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post #61 of 174
I'll disagree a little - about the availability. I get new BD titles on release day without a problem, and other titles within a day or 2 if I decide.

It's got to be BETTER than BD quality, or I am not interested. Somehow I get the feeling that is not going to be the case, despite the capabilities of the system.
post #62 of 174
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I'll disagree a little - about the availability. I get new BD titles on release day without a problem, and other titles within a day or 2 if I decide.

It's got to be BETTER than BD quality, or I am not interested. Somehow I get the feeling that is not going to be the case, despite the capabilities of the system.

I'm convinced that the primary issue with quality of titles is not the BD bit rate anyway. If the master has been manipulated with edge ringing or DNR no astronomical bit rate will matter.

Art
post #63 of 174
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It's got to be BETTER than BD quality, or I am not interested. Somehow I get the feeling that is not going to be the case, despite the capabilities of the system.

Since they only claim >>Full HD (1080p) video and up to 7.1 channels of DTS-HD Master Audio<< how would that be any better than Blu-ray?
post #64 of 174
New releases day and date with DVD, 1080P24 video and lossless audio = Gold.

I would pay a mega premium for that convenience.
post #65 of 174
I am cheap enough to want to rent movies. Few movies are worth having a personal copy of in the shelf. I like the idea of access to everything and that is worth a premium as is a quality source.
post #66 of 174
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New releases day and date with DVD, 1080P24 video and lossless audio = Gold.

I would pay a mega premium for that convenience.

What if it has more artifacts than BD in difficult scenes?
post #67 of 174
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What if it has more artifacts than BD in difficult scenes?

Gold---> Pyrite
post #68 of 174
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Originally Posted by thebland View Post

New releases day and date with DVD, 1080P24 video and lossless audio = Gold.

I would pay a mega premium for that convenience.

Like I said, I pretty much get that now from Amazon. There are some places you can get it earlier - at least you used to be able to (haven't used them for a while).
post #69 of 174
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Like I said, I pretty much get that now from Amazon. There are some places you can get it earlier - at least you used to be able to (haven't used them for a while).

I hate buying discs. Perhaps 5% of all discs I own, I have watched more than once. 10% I still haven't opened. Just a waste to me. I'd rather rent for $5 to $10 than pay $18 - $25 to own it.
post #70 of 174
Looks like they have a new site up where you can now put down the $25 deposit.
Who's signing up?
post #71 of 174
Anything new on this?

Anyone pre-ordering?
post #72 of 174
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I hate buying discs. Perhaps 5% of all discs I own, I have watched more than once. 10% I still haven't opened. Just a waste to me.

Add to this the start-up time and waiting past the FBI warnings and special intros just to get to the movie. Downloading just the movie ( hopefully no forced advertising ) would be a welcomed treat.
post #73 of 174
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Originally Posted by Alan Gouger View Post

Add to this the start-up time and waiting past the FBI warnings and special intros just to get to the movie. Downloading just the movie ( hopefully no forced advertising ) would be a welcomed treat.


This is one of the reasons I moved to Kaleidescape. Their GUI allows you to select "Play Disc" (FBI warnings/Trailers/etc.) or "Play Movie" to watch only the movie.


Jim
post #74 of 174
I can't imagine this taking off with the economy in the shape it's in.
It stinks of FAIL.
post #75 of 174
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Originally Posted by J.Mike Ferrara View Post

I can't imagine this taking off with the economy in the shape it's in.
It stinks of FAIL.

It depends on who they are marketing to. If they are marketing it to demographics like folks here in this forum, I think it would survive. What they are offering is the ultimate in convenience with reference standard picture and sound. Many enthusiasts and upper income earners would pay for such. This is where the industry is going and it'll likely start out small and / or be a niche.

From what I have read, I would consider the service cheap for what you can get. I hope it succeeds.
post #76 of 174
If this is Bluray Quality, and thats a big if, or better I am in, otherwise not interested
post #77 of 174
I posted earlier about the chance to talk to XStreamHD CEO George Gonzalez on Tuesday Night February 16th...

Well that is TONIGHT!

So think of your questions and then tonight you will have your chance to call in toll free and ask the CEO your questions!

Let me repeat that again, tonight you will be able to ask the CEO of XStreamHD any question you want about the company!

The show airs LIVE TONIGHT (February 16th) at 7PM Eastern Time and there are a number of ways you can tune in...

1) At 7PM you can go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/satelliteguys and you can hear the show.

2) You can listen via satellite courtesy of the Access America Radio Network the cordinates to list are Galaxy 19 Ku-Band Transponder: 23 Polarity: Vertical (V) Frequency: 12.115 MHz Symbol Rate: 22.425 FEC: 3/4 Audio PID 1794 E

3) You can listen online at the Access America website just go to http://www.access-america.net then scroll down, links to listen online are on the left part of the screen. (Sorry their website stinks)

I will announce the toll free call in number during the broadcast.

I should note that I am not getting paid for doing this, in fact I am paying all costs for doing this out of my own pocket, so please don't consider this spam there is not even any advertisements on the show. I just want to put you guys in touch with the CEO of the company.

So think of your questions and get ready to call in on Tuesday night at 7PM Eastern Time. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who has an interest in XStreamHD. Its not every day the CEO of a company gives us an hour to question him about his product.

Thanks and enjoy!
post #78 of 174
Cool... I'll be there.
post #79 of 174
Scott, how's NewBay treating you? The trades are quite consolidated these days.
post #80 of 174
I will be listening also, very interested
post #81 of 174
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Originally Posted by thebland View Post

Cool... I'll be there.

I'll look forward to your report
post #82 of 174
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Originally Posted by donaldk View Post

Scott, how's NewBay treating you? The trades are quite consolidated these days.

I haven't had any dealings with them to be honest.

I do know that I am the most widely read regular feature on the MultiChannel site and that makes me feel good.
post #83 of 174
Good to see the satellite section be the best read at 'The Cable Industry's Book of Record';-).
post #84 of 174
OK...that was my question about 1080P24 and LPCM... and that the claim that the BD disc will be identical to the XstreamHD feed.. The CEO says it will likely be identical to a Blu Ray disc.. LPCM or bitstream (up to 8 channels) and 1080P24..

Anyone in the Washington area.... he said you could come by and A/B the feed to a BD disc..frame by frame!
post #85 of 174
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Well? Is it =>BD or not?
post #86 of 174
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Originally Posted by CINERAMAX View Post

Well? Is it =>BD or not?

The CEO indicated that their HD movies were the same encoding as the Bluray version.He did not seem to be one to exaggerate.
At this time they do not provide Dolby True HD. Dolby Digital Plus was mentioned. It seems if you send True HD then if you can't decod True HD you will not get any sound. Where as DTS Master will provide a lossy version if you cannot decode the better audio. They may add True HD in the future
post #87 of 174
Can Xstream send multiple codecs and let the end user select which is best?

I don't understand why you couldn't select the audio decoding of your choice, if your AVP can do Dolby True HD then select, if not don't select.
post #88 of 174
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Originally Posted by LJG View Post

Can Xstream send multiple codecs and let the end user select which is best?

I don't understand why you couldn't select the audio decoding of your choice, if your AVP can do Dolby True HD then select, if not don't select.

That would seem to be the case. They can only send one codec at a time.So if they send Dolby True HD and you dont have a decoder you will not have any sound. DTS has a lossy option built into the one "master audio" codec
post #89 of 174
Thanks to everyone who tuned in last night. George Gonzalez the CEO stayed with us for a full 90 minutes.

After we got over our technical glitches it was a good show and you could really tell George has a lot of pride in his product!
post #90 of 174
The biggest issue I have with Netflix streaming is not so much the video quality, but that the sound is Dolby stereo. That's why I still rent BD - I'm not compromising sound, it must be lossless.

Period.

And if this new service does not provide lossless sound, it will fail, no matter what the video quality is.
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