Originally Posted by thebland
Well, in the AVS community, HD DVD is enjoying enormous success and an orgy of sorts in the HD DVD forums that would make the ancient Romans blush. But if peer out at the rest of the world (e.g the big B&Ms - BB, CC, Home Theater stores, etc.) it is all Blu Ray.
It's a good product with zero name recognition and every buyer who wanders into any BB, CC or other B&M (more than a million per day) will be steered toward Blu Ray. Whether they can or cannot afford it is immaterial at this early point. No potential buyer will see any differences in PQ at these stores either, so the myth of improved PQ over BD is of zero impact at BB and other stores though it carries alot of weight here at AVS. However, the name recognition of Blu Ray, the many different manufacturers making players that consumers can can see at these stores and perception of quality will last until they are ready to buy.
Toshiba seems to be O.K. with it.... Are they so heavily subsidizing the players and R&D that they cannot afford a marketing campaign? I see this as their biggest miscalculation and unfortuntely it has little to do with how well the early sales are to the early adopters....
I really like this post. so i figure i will add my own view as one of the poor who cannot afford the HD game as things only get more confusing and more complicated.
1. i agree with the statement that no potential customer will see any difference in picture quality between the two. i will go even further with my experience and say that i see no difference in the B&Ms between the HD formats and the SD DVD formats that is worth spending the extra money i also hear no difference in sound quality that would make me wanna purchase something like that. DVD is awesome on the 37" tv that i was able to purchase.
2. I get a kick out of the assumption of the name brands that are suppose to equal quality. To me at this point its all high priced plastic made junk that is not user friendly and to complicated to fully understand unless you come to a board like this and read up about it all for at least 6 months then you can start to ask intelligent questions requarding the products that usually you cant find correct answers to in the stores where you can purchase the items.
3. LG is producing a dual drive player. dual format discs are coming out. So now i will have 3 choices not just 2. making it all just that much more confusing.
4. Peering out to the B&M stores i see no Blu-ray. I dont ask for help from the employees as a long time ago i found you cannot get any information on the products unless it is written on the box. that information i can read for myself. Every time an employee asks can i help you i tell the person no you cannot.
5. Whether I can or cannot afford it is immaterial at this point? maybe coming from someone who can afford it. It is totally material as i tell my firends to just keep buying DVDs as after researching this and have found that by the time that HD DVD is as mass produced as DVD is now (and only in something like 83% of households and its been out how long?) we will be in the era of 5000x2000 with Super Duper HD. My family and friends dont even have HD tv's much less can afford to upgrade each TV every two years as the new technology comes into play. What are they up to now with HDMI? 1.2 1.3? DVI is gone which was the newest just a little while ago where everything was going to work with DVI? So now what? Buy the new 2000 dollar tv now so the hd dvd's will work with it until some type of not used protection sceme is implimented and you need like HDMI 1.6 for it to work so you go and spend another 2000 dollars on a new tv? So for the format to suceed it has to have my money and it wont until one or the other or a new better format comes out and takes its place just as DVD took the place of LD.
6. blu-ray = UMD for playstation 3 and HD-DVD = UMD for xbox 360 of which neither i can afford to purchase at this point.
Well thats my opinion. you all can flame it hard if you want but its still my opinion none the less.