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High-Definition DVD Formats Slow to Catch On With Consumers

First, there was the war between eight-track tapes and cassettes. Then there was Betamax versus VHS.

Now a new battle for the future of home entertainment is once again forcing consumers to choose.

High-definition DVDs are supposed to provide sharp, wide-screen images to fill the more than 30 million HD television sets that have been sold. They are also meant to replace standard definition DVDs, providing studios with a new source of profits.

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UrbanJabroni3937d ago (Edited 3937d ago )

DVDs were a substantial upgrade over VHS, with random access, special features, no degredation over time, the advent of widescreen (outside of laserdisks and special releases)...
HDDVDs and BluRay on the other hand...
Offer little more than a picture upgrade. I'm sure many on this forum think that this upgrade is vital, but it seems the majority of the world (myself included) who have spent thousands and thousands on DVD collections really don't want a new format in our lives...DVD really seems good enough. Good luck convincing the 40-70 year old bracket that the HD DVD format is a necessary upgrade, which could, unfortunately, place this format in the same category as SACD. Sure it was a huge improvement for those with the proper setup, but the mainstream could really care less. Throw in a noncompatible format war and chances of adoption seem slim to say the least.

Gh0stDrag0n3937d ago (Edited 3937d ago )

Seems like nobody wants to "jump in" or "Welcome Chang3"
most likely, it is because sales of HDTVs havn't really taken off, there is too much confusion on HDTVs for your average joe. For example 480i,480p,720p,1080i,1080p...E DTV,HDTV...DVI,HDMI,HDCP... bla bla bla
This is a big differance than going to the store and just picking out what size Tv to buy.
Add the fact that "mart" store employees have no idea what they are selling. I overheard a "mart" employee telling someone the differance between 480i and 720p was the number of channels you could get!
HDDVD and Blu-Ray have hit the market before the market is ready for them.

EasilyTheBest3937d ago

I agree in every way and been saying the same from the start. Who wanted SACD and DVD Audio discs they are just the same not better enough. Blu ray and hddvd i cant see ever catching on perhaps on computers for backing up things but im even doubtfull of that as hard drives continue to get bigger and cheaper.

pRo loGic II3937d ago

COST COST COST!!!! Duh!!!!!... I talk to lots of folks and they for the most part Just don't care About the difference between standard and HD If you can see it and it's not fuzzy their happy. The price of these divices seals the deal; or non deal(pun). I have had people come over to my house and say they can't see the difference of cable on a standard tv on a standard channel vs Lets say Discovery HD on a Hitachi HDTV with an Monster HDMI 400 cable plus the HD or digital set top box. To me it was the difference of night and day but i had to point out the differences to some others. lol

Gh0stDrag0n3937d ago

Are you picking on Real Deal? J/K
Yea, all of the sudden HD has hit the masses and they have no clue what it is all about. The only thing most people know is, I need to get a new TV before the FCC forces a change from analouge to digital.

dikturbo3937d ago (Edited 3937d ago )

The adoption rate is still debateable and like many comments above me, they state 'is there any reason to pick a side'? Consumers are tired of being the patsies of electronic companies and their mandate of adopting new formats in order to justify shareholder dividends and corporate bottom lines. Is there any other reason for these ongoing advancements? Of course it will be better but when is enough, enough.
I for one will skip this format war and survive nicely with an new HDTV, up-converting DVD, digital sat or cable and a Wii360.
I dont know the average age in these forums but I'm sure I've been through more formats changes than most and the only winners are the retailer and manufacturers. The PS3 is nothing more than a trojan horse from a movie studio for an unnecessary format. Save your money and send a message.

Gh0stDrag0n3937d ago

I'm 30. The biggest problem I see with the whole HD format is lack of information. The new media format has been released before the new display format has become mainstream. Bad market timing is to blame for the lack of sales.

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