Newbie question re: the 2 formats?...

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by todd s, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. todd s

    todd s Lead Actor

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    I am sure this has been answered. I am just looking for an easy to read explaination of whats up with the 2 formats. (ie-who supports who, availabilities, what people think will be better?)
    I really haven't been keeping up. Since I was willing to wait until the smoke clears. But, curiousity has gotten the best of me.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Rob_Walton

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    This is a quick and dirty little summary, as far as I remember...

    HD DVD is set to launch on March 28 with a couple of Toshiba players. There will also be an RCA (Thompson) player using essentially the same components, and a PC drive from NEC (which will form the basis for all 4 machines). Early models will cost $500 basic, and $750 luxury. 1080i output is the order of the day, and there is no managed copy function or recordability that I'm aware of. Movies will be released by 3 Hollywood studios, and 1 French distributor. These are; Universal; Warner Brothers; Paramount; and Studio Canal. It looks like there should be about 60 to 80 movies available within 3 months of launch.


    Blu Ray is set to launch "in April" with a Samsung (or Pioneer, I forget which) and will be more expensive. Sony and Panasonic/JVC will be releasing recorders/players in the summer (little nebulous isn't it). Prices announced so far are in the $1000 to $1800 range, though I don't think the big 2 - Sony and Matsushita - have announced their price plan yet. Movies are set to be released by 5 Hollywood studios and 1 porn studio [​IMG]. These are; Warner Brothers; Paramount; Sony; Disney; and Anchor Bay. There look to be in the region of 80 to 100 titles planned for the first 3 months after launch.

    Announced prices of media (discs) are similar between formats: $30 catalog, $35 recent releases.
     
  3. Aaron_Brez

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    I'd say that the Hollywood studios in the BD section would be more accurately represented by Fox, or even MGM than Anchor Bay. Unless you were considering AB a porn studio... [​IMG]
     
  4. todd s

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    Thanks. It seems like Blu Ray has the most support, with the exception of Universal. Where does Fox stand? And I know it's early. But, is their any consensus here at the forum which will be the ones the members go with?
     
  5. Joseph DeMartino

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    According to the threads I've seen there is more enthusiasm for Blu-Ray than HD-DVD, but the majority of members who have indicated a preference seem to be going for "none of the above". In the poll asking whether members would be jumping into hi-def DVD immediately or waiting to see what happens, something around 80% of respondents say they'll sit out this year and see what happens. I'm in that camp myself, so I'm not terribly interested in the whole controversy and I'll take a look in a couple of years when the dust settles.

    Regards,

    Joe
     
  6. Juan C

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    Found this summary on AVS.

    Here are the things common to both formats:
    1. Video codecs: MPEG2, MPEG-4 AVC HP, and VC-1
    2. Lossy audio codecs: Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD
    3. Lossless audio codecs: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Lossless, PCM
    4. 1080p24 video storage
    5. DVD compatibility

    Here are the things unique to Blu-ray:
    1. 50 GB dual layer capacity for BD-ROM, BD-RE, and BD-R discs
    2. Maximum data rate will be 50% more than HD-DVD at the same RPM speed
    3. Hardcoating of discs will make discs more scratch resistant than HD-DVD or even DVD.
    4. BD-J interactive layer uses Java which will make it more versatile than iHD
    5. 5 of the 6 major studios support Blu-ray (Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Warner)
    6. The PS3 will include a Blu-ray drive

    Here are the things unique to HD-DVD:
    1. 30 GB dual layer capacity for HD-DVD-ROM, HD-DVD-RW, and HD-DVD-R discs
    2. Cheaper disc cost since HD-DVD physical structure is the same as DVD [However, final retail price seems to be the same for HD DVD and Blu-ray movies]
    3. Hybrid discs can be made with a DVD layer on one side and a HD-DVD layer on the other
    4. iHD interactive layer is simpler than BD-J and will be cheaper to implement
    5. 3 of the 6 major studios support HD-DVD (Paramount, Universal, Warner)
    6. An Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on, for movie playback only, may be released later this year
     

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