HDDVD - Bluray

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  1. randomtask

    randomtask Chimp.

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    Just wondering if anyone here has made the plunge into either one of these formats? and has anyone actually bought a standalone player?

    I want so bad to watch some decent HD movies on my TV, but this whole format war is pissing me off. Both formats have movies/series' on offer that I would be interested in buying. I don't give a shit who wins it, because the only bonus feature over DVD I'm after is a better quality picture. All this interactive feature bullshit can piss off, I don't even watch the special features on DVD's now... unfortunately it looks like neither one is going to die off so what is the solution, put up with a mixed library and buy a player that does both? Buy a blu-ray player and get the hd-dvd drive for my 360?

    eh /rant
  2. Chris

    Chris Raptor Jesus

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    To me, the format "war" is a big deal because it will decide which of your favorite movies you'll see on the format you ultimately choose. Just this week, Dreamworks and Paramount signed to exclusively put their HD movies out on HD-DVD only. That's pretty huge.

    Blu Ray isn't a bad technology, it's just that the game consoles are "deciding" the winner in the HD format war and right now thats 360 + HD-DVD. And honestly, it's a smart decision. I wouldn't want my movies on another format Sony is representing. UMD was such a shitty waste of time and effort and licensing, it should be listed as one of the top 10 technological failures of the decade. Maybe it already is?

    *Short Answer* - I'd go HD-DVD all the way. But if you're unsure, get a HD-DVD/Blu Ray dual player.
  3. Mr. Ali

    Mr. Ali Junior Member

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    just wait?
  4. NoseMaster

    NoseMaster Horrible Person

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    I think blu ray is winning for some odd ass reason, despite PS3 being a terd. But I hope HDDVD wins, just cause. Beta failed, UMD failed, Blu ray will probably fail.
  5. randomtask

    randomtask Chimp.

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    Yeah I will agree that Bluray is way out in front here in Australia as far as recognition amongst the general public (Probably due to the ps3).

    HDDVD advertising is pretty much non-existent (the 360 add on isn't as readily available as it is in the US to my understanding) and the actual HDDVD discs you can only get a limited range of from specialist DVD stores. Bluray on the other-hand seems to be getting sold in a growing number of the major chains, and there has been a fair price drop on many titles recently. Sort of seems like Bluray would be the way to go... however not really... when there is such a growing number of exclusives on HDDVD.

    Guess I'll just wait it out a bit longer rather than waste my money. It just sucks to put on a DVD after watching alot of HD television. My post was more of a rant and complain about the situation of the formats then a "which one to choose?" thread.
  6. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Blu-ray is out in front because of all the lobying and money put into it's promotion by Sony. What else has sony put alot of money into that has actually panned out for them? (IMHO) HD DVD is a more cost effective technology and I believe, form that reason alone, that it'll prevail. It's political at this point.
    Comparison of high definition optical disc formats - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    There are advantages to both formats and I can see why there's such a struggle for the film industry. Imagine that the public is debating the decision of BR/HDDVD when it concerns spending a couple hundred bux and then look at how much expendature the big film companies would have to commit....billions.

    The link provided is technical and reflects why the average public is confused and is just kicking back and waiting. A double edged sword; waiting will prolong the war and buying now will risk a load of bux that could buy "other toys". too bad we couldn't "fast forward" like in the movie 'Click'.
  7. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    It's my understanding that HD-DVD is the more sophisticated, advanced technology. Blue-Ray still uses MPEG-2 compression, WTF? But I won't be buying until there is a clear winner. Best Buy has a combo player in their ad this week for $999, but that's still too damn much money. And the price of the media? $25-35 for a single movie. Fuck that!
  8. Lord Kain

    Lord Kain Keeper of the Timeline Staff Member

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    Just to point it out, there's players that can read both formats for now.

    Can't you go with that?
  9. ThatHideousStrength

    ThatHideousStrength Junior Member

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    Sony should be kicked in the nuts for releasing their own format. They constantly fail and this is no exception.
  10. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    I was still under the impression that Sony had the superior format.... but in reality I guess that just means they have better marketing :eek:

    Either way I'm happy to get deals on dvds people are looking to dump because they've upgraded. Until I can get a combo player for 29.99 or something I'll sit tight.
  11. HEAVY-D

    HEAVY-D Eh?!

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    I'll just wait and see for now.
  12. saint seiya

    saint seiya Junior Member

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    just pick dvd nigga
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    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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  14. ivanolo

    ivanolo Guest

    Just wait until the pr0n industry makes up its mind... or is it "makes its mind up?"
  15. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    I'm stickin' with DVDs. Not only would i have to buy a player for either one of the new standards, but I would have to buy a television to make full use of it, plus probably a new stereo system. So, instead just shelling out a few hundred bucks for the player, it will be a hell of a lot more than that for the whole "experience".

    Not worth it in my mind. DVD is just fine and I will continue to standard DVD until such time that they are no longer available.
  16. namelessentity

    namelessentity Resident Cynic

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    I really don't understand why the fuck Blu Ray hasn't just won. It holds more data and it's in more homes thanks to the PS3. Blu Ray discs are also harder to scratch. If you take the film part out of the equation it's also the better format for the future. It holds 10gb more per layer which will matter down the road when games and software get that bloated. It will also be better once you can buy a burner for backup. It's not even more expensive according to the article Wiska's posted.
    I don't want to sound like a fanboy, but I actually think it's stupid that HD DVD even went into production when it was quite obviously an inferior medium.
  17. Hubcap

    Hubcap Holla

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    They have players that now support both formats. I have the HD-DVD add on for my 360. The only problem is I have a little bit older HDTV and my receiver does not support True HD audio. So its not as good as it could be but the picture is still pretty amazing.

    I would wait to see what happens a little bit down the line. Because there are tons of movies that are in blu-ray format that i cannont get in HD. The prices of the players will come down just like DVD did.
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    Electric_Head New Member

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    I'm gonna wait until the multi-format players are under $200.
  19. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Word. <$200 players, and <$20 movies.
  20. James K

    James K Administrator Staff Member

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    I've picked up a few Bluray disks to play on my ps3 but I probably won't be buying more until there is a clear winner.
  21. ivanolo

    ivanolo Guest

    Word.
  22. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    The number of available movies isn't really a deciding factor (from Newegg).

    BluRay movies available - 335
    HD-DVD movies available - 312
  23. Mr. Ali

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    i like blueray but i hope it does not win for one reason alone and that is fucking region coding. hddvd does not have this.
  24. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    Why doesn't either side just throw enough money at the production companies to get exclusivity of a few BIG titles. Seems like that would do the trick. If transformers, potc3, and harry potter or something were all blueray that would have to have a pretty big affect I'm thinking. Content will decide, not technical superiority imo.
  25. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    imo:
    That's how sony is coming out (seemingly) on top. What it'll get down to, is economics. It's always about economics. that's why there are so many crappy products available...hell, that's even why the fuel tanks were put in a dangerous location on the early pinto's.....saved 5 bux a vehicle to hang the damn things behind the rear axel than mount them over the differential. The industry is waiting for the consumers to decide....but therein lies the problem. The technology is advanced enough to actually scare people....present company excepted. It's that way with the LCD/plasma HDTV's and even with computers.