I think both blue ray players and HD-DVD will really try thier hardest as all dvd players play CDs VCDs etc I havent a clue about the different types of lasers so dont know if it is even possible but would think that they will play DVD at least.kumamoto said:I suppose hardware manufacturers will offer as little backward compatibility with dvd as possible to encourage owners of the new blue ray/ hd dvd palyer to purchase their favourite movies all over again.
To be honest the manufacturers are in the business of making money. If they build a new format player, they want all of us to buy the new format movie title even if we have them in an old format dvd. And by the look of things we will probably buy the movies titles all over again as they will look so good in either 720p, or 1080i/p!!
I suspect that best-case this will be optional on some players. AIUI some displays don't support 480i/576i over HDMI/DVI as it requires pixel repetition to get the pixel clock rate high-enough?StooMonster said:Don't want them to do this at all. I want BluRay / HD DVD to ouput DVD as 480i/576i over HDMI, then I can feed this to my choice of scaler.