Blu-ray Disc--The New VHS?
Posted 01 February 2008 - 01:49 PM
think that Sony's underhanded tricks of going to the manufacturers with money in hand to influence their building of hardware is a vain attempt to side step their BetaMax failure in the video tape market.
Well, I certainly would claim that Sony LEARNED from their failure with Beta. And MD (MD itself isn't a complete failure, but they had many of the same licensing issues, so it never took on as a popular consumer format). The simple fact is that only Toshiba makes HD-DVD players, while everyone else makes Blu-Ray players. That's a big win for Blu-Ray, regardless of how they managed it.
And if "dirty tricks" are a bad thing, you should be just as disturbed that Microsoft and Toshiba paid Paramount that $150 million to drop Blu-Ray and keep the format war going another year.
I think I'm fairly typical, that I really don't care THAT much who wins, only that, ASAP, I'd like the winner announced. Like most things, this isn't an event, but a process... and I think we're well into it. I've stayed on the blue disc sidelines, while I have collected two HDTVs, two HDV camcorders, a red laser high-def player (WMV/HD, DiVX, MPEG-TS, via disc or ethernet)... I'm the guy who's supposed to have two or three disc player in-house, to help make them cheap next Christmas for "everyone else".
Thing is, I know it's not the player that's expensive... even at $1000 for a G1 Blu-Ray player, it's the software,eventually. $1000 is roughly 40 films or 20 TV seasons.. but hey, don't think you'll get there? Count your DVDs.
Posted 01 February 2008 - 01:58 PM
Speaking of CD... that one, you need to read the fine print. There's no guarantee that any given
Posted 03 February 2008 - 04:17 AM
Anyone investing in a player now is buying a brick with the exception of a PS3 and that is a toy.
There really is not great difference in the technologies, both use the same blue laser etc. HD DVD is tha more stable finished product, Blu ray so far is all unrealized promises.
There is a greater liklihood now that most consumers will never buy either format and simply stay with SD DVD. By the time SD DVD fades away HD DVD and/or Blu ray will die with it. This format war was lost before it even started.
Posted 03 February 2008 - 09:43 AM
I, and most people don't care about those profiles at all. Early adopters didn't buy a brick, their player will still play movies. They just don't get picture in picture or the web functionality.
Early adopters and cheap adopters of HD DVD don't get a ton more features, some players don't have HDi(nteractivity) as it's not mandatory, some don't have 1080p, the 360 HD DVD addon doesn't support web functionality so despite Toshiba's claims it's not mandatory.
And unlike HD DVD, all existing Bluray players support future discs with more than 2 layers (up to 8) HD DVD players only support up to 2, and when the 3 layer discs come out (or rather if they do at this point) they need a new player.