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Blu-ray vs. HD DVD

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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.


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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I have all of the Disney movies that I can stand now! Why in the world would I want to re-invest in the same movies in HD format, if my HD-DVD play or Blue Ray player does and excellent job of upconverting to HD output? Now I realise that many people out there do not have 550+ DVDs in their current inventory, however, I would NOT base my purchasing decision, while in a Format war, on which studios are backing which format at this time. Eventually when the dust settles, ALL of the studios will publish in one format or they will end up publishing in both (a la Warner). Make no mistake MONEY is MONEY when you are in business to MAKE MONEY! Format wars preclude these companies from making MONEY! They want to end this more than you or I! and they WILL go where the MONEY is!
lg corp has come out with a player that plays both formats. so dont worry.
Kevin, The problem with the dual players is that it is unlikely that prices will ever fall to the levels we've seen with DVD players if manufacturers need to include two separate sets of technology into each player.
... also the cost of movies. Producing and stocking two formats is more expensive. Although I suspect we won't be buying movies in a store on permanent media for many more years.
The problem with this format war also bleeds out to the equipment you own beyond the format player. As far as I understand, it's pointless to even upgrade to blue-ray without a TV that supports a 1080P signal to get the full benefit of the definition it displays. I can't say HD-DVD has the same issue, but I can't imagine why it wouldnt fall under that same problem. Sure, you can display it in 720P, but isn't that kind of like buying a Ferrari and only driving around the block? I personally dont see why we need to make this jump from DVD at the moment when most people: 1. don't own a TV that supports 1080P resolution 2. most people can't see the difference between 1080P and 1080i I think the next jump need to be MUCH more about HD. The reason why the DVD format was a no brainer was due to the fact that it completely innovated what movies at home could be when compared to VHS (menus, chapters, trailers, deleted scenes, special content, commentary, amazing image clarity). BRay and HD-DVD needs to innovate on top of that somehow.
R. Great comments. I have a 720p projector in a dedicated movie room. I use a dvd player that upconverts and the picture, although not quite hi-def, is exceptinally good. My next upgrade will happen only after prices have come down to $100 for a player and it is clear to me which technology is the winner. I do not plan to waste money. The benefits of the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are improved picture. I do not see additional benefits. Like you said, DVD had many other innovations that people may have been willing to pay for. This does not appear to be the case with the new hi-def technologies. I am interested to hear whether or not Blu-ray and HD-DVD are worthwhile for 720p TV's and projectors. WIll I really see a difference or do I need to wait until I upgrade to a 1080p projector?
I you already have high quality upconverting DVD players, you may be content to wait out the format storm. However, once you plunk down $3000-$10000 for a true HD dispay + $500 - $1500 for a HDMI AVR that supports Dolby TRUE HD + $250-$10000 per speaker for your 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, setup... I think $350- $1500 to finally take full advantance of your INVESTMENT is a very small price to pay! Considering it is $33 for my wife and I to go to a move theater to see 1 Lousy movie + Cramp seats + Stick Floors + rude people on cell phones during the movie and lest we forget the 2-3 people with major bladder problems that get the 1 gallon of Soda each, and never fail to sit in the middle of freaking row! I'll pay the $1000 dollars for High Def. DVD today... With my Wife's Blessing!
though blu ray can hold more info, it stil can not read standard dvd's or cd's. if, one was to buy a hd dvd player and that camp did not win the war, you have still bought a really good dvd and cd player

Blu-ray!!!!!!!    Don't let them win & have another inferior technology as the standard, like what happened with Beta by the VHS guys.  This time it's Sony's turn to win...!  And therefore the consumer who pays for this technology wins.  Don't just look at the fact Blu-ray will take us further into the future, but it will also give us more space for storage when burning discs.  Plus it's a kooler name for the new High Definition standard.  I'm tired of hearing everything HD.  Lets use the 'Blu' laser, on a technology that has a more stable and focused light!  Read up on the differences betweent the 2 technologies, and you'll see why Blu-ray is a better technology for the future and for the consumer in general, just by how it uses the Blu laser alone.  And the disc is more innovative for the future, as it has a new type of coating that is fingerprint proof...developed and engineered by TDK!

Blu-ray all the way!!!!!!!  

Maybe you should read more, they are both blue lazers.
This is not true...(at least now). I have a blu-ray player and it plays regular dvd's just fine. In fact, my dvd collection is much larger than my blu-ray collection, so I usually watch regular dvd's on my blu-ray player.

Thats absolutely true.

It also up converts with  HDMI cables.


That's a great point. HD DVD not only costs less, but has a lower 'risk' in that the player will continue to work with 'old' DVDs and CDs, even if the HD DVD format loses the war.
Misty F What are you doing??? Riling up folks over flaky info providing false hope! Both formats are backwards compatible & you know it! HD-dvd is greater risk as it has a lower capacity ...& triple layering is RUMOURED to possibly be incompatible with current Hdplayers making for future problems! could by both and hedge your bet! LOL PS3 is not a total waste! IF Blue ray goes the way of the DO DO, then at least I can play some really cool games in HD! (if they ever get released that is) An HD-DVD player is not a waste either, Toshiba has one of the worlds best upconverting DVD players in thier XA2 product... For me it is a WIN - WIN! =)
It's Blu-Ray for me. Far better technology for the future and with better studio support.  I can see both formats sticking around for a long time though and maybe even co-existing.

I definitely disagree with bluray being better technology. It'll take another year just to be even with HD DVD... and I believe that market penetration is important, especially with a recession coming on. HD DVD for the win!

That, and studios should not be making decisions for the consumers. Both formats should be used by all studios... that is how consumers decide. In which case bluray would get TROUNCED!

Sounds like you do think movies in the future will have advanced codecs to the point whereby even existing Blu-ray players won't play the movie...? Sony already took care of that in their initial specs, but unfortunately hddvd was limited in this regard and would not have handled any of the high bit rate (True) high-def movies to come. That's also another big reason the studios choose Blu-ray early on.
But don't think that the BDA are going to allow existing players not to work in playing the movies to I said the extras may not run on a 1.0 player, but the video and audio will...that you can count some research on it...why do you think the BDA went with higher specs for bit rate than hddvd in the first place and only cared to phase in the extras...? Because they wanted long lasting futuristic players that could handle at least the movie far into the future. Early adopters knew that the bonus features, etc. were just extra anyway. Besides most PS3's cover that anyway...the 2.0 firmware is nearly complete...that you can also count on...

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