Originally Posted by Toknow****a
Ahhh now we know why Dave thought HD DVD was as just as capable as Blu... he was only using a 720p projector.
For 99% of the people, they won't be able to tell the difference between HD DVD and Blu-ray even with a 1080p front projection setup. Regardless, I didn't care which one won because I just wanted HD on disc in a viable
format. At the time, I was told by many sources there were production problems with Blu-ray, and that concerned me. Luckily, most of those have been completely ironed out, although there's the occasional hiccup. For example, Bill Hunt posted this at Blu-ray.com (http://forum.blu-ray.com/showpost.ph...stcount=4068):
That was a bit of a different issue. Sometimes, there might be a production related issue on the Blu-ray, or replication or what have you, like Quo Vadis. But the point is, for most of their key titles going forward, the plan is to release them at the same time.
There still isn't a lot of production capability, but that's changing every month and things are on the right track. I held to my word and said I would support the winning format, and I have. I'm just happy with HD on optical disc and I think Blu-ray has gotten its act together. In hindsight, Toshiba never had a chance going at it alone--much like Sony and Betamax in the 1980's.
Regardless, I don't want to rehash the past about the format war. It's over and the better format won with higher capacity and the greater peak bitrate--the two of the three most important things to me (replication being the third).
On a separate note about PQ issues between the formats...I reviewed mainly Warner, Paramount, and Universal discs on HD DVD (and their BD titles), so I didn't get a chance to look at very many FOX, Sony, and Disney titles due to time constraints (I do have a day job and have to sleep every now and then), so when comparing the BDs and HD DVD's of Warner titles, there were no differences (they were the same encodes). With Paramount, they used different encodes with the same masters, but the differences were minimal on most titles (especially with a 720p projector). Since BD has won, I've been able to review titles from virtually every studio by writing for UAV and Home Theater Magazine exclusively (my first Home Theater review will be in next months issue), so I've have a greater appreciation for what BD can do compared to the crap Warner was releasing. Some titles that I thought looked pretty good on HD DVD, look poor by comparison now, especially when comparing Universal HD DVD titles to their BD counterparts...the BD's look MUCH better in most cases.
Anyway..sorry to bring up the past