Blu-ray or HD DVD?

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
which player do you own or plan on buying

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  • Reply 1 of 15
    i forgot to point out this link. apparnetly Blu-Ray is outselling HD DVD by more than 2 to 1



    http://www.tvpredictions.com/blusales020207.htm
  • Reply 2 of 15
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,341member
    HD DVD for quality and philosophical reasons.
  • Reply 3 of 15
    Blu-ray for quality and because it's not going to be dead in another two years.
  • Reply 4 of 15
    dentondenton Posts: 725member
    Which ever one loses the format war, I'll buy the other one; but my DVD player will suffice for now. It seems that I can't vote.



    Oh, I know... Magic 8-ball: will Blu-Ray win the format war? ~shaking vigorously~ "It is decidedly so." Well, that settles it: I guess I'm going to buy Blu-Ray!
  • Reply 5 of 15
    cakecake Posts: 1,010member
    Blu-ray (I have a PS3) because of it's superior studio support, more storage space and because when it "wins" my job will be that much more secure.
  • Reply 6 of 15
    Blu-ray, because I have a PS3.
  • Reply 7 of 15
    Meh HD-DVD if I would have to say either.



    I dislike the PS3 very strongly (well Sony after they betrayed me on the PS2...and PSP)



    And I hate Blue-Ray's cheap marketing at Best Buy, comparing HD blu-ray to SD tv...
  • Reply 8 of 15
    irelandireland Posts: 17,737member
    Blu-Ray or HD-DVD?



    PS3
  • Reply 9 of 15
    Here's a link to an older poll in Future Hardware that provides more choices.



    http://forums.appleinsider.com/showt...80#post1042380
  • Reply 10 of 15
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    My answer is "I don't know yet."



    I have a high-def television and upscaling DVD player that creates a pretty darn good movie-watching experience.



    I likely will get a next gen disk player whenever I...



    a) Buy a next gen gaming console -- likely an XBox 360 or...

    b) Buy a 1080p television.



    Since neither of those are going to happen for a while yet, I'm not overly concerned. I'll just sit back and watch my upscaled movies on my tube HDTV while listening to it all on my Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound system and know that I got that whole system for way less than an LCD TV and next gen player would cost.
  • Reply 11 of 15
    The PS3 is a fine BD player but Blu-ray is a boring spec that was incomplete from the start.





    In June of this year they will have a new spec of BD players 1.2 or something like that. These players will mandate BD Live support and persistent storage. A full year after HD DVD delivered these features on day 1.



    Right now if you have a BD player and it's not a PS3 you're screwed. You won't have full functionality on the next wave of movies.



    BD Java was supposed to be the "proven" choice for interactivity. It sucks compared to HDi and BD player don't support Dual Streams of video which every HD DVD player supports.



    There is no region encoding for HD DVD and there likely will never be. This means I can



    Buy North Am BD movies like "The Prestige" "Rambo series" "The Underworld series" "Total Recall" and more titles and know they will work in my player.



    http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/hd-dvds-c-35.html



    If you have a PS3 and like gaming...cool. If you don't care about gaming and want the best format you choose HD DVD. The content is going to level out. Disney's Bob Iger said he thought they'd end up supporting both formats and I still believe they will.



    There are probably a 1.5 Million PS3 in homes today versus maybe 300k HD DVD players.



    http://www.eproductwars.com/dvd/



    The Departed is the hottest new title and HD DVD has been selling more copies consistently despite the HD DVD version being 4 bucks more. Think about this now. Over 1 million BD players cannot beat out 300k HD DVD players. This shows you how truly abysmal the PS3 movie attachrate is.



    If HD DVD hits 2 million players Worldwide by this year they will have all but solidified their future as it seems like it takes 3-4x the amount of PS3 sales to equal the movie purchasing power of HD DVD.



    If you're a movie lover and you don't give a rip about either format ...keep your eyes peeled for Universal players. There are more coming that should be much better than the LG unit that is incomplete and expensive. I'd love to have a Universal player by the end of 2008 that functions very well and costs no more than $800 from a reputable Tier1 company. I think I'll have that as that is over a year away.



    It's looking like Indie companies are choosing HD DVD (Porn and small production companies) while Blu-ray is trying to keep the heavies onboard.
  • Reply 12 of 15
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    I heard that the adult film industry had gone with BluRay. Hmm....
  • Reply 13 of 15
    And the winner is-- conventional DVDs on an upscaling DVD player.



    Seriously, the format war is doing a serious disservice to the eventual market adoption of an HD format. For people who need to be careful with their money and faced with competing formats, the natural choice will be to stick with good old reliable DVDs. This is further reinforced when they check the prices of HD and B-R discs.



    BTW, Murch, you're starting to sound frantic. Worried about the long term viability of HD-DVD?
  • Reply 14 of 15
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hmurchison View Post


    The PS3 is a fine BD player but Blu-ray is a boring spec that was incomplete from the start.





    In June of this year they will have a new spec of BD players 1.2 or something like that. These players will mandate BD Live support and persistent storage. A full year after HD DVD delivered these features on day 1.



    Right now if you have a BD player and it's not a PS3 you're screwed. You won't have full functionality on the next wave of movies.



    BD Java was supposed to be the "proven" choice for interactivity. It sucks compared to HDi and BD player don't support Dual Streams of video which every HD DVD player supports.



    There is no region encoding for HD DVD and there likely will never be. This means I can



    Buy North Am BD movies like "The Prestige" "Rambo series" "The Underworld series" "Total Recall" and more titles and know they will work in my player.



    http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/hd-dvds-c-35.html



    If you have a PS3 and like gaming...cool. If you don't care about gaming and want the best format you choose HD DVD. The content is going to level out. Disney's Bob Iger said he thought they'd end up supporting both formats and I still believe they will.



    There are probably a 1.5 Million PS3 in homes today versus maybe 300k HD DVD players.



    http://www.eproductwars.com/dvd/



    The Departed is the hottest new title and HD DVD has been selling more copies consistently despite the HD DVD version being 4 bucks more. Think about this now. Over 1 million BD players cannot beat out 300k HD DVD players. This shows you how truly abysmal the PS3 movie attachrate is.



    If HD DVD hits 2 million players Worldwide by this year they will have all but solidified their future as it seems like it takes 3-4x the amount of PS3 sales to equal the movie purchasing power of HD DVD.



    If you're a movie lover and you don't give a rip about either format ...keep your eyes peeled for Universal players. There are more coming that should be much better than the LG unit that is incomplete and expensive. I'd love to have a Universal player by the end of 2008 that functions very well and costs no more than $800 from a reputable Tier1 company. I think I'll have that as that is over a year away.



    It's looking like Indie companies are choosing HD DVD (Porn and small production companies) while Blu-ray is trying to keep the heavies onboard.



    I know nothing about the subject, but http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari...rmats#Rankings (which looks like one of the good wiki articles) seems to contradict what you say, or am I getting it wrong? It looks like Blu-ray is winning. Also from that article, "Research by 20th Century Fox projects Blu-ray to outsell HD DVD by a 3.5:1 ratio by the end of the second quarter of 2007."
  • Reply 15 of 15
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,341member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CosmoNut View Post


    I heard that the adult film industry had gone with BluRay. Hmm....



    Nope. Digital Playground has already shipped 4 HD DVD tiles. Wicked is HD DVD only and Vivid will support both. In january the Adult Film industry pretty much about faced and HD DVD is looking strong there. I doubt the impact will be huge but it helps bring over perverted face sitters...ahem fence sitters.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by OldCodger73 View Post


    And the winner is-- conventional DVDs on an upscaling DVD player.



    Seriously, the format war is doing a serious disservice to the eventual market adoption of an HD format. For people who need to be careful with their money and faced with competing formats, the natural choice will be to stick with good old reliable DVDs. This is further reinforced when they check the prices of HD and B-R discs.



    BTW, Murch, you're starting to sound frantic. Worried about the long term viability of HD-DVD?



    No I'm just noticing the natural ebb and flow of this battle. When you look at things objectively it is now easier to see that Blu-ray was indeed almost a year behind and they've basically done a HD fillibuster to gain time. Their implementation of BD Java is late, they demoed no BD Live web/networking function a la Universal and Bandai Visual at CES 2007. They are finally adding a BD spec that contains dual video decoders and persistent storage.



    These aren't the actions of a superior hardware platform. Many of you simply saw 50GB discs and got all hot n bothered and failed to look any deeper. With Disney and Fox exclusives Blu-ray is dead. You know it and I know it. So just imagine the concessions that they are getting. Sony is known for payola.
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