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Poll: Which is better?
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I own a BD player.
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I own an HD-DVD player.
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I own BOTH formats!
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I hate them all.
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I don't own an HD format, but if I did it would be BD.
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I don't own an HD format, but if I did it would be HD-DVD.
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I don't own an HD format, I'm waiting to see which prevails.
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I don't own either but I'd probably buy both when the time comes.
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I'm an undecided patron.
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BD Vs HD-DVD
#31
LOL

so you think the cost to the consumer will skyrocket as soon as HD-DVD is out of the picture?
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#32
I dunno Voodl. Blu-ray is pretty damn expensive round my neck of the woods. My principle reason for not buying into the whole HD thing. (that and the lack of an HD capable TV)

I like the idea and can see the quality improvement, but I have real issues with going into a shop and seeing something like Wyatt Earp, which is ?17.99 on both Blu-ray and HD-DVD (yes it's a rare both version movie) and both versions are supposedly ok picture and sound, but nothing special. Also the extras are all in 4:3 480p format.

The same movie costs ?4.99 on standard DVD and has THE SAME EXTRAS. The only crib is that it's a 2 sided dvd so you need to flip it halfway. but on a 3-1/2 hour movie thats not such a stress.

Still, I've got a PS3 on order, so I'll possibly pick up a cheap blu-ray movie on ebay to try it out, once I have an HD capable tv set. But To be frank, I'll more than likely be happy with upscaling.
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#33
Can you remember dvd prices at the start? when did you buy your first dvd player?
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#34
voodl Wrote:Can you remember dvd prices at the start? when did you buy your first dvd player?

I bought my first DVD player in early 2001. It was a Wharfdale 650, and cost me ?225. A far cry from the costs of HD-DVD and Blu-ray players.
I bought The Matrix and 13th Warrior with it, and they were both around ?10 - ?12.

The difference is that people are selling the HD versions as some form of messianic new thing. This isn't like the VHS - DVD changeover from linear tapes to DVD technology with menu screens, extras, chapters and the like.

Blu-ray for a start is simply better looking DVD. Thats all. HD-DVD is slightly more interesting but at the moment it's scarcely being utilised.

The problem as I see it is that standard def DVD is pretty damn good looking as things stand. Most people don't have 40+ inch HD tv sets that warrant needing 720p, let alone 1080i, let more alone 1080P!!

Hell if image quality was such a biggie to the everyday consumer then Suberbit DVDs would have made more of an impact. rather than the damp squib they were.
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#35
My first dvd player was ps2 and my first dvd movie was Matrix.....and I was crying! it was so expensive......

But I must say it is very good point :
Quote:The problem as I see it is that standard def DVD is pretty damn good looking as things stand.

but progress is unstopable and blu rays will be as cheap as dvd and hdtv sets will be as cheap as crt was....
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#36
Eventually, but the HD craze only began to really start round mid 2007. It took till at least 2005 for DVD's to get as uber-cheap as they are now.

Thats 4 years after the same point we're at with HD now. I'll be happy to go out and fork out some cash for the HD winner in 2012, but for the moment I remain happy with what I've got.

of course by then we'll be streaming all our HD movies off the Internet Wimberflex Mark IV. And driving flying cars with Robots doing the cleaning.....
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#37
Quote:And driving flying cars

....I hope so! It's my dream! Big Grin
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#38
I have a new lcd monitor 22" widescreen (instead of 15" crt) and if you're sitting in front of it DVDs look really sucking and even 720p compressed to DVD-9 isn't so much great like anyone would imagine. HD is only technical evolution, nothing more nothing less.
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#39
I'll be sticking with my regular DVD player for quite a while, for two reasons:

1. my upscaling player look wonderful on my 32" HDTV and and it didn't cost me $200-400

2. I have a large collection of DVDs from Japan and Europe and my DVD player has been modified to play all Regions (a feature that looks like will be missing from BluRay players for a long time...)
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#40
I have a lot dvds too. Im not going to sell them or something....I just will be buying new releases on hi-def format.
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