Warner Bros. switches to Blu-Ray

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Postby Big Magilla » Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:28 am

Here's a very good, quite cyncial, article on why retialers support the more xpensive Blu-ray players over HD.

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/jeffkleist/editorial010108.html

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Postby Eric » Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:24 am

Yes, the format war sucked, but not having a format war will likely also suck. Expert analysts still suggest both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray may go the way of laserdisc. There is a perception that there isn't enough perceptible difference between an upscaled regular DVD and a hi-def disc.

This perception apparently has never watched, say, Happy Feet on hi-def disc, but the consumer will have to be the final judge. I've read articles that speculate the average consumer is not particularly concerned with image quality and would rather watch their movies in piecemeal on YouTube for free, given the option. So long as prices on Blu-Ray discs continue to hover at or around twice as much as regular DVDs (to say nothing of $400 at best for players when even upscaling DVD players can be had for $70), they'll write their own ticket into obsolescence.

Personally, I'd like to hope not, because a 1080p image shown on a 1080p set is magnificent.

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Postby dws1982 » Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:09 am

Supposedly the Blu-Ray folk paid Warner somewhere in the range of $500 million to go Blu-Ray-exclusive, and paid Fox a similar amount not to go format-neutral and begin supporting both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. New Line I believe has also announced that, as a subsidiary of Warner, they'll go Blu-Ray too, which means we can expect similar announcements from other Warner subsidies--HBO, BBC.

At any rate, Blu-Ray may kill HD-DVD, but I don't see it supplanting DVD any time soon--it's too expensive (and this won't exactly get prices on Blu-Ray players to drop), and the difference between it and regular DVD won't be significant enough for a casual viewer to jump ship. My guess is that Toshiba pulls the plug on the HD-DVD experiment soon, and goes to work on a next-generation format to kill Blu-Ray.




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Postby Eric » Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:43 am

The difference now is that HD-DVD is basically dead. Warners (and Sony) just made your decision for you.

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Postby anonymous1980 » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:27 am

Story here.

What is the difference between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD in terms of quality?


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