DVD hits front page - Wash Post 10/7

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  1. derek

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    I thought this was the most interesting bit of the whole article
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    At a Market Near You?
    The next generation of DVDs will be HDDVDs, or high-definition DVDs, made to be seen on high-definition televisions that now, at more than $2,000 each, are in a relative handful of homes. But as their price inevitably comes down, spurred by federal regulations requiring the switch to digital television, the quality of DVDs will have to ratchet up accordingly.
    Inside the players, the red laser that reads the DVDs will, when the cost becomes viable, be replaced by a blue laser, which promises an improved picture and more data storage on a single disc.
    But the next big thing consumers may notice are DVDs in the checkout lines of supermarkets and drug stores. Some of the major studios are discussing deals with such retailers to stock DVDs. If Lieberfarb and Warner Bros. get their way, the DVD will dive as low as $10 a disc, another Lieberfarbian agitation that provokes the other studios.
    "It will be priced so it will be an impulse purchase," he said.
    Which means that soon, Lieberfarb hopes, DVDs will be priced so low that the once-exotic disc -- as little as five years ago, a curiosity in the homes of early-tech adopters -- will be as ubiquitous and inexpensive as a tube of lipstick or two packs of D-cell batteries.
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  3. David Von Pein

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    How many here are among the "average" DVD buyer, purchasing a paltry 16 discs per year? That's a riot, huh? More like 16 per MONTH around here. [​IMG]
     
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    Albertson's supermarkets already have DVDs at the checkout along with the magazines, though the prices aren't too great and they seem to only carry the pan-n-scan versions when there's 2 available (which is another reason why there should NOT be any separate releases!)
     
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    Only bummer is they never mentioned anything about one of the primary drivers for DVD early on...OAR...
    and they named "Warner" as the inventor of DVD some 10 years ago.
    Actually, Toshiba/Warner and Sony/Phillips were FORCED by the industry to collaborate and come up with a single unified format. Toshiba (SD format) and Sony (MMCD format) decided to combine various aspects of their technologies and produce a single "DVD" standard (sound familiar...think HD-DVD!!!) that went to market in 1997...not exactly 10 years ago either.
    Other than that...great article!
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    it was IBM who forced the issue with the studios to come up with a unified format because they did not want to lose sales regarding the potential of dvdrom in the future.
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    yep...the computer industry (ibm) were the leaders of the "unification" cause.

    Turned out to be a GOOD thing for all of us HT enthusiasts...

    remembering how much confusion DIVX caused the format early on I can only imagine how terrible it would have been to have had a beta/vhs war with Toshiba and Sony over movies on a 5" disc.

    -dave
     
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    The article of course does not address the 'dark side' of this success: the increasing numbers of MAR-only releases.

    Yes, this is the best time ever to be a true film and home theater enthusiast.

    But there is cause for concern for the future. Not FUD, but concern.
     
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    Hmm, ten bucks, there already such low priced DVDs but if that becomes the standard price, great, only I don't think so, and it would better serve reducing crazy CD prices.
    But anyway, latest big DVD releases are always at the supermarket check out lines like Ralphs, for a while now.
     

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