m1ket said:the main reason for me is that you dont just need a new player but also a new tv, this was not the case with dvd
Evil Engineer said:I think you've got it the wrong way round there, fella.
HD-DVD/Bluray won't drive the sales of flat screen HD displays. The sales of flat screen HD panels will drive the sales of HD-DVD/Bluray!
The price of 32" and 37" LCD panels have dropped to the level at which widescreen CRTs went mainstream (less than £1000 for 32") and people are buying them. Not because they are HD but because they are flat.
Once the displays are in peoples houses it gets much easier to flog them HD sources. This is what Sky are up to now and HD-DVD/Bluray will follow suit.
The format war doesn't help but the concept of high definition is slowly entering the public conscience in the same way that widescreen did back in the mid-90s.
Average screen size is going up and with the right marketing at least one of these HD disc formats will be here to stay.
Only time will tell...boksbox said:I've read several different sites reporting that the initial BD disks and players are producing so so results even if future players and disks produce excellent results isn't this rush to market a disaster for BD from which it may never recover?
RXP said:From my experience of reading US sports forums, the biggest HD market is live sport. Hi-def DVD's don't cater for that. I seriously dont' think they're gonna take off because most people do not care or have the equipment to enjoy it. And a lower quality more convienent on demand movie/tv service will win.
The real format war I think will take place over HD-DVD-r and Blu-Ray-r's i.e. the computer backup service. Where I think Blu ray's will win. Computer uses will love 25gb space per disc. But of course it's all down to price and IFF dual layer ordinary dvd discs don't drop in price dramatically from their current levels.
But really all this HDTV is marketing, marketing, marketing. No average joe I know cares. In the US it's mostly on sports people comment about.
Will any of the premiership matches be broadcast in HD?Tejstar said:I agree with you wholeheartedly. For me, HD's biggest 'viewing' selling point is sport. I was thinking of laying down hard cash to get SkyHD but then realised that after the World Cup there wouldn't be anything to look forward to for a while.
What TV have you got? If your watching on a CRT then I suppose that's fair enough. But on a HDTV...Faust said:I'm pretty contented with Sky and Freeview SD broadcasts and I can't understand why anyone wants to improve on what I consider to be stunning PQ anyway.
I think that champions league played within England will be fine but I'm not sure about continental matches. I seem to remember that last season a lot of Arsenals away matches weren't even widescreen broadcasts but all of the home games were.DanH said:I saw an advert on Sky last night for HD. (Swirling background thing with footy commentry in the background)
It definately said Premiership and UEFA Champions League in HD. Dunno how true it is, buts that what it said.
Can't see it personally... Even with 10Mbps broadband, it would take over 8hrs at full tilt to download a 30GB HD movie (picked 30GB simply because it's the HD-DVD max and below the stated max of Blu-ray) and that's assuming that your broadband line isn't being shared with 30 other people doing the same...rob64 said:I truely believe both hd formats are a flesh in the pan . Hd via satelite for starters will have an effect as it appeals to people who don't want to mess around , just switch on their telly and watch . The other thing is that a disk of any kind is just a transport method for data . That's it ! A plastic disk spinning round in a box is not a leap forward . A leap further would be to have the data direct to you via high speed link to a pc of a kind . hard drives get bigger and cheaper . Internet is getting quicker and cheaper . Think "i tunes " for films but same quality as hd and bingo ! i reckon 2 or 3 years tops .