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HD DVD, Blu-ray or Internet Downloads- which will win?
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35 / M / Whitebase
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Posted 1/30/07
Well, if you got a movie that is reaching in upwards of 100gb, it's either really packed full of extra stuff or is 10 years long.

At which point, occasional pauses between chapters or layers would be the least of your worries.
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28 / F / UK
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Posted 1/30/07
^haha true true ^-^
I'm just being picky now! The smallest difference could tilt the market one way or another- although little pauses are admitedly not going to be one!
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Posted 1/30/07
wow, imagine what technology will be like 10 years in the future. I wonder what the new format war will be after the blu ray vs hd dvd war.
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35 / M / Whitebase
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Posted 1/30/07
Crystal storage all the way!

At least, that's what I'm hoping for.
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30 / M / California
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Posted 1/30/07
I think everything will be sent wirelessly to your media center. No more fumbling around with discs.
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77 / F / メリランド
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Posted 1/30/07
They say the memory of a computer chip doubles each year (hence the 750 GB Hard Drive computer) so do you think discs will be like that? What's crystal storage?
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Posted 1/30/07
well, they did come out with the 1 TB Hard Drive(1000MB is u dont know), and u need a HD-TV for blue ray, dats why u need a HDTV wen u have a PS3. well both are good but too expensive, the more convenient way is to download em...downloading illegally will never change....no matter how good the technology is, as long as u can get those movies/videos for free it will never stop.....
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30 / M / California
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Posted 1/30/07
You don't need an HD-TV to watch Blu-ray movies or PS3 games. To see it in high quality as it was intended, then you need an HD-TV but it will play just fine on a normal TV.
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Okay a week or so ago I went to my local computer hardware store (Uhh don't ask ), and they sold blank Blu-Ray discs. They were $25 for 25 GB's. I couldn't find a writer in the store though. @[email protected]

Once the discs get cheaper, it'll probably beat out the HD-DVD.

Downloads are always the most popular though.

Yeah I have a PS3 you don't need a high definition TV to play the games.

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75 / M / Here
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Posted 1/30/07
I really think that just bying a sweet pc with both blu-ray and hd-dvd could solve everyon's problem, but then again downloads will never stop bein' popular, especially since broadband interent connections r bein' a lot more popular than it was in earlier year's.
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28 / F / UK
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Posted 2/4/07
^I don't know about everyone else but i can't afford a new laptop that plays both formats! I agree that improving broadband is increasing the popularity of downloads. I think companies will realise the amount of illegal downloading and start creating official download sites that you have to pay for. (I think they have that in America already- how much does that cost and does it work?). Downloads are generally more convenient and I watch all my DVDs on my laptop anyway. Sound and vision fanatics would probably shudder as the thought of that though- prefering surround sound and large screens.

I found some prices of players to compare because i think price is an important factor. Whats the use in there being a disk with more space if no one can afford one or a player?
HD DVD- I could only find one- £336
Blu-ray- Also only one- £599
I'm currently looking for more (to make it fair to compare them) and combination players.
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Posted 2/7/07
Apparently Blu-ray discs were outselling HD-DVD discs by about 2:1 or 3:1, last month.
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28 / F / UK
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Posted 2/7/07
^ really? where did you hear that? I wouldn't be suprised if it is true as Blu-ray have more films released on their disk format than HDDVD.
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31 / M / Toronto, Canada
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Posted 2/7/07
Yep, I saw it on IGN, they were comparing the two, and yes Bluray IS OUT SELLING HDDVD. It's not a 2 to 1 ratio, but damn close. They are guessing it will hit that ration by the end of the month.

If I had to make a educate guess as to way Blu Ray is out selling:

1. Young peeps are more likely to adopt the tech coincidentaly with the purchase of a PS3, (I know I have.)
2. If PS3 is considered to be a BluRay player in the stats pool, I can see why they can claim it's out selling HDDVD.
3. BluRay is a superior format compared to HD, that's a fact.
4. There are more Bluray movies out then HDDVD.

I don't claim these are the valid reason why Bluray is doing better, but it might serve as an insight.
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31 / M / Toronto, Canada
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Posted 2/7/07
Oh by the way, you can kiss dowloads goodbye unless it was legal.

If you are thinking of switching to Vista, concider this:

It has the ability to delete programs, video, music that are not authenticated from your HD. Scary eh? And I am not making this up. I guess they are hounded by MPAA and the music industry. Not to mention M$ is not enjoying the fact that people use bootleg copy of Microsoft programs...

It should be interesting on how this all works out.
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