Well I want to apologize in advance if so far I am the one who is totally lost but...
Isn't this GREAT NEWS?!
And I don't just mean the fact that a Hi Def format DVD is coming but that Blue Ray technology is being used.
A competing format to HD-DVD? Great. I was so upset (yes I need a life) to hear they were sticking to red laser but were going to solve the problem of storage by further compressing the pic and sound. OH GOODY!
If I remember correctly Blue Ray was always the better tech for best picture and sound with minimal compression right? last thing I want is a blown up .avi file on my big screen HDTV.
I am glad to hear that the right format is being used by someone and hopefully this will catch on to other big studios. I want REAL HD movies not what HD-DVD is giving us just for the sake of backward compatibility.
Of course CTHV will keep making DVDs, they would be crazy not to. I am glad people with the big screens will have a choice. Will it create confusion? BARELY. most people will stick with DVD they way many clung to VHS in the late 90s. most people don't care and don't need the extra resolution. it's the tiny % of people with HDTV who actually care and can see the difference on their screen (a small % of the previously mentioned %) that want HD on DVD.
Let's face it, don't we all know that one guy who bought himself that big HDTV and still watches VHS on it set to "zoom" and thinks it fine?
the small percentage of us who want HD on DVD will not be confused. the ones who actually know the difference between 480i, 720p and 1080i won't be confused. WE'LL be explaining the difference to wal mart boy. (no offense, just a generalization in the name of bad comedy)
This will only affect a small amount of us which also means expect quite a price tag on it. I expect it to be treated quite like LD. Niche market, limited releases, high prices. I am ok with it. to get the movie I love at the best resolution with best sound possible? I am easily willing to pay double what we pay for the average DVD even if it is movie only. I mean do we need HD filmographies?