HD-DVD Titles Announced for 4th Qtr Release-

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  1. Rutgar

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    What I don't get, is why are studios picking sides in this upcoming "Format War" in the first place? Why not just release the titles in both? After all, they're still dual releasing titles in DVD and VHS.
     
  2. Michael Elliott

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    VAN HELSING before the Classic Monsters, which do need better transfers? It's clear to see who these titles are aimed at but even if these look 1000x better than right now, it's going to take a lot more for me to upgrade. I'd buy three titles on that list but thankfully they already look pretty good now so I'll sit this one out.
     
  3. KyleC

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    I'll hold my decision until the prices are within normal consumer range or at least $399. I just bought an SVS sub and a 42" LCD. The wife will have me sleeping outside if I ask for a $1k DVD player that only plays 1 format. [​IMG]
     
  4. Matt Butler

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    Im waiting it out like everyone else. IF I had to pick one based on what Ive heard it will be Blu-Ray.
     
  5. David_Blackwell

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    I'm think I'm far away from any type of HD-DVD or Blu Ray DVD player since I still need to buy a DVD Recorder or two among other things (the current computer (I'm using) will need to be replaced sooner or later). Anyway, I think I will wait it out and wait for player prices to drop.
     
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    While I have no dobt that HD will blow away standard def, I still find that a well-mastered SD-DVD looks fantastic. For that matter, I still watch LDs, and enjoy them as much as when I got them.... Part of me hopes that both HD-DVD and BluRay tank, and gives those greed-mongers at the MPAA a huge black eye. Then, out of the ashes, a next, NEXT generation standard emerges, borne out of common sense. Looks like it's 480p for the foreseeable future in my HT... (man, if those mental giants only knew how much business they were losing)...[​IMG]
     
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    Hmm, I might hold off on my plan to buy the Star Trek: First Contact SCE dvd coming in March in this case, but I think my reluctance to take part in a format war will keep me on the regular dvd wagon for now.
     
  8. Ernest Rister

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    I'm really pulling for Blu-Ray here. I just hope that I have enough will power to NOT buy an HD-DVD player pending the release of the Blu Ray unit.

    I've got the will power.

    By the way, aren't some studios already on record stating that they will not promise exclusivity to one format or the other? That's going to muddy the waters even farther.
     
  9. Harold Southard

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    I think everyone knows why they are only using HDMI, to copy protect it. I will not buy untill it goes under $500, even if we only had the one formate.
     
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    ... and this is a by-product of the MPAA's paranioa. Sales stats have constantly shown that piracy barely makes a dent in overall sales, in spite of what their greed suggests to be the case...
     
  11. Harold Southard

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    I agree. It's sad.
     
  12. Ernest Rister

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    If it barely makes a dent, how big does the dent need to be before it is legitimate for a company to fight theft without being accused of being greedy?
     
  13. WillG

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    I guess I wasted a lot of money buying an HDTV ready set then if HD signals will not be made available via Component video.
     
  14. Vader

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    Ernest, I am in no way suggesting that they don't have every right to fight theft (and I am fully behind hitting the thiefs hard with lawsuits). I am only saying that the "gloom and doom" figures they tout as the result of piracy is inflated unrealistically high. Besides, I know that I am not alone in being more than a little bitter...

    And as far as "how big the dent needs to be"..... even one theft is one to many AFAIAC...
     
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    Wait a second. So you're saying if my Mitsubishi 55809(I think that's the model number) doesn't have these HDMI connections, I can't play HD-DVD or Blu-Ray discs?
     
  16. Harold Southard

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    The point is they are going to pirate it no matter what you do. They will find away around it. The HDMI only thing hurts the people who are PAYING for it. Many have already got HD tv's and should not have to buy another just because they don't have HDMI. I am lucky to have HDMI, but would like the option to use another conection if I choose to.
     
  17. Ernest Rister

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    My cousin lost his job in the music industry about five years ago thanks in part to the rise in file swapping and music piracy, and an old friend of mine in the film business had his computer hacked by a movie rumour site looking for info, so computer theft is a subject I'm a bit sensitive to.

    I don't think that any private commercial enterprise that protects itself from theft is being greedy, even if it is nothing more than a single piece of gum from a convenience store. It's too bad that there are dishonest people in the world that spoil the party for everybody else, but don't blame the studios for being greedy, blame the thieves and internet pirates and file swappers for making the studios sensitive to protecting their assets in the first place.
     
  18. Harold Southard

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    Just a after thought. Put a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD drive in you HTPC. Then your can use what ever connection you like. I saw a link somewhere that said HD-DVD drives will hit the market soon.
     
  19. Ernest Rister

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    Dell and Hewlett-Packard are both supporting Blu-Ray DVD. I haven't heard anything about them supporting this hybrid HD-DVD tech.
     
  20. Vader

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    Bingo.

    Actually, the way things are looking, the HD players will output along component, but it will be down-rezzed to SD DVD...
     

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