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#1 of 38 Greg T

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Posted February 08 2006 - 05:39 AM

http://www.videobusi.../CA6305651.html

I believe the first title release dates are supposed to be announced this week also.

#2 of 38 DaViD Boulet

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Posted February 08 2006 - 06:09 AM

Another similar article:

http://www.extremete....1922554,00.asp

Not too discouraging...especially for catalog titles.

Though I'm a bit confused about the "sell through" versus "rental" market window...since with DVD the pricing was established to ignore rental windows with DVDs coming out a few months later for sale.

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#3 of 38 Dave Scarpa

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Posted February 08 2006 - 06:16 AM

Pretty good about what HD-DVD titles will be priced at.
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#4 of 38 Jason Harbaugh

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Posted February 08 2006 - 08:29 AM

Should be enough room for retailers to sell them near cost, or at a loss to get people in and buy players. Similar to DVD's early days. My first DVD was US Marshals in 1998 and I paid a whopping $6 at CompUSA. It snowballed from there with online stores selling new releases for $12-13 for the first week. Doubt we'll hit those marks anytime soon but I could see new releases breaking the $20 barrier for the first week by the holidays.

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#5 of 38 Brent M

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Posted February 08 2006 - 05:00 PM

I like how the Sony president of home entertainment says "this is going to be a hot product". I think he might be in for a rude awakening.
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#6 of 38 Jason Harbaugh

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Posted February 08 2006 - 06:31 PM

I don't know, who would have guess that UMD's would have sold at the rate they are, and at the extremely high price? I sure didn't, and I still can't believe people actually buy them, but apparently there is a customer base out there.

While people keep saying that HDTV's are only in ~10% of homes, that's still 10-15 million potential customers out there. That's nothing to sneeze at and it is only growing. Now if only they don't screw up with the ICT stuff, or we make sure that those titles with it enabled sell poorly.

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Posted February 08 2006 - 07:06 PM

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I don't know, who would have guess that UMD's would have sold at the rate they are, and at the extremely high price?

UMD's success is more akin to the ipods and other portable media devices. The video ipods seem to be doing as well
and the available downloads seem to be doing well. Portable media is hot. The success of UMD might not be good news
for HD. I would think that people who buy portable media
do it because they don't spend much time at home. If you don't spend much time at home then you're not likely to buy
HD dvd players or discs.

#8 of 38 Dave H

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Posted February 09 2006 - 01:13 AM

Call me "old fashioned" but I will only buy individual titles of HD. I will not be interested in the UMD or DVD version, nor "bundle packages" of other movies for which I have no interest.

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Posted February 09 2006 - 01:44 AM

You don't have a dvd player in your car or laptop? No kids eh? I don't either, but definately will once the little bugger is old enough. I will be glad to have the rights to a dvd resolution copy of my HD films when that day arrives. (especially a dvd version mastered from a pristine 1080p source with HD colors and no filtering or wasted space on extras Posted Image)

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Posted February 09 2006 - 03:22 AM

Wow that would be great!

I have an 8 year old and a 1 year old that love DVDs. From Toy Story to Smallville (believe it or not the 1 year old LOVES that theme music!)

being able to have the ability to make a copy for them to watch in their play room on their own player without worrying about fingerprints, drool, scratches or any other damage.

Wish I could do that with DVDs!
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Posted February 09 2006 - 05:06 AM

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The video ipods seem to be doing as well and the available downloads seem to be doing well.


The video downloads are viewable on a PC as well, which is some percentage of the sales.

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The success of UMD might not be good news for HD.


Honestly, I understand you're trying to sell the idea of the death of HD any way you can, but there's no correlation. HD's potential success is equivalent to that of DVD, which hasn't suffered at all from UMD.

Plus, you disregard the market consuming UMD. UMD is predominately children with PSP's, not adults, and the sales are generally so that parents don't have to listen to the age old "Are we there yet?"

Portable media is one part fad, one part electronic babysitter. The public at large isn't buying it.

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Posted February 09 2006 - 06:14 PM

Ryan,

Are you kidding? Portable media is the hottest thing in electronics right now and the public at large most certainly IS buying it. Ipods, mp3 players, PSP, UMD, portable DVD players, etc. are all much bigger sellers than HD-DVD/Blu-Ray can even dream about being at this point. Personally, I don't see the HD formats being anywhere near as successful as current DVD until either the format war is won by one camp or a universal player is brought to the market(and I don't think that will happen for at least a couple of years).
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Posted February 11 2006 - 11:49 AM

I for one will be waiting until the format war is over and one format has been established as the universal format/player.

I never got into the Beta/VHS war, and stayed clear of RCA's video disk (I went the Laserdisc route until DVD arrived)

FOr now there is too much uncertainty.

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Posted February 12 2006 - 06:34 AM

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I for one will be waiting until the format war is over and one format has been established as the universal format/player.

I tend to agree. I was an early adopter of Beta. Posted Image And bought a LD player, which I still own for those titles not yet on DVD. (I still own a Beta player for some films taped off the air that are not out in any format yet) I'm going to sit back & watch my 1300+ library of DVDs & see who wins the HD war.

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#15 of 38 Bryan Michael

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Posted February 15 2006 - 03:19 AM

but you can make back up copies of dvd i riped all my anime to my comp the olny thing is you will need alot more hd space for the ned hd format i have 2 tera bites of storage and it is 2/3 full with anime
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Posted March 02 2006 - 04:20 AM

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i have 2 tera bites of storage
How much did that cost you and about how many DVDs worth of material would you say that contained? How much more physical space does that much storage take up? Do you need more power for that much? I've been thinking of doing this in case something were to happen and I had to go in a flash, I could just take my computer with me.


About UMD, I don't get it either but more than just the little kids are getting PSP. What I don't understand is why they don't just get those portable DVD players, you get a wider library than UMD with better stuff and you can watch it on your TV had home if you so choose.
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#17 of 38 Gary Hightower

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Posted March 02 2006 - 12:22 PM

Those prices aren't bad. I still don't plan to jump into this stuff anytime soon though I enjoy keeping up with it.

#18 of 38 Nick

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Posted March 02 2006 - 03:31 PM

I think I'll hold out for the Player/recorder before making any purchases on either format. Why buy a player when the recorder is just around the corner.

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Posted March 02 2006 - 05:03 PM

Got this off gamespot.

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Though DVD-specialty sites such as the Digital Bits predict that the aforementioned launch BD movies will go for about $24.99 each, no pricing information was given for the initial octet, which will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. However, the other studio shipping BD films on May 23, Lionsgate, was more forthcoming. It said that two of its initial offerings, Lord of War and the Oscar-nominated Crash will retail for $39.99, while the other three--The Punisher, Saw, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day--will go for $29.99 each. The Canada-based studio will release a second wave that will include Reservoir Dogs, Total Recall, Stargate, and the Frank Herbert's Dune miniseries for $29.99 each, and the Rob Zombie-directed schlock-horror opus The Devil's Rejects for $39.99.


$39.99 for the Devil's Rejects. Where do I sign up? Ack!

#20 of 38 Tony J Case

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Posted March 03 2006 - 04:03 AM

I saw this on IGN:

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Among the first five, Crash and Lord of War will carry a suggested retail price of $39.99, while The Punisher, Saw, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day will be marked at $29.99.

The second wave of titles will launch in either June or July. The Devil's Rejects will carry the $39.99 price, while Reservoir Dogs, Total Recall, Stargate, and Frank Herbert's Dune will go for $29.99.

40 bucks?!? Are they out of their f'ing minds? That's what laserdiscs (well, low end LDs) used to cost!

Sorry, but after tasting the sweet life of 10-15 bucks for a new release movie, I'm not going back to that price tier ever again.


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