Originally Posted by amirm
If you mean on PR front, then I agree. If you mean in reality, then I am not sure I do. Given the astronomical cost of blank media for recordable, do you think there are enough brave soles to make a difference?
Recall that the main burning application is missing. That is, making a disc that you can send to someone to play. Because there is almost a 100% chance they don't have an HD optical disc of any kind.
So the application becomes for archiving in the same household and here, I would say hard disk does a much better job than a $50 BD-DL-50 recordable disc.
I really do appreciate you taking the time to answer.
The point/question I have failed to present clearly is
I agree with you on your statments re the astronomical cost of blank media.
The BD came has, AFIK recognized this exact problem, and what they have done is to cleverly add another function to BD PLAYERs, and that is the ability to play back
this consumer content from STANDARD dvd media. I believe the whole AVCHD program was to address exactly the point you made.
So I guess another way to ask the question:
What will it take to get the HD camp to officially add support into the players both hardware and software, to make sure that consumer generated HD content in HDV and AVCHD codecs is officially supported? Unless I am missing some announcements none of the HD majors have signed up for HDV or AVCHD licensing.
I see Sony Leading the BD camp to market with several tactics
First go after the Hollywood Content, via selling Hollywood on a "more secure" drm so address the J6P who wants to show off and enjoy his large HD display.
the HD camp counters with lower price, and certainly at this point better pq
Use PS3 as a carrot based on "predictions" of large quantities of BD players being out there to convince the "nervous" that there will be sufficient base to support their content.
The HD camp counters with low cost HD player for xbox 360
Sony then convinces a large number of the Hd camcorder manufactuers that they have a clever solution to the high bd drive cost, possible high error from attempting to write to a bd drive in a hand held camcorder, and the HIGH cost of bd media. They create this approach for hd content, but on a red laser dvd, using a HD codec (something that Hollywood concerned with DRM would never allow but for consumer content... not a problem. To do this the BD camp needs to convince the HD camcorder companies that there will be a way to play back these dvd's. Sony announces that they will play on BD players, PS3 and PC's with their software.
So will HD camp add this codec support into the HD DVD players and software? Currently there is a homebrew HD market, but official codec support for HDV AVCHG is not there AFAIK, since Toshiba and Microsoft don't seem to be on any of the licensee lists for HD DVD or AVCHD not only on HD DVD media but also red laser dvds
Does not look like a monumental task, but being able to tell the HD camcorder world that not only can you get a player/format with better PQ but you will be able to play back your own content on your HD DVD player, xbox 360 and HD DVD support software seems like it would att'sract another HD aware group of consumers to the HD DVD fold.
So far looks like there has been effective counters (some would say trumps) to the BD camps first and second strategy, what remains it the counter to the third
Again thanks for the time to look at these questions!