studios supporting Blu-ray: 21

I expect Disney to start supporting HD DVD sometime in 2008, if not by then.
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The number of studios supporting HD DVD: 25
The number of studios supporting Blu-ray: 21
Do you have a list of (or link to) supporting studios for each format?
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The number of studios supporting HD DVD: 25
The number of studios supporting Blu-ray: 21
If you are going to post information like this please provide a link that supports it, so We don't end up with another flame war from the Blu-Ray supporters.

They have always claimed overwhelming studio support as the main reason HD DVD should die as a format and go away (or at least will shortly).

Proof of facts helps everyone know the truth of the matter and ultimately helps both sides of the format war.
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The number of studios supporting HD DVD: 25
The number of studios supporting Blu-ray: 21
LOL. We're not talking about porn here, you pervert. We're talking about REAL studios.

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I expect Disney to start supporting HD DVD sometime in 2008, if not by then.
LMAO. I remember last year when people on this forum were saying the same thing substituting 2007 for 2008.
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LOL. We're not talking about porn here, you pervert. We're talking about REAL studios.
Exactly, why someone should always provide a link for a statement like that and what if he didn't mean porn studios included?
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