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HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« on: February 19, 2008, 05:55:34 AM »
It looks like Wal-Mart has settled the HD-DVD vs Blu-ray war. That's a lot of power.

"On February 14, 2008, rumors surfaced that Toshiba, the leading manufacturer of HD DVD players and one of its largest supporters, would soon abandon the HD DVD format due to changes in studio and retailer affiliations, including Wal-Mart's decision to phase out HD DVD by June 2008. The rumors strengthened on February 16 when NHK and Reuters also reported, from a source at Toshiba, that they had begun to prepare to cease production of HD DVD equipment, though they would still support existing products. On February 19, 2008, Toshiba made an official announcement to no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders, ending the Blu-ray Disc versus HD DVD format war."
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Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2008, 12:34:48 PM »
I personally felt the war was settled when Sony decided to include a BluRay player with every Playstation 3 sold, while Microsoft decided to make the HD-DVD drive optional on the Xbox 360.

These decisions settled the fact that a year or two after the release of both formats into the market, 10x as many people would have a machine at home that would play BluRay discs, compared to the number who had a machine that could play HD-DVD discs.

If MS had decided to make the HD-DVD drive standard on a newer version of the Xbox 360 that might have tilted things back toward being more even, but even a $200 add-on (as the HD-DVD drive was), most people will be reluctant to add on.

So effectively, many people who bought the Playstation 3 as a game machine, and not as a BluRay player, decided as an afterthought to pick up a handful of BluRay movies.  And that number was many millions more people, than the number doing the same thing with their Xbox 360 and HD-DVD drive.

If you think video game systems are a trivial part of this equation, look at the number of stand-alone BluRay and HD-DVD players sold, compared to the number of Playstation 3 systems, and Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-ons.
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Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2008, 12:48:25 PM »
Same deal with dvd players in general with the PS2...  I knew a lot of people who had PS2's and picked up dvd's long before they sprung for a stand alone player. 
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Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2008, 07:16:51 AM »
It's not like "old" DVDs are like video tapes.  eg:  I'm not even considering buying HDVD Blu-Ray discs to replace the movies I've already got.  Besides, I fall asleep all the time during movies anyway!  :)
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Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2008, 07:19:34 AM »
I'm in no rush on buying blu-ray discs either...  I have a stupidly big collection of regular dvd's - and I don't have a tv that will show the differences yet.   

Besides - in a few years, downloads will be phasing blu-ray out... :)

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Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008, 10:21:51 AM »
With the whole vinyl thing catching on now (even with me), I wonder if well start buying film projectors and just collecting the real films.
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Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2008, 05:41:33 PM »
If you can afford to buy real films in 35mm format, then that would be superior to any high definition video format currently available.

Buying the latest Hollywood blockbuster film on Super 8mm format, though... not so good! 

I've heard that the film distributors who release 16mm prints of films have cut way back on how many copies they make, in recent years, with good quality HD video rendering the format too expensive for the quality of 16mm which is quite a bit below theatrical 35mm prints, and yet have high production costs and the problem of wear and tear.
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Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2008, 09:31:18 AM »
Well, maybe it will be a while...

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Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2008, 09:42:26 AM »
Black and white prints are much cheaper than color 35mm prints, too. 

It would be worth it to finish up your Paul Lynde collection, though, wouldn't it?
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