HD DVD vs. Blu-ray ad nauseum - A developer's view

ZDNet - John Carroll, November 29th, 2007:

"The battle between the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats is the battle that simply doesn't want to end. Many, however, think that this Christmas season could be critical, a Gettysburg-style confrontation that won't by itself knock either format permanently out of the race, but could start a 'rolling downhill' effect that could lead inexorably to the triumph of one or the other."

HD DVD has the magic numbers. Blu-ray has the PS3. However, consumers are reluctant to buy an HD DVD or Blu-ray player for a few reasons. One particular feature represents a move in the right direction from a competitive standpoint.

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HarryEtTubMan3913d ago

In some weird way this is making Bloodmask feel happy and like HDDVD is doing something. LMAO

TheExodus3913d ago (Edited 3913d ago )

I have EIGHT, that's right EIGHT, 27-gallon storage boxes filled with DVDs that are being ripped to two 1TB Hitachi HDDs. The ONLY reason I want Blu-ray to fail is because BD+ exists solely to lock content to disc & there is absolutely no way in hell that I am going to make room for another EIGHT 27-gallon storage boxes worth of HD discs in my living room. Been there, done that, ain't happening again!

In a perfect world Blu-ray or HD-DVD would serve as an install disc for my media server because that's what I need/want. Short of my utopian vision I have no choice but to root for the format that will inconvenience me the least which, like it or not, happens to be HD-DVD. There is simply no way that I'm going back to the days of tray loading players & shelves full of clamshell cases whether they be of a blue color scheme or maroon!

Grassroots3913d ago

I totally agree with you on this, but at the same time, there is a small percentage that will do this honestly without stealing the materials on the discs. So in the end, I believe BD+ is a great thing for the companies, and while has negative effects on some consumers but in the end it will help to end piracy which is a horrid problem these days.

Rooftrellen3913d ago

Actually, it won't stop the pirates, because they have the means to crack anything and still get what they need off the disc.

The normal person is hurt in some cases, but they lack the means and know-how of the pirates.

The Pirates are slowed, but not stopped, and the normal comsumer loses his ability to legally copy the discs he buys. That's not good for the companies or the consumers, in the end.

ikkokucrisis3913d ago (Edited 3913d ago )

Seriously, the quality of ripped movies blows on HDTVs.
Once you see a high def movie, you'll understand the need to upgrade formats.

Digital content can be good too, 25GB per movie will not cut it. Higher compression codecs need to be developed.
Smaller file sizes will be key in order for high def digtal content to be a true format replacement.

Wtih that said, the PS3 could probably stream/play these highly compressed files with ease.

vaan3913d ago

Where do these idiots get these stats? I have 6 movies on BD. Everyone one on my friends list has at least two.

Grassroots3913d ago

Don't count PS3 users, and such they loose my 90bd collection that would help the ratio.

resistance1003913d ago

HDDVD camp are a waste of time.

They first say there are more HDDVD players than blu-ray players sold by discounting the ps3.

They then go on to include the ps3 when it comes to attachment rates. so the numbers look worse.

The HD DVD camp really need to stop this negitive spin on everything, because its backfiring and looking bad on them

jaja14343913d ago

Mr Vaan, thats great that you have 6 but your the minority. Ever wonder why the lead is only 2:1 when Br has something like 8 times as many players? You can draw your own conclusions on why that is and whatnot, but that does not make the .6 attach rate any less true(or somewhat close to the real number). :)

Vulcan Raven3913d ago

Well that is what i asked santa for,......... BluRay baby. I only have 2 so far, but it is an ever growing collection.

Grassroots3913d ago

It's going to be a BLU christmas! haaha couldn't help it. Got some on the list as well.

Yo Mama3913d ago (Edited 3913d ago )

<b>"We compared an HD broadcast signal for a sporting event (which was 720i, I believe) to one of his DVDs played back through his high-end standard DVD player, and I would be hard pressed to point out the quality differences.

Granted, this wasn’t pushing the HD envelope. Modern HD TVs support 1080p, and HD discs top out at that resolution as well. From what I’ve read, however, you need a quite large HD screen to see the difference between 720p and 1080p, certainly well above the 37″ screen my father has in his living room (which is a perfect size for his viewing area, as larger would start to feel like sitting on the front row of a movie theater)."</b>

This guy doesn't even have a clue what he is talking about. Why does he have a technology blog?

jaja14343913d ago

So... I see nothing wrong with that statement.

And just for future reference, if your going to call somebody wrong, you should probably explain why. ;)

Yo Mama3913d ago (Edited 3913d ago )

Oh come on.

He can't tell the difference between 720 and 480?

Also, he stated that from "what he read" you needed a big screen to see the difference bewtween 720 and 1080. If he was a true videophile, he wouldn't be talking about what he read. He would know.

My dad and this guy are probably on the same knowledge level.

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