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Old 01-10-08, 02:19 PM   #13
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Default Re: Party's over folks... Universal is not renewing HD-DVD contract

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Ah and it was the PS3 Fanboy comeback... should have known. Me using the PS3 as my BD player right now is me being a smart consumer and not buying 5 standalones like you... I will wait until there is a player I truly want before I get a standalone.

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Hunt, buying 5 standalones ( 6 now, picked up the Sharp HP20 for another room ) for me is nothing. It's like you buying 1 single Flatley DVD in your budget.
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Old 01-10-08, 04:03 PM   #14
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Just because they didn't renew their contract doesn't mean the format war is over... it just means that Universal doesn't want to be stuck with something that might be a failure. They'll probably wait it out.
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Old 01-10-08, 04:35 PM   #15
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Default Re: Party's over folks... Universal is not renewing HD-DVD contract

Oh well, looks like SD DVDs and pirate WMV-HD rips are the way forward for most.

Alot of the films available on Blu-Ray that I would consider collectable stink in comparison to the HD-DVD versions, and if you look at the write ups for alot of the releases they get slated.

How is this more consumer friendly, also considering BD 1.1 players are not far from extinction.

What's going to happen when the general public running non-upgradeable 1.1 players try and use 2.0 releases?

Will they work fine, but just lack certain features?

Will they have to release a 1.1 version , and one 2.0 ?

For something claiming to be in the consumer's interests, leaves too many unknowns.

Are we going to get some sort of mass outcry when people bitch newer titles don't work?
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Old 01-10-08, 04:55 PM   #16
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I am hoping the BD CE's step up with the players, and stop producing crap. From what I've seen at CES, the players coming this summer are there but we'll see.

I'd also like the BD authoring tools to be much improved, it is far too clunky, and feels like a beta product still. PS3 fans don't care, they just want to watch the movie.
I'm not a PS3 fan, but all I want to do is watch the movie. A movie has to be a cult classic IMO or just a real darn good movie for me to even consider flipping over to the special features and then, it's mainly just the blooper reel. Just because you are a movie fanatic doesn't mean that everyone else is too man. Also, if it's a really good TV show like Scrubs, Entourage or The Office for example, I will watch the behind the scenes.
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Old 01-10-08, 10:04 PM   #17
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http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/news/...D_Support/1362

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"Contrary to unsubstantiated rumors from unnamed sources, Universal's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format," said Ken Graffeo, executive vice president of HD strategic marketing for Universal Studios Home Entertainment and co-president of the HD DVD Promotional Group.
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Old 01-10-08, 10:24 PM   #18
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Dang it. Now the format war wages on for another year.
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Old 01-10-08, 10:33 PM   #19
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I'm not a PS3 fan, but all I want to do is watch the movie. A movie has to be a cult classic IMO or just a real darn good movie for me to even consider flipping over to the special features and then, it's mainly just the blooper reel. Just because you are a movie fanatic doesn't mean that everyone else is too man. Also, if it's a really good TV show like Scrubs, Entourage or The Office for example, I will watch the behind the scenes.
Problem I have is that here both HDDVD and BD retail for the same price. So it would be nice to get the same features on both discs or have the BDs at a slightly reduced price, that way I wouldn't feel like I'm getting 'shafted' as much. ::
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Old 01-10-08, 11:09 PM   #20
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Party's over ....for this thread. I wouldn't be surprised to find out universal was doing this just so the bd doesn't immediately end up the victor of this format war. seeing as how they probably make enough to cover hddvd production costs, they may very well want to sit and milk their chubby little cow named toshiba. i mean the majority of the money they make from staying hddvd will be the bonus' that are fed to them. this is hilarious, and yet still continues....
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I thought you liked getting "shafted"....
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Old 01-11-08, 08:43 AM   #22
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The use of the word "Current" and the lack of the word "Exclusively" don't help matters.
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Old 01-11-08, 01:32 PM   #23
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best bet is, both studios' going purple if not blu-ray only.
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Oh well, looks like SD DVDs and pirate WMV-HD rips are the way forward for most.

Alot of the films available on Blu-Ray that I would consider collectable stink in comparison to the HD-DVD versions, and if you look at the write ups for alot of the releases they get slated.

How is this more consumer friendly, also considering BD 1.1 players are not far from extinction.

What's going to happen when the general public running non-upgradeable 1.1 players try and use 2.0 releases?

Will they work fine, but just lack certain features?

Will they have to release a 1.1 version , and one 2.0 ?

For something claiming to be in the consumer's interests, leaves too many unknowns.

Are we going to get some sort of mass outcry when people bitch newer titles don't work?
Sure for the most stubborn HD DVD fanboys that will probably be the reaction. For most movie lovers and newcomers to HDM (99% of the targetgroup you're referring to as "the most") the answer will be Blu-ray and most are just happy that the format war is over now. Lol you're totally blowing this thing up. I can't help but you view youself as one giant HD DVD fanboy

1.1 and 2.0 players will clearly be the norm after seeing the CES announcements. A wide range of manufactuers has announced at least one player to be available in the near future. ALL players will play the movie itself, which is what the majority of the customers out there are interested in IMO. 95% of the players will support PiP in mid-2008 consisting of PS3 and the mentioned newly announced players. Some of these 95% will have the 2.0 profile spec which will allow for very special features like playing a flash/adventure like game while playing a movie, playing trivial games, downloading subtitles, downloading new trailers etc., but 2.0 movies WILL PLAY FINE on ALL players. They will never be more than ONE SINGLE VERSION of a movie in regard to the profile spec., the features you have with the more advanced players will just not greyed out / not available if you have an inadequate player. Granted they should have made a finalized spec from the beginning, but this is really the only disadvantage to Blu-ray that will disappear in time and will not matter for the FAR majority of the customers when informed correctly by the store salesmen and if they just do a very minimal of research before they purchase. Sorry HD DVD boys, the war is over and those of you who resort to SD DVD and piracy even though you love HDM are pathetic IMO
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