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Cheaper for US but studios are worried about their costs as well. We need to find a balance that is mutually acceptable.
, the president of Time Warner, said the Total HD disc has a better chance of catching on than dual players. Research commissioned by Warner indicates that consumers are willing to pay several dollars more than current high-definition DVDs for a disc that works on both players. At the Web site for Best Buy, Warner's Superman Returns DVD was selling yesterday for $19.99 in its standard format, $29.99 for Blu-ray and $34.99 for HD-DVD.
Definition of Several
Being of a number more than two or three but not many: several miles away.
Can I supersize that combo?
I reject this idea fully. If those discs are even $1 more retail, I'm going to have to think long and hard about future Warner purchases. No more automatic preorders like I'm doing now. I'm not going to subsidize this stupidity.
If it's more than $30 a movie who would care to buy them? HELLO no one it can't be more than $30.
This is not the answer we want. It fixes problems now but encourages a dual format market to survive. Similar to the DVD and RW forum battle over recordable media (+R vs -R), both have been made compatible for nearly all players, but this doesn't mean the disks are the same. Nor is their compatibility in all set-top DVD players. I do wish that one of them would just die off, but the market has ensured that this will never happen.
What we should do is force one format (either one) to die to encourage a single standard. This reduces complexity of discs and lowers long term costs to the consumer and manufacturer.
Which are already about $5 more than regular discs.
So, ultimately, everyone has to pay $5 more for a feature that NO CUSTOMER can use.
If you just have one format (HD or BD), you don't need the other on the disc.
If you have both formats, you don't need *both* on the disc.
Creation of this product seems to have absolutely nothing to do with the actual customers. To make a customer unfriendly move like charging extra for something that no one wants or needs this early in a format launch seems counterproductive to me.
I'm not sure this is true. When I read the press article it mentioned the discs using new techniques to put the two layers (BR and HD DVD) on the same side of the disc. It uses a mirror layer that would allow enough light through that an HD DVD laser that's reading deeper into the disc could read the right layer, and the BR laser reading right at the surface would not see the deeper layer. I may have bungled that, but its something to this effect. This, to me, sounds like a whole new manufacturing process, and probably a good deal more expensive than even a simple dual sided HD DVD combo disk.
If the pricing for the combo DVD/HD DVD is any indication, I CAN'T IMAGINE them coming in at under $34.99 retail, and most likely at $39.99. This is because they have found out that we are willing to pay that much for the DVD/HD DVD combo if we like the movie enough. Just remember that video stores (in some cases) still have to pay "rental pricing" for a good number of "low production" titles, so it COULD theoretically be even WORSE.
As an aside, DO NOT attempt to play a DVD/HD DVD combo disc on a "slot loading" DVD player. I found this out the hard way. Aparently they are "thicker" than a standard DVD and can get stuck in the drive. I had to take apart a DVD player at my parent's house just because I wanted to try out the "DVD" portion of a combo disc that my mom gave me for Christmas. This simply added another reason for me to not think to highly of them...
I'll be optimistic and say they will price them the same as combos are now. Depending on whether it's a catalog or new release title, that's about $35-40 list ($24-28 on Amazon). They did say they wanted to please the consumer first and the retailer second, so we'll see. However, I wouldn't be surprised if that was a load of bull and they turn out to be higher though.
I am hoping they will limit it to new releases only and continue to make the catalog titles in separate formats. That wouldn't be too bad for me, because over 90% of my purchases are catalog titles.
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My equipment consists of:
Epson 9500 UB Projector; 110" JKP Affinity Screen; Panasonic BD30 Player, Toshiba HDA1 Player; Definitive Speakers (Center, Towers, Rear); Onkyo 608 A/V Receiver; Nevo Q50 Remote; TW HD Cable Box.