Originally Posted by GTL215
saarek was talking about using iTunes as a DVD ripping software, presumable so you can (A) archive your collection, and (B) stream your movies to your TV with something like AppleTV. Currently, you need third-party software to rip DVDs.
Originally Posted by saarek
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy HD DVD movies, but it would be nice to have a couple of hundred movies on my Apple TV to just sit down and relax.
Which is exactly
why I'd love to have BD ripping support in iTunes (I'd love to have HD DVD ripping too, as I picked up about fifty titles dirt cheap after the format was canceled, but that's pretty unlikely!). I've been, slowly but surely, ripping my DVD collection to h.264 and dropping them on my Mac Mini upstairs to serve up on my AppleTV. Just as we've all gotten used to having easy access to a vast library of music on our iPods (or other delivery method of choice), it's been handy to have frequently-watched movies available at the touch of a remote - particularly when it comes to the movies the kids watch, since they're apt to rewatch movies over and over again. Ripping also has the added benefit of preventing sticky fingers from coating the discs, and helping to keep the media scratch-free.
Even if the iTunes rips are Fairplay-encoded to the iTunes account in use (to prevent sharing), that'd be fine with me. I imagine Apple will wait and see what happens with the ongoing litigation
against Real Networks before they consider adding this functionality.
Originally Posted by hmurchison
I have a 32" HDTV and I can see the difference between a good DVD and a HD version of the movie but it's not really that easy.
I can see a difference on my 37" HDTV. Yes it's slight - my HD DVD player does a very good job of upconverting (something I thought was really just a gimmick before I saw it).
However, where I really see the difference isn't so much in the additional resolution, but in the added bitrate of the HD content - much less colour artifacting, and what appears to be a much higher contrast over standard definition DVD.
Unfortunately, the rented and purchased HD content from the iTunes store is also compressed into a very low bit rate and suffers the same artifacting you can see on SD DVD. It still looks better than standard DVDs, just not nearly as good as the HD DVD content in my library...
Your point is well taken however - I don't understand the current fascination Windows users have with ensuring their laptops have BD support, unless it's for either ripping their media, or for ensuring forward compatibility with future BD-ROM discs.