100% agree. I just happened to see a Blu-ray showcase and I thought it delivered imagery that was brilliant then I saw the packaging and I thought "F*ck that". Plus, it's expensive as hell. I doubt Blu-ray will be the one to take off anyway. Especially since HD-DVD has an exclusive contract with Universal which will cut Blu-ray out of a part of the industry.
Poor Sony, their the Germany of formats. They lost the first Format War and I think they'll lose the second. Then again, The PS3 does play Blu-ray so that could save it. Who knows anyway it's too soon to judge.
Recent article said that the Blu-ray player i nthe PS3 drives up the prices of the console by $200 or more, and that people don't like not having a choice. Where as the HD add on for the 360 is seperate, and little under $200.
Personally, I'm still holding out for a HD-DVD player one of these days, but I hardly watch movies anymore, so I'm in no real hurry.
Last night I watched Punisher on blu-ray at my brotherís house. He has a 73 inch dlp tv cost him 4 grand and a 800 dollar sound system. It looked very nice. After seeing it the way it was mint to be played I'm rather confident that blu-ray is going to be successful.
You get better picture with HD-TV if the movie runs in HD. You also get better picture with HD-TV becuase the TV's are newer. But to get best all around picture you would want Blu-ray or HD-dvd with a 1080p tv. MMMmmmm so nice look.
1080p sets don't come any smaller than 46", and that will set you back atleast $2,000 or more, depending on the brand. To be perfectly honest, if you get anything above a 50", you may as well get a screen and projector, unless you have a gargantuan living room, and a 7.1 surround set up, it's overkill.
Last edited by Cory Chaos on Dec 15th, 2006 at 07:24 PM
Sony today announced that its first dedicated Blu-ray player, the BDP-S1, has begun shipping to major consumer electronics retailers and specialty dealers nationwide. The player is designed to deliver 1920◊1080p output, the highest resolution HD signal currently available through an HDMI connection. Enhancing the entertainment experience further Sony's BD player outputs its signal at 24 frames per second, reproducing a film like image. The BDP-S1 is also backwards compatible with standard DVDs with the added feature of 1080p upscaling through HDMI, giving new life and improving the picture performance of existing DVD libraries. The new BD player will be available for about $1,000 at Sony Style stores nationwide, online at SonyStyle.com, and at authorized retailers across the country beginning next week.
That's been the biggest selling scam in the whole BR campaign. The players don't display in 1080p, they down convert 1080p signals to 1080, then display it in an "upscaled" 1080p signal. It loses progressive resolution, and ultimately displays softer, which would be the same as 1080i.
The 360 add on does 1080p through component cables, but most TV's aren't set up for that, anyway. Probably take care of that in the future. I actually have a set of Monster Cables that I run from my tv to my HD-DVR box that work better than the HDMI cable I had running from my TV to the upscaling DVD player.
Last edited by Cory Chaos on Dec 15th, 2006 at 10:44 PM
this article is dated by a couple of months, but i decided to post it.
could it be that whoever wins the format 'wars' will ultimately share defeat?
this article speculates something which makes alot of sense to me.
the apple iTV, which will be coming out shortly, will work on the same principal as the ipod. so, rather than have removable media, you could download movies at 480 resolution (yeah i know thats not true hd, but thats irrelevant).
so, the movies will likely be cheaper than dvds, will be stored in a hard drive, and all available instantly...not to mention that music/internet would most likely be able to be integrated into it as well.
the point is, (assuming bandwidth wont be an issue) its more practicle. imho such a system would turn the media format industry upside down in the same way as mp3s have effected the record industry.
so the question: do you believe that in the next 10 years we will still be using disk format media for movies or will it turn exclusively digital? and for the hell of it, if you believe disk format will prevail, which one will?