Originally Posted by JeffNebraska
Why in the world was this moved? I posted in the Blu-Ray forum precisely because I wanted to hear from the BR loyalists. Moving it here defeats the purpose of my inquiry.
I suppose the point is moot, as I've already received so many great responses. Still, if anyone with the power to do so is listening, please move this thread back to the BR forum.
Heh, you make it sound like your were trolling the blue-ray forum then...
Your top two requirements are picture quality and sd-dvd upconverting. Given that picture quality is more or less equal between the two formats then upconverting is your number one priority. To that end the hd-dvd players have excellent upconverting.
So your choice based on those two criteria is obvious.
Now, add in format longevity, content, etc, etc...it looks like blue-ray may have the slight edge.
Now for my opinion -
I have an xbox 360 w/ hd-dvd with a Sony kdl-40v2500 (40 inch, 1080p). Picture quality looks amazing. However, the difference between dvd quality and hd-dvd quality *to me* isn't that big of a deal. I'd just as well keep buying dvds until hd-dvd or blue-ray disks cost the same. Seriously, I could care less if "The Prestige" is in 1080p or not - dvd quality is fine (and I do own the dvd of "The Prestige")
To be honest, I'm fine with how netflix 'watch now' streaming video looks at full screen. It is lower quality than a dvd (due to compression) but it looks decent enough.
The low end of the scale is the over compressed crappy cable feed I get from comcast. Seriously, 480i has never looked worse. (fwiw, I do get HD cable)
My point? Wait it out and save your money until there is a definite answer to this madness. Dvd quality is *not* that bad.