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Blu-ray Technology: Why? When?

Discussion in 'Technology News' started by The News Bot, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. The News Bot

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    The DVD Insider is back with a look at the new high definition DVD formats and why he thinks they may not be dominating the market with quite the speed that is expressed by the manufacturers. Make no mistake, Hollywood wants high-definition, if only for theincreased digital rights management potential...

    http://www.audioholics.com/news/editorials/blurayDVDtimingmarket.php
     
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    This is pretty much what I have been saying for ages. These new formats will simply not take off as at the end of the day it is the consumer that decides. Considering the small advantages and large expense I really cannot see HD formats becoming mainstream like DVD for at least another 5 to 10 years; maybe even longer.
     
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    Could they convince you to upgrade if they stop producing standard dvds????
     
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    That probably would convince me personally though I would be pretty ticked off. However, I don't think it would convince the mainstream and would most likely put most people off buying AV hardware if they're going to buy something only for it to go out of date 2 years later along with their entire collection.

    It would be a suicidal move for the industry to stop producing DVDs.
     
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    Why? would people completely stop buying films then?
    Theres nothing we as a consumer can do about these situations...

    Im looking forward to HD Movies to be the mainstream, although I'm waiting for the day where we can download movies for £3 a time from 'iFilms' instead of paying £14.99 for a DVD that sits on your shelf and takes up valuable space....(peeving the missus off at the same time)
     
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    Yes there is - you can VOTE WITH YOU FEET!!

    Cheers,

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    Cant see you never buying a film again....just as a form of protest.
    LOL, like the film studios would weep at losing your business. They are on to a winner cos they know that suckers like us will always buy films.
     
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    At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter, does it? Despite the huge number of DVD players manufactured and sold over the past few years, films are still available, I believe, on good old VHS tape, so they're not going to stop producing them on DVD's just because there's another new format on the street.

    As long as they have a market, they'll keep producing for it.

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    True.
    But I think some of the rumours are that they would stop producing DVDs to force everyone into an upgrade.
     
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    The simple fact is that the people who read and post on these forums wouldn't question an upgrade to HD formats but we're hardly the whole home entertainment population are we?

    I know some people who refuse to upgrade to DVD as they believe there is still life in VHS which has been around for over 20 years. I can't imagine for a second that people are going to dump their very recent DVD collection and equipment because Hollywood thinks it is time for a new format when it clearly isn't. HD formats will probably be exclusively for film buffs like us like laserdisc was.

    By the time the majority of the population has HD TVs which won't be for another 10-15 years a far better and more revolutionary format will have arrived.
     

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