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i remember when i first started hearing about HD-DVD and Bluray i thought HD-DVD would win because the name has dvd in it so i figured people would want it. looks to me like people are actually researching the product though.

however i don't care who wins but having blockbuster only carry Bluray gives that format a giant boost and i haven't seen either format played but spec wise IMO looks better

by the way did anyone ever post the $200 HD-DVD player where you also get 5 movies?
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post #52 of 62
I'll wait until one format takes over before I invest in hardware that can play either. This seems to be a step towards a decision, but I hope it doesn't mean they will start to phase out DVDs like they did with VHS when DVD first came out. HD players are still ridiculously expensive in my opinion.
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post #53 of 62
Well looks like I need to get a BR player/burner for my HTPC setup 1080P here I come! No more having to DL my shows in HD
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Excuse my ignorance, but is there any reason to use either HD-DVD or BR disc if you have a standard television? What is the advantage of BR Disc over HD-DVD? I thought they both output 1080p images...?
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post #55 of 62
Offtopic, but I thought Blu-ray was abbreviated as BD(everyone is using BR)?
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post #56 of 62
Differences between Blu Ray and HD-DVD would be:

A) Support from studios and content distributors. PS3, etc.

B) Blu Ray is capable of storing 50gb's of data on a Dual Layer disc.

Standard Definition? You will ONLY see a benefit, and remember ONLY, if you have a television readied for EDTV. On the back of your set you'll see YbPbR connections or RED GREEN AND BLUE. If your player can down-rez to 480p or send a for 480i signal out over RGB, then you actually will see a decent difference between the SD DVD version of one movie to the 480 version of a Hi-Definition disc. Not enough to go ape shizzle over, but a difference.

If you invest in a hi-definition source, it's best to give it something to feed into.
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post #57 of 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skeegle View Post
Excuse my ignorance, but is there any reason to use either HD-DVD or BR disc if you have a standard television?
Audi can best answer this question. lol; he beat me to it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skeegle View Post
What is the advantage of BR Disc over HD-DVD? I thought they both output 1080p images...?
Right now the two formats are virtually identical in terms of output, video quality, etc. Both do 1080p. Blu-ray has the edge with overall storage capacty however and studio support as Audi mentioned.
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post #58 of 62
LOL Yeah beat ya to it.

The reason you'll see a difference is purely based on compression of Hi-definition media versus standard definition. A 480i/p image can be compressed, in simplest terms, "heaps better" than what you see on Standard Definition DVDs.

An example would be AppleTV: they sell movies at 480p, which in all right is hi-defintion but more extended definition. They look ten times (10x) better than a standard definition DVD, even when upscaled to 720 or 1080.

Thank Apple and H.264.
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post #59 of 62
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Originally Posted by ElMikeTheMike View Post
And please point me to this $200 HD-DVD player that comes with 5 movies. If you are referering to the HD-DVD addon for YOUR 360, get real.
The $200 one dosnt support 1080p, just 1080i. The one that supports 1080p is $300. If you are buying a hd dvd make sure you know the difference and what you are buying.

Here is one in the $200 range but it is the A2 not the A20. The A2 only does 1080i.
http://cgi.ebay.com/TOSHIBA-HD-A2-HD...QQcmdZViewItem
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post #60 of 62
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Originally Posted by Malachor View Post
Ok then I'll be clearer.

Blue-Ray has been using MPEG2 for a while, it's using MPEG4 now.
HD-DVD hasn't been using MPEG2 as long, it's been using MPEG4.
Well hese the thing...why does it matter if one was using an more advanced codec on there movies. HD-DVD has to..its only got 15gb to do what blu-ray can do on a 25gb disc using mpeg-2 and yet....yeilding same quailty. Cause personally I dont give a rats A$$ what codec a movie is encoded in....if it freaking plays in my dvd player with out stutters and dropped frames its all good, but i would prefer the Blu-ray my self due the fact it can hold alot more data.... I would use the discs more for archiving hell..i can back up my whole system on 10 of them compared to 100 dvds or soo.

Oh and quailty is always going to win not the tech used to get it to look like it when it comes to a movie. They will just use the MPEG4 x264 codec when they need the room to add more crap to the disc.
 
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