Originally Posted by Blacklac
I think you may be thinking of DVD2.0.
What I was talking about was Toshiba's new super upconverting players/SRT. They are just players that play standard DVD's and make them look is as if they were natively 960p.
Thank you for clarifying that it's another player required for these standard DVDs that include higher-def. Assuming that's so, what's the purpose unless they sell for the same $69 or so currently prevailing for so many upcon players? I, for one, can't tell all that much difference between upcon of a hi-quality standard DVD on my HD-A1/HD-A3 machines anyway.
For home movie viewing, seems to me that optical disks are gradually passing into history, as evidenced by the hi-speed digital download category; here's what was recently reported: "L.A. TIMES ON NETFLIX HI-SPEED DOWNLOADS 6/10/08: NETFLIX SELLS OUT OF MOVIE BOXES: Netflix Inc has sold out of the set-top boxes that stream movies from the internet to TV sets, indicating stronger-tha-expected demand, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said.
Netflix, the largest U.S. mail-order movie service, is pressing supplier Roku Inc. To increase production, Hastings said. The $100 system lets customers order movies online and watch them on a television using WiFi technology.
And that says nothing of VuDu - and SONY itself with new announcement of a hi-speed DD movie service, no less - or perhaps more importantly the satellite services(Disk Network earlier this year laid out a staggering $700-million for a huge swath of download-only spectrum[think that might be just for a new e-mail service?]).
All together now, SAY BYE-BYE TO ALL OPTICAL DISKS !!!