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10 Reasons why DVD format is dead.

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Old 06-27-2006, 11:24 AM   #1  
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This article in audioholics online magazine

has caused a bit of a stir with the slashdot community. Some of the messages have a ring of truth, some make points at technology that seems to have the same market path etc... good slash reading, now it's off the front page.


Hundreds of opinions, generated from an iffy article shows the interest in HD and perhaps the swan song of DVD HD.
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:22 AM   #2  
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Interesting. I completely agree with the article, except for 2 things. Even with record company push, I'd be skeptical about SACD, DVD Audio to be successful. Mostly because they are greedy <expletive deleted>. They priced them so way beyond the beyond that they were dead before they even started.

Some might bring up CD pricing; yes there was quite a premium, BUT it was much more of a technological change so the "benefits" of the new format were substantially better. Of course, the price drop most were hoping for never really happened and that certainly may be a factor in the p2p area.

The other thing I disagree with is the "High definition is headed for a niche market at best.." quote. While it's not a "ridiculous" thing to say, and while it's true now, I don't think it will be that way forever. The trick is going to be two-fold, one is more HD content available (and I mean via cable, satellite) and the other is going to be checking their greed at the door. I totally believe that DVDs succeeded so well because they priced the damn things to sell. Now that may be partially because of the rental market, but the bottom line is they intended people to buy them and priced them so they could.

I still think there's a potential dark horse out there... HD content via computer. They can make a small general purpose computer for 6-800 bucks. It's possible to find ways to work on that level of pricing. If I could then easily buy a 1920 x 1080 resolution movie for 15-25 bucks (old vs. brand new) from something like the iTunes Video Store, I think that's something that has potential. ESPECIALLY in light of the HD DVD format crap.
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Nice read.

Makes me remember when I was a wee lad of 23 and I bought my first laserdisc player for $500.00. Most of the movies cost between $30 - $50 (raise your hand if you spent $50 + buying the special edition of Escape from NY - LOL).

I don't mind spending the money for HD-DVD when compared to my laserdisc experience. There is a lot more value in HD-DVD than there ever was for LD. Even toward the end of it's lifecycle, LD had the support of most major studios (Disney, Fox, Sony, etc).

The only thing holding me back in purchasing an HD-DVD player now is the lack of titles (I really don't need to see 40 Year Old Virgin in HD and Chronicles of Riddick - pass). I figure Christmas time should see a better mix of titles.
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This thread should of been called '10 Reasons why HD DVD formats are dead'.
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