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10 Reasons Why High Definition DVD Formats Have Already Failed

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Old 12-24-2006, 02:57 PM   #61  
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I Disagree with the Article... HDDVD is NOT a leap forward??? Who is this guy trying to kid?? It is leaps and bounds ahead of tape and far better than DVD..Laser was better than DVD...CD music STINKS compared to Vinyl... I have been waiting to get HDTV for along time.. Finally got Satelite and now I have HDDVD as well... This is what I have waited for .... There is too much money and time invested in this new format.. Shoot... Listening to this guy we all may as well stayed with analog tv...
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Old 12-26-2006, 08:25 AM   #62  
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I Disagree with the Article... HDDVD is NOT a leap forward??? Who is this guy trying to kid?? It is leaps and bounds ahead of tape and far better than DVD..Laser was better than DVD...CD music STINKS compared to Vinyl... I have been waiting to get HDTV for along time.. Finally got Satelite and now I have HDDVD as well... This is what I have waited for .... There is too much money and time invested in this new format.. Shoot... Listening to this guy we all may as well stayed with analog tv...
I disagree too. I think once people finally start figuring out HOW to enjoy HDTV (since half the people who have one either don't get HD content or don't use the right connections to the TV to watch it properly) one format or the other will win out.
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:51 PM   #63  
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I am stuck with a $350 Sony digital camera that will only accept Memory Sticks that have a maximum capacity of 128MB. Meanwhile, there are Compact Flash cards that can take 4GB cards. And what kills me most is that after Sony abandoned the Memory Stick in less than 2 years, they came out with Memory Stick Duo, which are incompatible with Memory Stick devices. I will NEVER be victimized by proprietary formats again! Where's the minidisc? The laserdisc? The SACD? Screw Sony and their costly pet projects at my expense. Cheers to a quick death to Blu-ray.
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Old 03-10-2007, 10:26 PM   #64  
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I don't see the big hubbub over Blue Ray and HD DVD. Especially since the electronics companies have kinda shot it in the foot by making DVD Players that Play Blue-Ray, HD-DVD, and Standard DVD's all in one. Everyone who has Standard DVD's will just buy the players to get a better quality picture out of their regular DVD's rather than spend money on the new formats.
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:58 AM   #65  
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LESS THAN ONE YEAR

That is how old HiDef DVD is. What kind of miracles were people expecting from this format(s)? IMO the person who wrote the article is a younger person who has been used to the super fast changes that have come with many of the technologies we use today.

As I have stated in other threads, there is only one other time in the past that you can compare HDTV to and that was Color TV. You HAD to get a new TV to enjoy the benefit color tv offered.

IMO HD disc is going to be the slowest growth format we have ever seen. Reason - I don't have to buy a HD disc player to watch HDTV. There is plenty of HD programming available, even some for free (OTA).

LD and DVD offered something other than just better PQ and AQ, they offered OAR for movie lovers and there are many who love this aspect.

So I'm in CC looking at HD DVD's and decide to pass on buying anything. That night I sit down and watch WATERWORLD in OAR and DD 5.1 in HD on UHD and it looked great! So how much better would the HD DVD of this movie looked . .. 5% . . 10%?

So what I am doing is making a list of the HD movies shown that are NOT in OAR and when one of those is released, then I would have a reason to purchase it, the same as I did for LD and DVD. But if its on HDTV in OAR I am not spending $20 or $25 to own it when it's available to me through my HD STB as part of my $100 per month cable package.

I started to realize that at $20 a pop HD DVD is going to get expensive to build a library in comparison to the $5.00 I have been spending on DVD's. And how many times am I going to watch that HD DVD?

Of course HD disc is a niche market. And it's going to say there for quite some time. But as far as we know, this is it for the next 20 years or so. If it was the only method of getting HDTV then it would have triple the sales it does. But HD disc has competition from HDTV and I am sure I am not alone in my views and habits concerning HD disc and HDTV.
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:59 AM   #66  
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Actually, think about you DVD library, and remember the day you first got a 16:9 HD display? Remember when you popped that first one in?

I went from a 32" 4:3 CRT to a 40" 16:9 HD LCD. Almost the exact same vertical height. A DVD's image on screen was about 80% LARGER than my old 32" 4:3! Widescreen SD if you will. Lemme tell you, it's damn good AND FAR better than what I was used to on the 4:3. Essentially, the next step (getting to better resolution of HD) just isn't as big a leap as the step I just took by going to a 16:9 set.

Add in that folks at times forget about the filmmakers artistic vision. It can be made to look like nothing you might expect from additional resolution. Look at a film like Spielberg's War of the Worlds. I've seen it in HD and widescreen SD (from the DVD). You know what? Not a whole hell of a lot different. You have to watch quite closely AND only judge by certain scenes to tell which is which version.
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Old 03-12-2007, 12:22 PM   #67  
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HD is much better than DVD but it can be difficult at first glance to see the difference between a well upscaled dvd and a High Def DVD.

I think HD will only really take off here in the UK in about two years, we have the analogue switchoff starting then and many people are already buying HD ready sets because of the adverts on tv saying about tv`s being HD ready - people are starting to associate HD ready and digital tv and so in a few years time as the deadline gets nearer the number of HD sets here will rise, then people will start buying the cheaper HD DVD players and already more people are buying Sky HD satellite.

HD is a niche market but so was CD and for a while DVD.

The signs seem to point to, at least here, High Def tv taking off as the analogue switch off approaches. A lot of people I know who aren`t into HD yet are buying HD ready sets because thanks to tv ads (and the "HD ready" logo plastered in all the tv shops) they know that new tv`s should be HD ready.

Sky HD will have dropped in price by then, it`s already dropped to about 200 for the box from 300, and then people will have an affordable alternative to standard definition tv.

It was the same with the switch from 4:3 to 16:9 sets here, as Sky and terrestrial tv showed more widescreen content people switched to the widescreen sets.

I think the advertising has prepared Brits for a HD future. Hopefully
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Old 03-12-2007, 02:38 PM   #68  
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I think one of the big problems is that the respective prices ($499 and $999) make it just to big a gamble for many people, especially when which format will win out is still up in the air.
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