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Old 01-12-08, 05:21 AM   #43
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Default Re: Party's over folks... Universal is not renewing HD-DVD contract

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Originally Posted by Peoples-Agent
I resent the fact Blu-Ray is inferior to HD-DVD, yet the players cost more. I also hate the fact THERE ISN'T A SINGLE COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION to be able to run 2.0 profile discs except the PS3, when I would prefer a standalone solution.

Every single multi format release to date has been better on HD-DVD from what I have seen, and it would be great for someone to prove otherwise.

And why on earth would I buy a crappy 1.0 or 1.1 version of a movie when I could pick up a HD-DVD version with all the extra goodies already in?

Blu-Ray has won, great... now show me why it's the better format.

Can you provide me with some valid information as to why it's the better format?

I will have to wait for a 2.0 player aswell as 2.0 versions of movies just to get the functionality that HD-DVD offers.

How is common sense making me a fanboy here?

If Blu-Ray offered the same value and features as the HD-DVD counterparts I would be thrilled by it, and have no quarms on jumping in..... but where the hell do I go to do just that?

Are you saying I have to wait for 2.0 profile discs and for 2.0 players before it's worthwhile? .... crazy, so much for the new HDM era.
Only for the very earliest adopters, I can see why HD DVD would be the format of choice.

Video quality is currently the same for both though Blu-ray has all the requisites for becoming even better with not just a much larger capacity but also a much larger data transfer rate off the disc. As for sound quality, it is well known that a far larger fraction of Blu-rays feature uncompressed lossless audio tracks than HD DVD and personally I think that BD-J and BD Live has far more potential than HDi when it comes to the complexity and diversity of the interactive features and IMO this was confirmed on CES where we a glimpse of features more advanced than what I've seen on HD DVD and I'm sure the best is still to come. And you know not that many HD DVD's have advanced HD supplements, only about a a tenth, perhaps a bit more, of all HD DVD's released have a considerable amount of it. And Disney has utilized 1.0 and 1.1 to the fullest so far (and don't give me that "ZOMG they didn't have PiP, it's really not such a godlike feature that many HD DVD fans blow it up to be).

Blu-ray is still in the first stage of it's cycle so the far, far majority of players and movies are still to come and we will see a lot of 1.1 and 2.0 titles in the future. Blu-ray also have a special hard coating scratch protection which is a huge bonus especially for renting firms like Blockbuster. I have tried many times now to have rented a movie but having to skip through sequences because the film would get stuck there because of scratches. Blu-ray's much larger potential capacity also opens up for whole new features and uses that we haven't even thought of yet - capacity simply gives room for innovation. A medium's capacity always ends up being utilized to the fullest, I'm sure the companies will figure out something real cool especially once when BD hits 100gb or 200gb, and quite possibly it'll be some very special features that will try and keep people from just downloading the movies off the internet illegally.

Blu-ray clearly is more advanced technology than HD DVD on several points. And you know what the best thing is? The extra cost on the disc manufaction is not handed down to us! Blu-rays cost the same as HD DVD, in many cases it's even cheaper bacause many HD DVD's are dual sided SD/HD. Only the players a little bit more (when comparing apples and apples, 1080p with 1080p). And quite frankly you pay for what you get IMO. Blu-ray is in my opinion a much better long-term media because it's more ambitious while HD DVD was less ambitious, more short-sighted though cheaper. I believe that when you want to introduce a new format to the mass market, you should go with the format that represents the biggest step foward, especially when price is roughly the same, and will in all likelihood be pushed down to DVD levels at some point.
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