From Cedia: Don't count Blu-Ray out yet....

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    We are here at Cedia, and walking around the floor you get
    a very strong sense that Blu-Ray is about to make a huge launch.

    There is obviously far more manufacturer support here for
    Blu-Ray than HD-DVD. Just about every display manufacturer
    is showing off Blu-Ray on their new projection equipment.

    The demo material I have seen, most of it sourced from the
    Pioneer BDP-HD1, looks tremendous!

    There is some sort of huge Fox/Buena Vista announcement
    unveiling party happening for Blu-Ray this evening where a
    huge title(s) is to be announced. We'll see just how big that
    announcement really is!

    It's going to be an interesting showdown for sure!
     
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    When?! You can't get us excited and forget something like that! [​IMG]
     
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    I think November is when the Official "Official Blu-Ray" launch was suppose to happen. And the Samsung BP1000 was the UnOfficial "Official Blu-Ray" launch. Blu-Ray support is to easy to deny when there's nothing on the market. But come November, the massive media blitzkrieg will begin and we will see if the public buys it.

    There's a reason why retail outlets have put HD DVD on the back corner and Blu Ray up front. Kinda hard to display 1 manufacture when there are 5 waiting to sell a competing product too...
     
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    I'm looking forward to the announcement...
     
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    Well, Sharp's made an announcement...a Blu-ray player for one million dollars. Er, sorry for channeling Dr Evil there, it's more like $3000, but that's a lot of money (for a lot of machine). And it looks like "Dukes of Hazzard" is on the way, if that's your thing.
     
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    I watched the Sony press confernece and I am just wondering did they say that the Sony Bluray player would not be using HDMI 1.3. Also was there anything said if there new reciver that is coming out would have HDMI 1.3?

    Thanks for the CEDIA coverage I bet you are being bonbarded with alot of information and that it is also very exciting at the same time. This is how I felt the last time I went to the CES show in Vegas in 04'.

    Thanks for the coverage Ronald and enjoy CEDIA 06' [​IMG]
     
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    It's certainly time for the Blu Ray camp to make their move. Even though I have supported HD-DVD with my initial $$, I know as probably most early adopters, that momentum comes in swings. Surely, with CEDIA, the BR folks are going to give it their best.

    That's why Batman Begins & Polar Express just got announced for October on HD-DVD. This will be an interesting remainder of the year and 2007 looks to be a real smackdown. [​IMG]
     
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    My guess is that Fox will announce X-MEN III and BV will announce... Chronicles of Narnia? I can't think of another film other than Pirates and Cars that were really a major hit for them in the last year.
     
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    I bought HD-DVD at first and returned it due to many HD problems. Then I missed the high quality standard DVD upconverting and the very high quality CD decoding. So I bought it again and with the new firmware, I am very pleased.

    That said, I am still in the Blu-Ray camp.

    I hope they succeed and I will own both.

    Go Blu-Ray. If you look good, I will buy second generation equipment and still own a great upconverting DVD player.

    Philip
     
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    No big announcement. Sorry guys, I was mislead by other sources.

    Fox and Disney did throw a nice private party here in Denver, though.

    The theme was BLUE
     
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    Once Blu-ray hits the $500 mark I'm in but not until then, $1k for a player is just too much for me and not worth the risky investment. I don't care if both formats stay around or one dies off, I just want the best to win.

    But, while I'm waiting, I'm enjoying my HD-DVD player and at $500 it's a small price to pay for such awesome PQ.

    Studio support does not concern me at all. We all know it's about the dollar and if both of these formats hang around I'm going to guess that most studios, if not all, will be supporting both formats.
     
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    Couldn't of said it better myself....
    Im not paying that much for this technology nor do i plan on dishing out 35 - 40 bucks for a movie at least according to FOX's msrp's...

    Bottom line BLU-RAY has yet to justify it's pricing...
     
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    Hmmmm.....that was kind of anti-climatic.[​IMG]
     
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    PS3 at $499 and $599 for HDMI 1.3. Sony blunder? I dont think so...
     
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    The Blu-Ray samples I have been looking at over the past few days
    have looked quite good. I must point out, however, that most of
    it was animation (Over The Hedge, Corpse Bride) and none of it was
    being pumped through the Samsung player, but rather the new
    Pioneer and Sony players due out shortly.

    This is material that was being shown in individual display rooms,
    pumped through flagship 3-chip DLP front projectors (Sim2 and new
    Sony VW50) onto huge screens.

    I found the image quality of these Blu-Ray demonstrations to be
    as impressive as their HD-DVD counterparts.
     
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    If the Bond collections came out on Blue Ray, I would seriously consider buying a player.
     
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    Nothing from Toshiba regarding their SED panel technology? They were talking about a late 2006 rollout, so I was thinking that they might have at least a demo at one of these shows.
     
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    Latest on SED is late 2007, but it doesn't look like pricing will be all that low.
     
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    Thanks. Late 2007, eh? I'm not surprised regarding the initial pricing. It is just par for the course when a "new" technology is introduced. The manufacturers try to make back their production costs immediately, instead of introducing at a lower price and earning back those costs over a longer period.

    If the 2007 date is accurate then it will line up nicely for me to replace my existing CRT set with a SED set around 2010-11. Around that time, prices should be coming down to more affordable levels for the technology.
     

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