Blu-ray Disc--The New VHS?
Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:21 AM
What makes Blu-Ray better is that it has inherently 66% more space on each disk, which means you don't have to compress the audio and video as much, so you get better quality. It also means you can have more special features on the same disk. Blu-Ray also has a higher max bitrate than HD-DVD, which means that it can output higher quality audio and video.
As for "pimple faced PS3 owners", I'm 31 and a Senior Software Engineer. The 15 year olds with the PS3 their parents gave them are not the ones pushing for blu-ray, ok? It's the older audiophile and videophile home theater folks who actually know what they're talking about.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:39 AM
HD is just prolonging the inevitable. I'm for HD, but BR is more than likely going to win. It's not the players that is going to make the difference. Five of the seven major studios will be exclusively BR. Odds are that if a new movie is released in high definition that it will be on BR instead of HD.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:56 AM
Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:22 AM
This is why the consumer has failed me. I like Blu-Ray's hardware, but the software sucks and is quiet ununified, and furthermore, is less consumer friendly.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:46 AM
"In September 2007 the DVD Forum
approved a preliminary specification for the triple-layer 51GB HD DVD
(ROM only) disc. It is still unknown if the upcoming triple layer HD
DVD is compatible with current players."
"In September 2006 TDK announced a prototype Blu-ray Disc with a capacity of 200GB^^. TDK was also the first to develop a Blu-Ray prototype with a capacity of 100GB in May 2005^^. In October 2007
Hitachi developed a Blu-Ray prototype with a capacity of 100GB. Hitachi
has stated that current Blu-ray drives would only require a few
firmware updates in order to play the disc^^."
Those quotes are from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Comparisonofhighdefinitionopticaldiscformats#Capacity.2Fcodecs
Also, profile 1.1 and 2.0 does not make older Blu-Ray players obsolete. They can still play the disc, they just won't get picture in picture or internet connectivity. You can still watch any Blu-Ray movie made with a 1st gen Blu-Ray player.
As for HD-DVD having better DVD upscaling... that's a straw-man argument. The upscaling has nothing to do with the HD disc hardware. That's completely separate hardware, and will differ in every model. It's entirely possible that an HD-DVD player and a Blu-Ray player could use the exact same upscaling technology.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:14 AM
...I went back and read through it...
The article is very imformational with excellently researched links. Steve is a good writer for sure, but he still should buy a new player if he's going to be deciding who the winner is in the High Def Wars.
It's kinda like a political commentator who doesn't actually vote. Come to think of it, that's probably the best kind.
Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:28 AM
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:21 AM
And for the record - Blu-ray players play normal DvDs!
Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:23 AM
Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:33 AM
Again, from Wikipedia:
"Blu-ray Discs contain their data relatively close to the surface
(less than 0.1 mm) which combined with the smaller spot size presents a
problem when the surface is scratched as data would be destroyed. To
overcome this, TDK, Sony, and Panasonic each have developed a
proprietary scratch resistant surface coating. TDK trademarked theirs as Durabis, which has withstood direct abrasion by steel wool and marring with markers in tests.^^
HD DVD uses traditional material and has the same scratch and
surface characteristics of a regular DVD. The data is at the same depth
(0.6 mm) as DVD as to minimize damage from scratching. As with DVD the
construction of the HD DVD disc allows for a second side of either HD
DVD or DVD."
Posted 29 January 2008 - 10:19 AM
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