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How very backwards of THX to do this. Many years ago, they were hyped up on Laserdiscs and DVD. Now that HD-DVD didn't flood the market and Blu-Ray won, it's time for the to back down and say it would be more cost efficient to put them on thumbdrives?

As many have stated, there's a low supply of high volume SSDs that could potentially carry the information, codecs would change, and there would be a constant conflict with the ever changing state of media formats, driver types, and updates for each.

It would be best to stay within the flow of the market for economic stability versus changing your mind, mid-transition over the belief that everything will condense down to a bundle of chips you hope will be the trend of the future.
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Loosing a mass sotrage device seems less likley than a optical disk getting scratched. I would love to have some sort of flash based HD player.
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Everybody needs one of these . . . I've seem them in person and they're beautiful. . . expensive but so is the nature of the business.

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post #44 of 80
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He's talking about in the near future. In 2-3 years, all PCs will have at least USB2.0 and SATA. Flash standards have been weeding down to a few and USB is everywhere. How many types of 8GB+ flash devices connections can you find? 5-6? IDE, SATA, USB, SD, and maybe Memory Stick.
yes but there are so many different types of flash (not to mention expensive as hell) that it'll make your head spin just trying to make a decision on which one is the best to get.
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I have to agree with THX on this one. I'd imagine that either this flash drive idea or internet downloading is going to be way most people are going to get to see their HD movies in the near future. BlueRay's life spand isn't going to be very long one. I think is better to keep buying DVDs and play them on an upverting player and save the money to buy gas for my car. This summer is going to suck, $4 bucks a gallon. OUCH!!
post #46 of 80
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Would be nice... until you lose said device, and consequently all your movies.
yea, but if the system was like steam, and you pay once, but are allowed to download x number of times in a given time frame, you never really "lose" the movie.
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I have to agree with THX on this one. I'd imagine that either this flash drive idea or internet downloading is going to be way most people are going to get to see their HD movies in the near future. BlueRay's life spand isn't going to be very long one. I think is better to keep buying DVDs and play them on an upverting player and save the money to buy gas for my car. This summer is going to suck, $4 bucks a gallon. OUCH!!
tah . . you have a car . . . ouch is nothing
 
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post #48 of 80
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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.
A 9.4GB dual layer DVD can probably be stamped out for a dime. Blu Ray can't be more than a few bucks.

Optical media is cheap folks, why do you think everyone stopped using cartridges for game consoles?
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post #49 of 80
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lol yeah good point. But people interaction is much more fun than sitting in a room and pressing download or whatever lol .

As for pocket size :

I was referring to the less then wallet sized thing. I dont wanna carry a harddrive in my pocket ! Too fragile .SSD , another thing.
Well, as for human interaction, personally, I dislike salespeople. I know what I want, and I go for it, no asking, especially if it's as simple as uploading to a portable storage device. As for the less than wallet sized thing, yea, we'll have to wait, but for now, 2.5'' externals are pretty small. My WD Passport goes everywhere with me, and it's a cheap plastic case. The drives can take a beating, and if you want to be certain, a lot can be found with metal cases, or sturdy hard plastic cases.

In all seriousness, I don't see bringing mass storage devices to a store to get a movie becoming the popular thing. With virtual storage, virtual shops, On Demand services...we'll just be able to download the content. I think someone else had it right, that some form of material media will still exist for those who want to have something material they can hold or stack on a shelf, but it may become less popular for the general public who just wants to point and click for satisfaction.
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tah . . you have a car . . . ouch is nothing
Yep it's a 1966 Chevy Caprice coupe with a 396cid big block and a turbo 400. So yeah gas prices sting a little.
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