: The Format War is very stressful.......
2007-02-13, 02:38 PM
It's amazing on how hard it is to decide both are very powerful, I want to futureproof myself and don't know where and how. I just purchased a Ps3 and keep thinking about universal movies like scarface being exclusive to HD DVD also the prices are better and the name has a better ring for people that don't look at the details and just buy anything. Unless you have a PS3 its hard not to go HD dvd. In my situation I'd like an upconverter as well but the thought of a bigger disk and more data seems like the smart choice.
Anyone else want to vent about this format war.....
My answer is to not fuel the competition with my money as it will only postpone the inevitable. When the industry works it out I'll buy - not before.
2007-02-13, 03:13 PM
I decided to avoid the format war altogether, and instead I just purchased a Denon DVD-2930CI DVD Player. Absolutely stunning DVD quality for my existing collection. This player will be with me for many, many years to come, at which point I'll purchase a combo player or the eventual winner of this silly war.
2007-02-13, 03:28 PM
Ya, don't bet on anything yet. I'm frustrated at the pace of things, mainly due to the competing formats. No one wants to commit to anything until their sure.
2007-02-13, 04:29 PM
I hear you guys,
Lucky for me, my HD DVD (A2) cost me absolutely $0.00 , in fact I made $ 120.00 after all was said and done! That is the only reason I decided to go with a Hi Def format.
If it eventually goes the way of BD than I will just keep this player, put it in the master bedroom as a great up-converter. I will probaby buy really good dual format in a couple of years if both formats are still around!
2007-02-13, 05:21 PM
THe way I see it, you don't have to make a decision, but at the same time, there is no reason to not buy HD content that is compatible with the player you have. Assuming you are keeping the PS3 for its potential gaming, no reason you cannot enjoy blu-ray movies right now. Even should you decide on an HD DVD player at some other junction, that doesn't require you to reget your blu-ray content in HD DVD. Go out and enjoy some HiDef movies since you already have a player in your home.
2007-02-13, 06:12 PM
Well, I look at it this way:
For $200 I was able to purchase the 360 HD DVD addon. If that hadn't come out, I wouldn't be jumping into HD disks at all. Should HD DVD go the way of Beta, it's not like my drive will cease up and the disks expload. AND by that time BD player should be much more affordable.
So no stress here, just the enjoyment of HD content on my Panny plasma. :)
2007-02-13, 09:05 PM
That's exactly how I feel.
2007-02-13, 09:14 PM
i bought a tosh HD A2
I have 1 movie and havent even watched it. DVDs are fine with me for now. Who wants to buy a barely used Toshiba HDA2??
I also have a ps3. I find blue ray picture quality better but meh either way.
2007-02-13, 09:38 PM
DVDs are fine with me for now. That is what I think will be the biggest hinderance to the widespread acceptance of HD in the eyes of John Q Public.
2007-02-13, 10:30 PM
I agree. I bought the Samsung DVD recorder/upconverter and the picture is great. Even on my FP 100" screen.
I'm sure it could look better with HiDef, but considering rentals, cost of players, cost of hidef DVDs etc... I'll stick with SD format for awhile. I have NO doubt in a couple of years you'll pick up a player for $100.
2007-02-13, 10:35 PM
I went HD DVD cuz my 360 could play it for only 200 bucks. Real combo players will go mainstream it's only a matter of time. When true machines and not a half assed one like LG tried to pawn off as a combo player come out then I'll buy BD exclusive titles to play on a new combo player.
2007-02-13, 11:38 PM
Im not joe Q public - i have a $30,000 TH System. All I'm saying is a high quality even non upconverting dvd player using good quality cables is great. HDDVD and Blueray is not the jump HD Television is.
2007-02-13, 11:46 PM
What is stressful is a lack of quality releases from both camps.
2007-02-14, 12:35 AM
Hellllllllo both camps we are all waiting for more afordable players, and more content. My lean is that HD DVD camp to win (alas I hate Sony), but I thought last week as I going to enter the war, but have backed off.
So many of us are waiting...........
Use common sense.Universal is the only major studio which releases in HD DVD only. I bet that by 2008 if not earlyer they will start releasing in Blu-Ray also. HD DVD may survive in the market for some time ( it may remain a viable niche or it may be a slow death...) , but the biggest market share will be (it already is) on the Blu ray side. So it's not a question anymore that if you chose Blu-Ray you may be on the looser side, it's only that you can get cheaper now an HD DVD player, but if you want any of the Sony exclusive movies you still need a Blu-Ray palyer. In my opinion chances that Sony and the other Blu-Ray only studios will release in HD DVD in the future are extremely small, but chances that Universal will release in Blu-Ray also are almost 100 %, but you may have to wait a year for their titles.
2007-02-14, 10:46 AM
I bet that by 2008 if not earlyer they [Universal] will start releasing in Blu-Ray also.If anybody would attempt to count how many times predictions like this were made in the last two years, a computer would be neccessary - human beings can't count that far. ;)
2007-02-14, 10:46 AM
You all have good points, I may just settle with PS3 though as I am impressed and I'll have a blu ray player to use in the mean time, if HD dvd does win or lose I can always jump in as prices can only get better, if they lose they will be very cheap and may be worth picking up alot of movies for a cheaper price at that time after all it is the same quality so thats what counts on my screen and budget.
Added, the fact that universal can jump in with blu ray is a prediction but a good one, if they jump now hd may be over besides porn, the company in the end will have to think for themselves and start selling on the more powerful demanding format, so they would have no choice. If for bragging rights they don't then they are as bad as the arrogant attitude sony has. They are all out there for our money, although I know sony is like this, I don't disagree with them, it's a buisness attitude that may work and with studio support they have more power hence those notes ON THEY WON THE WAR are being released of coursse its not true but its how they feel.
Microsoft is the same way against MAC computer, and guess what the mass public is with them.
Just my 2 cents!
2007-02-14, 11:15 AM
Microsoft is the same way against MAC computer...Market share difference between those two is at least an order of magnitude for some 20 years.
It isn't even close to that in BD vs. HD.
2007-02-14, 11:28 AM
For comparison purposes as an example it works the difference may be 5 years instead of ongoing years for this war or they can both survive, it can happen. Just like the formats the computers is still a war when there is 2 major companies involved, sure a format war is nothing compared to those corporations, that I agree.