Will current DVDs look better if a HD-DVD player is backwards compatible?

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  1. StephenA

    StephenA Screenwriter

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    I was just wondering if and when they release a HD-DVD player, and is backwards compatible, will it make current discs look better? I know it probably won't be a huge improvement, but I was thinking that there might be a slight improvement.

    So will there be one at all, none at all, or so slight that some will notice it and others won't?

    I know I won't be replacing all my discs if the player is backwards compatible, probably just the movies I love most.
     
  2. derek

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    More than likely HD-DVD players will offer only progressive scan output for digitally equipped sets that can handle the resolution/scan rate. That being said, current DVDs will be line-doubled/scaled to a higher resolution. So the answer is yes...mostly because you will be viewing on a better display device (much like people are doing now with HDTV sets/projectors etc.)
     
  3. MickeS

    MickeS Producer

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    Yeah, one can hope that the HD-DVD players will upconvert the 480p signal to 720p or 1080i, and that should give a slightly better picture.

    But maybe they won't.

    /Mike
     
  4. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    I would prefer upconversion to be optional. More likely HD-DVD players, especially considering they are 10-15 years down the line will have advanced filtering to help take out things like Screen door effect and artifacting
     
  5. MickeS

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    Why would it take them 15 years to get it into production?

    I don't see it becoming as widespread as DVD is, but I would think that within 5 years there will be HD-DVD titles on the market.
     
  6. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    That's what D-VHS is for, to fill the niche until they're ready to do HD-DVD

    They will not sabotage the DVD market 5 years or even 10 years into it with another format designed for the mass market

    This has been discussed ad-nauseum before. Believe me or not, but you're not going to see HD-DVD before 50% of America has an HDTV, roughly about 2012-2015
     
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