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#1 02-18-2008 11:24:32 AM

Wareagle
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The end is near for HD DVD

Toshiba may drop HD DVD format:
http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/17/news/co … tm?cnn=yes

It's beginning to seem inevitable.

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#2 02-18-2008 3:16:38 PM

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Re: The end is near for HD DVD

I read the other day that Amazon already is fire-selling HD dvds, with 50% discounts, and I think it isn't just to compete with Blu-ray.  That's kind of a hint that you may be right.

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#3 02-18-2008 4:05:43 PM

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Re: The end is near for HD DVD

Well, going out of production will be a pretty good hint.  That looks like it'll happen very soon.

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#4 02-18-2008 4:37:41 PM

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Re: The end is near for HD DVD

I'm kind of glad its getting settled, but its still going to be a while before I start replacing my regular dvd collection.

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#5 02-18-2008 5:26:12 PM

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Re: The end is near for HD DVD

I went crazy when DVDs came out replacing my VHS and collecting movies that were important to me.  I just don't feel that way this time.

I got my first DVD player for Christmas in 1998.  I think it was something like $400.  There was one store (Hollywood Video) that even rented DVDs in my area, and they had like 50 titles at the most.  I signed up for Netflix, which was pay per rental at the time.  Buying discs was more expensive then too. By summer of 1999 there were already discs my player wouldn't play.  Fast forward a couple years, and DVD players with many more features than that one are selling for $50. 

I'll wait until Blu-Ray players reach the maturity of that $50 price point before I jump into this new technology.  Had I not been so gung-ho back then, I'd have saved hundreds of dollars and a lot of frustration with that player.

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#6 02-18-2008 8:20:56 PM

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Re: The end is near for HD DVD

I have a toshiba 46" wide screen HDTV that is the 'old' 3 color lamp set. It's about
3 yrs old... I have been playing a 480P DVD player that looks decent enough...but this
weekend they had some upconvert dvd players on sale. Since my TV is 1080-I, I went
ahead and bought one.  I watch Transformers last night. Definitely better. So that
should keep me going  for a while. I  get great sound with optic from the player to my
Sony surround set and I like that. So blue-ray is out for me for a while too.  It just
wouldn't be worth it for my TV set.  Now if my set would just break so I can buy a new
LCD....I didn't just say that.

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#7 02-18-2008 8:33:37 PM

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Re: The end is near for HD DVD

It seems that almost all the DVD's that get played at my house are cartoons for the grandkids.  Nobody else wants to watch the same thing over and over.  wink  And movies seem to be getting worse all the time.

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#8 02-19-2008 8:58:40 AM

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Re: The end is near for HD DVD

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#9 02-19-2008 4:38:49 PM

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Re: The end is near for HD DVD

One warning if you want to buy a Blu-Ray player. The Blu-Ray spec is a moving target. The first players were only 1.0, and were missing features like PIP and networking. 1.1 added that. They just came out with 2.0, which has even more hardware requirements. There is currently only ONE 'player' that can be updated to the 2.0 spec: the PS3. And, by the way, in addition to spending money on movies, Sony will also love the fact that you'll most likely also be spending money on games, their on-line service, etc.....

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20 … layer.html

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