Originally Posted by mg777
Just noticing this forum, new to AVS forums! What happened to HD-DVD, how does it compare to blu-ray?
My opinions . . .
HD-DVD never had strong enough studio support, and when Warner decided to no longer offer HD-DVDs, that was the end. Toshiba had little choice but to surrender.
Blu-Ray has a higher capacity media and bandwidth, so theoretically, it should offer superior audio/video. However, from a practical frequent usage perspective - I see little to no difference in video quality between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. There are top notch blu-rays out there - and some pretty pathetic ones also. The same goes for HD-DVD. It seems to have more to do with the quality of the source material and how much care and effort the studio puts into remastering than any inherent differences between the format capabilities.
Blu-Ray's higher capacity does offer the ability to provide lossless audio more often. How important that is depends on whether the rest of your system can handle the newer lossless audio codecs. There are folks who say there is no improvement in the sound. Others think it is night and day. I have a high quality audio system and I believe lossless audio sounds somewhat better than the old lossy audio codecs. But it is not a huge night and day difference.
There have been some manufacturing problems with certain HD-DVD titles. Overall, I have found blu-ray titles to be far more reliable than hd-dvd titles, but this is apparently mostly due to a single hd-dvd manufacturer who put out some shoddy product. The good news is that the studios who put out those defective titles have been very good about replacing them on either hd-dvd or blu-ray if you ask nicely.
Overall, I generally suggest to folks that if you are not involved in HD-DVD, don't start now. Go for Blu-ray. Those of us who are already in HD-DVD with players and a large collection of titles are in for the long haul most likely. And I am perfectly happy with that. My hd-dvd players and titles still get plenty of use. And I still have a handful of hd-dvd titles that I haven't even opened yet . .