Talk, there is too much stuff to discuss in this thread. I will comment a couple but the rest is probably best to other format discussion threads.
Originally Posted by Talkstr8t
But that also includes putting "HD DVD" on the box, in the manual, in the ads, etc. as well, no?
I don't know how they are going to do that. The logo is owned by DVD Forum and its use is governed by them. Again, I am not a lawyer and can not interpret all the rules of the forum. Suffice it to say, we didn't see companies building DVD players by leaving half the features out and put the logo on the box.
While HD DVD may not have profiles, it does have optional features (seldom discussed), and should studios use any of them you'll have many consumers unable to make use of that content.
Well, everything the content owners create is being tested on the largest volume player: Toshiba and Xbox 360. So your point is not valid in practice, even if it were in theory (which it is not).
Perhaps you're in for a surprise...
I would love a surprise. Everyone would then see the patchwork of BD implementations out there. But at least the customers wont' be surprised.
For your sake, you'd better hope it doesn't do well, because if it does you'll have a bunch of non-compliant players in the market which may force studios to dumb down their titles to reach that audience.
You tell me. The box is retailing for $1,200. There are superb HD DVD players listing for $500 with more functionality and by the time this box comes out, it will also face stiff competition from new $599 A20 with 1080p support and such. Given all of this, you think the volume of installed base is made up of this Universal player or other brands? I think the answer is obvious. The people who buy this player are BD customers who are used to paying >$1,000 for a player and are worried about the format war so they opt for the LG to give them some comfort that it can play HD DVD, should BD falter somehow.
I'm actually glad to hear this, because it will help push the studios on the Blu-ray side to similarly innovate.
Except that they can't because they are liable to get grief if they advertise features for a disc, that does not play on some players with no way for the user to know in advance, before purchasing said discs. What's more, this stuff is not easy. You can try to copy us be you also have to put in the engineering and software/service expertise behind which we both know is hard.
From my standpoint anything which pushes the envelope on interactivity is a good thing.
Sometimes I wonder though as you downplay the stuff you can't do in BD. Really, we need to be on the same side of this equation and not cross purposes.
Interesting statement, considering there may be all manner of grief which comes from packing the bits closer together.
You mean like what happened to BD?
Come on now. They are going from 15 to 17 gigabytes per layer. That is not a big change. But if you know more about optical engineering than I, feel free to expand on what sort of grief you think they are going to get, which Toshiba engineers don't know about.
Thanks again for responding head-on, and I hope you don't feel I'm being unnecessarily harsh in pointing out what I think are serious issues with the LG player for your format of choice. I'm sure you'll do the same should any Blu-ray news come out in the next few days which might have a similarly negative impact...
I am not sure this post is harsh but my head is down reading the rest of the posts in the other threads. Really, I am used to industry people going to CES and getting business done. Did you really have that much free time to post here left and right? If so, you are going to have to go solo for the most part as we are busy to talk to a ton of people interested in HD DVD
. And one more thing, if you think the show and panel discussions are going in your favor, then I think you have only attended your own press conference!