Originally Posted by thebland
Blu Ray looks as good or better than HD DVD. I have owned both and compared them on my ISF calibrated 1080P projector. The first few discs looked abit questionable but that was months ago.
ALmost all Blu Ray discs have lossless sound. Not so with HD DVD (far less).
HD DVD is going to lose the format war as the studios have choked their content off.
HD DVD owners will not be watching Casino Royale next week.
From how well you have articulated yourself, I don't believe you have been brainwashed by the HD-DVD marketing campaign. It is a given that both companies will try and brainwash you into thinking they are the best but that goes with every product from every company.
As an AVS forum member, we have a great many sources whom keep the facts straight.
Fact 1: HD-DVD was in the lead and had the better momentum out of the gate. Opinion 1: HD-DVD should have taken the opportunity they had to finish Blu-Ray the moment sign of weakness with the first Samsung showed up as well as very weak first run of movies in Flying Daggers and Fifth Element.
Opinion 2: HD-DVD at that time should have worked with Universal to release some blockbusters and make their supporters happy while really marketing the HD-DVD add-on drive.
Fact 2: What really happened is that HD-DVD's Universal decided to not do anything (or very much at all) for many months until it became apparent their lack of strategy was hurting them too much. (Either bad or very little marketing being done by the HD-DVD players team after Christmas(Toshiba, Microsoft add-on) as well.
Fact 3: Sony really pushed Blu-Ray marketing very well mixed in with the PS3 effect
Fact 4: Because of Blu-Ray's sudden surge over the past few months. A few announcements by Universal here and there about 200 titles by years end and an HD-DVD51 coming soon by the HD-DVD team..
Fact 5: All this after Blu-Ray sales are thru the roof so to speak and have Holiday release numbers continue on for at least January thru May.
Opinion 3: What once was a sure victory has become a large trek uphill to catch up. Many good movie's coming out for Blu-Ray like Casino Royal, Pirates, Spiderman can't be seen on HD-DVD. So it is up to you to decide if Universal's release dates are too long in the future to wait, mixed in with the faith that HD-DVD will survive well into the future when the AAA titles will be announced.
As an avs'er, I have learned quite a few things about encoding by reading Amir's and others posts and have discovered that Blu-Ray has a huge advantage over HD-DVD when it comes to technology on the disc itself besides the space advantage of 30Gb vs 50Gb..What Blu-Ray has is double the data rate which even if HD-DVD comes out with HD-DVD51, it still wouldn’t be able to match the high enough bitrates that is possible with Blu-Ray. Even though you will hear arguments to the contrary by HD-DVD encoders, I believe encoders for HD-DVD are constrained by this limitation which will in the future allow for better more efficient encodes on Blu-Ray. It is common sense that higher bitrates mixed with more space can produce higher quality encodes. VC-1 has made tremendous progress with HD-DVD under its limitations. It is my opinion based on common sense that the final encode can only look better if Amir and Ben who are HD-DVD encoders worked with the more space and higher bitrates that are found with Blu-Ray. So when this format war is over, VC-1 may outshine AVC every single time if encoded to fit on a BD50 and may become the standard of all Blu-Ray discs. And this is a testament to Amir that his codec looks as good as it does at the moment when compared to AVC at higher bitrates.
Since I believe Blu-Ray is going to win as well as many others, and big blockbuster action movies which I like to see are exclusive to it. I recommend choosing Blu-Ray format for the above reasons. I have a PS3 and am currently very happy with it. There is a 100% guaranty that the Ps3 will eventually be able to upconvert SD-DVD's very soon up to 1080p thru a firmware update.