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Old 01-30-2008, 09:29 AM   #1  
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Hi all,
Found this article from electronichouse on 3 Good Reasons to Stick with HD-DVD. Not looking for the blu crowd to start bashing (again). Just posting some news, that's all....

http://www.electronichouse.com/artic...th_hd_dvd/C174


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3 Good Reasons To Stick With HD DVD
January 30, 2008 | by Scott Wasser

By most accounts, Blu-ray has surged ahead in the high-def format war. But here are three reasons why HD DVD is still a solid investment.

Although it’s quite possible the decision by Warner Brothers Entertainment to abandon HD DVD will wind up being one of the final shots in the high-definition disc war, there remain some very sound reasons to ally with the HD DVD camp.

Granted, when Warner in June joins forces with Sony, Disney, and Fox as exclusive Blu-ray Disc distributors, the BD arsenal will be pretty impressive. But HD DVD still has a couple of powerful weapons in Universal and Paramount/Dreamworks, and both companies recently restated their support of the format. That means anyone planning to add the high-def version of “American Gangster” to their home video library better not be too quick to give up on HD DVD.

According to a poll of some 1300 Electronichouse.com readers, (see the following articles: Top 10 Reasons to Buy HD DVD, Top 10 Reasons to Buy Blu-ray), 41-percent currently own or plan to buy an HD DVD player, compared to 36-percent who own or plan to buy a Blu-ray player. Twelve percent said they were waiting for the dust to settle before making a decision, and 11-percent own or plan to buy both formats.

This is (albeit unscientific) proof there are some HD DVD supporters out there. Here are three compelling arguments to join their side.

Hardware Bargains
If it’s true that money talks, HDTV owners wanting to join the high-def disc world should walk into the HD DVD camp. HD DVD players have had a price edge – sometimes significant – over BD players from Day 1, and Toshiba’s recent price cuts suggest that isn’t about to change any time soon. List prices for Toshiba’s players are now $149.99 for the 1080i HD-A3, $199.99 for the HD-A30 with 1080p output, and $299.99 for its top-of-the-line HD-A35. Amazon is offering the HD-A3 for $129, which is less than the collective regular cost of the seven free titles that are part of the deal. And the format’s mandatory specifications ensure that all HD DVD players support the latest Dolby audio codecs and full internet-based interactivity. Not bad for less than half the price of the least expensive BD player.

Exclusivity
It may be true that around 70 percent of home video titles will be on Blu-ray Disc once Warner stops supporting HD DVD, but your high-def disc library simply won’t be complete if it’s exclusively BD. Right now, for example, mega-hits such as “Shrek the Third,” “Transformers,” “Knocked Up” and all three titles in the Bourne series are available only on HD DVD. Barring a sudden change of heart by Universal and Paramount/Dreamworks, the same will be true of upcoming releases such as “American Gangster,” “Bee Movie,” and “Beowolf.” Granted, there also are plenty of must-have BD exclusives – the Spider-Man and Pirates of the Caribbean trilogies come immediately to mind. But we’re not arguing against adopting Blu-ray; we’re citing reasons it makes sense to embrace HD DVD.

Dual Personality
Chances are pretty good – like, say, a billion-to-one – that anyone who buys an HD DVD or BD player already has a collection of standard DVDs and realizes that players from both camps will upscale those DVDs to near high-def quality. But anyone with a DVD library also is likely to have more than one DVD player, and you might as well feed it a hockey puck as try to play a BD disc on it. But HD DVD standards provide for Combo Format discs that feature high-def on one side and a standard-definition DVD on the other. That means they’ll not only work on the new HD DVD player in the home theater, but also on the DVD player in the bedroom, the laptop, and even in the car.

How much longer you’ll be able to buy new high-def releases to feed your HD DVD player, of course, is uncertain. But with movie downloads gaining momentum, the longevity of Blu-ray also is up in the air. And HD DVD prices are so affordable it won’t hurt as much if the hardware is relegated to playing DVDs and catalogue titles a few years from now.
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Sounds perfectly sensible to me.
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Old 01-30-2008, 09:33 AM   #3  
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It does to you and it does to me too but just wait for the blu bots to chime in harp on yet again that HD DVD is a dead format!
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Great article - makes a lot of sense. I own both and can't for the life of me understand how anyone who can afford a BD player not own a very affordable HD DVD player with free movies - unless of course they are zealots and are completely irrational. I own two HD DVD players and two BD players! Life can be very short - how long until Universal and Paramount go neutral, if ever? Why would anyone who loves HD movies not own both, if they can afford it? Their lose!

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What is with the title of the article? The whole body is an attempt to convince Blu-ray owners that they should own HD DVD players. It should be titled "Why Blu-ray owners should buy into HD DVD" or "Please save my format by buying into it".
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Yawn!
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Yawn!
You must be a very enthusiastic and/or angry person to be yawning so loudly.
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lol, yes very enthusiastic!.
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Although I agree HD DVD is pretty cheap for what you get with it and isn't going to send anyone plumetting into bankruptcy getting into it, I own all blu-ray movies and would not want to own a collection of HD DVDs to have it die out and have to use 2 players to play my collection and have a seperate section of films on a different format, years down the line.

I prefer to be streamlined with it, owning 1 player, 1 set of movies, it just makes sense to me, not to put down money to play a few movies I can't now and end up realizing I should've just waited it out. I'll stick with blu-ray until there is an eventual winner, no sense in cluttering up my collection and entertainment center, I'm too anal for that. and dual format players are way too expensive.
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Very good article, and only 3 of the many reasons why everyone should buy an HD DVD player.
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Agreed. Because if HD DVD ever pulls the plug, HDM is done for it. We can all go back and enjoy 1080p up-scaled SD DVD's.
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Agreed. Because if HD DVD ever pulls the plug, HDM is done for it. We can all go back and enjoy 1080p up-scaled SD DVD's.
No, I for one could never go back to upscaled DVDs and don't see how anyone could if they already invested such a decent amount into a good HDTV. They look okay, sure, but my eyes are so adjusted to a high def format that I wouldn't as stubborn as to not accept whatever the winner format is and just go with it if I really just enjoyed high def for what it is and didn't let politics or arguments get in the way.
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Although I agree HD DVD is pretty cheap for what you get with it and isn't going to send anyone plumetting into bankruptcy getting into it, I own all blu-ray movies and would not want to own a collection of HD DVDs to have it die out and have to use 2 players to play my collection and have a seperate section of films on a different format, years down the line.

I prefer to be streamlined with it, owning 1 player, 1 set of movies, it just makes sense to me, not to put down money to play a few movies I can't now and end up realizing I should've just waited it out. I'll stick with blu-ray until there is an eventual winner, no sense in cluttering up my collection and entertainment center, I'm too anal for that. and dual format players are way too expensive.
Well then you are refusing 50% of the available films on high definition because the number of films are about equal between the two formats and if HD DVD does eventually lose it is likely many of the HD DVD films will be years before they come out on Blu-Ray if ever.

And if you're concerned about the actual ownership of HD DVDs being owning the losing format, why? They will play for years upon years and if you don't want to own them then rent, it doesn't cost anymore to rent HD DVD or Blu-Ray discs then standard DVDs.
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No, I for one could never go back to upscaled DVDs and don't see how anyone could if they already invested such a decent amount into a good HDTV. They look okay, sure, but my eyes are so adjusted to a high def format that I wouldn't as stubborn as to not accept whatever the winner format is and just go with it if I really just enjoyed high def for what it is and didn't let politics or arguments get in the way.
Then you could be in trouble, if Blu-Ray wins the format war, there is a good chance it will remain a niche market and never replace SD DVD as the dominant format.

It needs to do several things soon to ever have a chance of replacing SD DVD, like drop prices to reasonable levels, finish the specs and standardize the players to be able to play all the discs being sold and access their special features (which they are advertising as being so important).

They will need to do all of these things before the end of the year to have a small chance to succeed in the eventual replacement of SD DVD in the market.
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Well then you are refusing 50% of the available films on high definition because the number of films are about equal between the two formats and if HD DVD does eventually lose it is likely many of the HD DVD films will be years before they come out on Blu-Ray if ever.

And if you're concerned about the actual ownership of HD DVDs being owning the losing format, why? They will play for years upon years and if you don't want to own them then rent, it doesn't cost anymore to rent HD DVD or Blu-Ray discs then standard DVDs.

Uhm, 50% of releases are exclusive to HD DVD? Because that would definitely be news to me, because if they released on both formats that percentage is kind of moot. But I DO want to own discs, but I see myself regretting owning a dead format, and if I could think of a better comparison I would because I know this isn't entirely fair but it'd be like owning a collection of laserdiscs and a player with a bunch of titles that are exclusive to that for an indetermined amount of time, it requires their own set of movies and it's own player which is a hassle when it could be all delegated to one system.
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