I own both formats, well over 100 hd dvd and 70 or so blu-ray. I have displays that do 720p, 1080i and 1080p and a reciever that handles the lossless codecs as well as 5.1 PCM.
"Better" is indeed subjective. Quality differs much more from movie to movie than it does format to format.
Accd to various posts from insiders the AQ is going to become mostly a moot issue as BD studios will move away from PCM toward lossless codecs and HD DVD studios will also add more TruHD to discs alongside the DD+ as more receivers come to market and get into circulation that can even take advantage of the audio formats.
Interactivity will also become more moot as BD Java comes online and catches up to hd dvd, although the mandatory internet connectivity of hd dvd could make a difference.
BD has max capacity advantage and max bitrate advantage. I honestly can't see or hear any difference of note between the best of BD and best of HD titles so it's difficult for me too assign to many "better points" to that difference but it has to be worth a few.
It also shouldn't be forgotten however that some percentage of blu-ray movies will be produced on 25Gig where and hd dvd would be on 30Gig. With cost advantage always going to 25Gig it is debateable what that percentage will be if there is no format war for BD studios to consider and/or when smaller content providers have to choose.
Blu-ray is not going to deliver a capacity advantage across all content but more likely to be across the bigger movies where 50gig is used, again for whatever practical difference that proves to be worth in movie quality. In this area for the mid and lower range content that will not always use the highest specs we can have DD 5.1 in use at a lower bitrate than the max bitrate DD 5.1 used in hd dvd.
Of course on this board most comments tend to compare only the top content rather than what occurs on average content and will occur in the future when more smaller release content, TV etc. is put to HDM and cost cutting occurs. Minimum specs matter too.
Finally there is the fact that only hd dvd can offer discs that play in both high def players and standard dvd players (for that matter even in blu-ray players). I imagine if we had more "J6P" average consumers posting in these boards that little feature would show up a bit more often among the "which is better" bullet points.
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