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Sorry if posted. He have some good points actually.

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Guess what? One of THX’s chief scientists says Blu-ray is toast. Laurie Fincham was recently interviewed by Home Cinema Choice Magazine and when asked about HD DVD’s recent death he commented with this,

“Personally, I think it’s too late for Blu-ray. I think consumers will only become interested in replacing DVD when HD movies becomes available on flash memory. Do we really need another spinning format?” he told the magazine.

“In the future I want to be able to carry four to five movies around with me in a wallet, or walk into a store and have someone copy me a movie to a USB device. Stores will like that idea, because it’s all about having zero inventory. I don’t want to take up shelf space with dozens of HD movies.”

“By the time Blu-ray really finds a mass market, we will have 128GB cards. I would guess that getting studios to supply movies on media cards, or offer downloads, will be a lot easier than getting them to sign up to support a disc format.” he concluded.

DVD Town brings up a good point regarding Star Wars, though. We may not see the epic intergalactic love story on a HD format. That would suck. Big time.


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post #2 of 80
Starwars is already in HD I believe...not sure if it's blueray though
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post #3 of 80
Conspiraciest unite!

I think BluRay will get mass adoption in the next 2 years. That should be before flash prices drop enough. However, the economy is sucking... so adoption will be affected.
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post #4 of 80
He took the words out of my mouth. I have been telling coworkers for a year now that pretty soon, when you buy a movie, it will be on a jump drive esque type device.

I personally agree with him. Carrying around a jump drive and plugging it into a dvd player the size of a credit card would be sick. Imagine the possibilities...

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post #5 of 80
Hits the nail on the head.

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post #6 of 80
I actually like that idea a lot better. Flash drives are small and can fit lots of stuff while holding movies.
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post #7 of 80
Its all good in theory, but I think the best we can hope for is a 50/50 market share. This kind of thing happened in the music industry at the turn of the century, people started making the switch from CD players to MP3 players, but CDs are still the dominant force in the industry.

Why? Because a 700mb CD costs like 50 cents, including the levies, and 512mb of flash memory still costs at least $5.

I would love to see maybe a new standard of flash memory, nothing radically new, just a new format. It would come in 50-128GB sizes and there would be players for them, either ~$200 standalones or like $40 PC addons. The idea would be that you could maybe walk into an HMV or the american equivalent and log into a terminal using your own account, and then select a movie that you've purchased and copy it to your flash card so you can go home and watch it. There would probably also be some kind of hardware DRM on it as well so you could rent movies for like 3 days and it would detect this time and just delete it off of the card. That would be especially nice since you or the store wouldn't have to worry about returns.
    
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post #8 of 80
Blu-ray might make it through. Currently it's very expensive, it was sorta the same way when DVD's came out. Only time will tell.
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I like my movies optical and digital both. Personally, I would never want to have digital only. My stack of movies is my joy. Having a disk is good, but yes, the flash disk drive idea is good too. It would need to have sort of display though... imagine going through a few 100's of those tryin to find a particular movie.
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I like my movies optical and digital both. Personally, I would never want to have digital only. My stack of movies is my joy. Having a disk is good, but yes, the flash disk drive idea is good too. It would need to have sort of display though... imagine going through a few 100's of those tryin to find a particular movie.
..... what?


Optical disks is method of storing digital data.

I would assume you would have some sort of display.... since you would be trying to watch a movie. Search files is faster than searching though a stack of disks.
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