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post #31 of 49
I voted #2, but the correct answer is:

"I am not on the fence. I am for a universal format player".
post #32 of 49
For a combination of reasons I'm waiting.

First generation anythings tend to have problems that the manufacturer haven't resolved. This isn't limited to just the ability to produce properly functioning players and software, but includes what the market is willing to accept. If it turns out that early software cost $40 per movie, when you can get the DVD versions for under $19.00, will enough people buy either HD format in enough numbers that studios will continue releasing movies in HD?

I wonder if movie sales will have to change their business model so that bluray and HD-DVDs will be sold direct (not through local stores) so that the price is low enough to compete with standard DVDs.
post #33 of 49
I'm on the fence because I still remember my BETA tape player sitting in my garage for years. The BETA format was in opinion a better PQ but VHS equipment and tapes were cheaper and won the battle for that reason alone. God I can't believe we paid $80.00 to $100.00 for a single movie.
post #34 of 49
One thing I think we should realize is that people like us do not drive formats, the people that know little to nothing about this do. If there are still going to standard DVDs on shelves it will end up just like SACD and DVD-A. People will not know what the difference is, or will think the standard version looks good enough not to justify another 10-20 bucks a title. I personally have seen Sony's version and think it looks great, but not good enough for me to buy a new projector and DVD player as well as replacing my entire collection.
post #35 of 49
I am unclear by what you mean by "I'm waiting for a unified format." What I am waiting for is to buy a player that every movie studio releases a format in. This may fit your definition of "unified format," but since it was vague, I clicked "other"
post #36 of 49
post #37 of 49
I'm not on a fence, I'm just waiting for both formats to arrive. Then I'll be on a fence :-) (waiting for affordable multiformat player).
post #38 of 49
Other - waiting until they have the whole act together. Video, audio, standards, etc. Why buy a new player that you know has a gap in capabilities?
post #39 of 49
I'm waiting for either a universal player, or a unified format, a lower price point and PC issues to be worked out.

I'm not sure if it will end up like SACD/DVD audio. Everyone has heard about HDTV, even if they don't know what it is. They want a HDTV so they can say they have one! The problem with SACD/DVD-A is that there was very little demand for it. CDs sound absolutely perfect to 99.9% of people.
post #40 of 49
The rest of you guys can be the early adopters this time and get stuck with first generation equipment and issues. I've had enough of that in the past. This time I'm waiting.
post #41 of 49
I'm waiting until one format wins.
post #42 of 49
I'm waiting to see if any of them will be reasonably uncrippled by DRM. I will EXPECT the ability to rip softare that I BUY to put it on a central server in my house or to re-compress it for viewing on other devices (such as on my laptop). If that is not possible, then they can take their shiny new technology and stuff it.
post #43 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve O
I'm waiting to see if any of them will be reasonably uncrippled by DRM. I will EXPECT the ability to rip softare that I BUY to put it on a central server in my house or to re-compress it for viewing on other devices (such as on my laptop). If that is not possible, then they can take their shiny new technology and stuff it.
You don't really think they're going to allow this, do you?? :rolleyes:

They loose tons of money from copying over in the Asian countries and are entitled to protect their "intellectual property". To put in in another perspective, how would you like to collect your paycheck for working all week/month just to find that your employer shorted you?
post #44 of 49
Personally I will be waiting for several reasons.
One, I would like to wait for a "winner" to be declared. Spending $1000+ dollars on a player + titles that might not be supported in a year is just too much for me.

The other reason, which is my main reason, is waiting to see exactly what happens with region encoding. Most likely I will need to wait for a region free player.
post #45 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenliles
waiting on Other....

First HDMI 1.3 implementation for support of audio formats

ken

Same here (along with other HDMI issues)
post #46 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by sillysam
The rest of you guys can be the early adopters this time and get stuck with first generation equipment and issues. I've had enough of that in the past. This time I'm waiting.
I agree 100%. The more I read, the more I know my initial hunch to wait is the correct one while both camps to get their act together. So far, HD-DVD hardware will be out soon, with no software; BR software will be out soon with no hardware; the initial players (Tosh for HD and Samsung for BR) are not exactly the "better" brands of players; nobody seems to have SACD/DVD-A capabilities (important to me so that I can replace my current universal with one machine). The list goes on and on. The initial upscaling players had problems/issues. Anyone who thinks the initial HD/BR players won't as well is smoking something, IMO. I'll let the early adopters be the guinea pigs.
post #47 of 49
I'm on the fence due to extremely restrictive DRM. It will not stop pirates from copying the movies but will make me avoiding it like a desease.
post #48 of 49
I'm waiting for a 50" 1080p plasma that costs less than $4k (hopefully I won't have to wait more than a year or so.)
post #49 of 49
Quote:
They loose tons of money from copying over in the Asian countries and are entitled to protect their "intellectual property".
Fine. And I'm entitled to keep my money in my pocket and not buy their Digitally Restricted Media. Besides, the DRM can and will be cracked and so it really does nothing in the end to prevent piracy.

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To put in in another perspective, how would you like to collect your paycheck for working all week/month just to find that your employer shorted you?
Sorry, but that's a total red herring.

-Steve
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