Originally Posted by Zon2020
Assuming there was one....
Could things be easier, could some bugs be eliminated? Sure.
But the indisputible reality is that every person has at their easy disposal greater audio and video performance, and more choice of content, all in the comfort of their own home, than ever before, at lower cost.
Sure, BD is better quality, and I very much appreciate that, but Blu-ray is worse than DVD in every other way. Player compatibility sucks, it's far more incompatible, menus take a long time (for anything but a comparatively high powered PC) to load, they're more fragile than DVD, and it's only easy if you're willing to live with the artifical, limited, unimaginative constraints imposed by the content owners, ie pop the disc in a hardware player.
I wouldn't want to go back to DVD quality audio/video, but at the same time I think the whole HTPC thing was easier before Blu-ray, CableCard and their associated DRM and unnecessary complexity.
Originally Posted by Zon2020
Wow. Just WOW!
Well, I guess we know where you're coming from. Guess you'll just have to commission custom software. Because those "most users" you have such disdain for really don't give a hoot about "your needs" and "your own desires," and the reason all those products you so loved tanked is because hardly anybody but you wanted them, cared about them, or bought them.
I'm just tired of getting told to settle. I don't have any disdain for anyone, but most people are happy with a "small" TV in a non-dedicated room with an HTIB, which is fine, but that doesn't mean I should have to settle for that when I want a better than the theater experience at home. For a long time it seems most here sought perfection, but now there seems to be a "it's good enough, you should be happy" attitude.
As for the software I mentioned that "tanked":
TheaterTek (probably the best DVD software made) died due to Blu-ray's licensing restrictions making it impossible for them to add Blu-ray support.
SageTV was scooped up by Google because Google needed an awesome DVR for Google fiber.
Yeah, Blu Rays really suck.[/QUOTE[
In pretty much every way except audio/video quality, they do.
Their very existance completely destroyed home theater.
It came close to destroying the HTPC for me. I used to be able to pop a movie disc in my HTPC and play it in whatever app I wanted with full functionality, including apps that were specially designed for those of us with highly integrated HT systems. Now I'm stuck with a choice between three crappy programs from companies that don't care about individual users, with basically no integration whatsoever.
It's just such a disaster to be able to have gorgeous 1080P video and stunning HD audio. Really I think the Betamax was truly the "pinnacle" for me.
I find it quite remarkable that you complain about every trivial little reproduction problem and then turn around and long for the days of 480p video.
I long for the days when a small company like TheaterTek could make a fully functional movie disc playing solution for the PC to serve the HTPC niche that Cyberlink/Arcsoft/Corel couldn't care less about, for the days when anyone making software for the HTPC could leverage cheap, easily, legally obtainable libraries (filters) that gave full movie disc functionality in any app. When you could pop a movie disc in and Windows Media Center could play it...
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.
I'm just saying things were easier when anyone (even the free or open source softwares) could leverage commercial decoders to support full movie disc functionality. Unfortunately BDs crazy DRM and licensing restrictions have killed that.