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Blu-ray vs. HD DVD

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  • Start Date:
    11-20-2006
  • Last Vote:
    8-18-2014

Issue:

Microsoft, Sony and dozens of other large corporations have spent years NOT agreeing on a standard format for the next generation DVD. The result: two separate and incompatible formats are being offered to consumers. Eventually, like Betamax and VHS before them, one will win and one will lose. As of now, which one will win and which one will lose is uncertain. What is certain is that consumers will lose. Why? Some consumers will buy the losing format and end up with obsolete equipment. Many more consumers will buy nothing until after there is a clear winner - and prices will remain high until a mass market is developed.

Belief:

It is our belief that we the consumers can determine the winner in this format war. How will we do this? By having YOU vote for the format you prefer to win (Click here or on "Comparison between Blu-ray and HD DVD" link in the "Learn More" section to the left to see a comparison between the two formats). Then we all agree to buy the format that wins the vote. OK, it's as much a social experiment as a consumer stand. But our goal is clear - push the losing format to drop out. Let's take control! WHY DID YOU VOTE AS YOU DID? Share your thoughts in the forum below.
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A friend of mine told me that a salesman stated to him: for a little less money than a bluray you can have an HD DVD that's almost as good as bluray!" Almost as good means "NOT AS GOOD"! Why bother? Just buy the bluray already!
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Blu ray is too expensive. every1 already has dvd players and dvds and there isnt enuf difference in the quality to make every1 hav to switch over to buying new expensive machines and more expensive movies cuz they're blu ray.. its better just to keep dvds
i thought hd dvd was dead ?? oh a reply to alan P. the original DVD was developed by sony ... but toshiba copyrighted the hd-dvd name .. thus they cant use the name again but i think the story continues to the point that they said the if they had a dvd indicated in the name it would have to be bacwards compatible ( meaning that the HD dvd would have to be readable by the old dvd lens ) i'm just trying to say is that the blu ray name wasnt their first choice and later changed the name to blu ray as a nod for them using a blu laser for the reading lens
they are pretty much the same but apparently blu ray has a really good picture or whatever. but hd dvd is good because its better for people, i guess. i just dont like the words blu ray. i stay loyal to dvd
Hasn't Blu-ray already won?
i wont vote for either... add an open-source option, that can be standardized, used by all, and has players that can read blueray, HD DVD, DVD, media files (.avi, .mpg, .mp3), and is compatible with all HD home recording formats... and i'll vote for that option. an open-source standardized media format would end the media format wars for good, since it wouldn't be designed for or maintained for-profit and could therefor adopt any features, technology, or code without being accused of piracy, since piracy is theft for profit. it could maintain itself, and it's open-source successors as the end all media format technology. no tyrannical for-profit glutton would be able to touch it for adaptability, ease of use and implementation, sophistication, or et cetera... die capitalism die!

there's no reason to kick out DVDs cuz most ppl prolly cant afford a Blu-ray rite now so um that would really suck for those who cant afford it and have DVDs and suddenly they stopped making DVDs so yea

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Little over a year and I still have my HD-dvd player I bought for the grand price of $99 sitting in my living room. I only have 9 movies which I got free with the unit. Been using the thing as our main dvd player as an upscaler. One thing I learned from this whole deal is I have no intention on getting a blu-ray. Upscaled DVDs are more than good enough and the price for Blu discs and the player are not worth it. Judging by the poor overall sales in comparison to dvd players and movies Im not alone in that thinking. If and only when a blu player drops below $100 and the discs are the same price as regular dvds Ill finally get one. Until then, I see no reason.

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Well, it's almost a year later, and I still have issues with my BD player. I never had any hangups with my HD DVD player. I never had any firmware issues. I never had the crazy long load times that I have with my BD player. I still watch the movies I have on HD DVD, and even bought a new one on eBay last night. I like both formats - don't get me wrong - but Blu-ray has so many issues and kinks to work out still. It's not standardized. I liked the no hassle from HD DVD. I still wish there would have been more time to sort it all out...but who knows....

I'm with you on this one. I have owned my Toshiba HD-DVD player for nearly a year now and have never had any problems. And burning my hi-def video camera footage to an HD-DVD format on standard dvds has worked perfectly.

But since Blu-Ray won the war, I was graced(?) with a Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-Ray player for Christmas. My first step was to see if it could handle AVCHD video on standard dvd's as stated in the manual. It could not. So I upgraded the firmware from 1.0 to 1.1 and found joy...it could play the AVCHD disks that I created flawlessly.

All was well until they implemented firmware 2.0 with BD Live. They took away the ability to playback AVCHD disks due to 'piracy issues'. So what is a person to do with a hi-def camcorder without a dvd player that will play it back in hi-def. So I returned the unit to Wal-Mart for a full refund and will continue to burn my hi-def home movies onto hd-dvd disks. Besides, with the advent of streaming hi-def movies over the internet through companies like Netflix, it looks like Blu-Rays victory will be rather short-lived.

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