Discussion in 'News' started by JacKz5o, Jan 27, 2008.
Just go with Blue ray quarenteed theyll win this war.
i just want whichever one wins to drop in price.
Seriously, both are expensive in aus - and even at kmart i have never seen a HD-DVD movie, only bluray. All the local electrical stores (retravision, harvey norman) have a 'cheap' blu ray player - at only $700.
yeah i must admit until recently id never even seen a hd dvd yet had seen blueray everywhere.
i have a 720p TV, a '1050p' monitor (lol) and just want to watch things that arent downloaded in HD. sigh.
As soon as me 68cm telli dies ill get a truehd plasma get my sises bf who werks for lg to get me a good deal and get me hd topbox while im at it.
I don't see much innovations at all in the PS3
It is mostly a beefed up PS2 If you ask me.
I rather go for the damn Wii for innovations
sama here - ayn store you'd go into is breaming with BR titles. Although, considering how Sony is trying to extort the market, it wouldn't surprise me if they have had something to do with cornering the stores, too.
Personally, I can't stand Sony products - innovative . . . no. Worth their price . . . no. In every market that they produce some kind of product for, there is something else already there that offers better quality at a cheaper price.
Plus, I'm tired of hearing that the original PS was innovative - maybe in it's marketing, but it offered nothing that SEGA hadn't already done with the ill-fated and poorly-timed Saturn.
Car audio. Sure the Xplosion line might sound great, but from experience, it will only sound great when partnered with Sony equipment. Pioneer, though, builds their equipment better, offers better quality, and is priced cheaper than Sony's equipment.
Computers - the VAIO might look like a great deal on the shelf, but there's nothing fancy behind it except for the extra $100 SONY logo and gimmicky marketing.
Home entertainment - shelf stereos, there are so many companies that offer better quality than SONY in this market it isn't even funny. Same goes with Plasmas, flat screens and standard TVs.
Sony, my personal message for you:
Well, i'm a neutral for this but the blu-ray discs have a larger capacity of 25GB, which would be useful for longer movies i guess since HD video is rather large about 8.3GiB per hour, which means only about 110min for single layer HD-DVD discs while you could have about 180min for single layer Blu-ray. If you consider this it means HD-DVD will need to use dual layer for their movies, which probably cost more to manufacture since it'll require more material and precision. (Like DVDs: single layer would cost about 50c a disc, while dual layer DVD cost like $5)
Another reason, which could be pushing the companies to use Blu-ray is the Region Protection thing like with DVDs while HD-DVD doesn't support Region Protection so it means copyright can't be enforced well with these discs.
Anyway, as Mussels mentioned (on page 1) there isn't much need of these discs since you can just watch videos on your computer. HD Videos uses the H.264 video compression so you can just watch HD videos in MKV container. Most videos are usually released on the internet in the form of avi, which uses Xvid or DivX video, or mkv, which uses the same codec as HD video; H.264. Current DVD players can play DivX and Xvid videos so if you wanted you can watch these on your tv or if you prefer higher quality at a smaller filesize but don't mind watching it on your computer then get h.264 video in mkv container.
Edit: Also Blu-ray drives for the computer are reasonably cheap... only like $200 AUD, which would probably be less in USD. Also if you must watch your HD Videos on your TV you could just use the TV-out on your graphics card.
I'm not sure where in Australia your in but i'm in AU as well and $700.00 appears to be quite expensive. Anyway, as i mentioned in my previous post, just get a blu-ray drive for your computer for $200 AUD.
so that 68CM tube is a 27" TV?
Or get a PS3.
they're about $200 USD online here, too - on average - which means that they're actually a bit cheaper than $200 AUD (based on current conversion rates).
But, if you go to buy one in store, though, they're priced higher (based on our regional prices): BestBuy $299; Circuit City $550+ (burner capable)
85% of the people in this discussion are all fanboys against sony. Its quite hilarious.
Yes, while Sony did pay Fox to stay Blu-ray and Warner to become Blu-ray exclusive, Toshiba did the same thing with Universal and other studios as well.
and microsoft is not?, and blue-ray disk is also the winner, just because it is the better format
The title of this thread should be:
"HD-DVD is prolonging the format war so they don't lose insane amounts of money!"
Cheers to anyone who buys a HD-DVD player now, it's going to be quite useless in a not so far away time.
hd-dvds will be around for awhile and will find their own niche in the tech world. however, for movies blu-ray will be the format of choice for movie studios based on how well sony was able to push the ps3 and how well sony was able to wheel and deal with movie studio executives. it is called business. dont hate sony because they are better business people than toshiba. and the consumer is not screwed. you young guys crack me up. i remember when buying a vhs cost a lot of money. dvds were the same way. the price will drop.
Yeah I remember throwing out all my 8-tracks and laser disks too. F****
HD DVD FTW!!!! They need to drastically reduce the prices - for everyone. If the format becomes a standard, they will make up all of their money over time. We need 50-100 dollar players, and $15 discs. Anyway, optical discs are lame technology. This is 2008 for crying out loud. According to back to the future 2, we're supposed to have awesome tech like flying cars and hoverboards by 2015. Blu-ray discs are simply smaller laser discs. STOWPID!
Download/on-demand HD FTW!
if they could drastically reduce prices they would. obviously they cant. and i have on demand HD and it blows because my cable provider (comcast) compresses the living crap out of the signal.
Far from over I think not, seems Circuit city has dropped HD-DVD and has gone Blu-Ray exclusive:
Yeah that would be about right love the metric system
Blu-Ray disk might be the winner, but it's not the better format. It's plagued by too much DRM, ever changing standardized specifications, and the video quality is not quite up to par with HD-DVD. HD-DVD is the superior format, and it's sad to see that it's failing. The greedy MPAA and the movie studios are backing Blu-Ray because it has more consumer-screwing DRM then HD-DVD. And as we know the MPAA loves to screw us. Also Sony is a major player in both the MPAA and RIAA, making them without a doubt, the most evil corporation.
On a side note: I never thought I'd see "Sony" and "innovation" in the same sentence, but I have been proven wrong by this thread. Seriously what did Sony ever do that was innovative? The Six-Axis Controller that copied the Microsoft Sidewinder Freestyle Pro gamepad that was released in 1999?
Lol for someone to say, "what did Sony do that was innovative?", is quite ignorant in itself. Sony is a HUGE corporation with seeds in almost every field of technology. How could you say they haven't done anything innovative? Seems to me that in your mind you are just creating reasons to dislike Sony...
Also, the Blu-ray is more future proof than HD-DVD. 25gb > 15gb anyday.
Amen Ravenas i menchined a few innovative Sony products in previous posts but if ppl want to support a format which will be gone all together by the end of the year let em and weel be enjoyin the latest releases in blueray goodnesss.
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