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I'm not a technophobe...I know exactly what I'm missing by not buying HD discs.  I realize DVDs are slightly worse...but it's not a significant enough difference for me and most people to care.  I'm just not going to pay more than I need to for a movie. I don't need a $600 player and $30 discs. All I'm saying is that this will only matter to me and most consumers when BDs are the same price or cheaper than DVDs.



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BenKenobi88 said:
I'm not a technophobe...I know exactly what I'm missing by not buying HD discs.  I realize DVDs are slightly worse...but it's not a significant enough difference for me and most people to care.  I'm just not going to pay more than I need to for a movie. I don't need a $600 player and $30 discs. All I'm saying is that this will only matter to me and most consumers when BDs are the same price or cheaper than DVDs.

my advice: dont buy an HD player until you get a 1080p TV... a 720p/1080i TV just doesn't look as good.



Blockbuster decision, a huge blow to HDDVD

Blockbuster have decided to remove stock of HDDVD and only stock BluRay in their 1400 stores.  Stating that consumers preferred BluRay 70% of the time.

This is a huge blow to HDDVD and is the beginning of the end IMHO. 



Prediction (June 12th 2017)

Permanent pricedrop for both PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro in October.

PS4 Slim $249 (October 2017)

PS4 Pro $349 (October 2017)

BenKenobi88 said:
I'm not a technophobe...I know exactly what I'm missing by not buying HD discs.  I realize DVDs are slightly worse...but it's not a significant enough difference for me and most people to care.  I'm just not going to pay more than I need to for a movie. I don't need a $600 player and $30 discs. All I'm saying is that this will only matter to me and most consumers when BDs are the same price or cheaper than DVDs.

How bout a $400 BD player and a $200 PS3? Yea... I am sticking to DVDs too. Watch a BD movie on my PS3, it was good.... but not good enuff for me to spend $30/BD when I can get $2 china made DVD. :D



EU is investigating BD/HDDVD formats to determine which to support
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2193404/deadline-looms-eu-hd-dvd-blu

Business wise, I am not sure exactly what DIRECT-benefit the EU's endorsement of any format would bring, since it is the companies doing business in the EU that determine which is going to be bought. However, Sony would still want to respect the EU's power, since the EU frequently involves itself with companies dominating the rest of the market, and those that trample on their worker's rights.

On the eproductwars.com website, HDDVD has been pushing prices down hard, to the point where its HD format's DVDs are as cheap as BD's. This is a big change from the past month or two when HDDVD was more expensive by about $12-$14. Toshiba has also introduced a HDDVD burner for its laptops, but this also, will provide little competitive advantages since Sony can just add the same thing to its laptops.

Overall, Toshiba's price chopping has been a double edged sword for them. On one hand, it has allowed the HDDVD format to stay in business, but on the other, it has made it to where only Toshiba has been interested in producing HDDVD players, because any companies interested would know that they would have to sell at a loss.



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dallas said:
Nice to see that you're back, Kwaad.

Anyway, the BD HDDVD war seems to be all but over at this point, and only a distinct competitive advantage for the HDDVD camp could save them at this point. Granted, this week, the HDDVD people have been sponsoring more price cuts for their movies, but that isn't anything that the BD people can't replicate.

THIS however, would be impossible to replicate in the span of at least 6 months:

http://www.tvpredictions.com/swannihddvd.htm

There have been a lot of rumors about china finally starting to get in on the act to mass produce cheap HD players. A lot of consumers just won't want all the add-ons, myself included, and just want a great high-resolution player. China will probably be able to sell this in the $200-$250 range, which might give the HDDVD camp a big push. I'm not saying that it could be a huge push , b/c the BD people could always slash prices of their player by 100-150 bucks until their Chinese HD player comes out. But it is something.

We are still wating on confirmation of Chinnese company's manufacturing HD-DVD players. However the first Blu-ray player to come from china has already been anounced. It is being produced by gowell and should be out at the end of the year. Funai also intend to have a Blu-ray player out by the end of this year so the price of Blu-ray players should be competitive.

 

 



Excellent. Thanks, Saiyar. Are you chinese, btw? I noticed that dragon in your avatar.



HDDVD will win because it's got a better name.

Not that I care in the slightest but at least the PS3 fans have the HD format war to (they hope) make up for losing the console war...

...The word 'pathetic' does leap to mind.



dallas said:
Excellent. Thanks, Saiyar. Are you chinese, btw? I noticed that dragon in your avatar.

Nope i am Scottish (hence the sig). I just really like dragons, ever since I saw the Sword and the Stone as a kid. My XBL gamer picture and PSN id are also Dragons. If I could have a little dragon running around instead of a Miii I would . It would need a goatee and longhair tho, if it could look like Haku from Spirited away it would be awesome. This is very off topic (again witht he sig).



Not to stoke the fires, but if you're thinking Blu-ray there's a new incentive out there:

http://www.bluraysavings.com/

Between now and September 30, 2007, you can get a PS3 and get five free Blu-ray movies!  (Yes, this is the same deal that HD DVD has been offering for a while.  But this is the first time you can do it with Blu-ray and an extra bonus for new PS3 owners who will be waiting for good games to come out. )

Enjoy!



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