Originally Posted by jmpage2
Ah, so the HD DVD player having similar hardware capabilities to a media PC is a disadvantage
Yes, when it takes an eternity for a player to turn on (boot) and then playing a disc.
Not to mention the random lock-ups and freezes (crashes).
Plenty of discs have taken advantage of these features, as you well know, too many to mention. In fact many top tier releases have been released in HD DVD and not in BD because BD doesn't have these capabilities yet.
I was talking about online features, which exactly one disc, Blood Diamond, takes advantage of. Other than that it's a handful of Warner releases, something that Paramount hasn't had a problem with. The same Warner that drastically restricts video & audio quality to fit on HD DVD and fit those "special" features on the same disc.
I'm pretty sure that BD+ adoption puts this into question.
I doubt it as the lack of this feature has held up several high profile releases from BD.
Maybe you can explain why, if this feature already works, they had to put two versions of the movie "Descent" on the BD50, one with the PiP "window" embedded in the video and the other without it?
Well, perhaps because they had the room? Did it impact picture quality? Nope. AVC *and* uncompressed 6.1 PCM.
And we've seen how well that's working;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gQG4OFgrpA
So a bad batch of discs got produced, a.ka. Blu-rot
. Recent FW updates have put this to bed. While I'm not a huge fan of combo discs they ARE gaining popular with regular buyers who like the ability to play the disc they bought in both their HD players and their other SD players.
Seems Blu-rot is an AVS phenom and not industry wide, like red-rings of death and a fatal design flaw from a major HD DVD backer who rushed a unit out on the market to get ahead of the competition.
Who then rushed an add-on that fatally compromised the security of that format allowing hackers to use it with their PCs and pirate their discs at will.
Oh ya, I forgot to mention region free being part of the HD DVD spec. Maybe you don't watch imports but many of us do.
HD DVD owners perhaps. Because they need to get new discs from somewhere...
Guess what? A studio can just as easily code BDs either region free (like Warner) or ABC like many Sony and Disney discs are.
It's this same region free HD DVD owners tout that keeps the studios like Disney away from the format.
Now this is the biggest laugh of all. Bigger variety of hardware? Maybe you can explain why BD standalone sales only account for a meager 7% of BD player sales. That's about as homogenized as it gets.
You still have Samsung, Pioneer, Panasonic, LG and Philips to choose from if you hate Sony (the mantra of the average HD DVD owner). Soon you'll have Sharp and Denon, Mitsubishi and Yamaha as well. All HD DVD owner have to look forward to is a rebaged HD-A20 (Onkyo) and a combo (still a BD player) from Samsung.
Ya, well, Disney are huge fans of iron clad DRM, so I can't blame them for going BD. We'll see if they continue to turn their nose up at HD DVD when the standalone base of movie players grows over the next two quarters.
Who cares about DRM if it's invisible to the consumer? Are you saying all HD DVD owners are hackers & pirates? Because those are the only folks who have problems with the DRM on Blu-ray.
You are just too funny. I think BD will be a good format when it gets its act together but your outright hatred of HD DVD is hilarious. Maybe someone should point out to you that BD is actually being viewed as a failure by many in the industry because the attachment rates are so bad for the PS3. Warner certainly seems to think the PS3 effect is overrated based on the comments their VP of HD media recently made.
VP of Warner, the guy overruled by the rest of Warner when it came to releasing on BD in the first place. I'd like to watch him explain the 2:1 sales numbers of his own product in BD's favor to his bosses.
All HD DVD is doing is prolonging the adoption of HD media by the mainstream consumer and killing its chance of mass adoption due to confusion, giving MS what it wants: downloads.