Just finished watching another couple of Blu-Ray movies with my daughter. I like movies and wish we did not have to choose what standard to buy. Still not impressed by Blu-Ray, but I am noticing that it appears the higher the bit rate the better the picture.
Click looks pretty good (still not as good as HD DVD imo) using MPEG and bit rate is consistently between 30-45MPS. Xmen was VC1 and constantly between 12-17 with extremely occasional spikes to 27-32. Little Man was not a good transfer although I did not check the bit rate while watching that one but I would bet it was more like Xmen rather than Click.
Originally Posted by dpak2005
Oh my lord, ANOTHER HD-DVD is facing impending doom topic! Like I said yesterday, gather ALL of your friends who have an inferiority complex together in ONE post and shut up. CheeZ!
To the OP, have Sony's big pockets helped it with the PS3 which has DISMAL, DISMAL sales compared to the Wii? Returns are high, people can't sell them on Ebay for anything more than retail anymore, and it's largely becoming a commercial dismal failure. The ONLY thing Blu-Ray had left was the PS3.
dpak2005, the PS3 story is far from over, and it is selling very well so that is not a good example. HD DVD needs a lot of help and just because it is currently better than Blu-Ray that does not guarantee success.
BigMikeATL, I will take your word for it that the Warner titles are the same, but I will not be repurchasing them in BR to check. You wouldn't happen to be from New Jersey would you, I know a Big Mike that moved to ATL?
Originally Posted by WirelessGuru
OP, why would you say HD-DVD will not win the format war? Sony hasn't been successful promoting any of their previous proprietary formats. Microsoft has developed some very positive exclusive downloadable content deals with WB, Paramount, and CBS that could carry over into HD-DVD. And no matter what Sony thinks... price and consumer adoption will determine the winner of this war,not studios. The studios will fold and go where the money is once the players saturate a market majority.
I'm not saying HD-DVD is a clear winner either. This battle hasn't even really begun. Until players drop below $200 and the average person starts purchasing them, the two camps will continue to battle it out. One thing I will say. Sony has clearly lost it's video game market dominance. Almost nobody is excited or interested in the PS3 save a few Blu-Ray fanatics and PS fanboys. After Sony's sad showing with the PS3 launch, a lot of people waiting for the PS3 have just gone ahead and bought a 360 instead. And most of the hype in gaming is focused on the Wii. The PS3 only has one good game (resistance) and it really doesn't measure up to Gears of War. Sony is in trouble, and their Trojan horse isn't succeeding like Sony assumed. That is why I question why you think Blu-Ray has this war won before it has really started? Blue-Ray was expected to already have grabbed market majority by now. Somehow Sony has found a way to piss Microsoft off and bring them into the fold, fail with the PS3 launch, and also fail to deliver on almost every promise announced in 2006.
WirelessGuru, The reason I think Blu-Ray will win is because Sony has the backing of virtually every studio except Universal, and maybe you haven't noticed but HD DVD is not releasing much at all lately and BR is releasing tons of new stuff. That is the main reason I broke down and jumped into BR. I want more movies!
I agree Sony is not executing very well with BR or the PS3, but they appear to be relentless and that will pay off for them. All the missteps they have made, and HD DVD still could not bury BR.
milt, I have also purchased some of the other BR reference material such as Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor. I have not had the opportunity to watch them yet, and expectation is very low based on the BR I have viewed..so they have an excellent chance to surprise/wow me.
I'm not attempting to pass myself off as an expert on picture quality, but I'm just not seeing the value or quality in BR.
HD DVD is a whole nother ballgame!