Will you upgrade to Blu-Ray/HD-DVD?

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  1. JW77

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    More of a hypothetical than a poll, actually.

    There's already a decent-sized controversy about Blu-Ray and HD-DVD being HDMI-only (meaning a lot of pre-existing HD televisions won't be able to take full adavantage of the new format) and Ron and the HTF have been talking about organizing a consumer boycott.

    And now this little chestnut from The Digital Bits:

    I don't know about anyone else, but it looks like I'll be sticking with plain old DVD for the time being.

    Personally, I think that both hi-def format will flop HARD.

    1) The HDMI compatibility issue, as well as the "internet" connections required, will tend to drive off the early adopters. Remember DIVX?

    2) A format war will only harm both formats. You'll need one kind of player to play Sony/Fox/MGM movies,and a different player for play Warner/New Line/Paramount movies. It's going to be a pain in the ass for retail outlets to keep track of DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray, and a nightmare for the casual consumer.

    3) Despite what the talking heads on television are telling us, the economy is shit right now. Nobody -- save for IT people with large disposable incomes and gadget fetishes -- will have much interest in upgrading to snazzy new DVD formats when they're still paying out the nose for gasoline and in danger of losing their health insurance. And the required landline connections are going to drive away the gadget freaks.

    4) Consumers are reluctant to upgrade from "killer-app" formats. SACD and DVD Audio haven't captured much consumer interest because most consumers are perfectly satisfied with CDs. I see DVDs doing the same thing -- unless there's a backward compatible, user-friendly format to replace them. And even then it's going to be an uphill battle. The battlefield is littered with dead formats -- Beta, DAT, minidisc (notice the Sony factor?) -- and I look for SACD, Blu-Ray, and HD-DVD to join them in the near future.
     
  2. betterdan

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    If this is true about the phone connection then fuck that noise.
     
  3. Damage

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    Plain old DVD is good enough for me. It already looks and sounds amazing, I'm a happy customer. Screw that phoneline jive and stick it up their ass.
     
  4. onebyone

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    That's pretty much what I am thinking.
     
  5. Nemesis

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    man, when i was in the US it seemed that only 1 in 4 people actually had a land line... that and the fact no one likes a corporation spying on them i don't see this getting off the ground either
     
  6. betterdan

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    Only 1 in 4 people had a land line? That sounds strange to me.
     
  7. Big Sick

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    yeah because a lot of people are using cell phones, so they dont need their land phone anymore even though cells can go out. my friend just owns a cell phone
     
  8. Big Sick

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    looks like the government is getting closer to what they wanna do, control everyone. Years ago i heard that they were going to be putting video cameras into tv's to monitor your every move..feel bad for the people that have to monitor porn freaks :D

    anyway i dunno, i guess i'm just being overly paranoid
     
  9. based on that the new formats can have intercourse with their rectums
     
  10. KillerCannabis

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    Unless I get an HD set and really notice a major difference, I'll never upgrade. If anything I might eventually get an HD set and player and then just start buying everything on HD-DVD and bypassing their DVD counterparts.
     
  11. X-human

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    I was a big Blu-ray supporter, but after the announcement of having to use a phone line, they can stick it in their bottom. I'm not going to pay phone charages so Hollywood executives feel more "secure" about thier films being bootlegged. FUCK THAT.

    Our HD TV is also DVI only, so I'd have to buy adapters and do a conversion, which don't always work. That conversion also probably means loss of video quality.

    If both camps do this, they've just talked themselves out of a sale. Period.
     
  12. Ash

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    I'm not upgrading to blue-ray until HD TVs are 200-300 bucks. It isn't going to happen for a long time. So fuck that.
     
  13. rxfiend

    rxfiend Joe Six-Pack

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    I'll be sticking to the regular DVD format for awhile. I'm, for the most part, satisfied with it. Sure it's not film quality, but it's hell of a lot better than what i had to put up for years (VHS). As is, with my tv and audio setup, dvds are fine and i don't really have a desire to upgrade.
     
  14. Katatonia

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    I'm happy enough with DVD's if they have a good transfer, besides my eyes are far from 20/20.

    I will wait for the format war to end, and then I'll surely buy a small percentage of movies in the winning format...but not that many, just some favorite movies. But replace everything? Nah.
     
  15. Agent Z

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    Yep. I haven't had a landline phone for the past three years. They just aren't worth it. Why should I pay around $40 just to have extended local service and no long distance...when I can pay $6 more and have that AND free Cingular-to-Cingular calling, free roaming, major long distance minutes, and rollover minutes?

    As for the formats in question. threadwise, they must be smoking something good. There is no way I'm buying into that.
     
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  16. BloodMan

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    Stickin with good ol' DVD... spent way too much moola for what I got now. :)
     
  17. horrorlover

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    Hell half the movies they release on DVD are just transfers of old vhs tapes anyhow, so not like upgrading to HDDVD would improve that situation, many companies would be releasing HDDVD's that are just a transfer from an old vhs, or an old dvd. Plus there is no way I'll have a dvd player that requires me to hook it into a phone line. HDDVD sounds like it will be a failure if they implement it they way they are thinking about.
     
  18. Erick H.

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    I really have to be SOLD on this technology(and being able to see actors bloodshot eyes and where their makeup ends isn't a big enticement to me).I'm not doing a damn thing until they settle on a format regardless,no more vhs/beta crap for me !
     
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    well that settles it . Already spent a fortune trading off and upgrading everything to DVD, will absolutely not do it again . figured I might get a few of my absolute favorites if the quality is vastly improved and maybe start getting new stuff ( most of which IMHO is crap) on one of the new formats, but if I have to be monitored and watched and, god forbid, pay every time or something for a thing I bought then forget it.

    I figure DVD is here to stay
     
  20. Dave

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    I plan on upgrading. I'll watch what happens with this phone line garbage, but for twice the resolution of DVD, I'm interested. With more space - especially with blu-ray - we can hope for more DTS tracks, too.
     

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