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It's offical. HDDVD is dead. Go buy a Blu Ray player.

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by delorean, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. delorean

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    Toshiba waves the white flag and HDDVD is no more. The format war is over. Blu Ray is the champ. All hail the Sony monopoly! :eek:

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    Me? I don't care either way. Physical media is on it's death bed.
     
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  2. ThomasMc

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    its been over for a while now :D, now we can concentrate on the real war HD vs DVD
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    There'll be another war shortly :blink
     
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  4. Alex Wright

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    Without a shadow of a doubt! :)
     
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  5. MrNerdy

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    Bit like the war between Betamax & VHS.
    VHS won in the domestic market in the UK/USA.
    Betamax was used for most video cameras mostly for TV work etc, but now history after digital came in.

    Bit like the great war between Sky & BSB.
    Anyone still have a BSB square dish?????
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    To be honest, I'm a little sceptical as to whether this really is the end of the war. I'll admit that things seem to be going the way of the Blue-Ray.

    I dont care either way personally, I just want one to come out on top so that when I start buying high-def films, I dont have to worry that my collection is going to be dead in the water in a few years time.
     
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  7. Phoenix
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    I tend to care when its a format backed by Sony, they are renowned for doing nothing other than bringing out proprietary formats that they charge the world to license and use, its a shame HD DVD fell by the way side as I was rooting for it! lol
     
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  8. Modey

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    Maybe this is why I saw Tosh HDDVD players in Tesco yesterday for 70 quid. That is very cheap considering how much they used to cost.
     
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  9. delorean

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    Absolutely. Anything made by Sony should propose a worry to any consumer.
     
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  10. sunn

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    Agreed...
    Although Blu-Ray looked better in the live head-to-head comparison, I didn't like the Sony experience with proprietary formats from past history. It's a shame HD-DVD is falling :(
     
  11. ThomasMc

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    well i will still be sticking with my Blue-ray player and my collection is starting to look display worthy, i bet paramount are very pleased by this decision $150 mil in the bank and soon to be shipping there blue-ray stock. Wonder if microsoft will spearhead a rebranded pink elephant they seem to have a lot to lose with this.
     
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  12. Ropenfold

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    Aren't most Film production companies only releasing in Blu Ray now anyway? although I'm sure they'd all make an about turn if HD-DVD made a dramatic comeback!
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    Agreed. Next thing you know, you'll have rootkits on your Blu-Ray player, which will, in all probability, spontaneously combust. :dry
     
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  14. wizard

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    What you do is go and buy a cheap HD-DVD player and buy the movies at a bargain basement price.
     
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  15. BosonJosh

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    That would be a good idea if they were going to be producing movies in HD-DVD any more. I doubt there's enough HD-DVD movies out there to even warrant buying a player for them.
     
  16. wizard

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    There are quite a few titles out there.
     
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  17. delorean

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    I see Microsoft has announced a Blu Ray drive for the X360 now. Sucks for the folk that bought the HD-DVD drive.

    I won't buy anything Blu Ray, I reiterate, physical media is on it's death bed and I just don't 'do' anything Sony.
     
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  18. wizard

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    Well soon you will have to budge in your stance. The standard definition DVD market is only going to carry on for so long once the dust has finally settled.
     
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  19. Phoenix
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    There are lots of underhand things about this change that should of been highlighted to consumers years ago

    for instance did you know HDDVD had a mandatory rule in the spec forcing the ability to make a backup/portable media copy of the disk? very cool for us, not so for the studios

    The specs themselves were also far easier to work around from a development standpoint (another reason a lot of the software houses backed HD DVD not Bluray)

    It's a shame its gone this way
    I hear that the sucess of the PS3 helped a lot
    I cant help but wonder how different the story would of been had MS bundled the HDDVD player in the damn 360, which has bucket loads more units out there than the PS3
    HD DVD could still come back, Tosh have said they are not dropping the format, but I guess the chances are slim


    Did you know this is the first format that Sony have successfully brought to mainstream usage? neither did i :)
     
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  20. ThomasMc

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    They should have just saved the money and bought a PS3 instead of the HDDVD Drive or an Elite

    And Dell :D
     
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