Which Movie Format do You want to Win the War (Blu Ray / HD DVD)


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I don't care which format wins, as long as one of them wins. I don't want to have to buy combo players that usually have less features and worse picture quality than dedicated players. And I sure as hell don't want to keep buying multiple formats of video for my favorite movies.

Blu-ray or HDDVD. It makes no difference to me. Just pick one already.

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Andrew

The cheapest one with the best features :p

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Huleboeren

I support Blu-ray at the moment - mainly because I own a PS3..

It sounds better :p and seems like the overall better format

But I really dont care which format wins - I havent lost anything by investing in a PS3 and blu-ray movies..

PS3 will still function as a games console and the BD movies I own will still play.

If the X360 had a integrated HD-DVD drive I would have bought a bunch of movies on that format too.

I like all-in-one solutions ^^

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kylejn

While I was a huge HD DVD supporter at first, after viewing movies on both formats, Blu-Ray actually seems to have the better picture. I dunno if it's just in my head or what, but I've got my HD DVD player for the 360 hooked up via HDMI, and my PS3 hooked up via HDMI, and the movies I've seen on Blu-Ray look significantly nicer. So, I'm pulling for Blu-Ray, but, honestly, I just wish one format would win over the other so this stupid war will be over.

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PC509

I hope HD-DVD wins. For one, the spec is done. Firmware updates are great.

Blu-Ray is a nice format, but I don't want to have BD-Java issues a year from now and need a new player just to watch new movies or newer content. I am still buying a player, but only when the spec is finished and at a decent price.

Visually, they are both equal. Audio is about equal on both. With the new 51 GB disc coming from the HD-DVD camp (which should play on current players), there shouldn't be any differences in either format. Then, it's just up to the marketing, pricing and studio support (the latter is Blu-Ray's strong point right now).

I may be a little biased, as I own a HD-DVD player and a few great movies. But, I do play on getting a PS3 mainly for the Blu-Ray capability.

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jamend

I hope they both lose. Internet FTW!

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sn00pie

You know what I've noticed, Boz used to state that BD discs were thin, and not as good durability wise, the other day while looking at my BD disc near my lamp, I could basically SEE THROUGH the disc to the other side and see like the graphics that make up the front of the disc through the backside! Therefore, I conclude they are very thin! :blink:

But still, I support Blu-Ray because I own a Playstation 3. At first I was convinced HD DVD>BD, but I'm starting to love all the great movies were getting on BD! :yes:

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Boz
You know what I've noticed, Boz used to state that BD discs were thin, and not as good durability wise, the other day while looking at my BD disc near my lamp, I could basically SEE THROUGH the disc to the other side and see like the graphics that make up the front of the disc through the backside! Therefore, I conclude they are very thin! :blink:

But still, I support Blu-Ray because I own a Playstation 3. At first I was convinced HD DVD>BD, but I'm starting to love all the great movies were getting on BD! :yes:

I don't know about the actual thickness Game, but I think you misunderstood. BD (offically) should be more physically durable due to the coating. The reason they must put coating is because they have to preserve the data layer on the BD as it is written much closer to the surface of the disc. This same way of writing data allows Blu-Ray discs to be larger capacity however the flip side is that without the coating the data is much more exposed and data corruption is often the likely scenario. Because of this fact, the coating is a must. A fact not a lot of people know -the very first Blu-Ray discs were actually in a catridge.

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Now, keep in mind that coating will give durability in some cases, but it will introduce 2 new problems. One problem is that even though there's a hard coating, if the disc gets scratched it cannot be resurfaced unlike DVD (and HD DVD inheritely as they are same technology). Also, even though Blu-Ray discs look somewhat reliable now, we really don't know how this hard coating approach, along with chemicals used might behave in let's say 5 years from now. Will it wear off, will humidity or mold create additional reactions that will permanently destroy your discs. Even though, it's unlikely, we are really uncertain, and with the fact that there's is really no standard in these hard coating materials to be applied on each Blu-Ray disc, replicators and disc manufacturers are free to use whatever coating they deem good enough (price wise too). As we've already seen movies like Prestige and a few others with bad coating caused discs to be affected and people were left with no real solution but to replace the discs. This early in a game, studios were willing to replace the discs, but as time passes buy, we might not be so lucky with their openness to cooperate.

This is my major beef with Blu-Ray discs, only time will tell, but am I really ready to buy 300+ movies on Blu-Ray and realize that some percentage or even large percentage of my movies gets screwed up after 3-4 years? I mean there has to be some risk I guess in order to possibly get bigger media, but in general this si a genuine concern. Unlike Blu-Ray, which is pretty new, HD DVD is using an already proven methodology in replication and disc manufacturing. So we are kind of safe there as we already have 10+ years of experience with DVD media, not to mention tools to fix them if they even go bad.

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Chsoriano

I really don't see where the argument is...

HD-DVD: lower production costs, easier menus/extras programming with MS API's, a known firmware upgradeable hardware specification, pretty sweet extra features, the *ability* to sell at lower prices (why haven't they been lowered already?) AND the same video/audio quality that blu-ray has, all in a 30gb, possibly soon to be 55gb disc

Blu-Ray: larger disk sizes, that apparently are not necessary since the video/audio quality of both formats is the same, and HD-DVD is using 30gb discs with 55gb discs in the works (which, as far as we know, will also work with older hardware)... can't say that about all the blu-ray players and the confusing "BD Profile" situation...

You can obviously see that I left out studio support, which unforunately favors blu-ray at the moment, I just don't understand why... oh well it could be because Sony's PS3 accounts for what, like 75% of the blu-ray hardware market? How many blu-ray discs have those PS3 owners purchased? (I'm really asking, anyone in here have a large number of HD-movies?)

To answer the OP, I would favor HD, only because I have a HD-DVD player and own just over 25 HD-DVDs (purchased in just 1 week), and I plan to buy many more. In any case, in a couple years time when I graduate from college and have a job, I will have to upgrade my entertainment devices, so will be in the market for a new High definition device, so I'll buy whatevere is the mainstream then.

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macrosslover

i want porno to win

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Chsoriano
i want porno to win

Haha, well we all want that :whistle:

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morebaker

The only reason i have a blue ray is because of my ps3.

I really do not care as long as one wins fast so i do not waste

my money on a DODO. :angry:

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Sranshaft

Like it or not, this war will be decided by the porn industry. It's a multi-billion dollar industry as they did with the previous format war between VHS and BetaMax, it was the porn industries decision to back VHS that forced BetaMax out of the race - even though BetaMax offered superior quality at the time. Read all about it here.

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roadgeek9

I will not follow either media format. I prefer the traditional DVD, that is fine. It is industry standard across 93% of the market, compared to the 2% standardization of other formats (excluding VHS, which is 5%). Stick with DVD, it works with all media players (except VHS).

Like it or not, this war will be decided by the porn industry. It's a multi-billion dollar industry as they did with the previous format war between VHS and BetaMax, it was the porn industries decision to back VHS that forced BetaMax out of the race - even though BetaMax offered superior quality at the time. Read all about it here.

Yeah, from Wikipedia.

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bdsams

Neither format will win unfortunety much like the flash card market. IMHO we will see dual format players like lg's in everyhome

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+warwagon

H.264......oh wait!.

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Huleboeren
Like it or not, this war will be decided by the porn industry. It's a multi-billion dollar industry as they did with the previous format war between VHS and BetaMax, it was the porn industries decision to back VHS that forced BetaMax out of the race - even though BetaMax offered superior quality at the time. Read all about it here.

Porn has no power in this war

Who seriously buys porn on a physical format nowadays? :huh:

Its all on the internetz - more bang for the buck ^^

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KiHu

HD VMD for the win.

naah

im with HD DVD :)

want a HD DVD player...Might be able to play it with the computer soon as soon as I get my HD tv :)

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