HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

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HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:14 am

Blockbuster to focus on Blu-ray (BBC News)

"Film rental firm Blockbuster is to rent high-definition DVDs only in the Blu-ray format at 1,450 US stores.

The move is viewed as a blow for the rival Toshiba-backed HD DVD format - which has been battling against the Blu-ray format, supported by Sony.

Blockbuster said that consumers have chosen Blu-ray over HD DVD in the 250 stores where both were available.

The limited choice of titles in the HD DVD format was also a factor in focusing on Blu-ray, Blockbuster said.

'The consumers are sending us a message. I can't ignore what I'm seeing,' Matthew Smith, senior vice president of merchandising at Blockbusters, told the Associated Press news agency.

Mr Smith added that most studios were offering films on Blu-ray, with the exception of Universal which has been supplying films on HD DVD alone.

The North American HD DVD Promotional Group said Blockbuster's move was short sighted, and had been prompted by the success of films released exclusively in the Blu-ray format in early 2007 such as Casino Royale and Spider Man.

'I think trying to make a format decision using such a short time period is really not measuring what the consumer is saying,' said Ken Graffeo, co-president of the group.

The HD DVD format will still be available at Blockbuster in 250 of its stores as well as via the internet."
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby hengcs » Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:55 am

Hmmm ... are any of you purchasing Blu Ray over HD DVD? or simply maintaining the old DVD? I wonder if the old DVD will suffer the same fate as VHS ...
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:23 am

The high-definition equipment is still quite expensive for most people, so it will take some time. But I don't think there's any question that the standard DVD will eventually be replaced.
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby trevor826 » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:32 am

So it's Betamax vs VHS all over again, last time price rather than quality was the deciding factor, this time it won't even be film fans who decide.

No, this time it'll be gamers, Sony's decicion to package a Blu-ray player as standard in the PS3 and the fact that the XBox 360 can play HD Dvd (though with a little extra cost to the customer) will be pivotal to this battle of the giants.

I don't believe it'll affect the specialist world cinema end of the market for a long time but it'll be interesting to watch companies like Criterion in the near future and see what decision (if any) they make.

Climates would certainly benefit from a release on these higher standards but can you honestly see it happening?

Not for a long time, the market is too small and the expense too prohibative.

The plus point of both systems is that while being incompatible with each other, they're both compatible with the standard single/ dual layer dvd discs.

Should be interesting to see how it goes but at the moment, Blu-ray looks like the odds on favourite.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby A » Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:50 am

Well, I belive that the new format (at least one of them) will replace DVD pretty soon (in the next 5 years). The quality certainly is superior, though I hat it that DVD didn't have its full potential realized (only ten years on the market).

Personally I won't be purchasing any new formats until the format war is over AND the prizes drop significantly. I agree with trevor, that the gamers will probably play a huge part in deciding the outcome of this game.
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby arsaib4 » Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:11 am

"I don't believe it'll affect the specialist world cinema end of the market for a long time...

It will be a slow process, much like the one we're still going through with vhs and DVD. As you know, there are still a large number of films that only exist on vhs.

"The plus point of both systems is that while being incompatible with each other, they're both compatible with the standard single/ dual layer dvd discs."

True, and high-definition players that support both formats have already been introduced. I believe Samsung just came out with one which also fully honors their individual traits.
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby trevor826 » Sat Jun 23, 2007 2:27 pm

and high-definition players that support both formats have already been introduced.

That is surprising but very welcome news, another big area of course will be PC manufacturers, microsoft have obviously sided with HD and Apple and Sony with Blu-ray, quite a few other manufacturers have dedicated themselves to one or the other as well.

In this area you would have to give the advantage to HD simply because of Microsoft's involvement.

You have to wonder though, will these new systems ever be used to capacity?

Each disc could hold a few films at highest def and a lot more at current dvd standards, they should certainly be useful for compilations.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby arsaib4 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:20 pm

Holiday shoppers could deliver knockout blow in high-def DVD fight

The Associated Press - Published: August 13, 2007

"LOS ANGELES: People who own an HD DVD player can forget about watching "Spider-Man 3" in high definition when it goes on sale during the holiday season. The movie from Sony Pictures will only be available in the Blu-ray DVD format.

Likewise, people with Blu-ray players won't be able to enjoy the action-thriller "The Bourne Ultimatum," which Universal Pictures will release only in HD DVD."

Read More.
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby trevor826 » Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:35 pm

Nonetheless, Warner Bros. believes both formats can coexist and has been urging Blu-ray backers to begin supporting HD DVD as well. The studio has developed a dual-format disc and has said it would license the technology to other studios willing to back both.

Now this does sound like a sensible way forward, the only problem is, will the likes of Sony adopt this dual format disc or will the licencing costs be prohibitive.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Postby hengcs » Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:54 am

sigh ... i still dont know whether i shld just buy the normal DVD or others ...

Reason: 10 years down the road, another new tech will emerge ... sigh
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