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post #3211 of 4687
Microsoft Insiders,

Any truth to the Stuff Magazine article speccing an internal HD DVD Xbox 360 as described here?

Is this Bill's big announcement next week?

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This PS3-killer will benefit from almost three years of Xbox development, featuring 1080p HDMI output, built-in Wi-Fi, hi-def audio output, cooler 65nm hardware architecture and a near-silent fan.

It'll also have the ability to make the most of the by-then established Xbox IPTV service, which will mean recording TV shows to its vast 320GB hard disk and watching live TV shows via your broadband provider.

But the piece de resistance? It'll have a built-in HD DVD drive. Let Round 12 with the PS3 commence...
post #3212 of 4687
Question for Blu Ray insider:
Why do you think many people on here question the production of BD50s? It appears to be an obsession of theirs to continuously bring the subject up here or on other forums. Is it possible to once and for all provide adequate evidence to the administrators here so that the opposition can be once and for all silenced?

Question for HD-DVD insiders:
If you believe that BD-50s are so hard to manufacture then why bother with a HD-51? Why did you choose 51 (being 1 more than 50 seems dubious)? And why is it do you think that HD-DVD fans have little difficulty in believing HD-51 discs can be a success but yet continuously question the viability of BD-50s?

Please can both insiders stick to their own format. It is quite obvious from visiting other “neutral forums” that some find it impossible to do so.
post #3213 of 4687
Also would not a triple layer disc have a higher rate of defects that a double layer disc and cost considerably more? How easy will it be to convert a HD-DVD line to produce HD-51 discs?
post #3214 of 4687
Can any insider confirm what a Netflix rep told a customer, "The studios have a contract with Netflix to limit the number of HD-discs they can purchase per title through April 2008."

If that's true is it an attempt to get people to buy more HDM media instead of renting?
post #3215 of 4687
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Originally Posted by MACCA350 View Post

I was under the impression that replicator lines capable of producing HD DVD's ran into the hundreds, while Blu-ray capable lines were around 8.

cheers

I will take the HD DVD part . A one word search on this very thread gets you to relevant info although knowing that one word, Singulus, is not easy .

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Originally Posted by amirm View Post

Let me help him out because this one is easy. Info was posted in the news thread also: http://cms.singulus.de/en/presse/pre...ash=a62accc3f4

""...Combo production machine SPACELINE II for HD DVD and DVD
The first HD DVD production system was already launched by SINGULUS in the summer of 2005. These machines are able to produce DVD 9 as well as the new HD DVD. Therefore, SINGULUS enables its customers to respond flexibly with respect to the new format development. As early as December 2004, SINGULUS had concluded a development cooperation for the development of HD DVD production technology with MemoryTech/Toshiba. The majority of the HD DVD movies are produced on SPACELINE II production equipment by SINGULUS. The Kahl am Main-based company is the leading equipment supplier and has a global market share of more than 65 %. Since 2006 SINGULUS has exclusively been delivering HD DVD enabled production lines and installed nearly 200 machines worldwide. ..."

So Singulus alone has sold 200 lines. Basically, anyone buying DVD lines in the last two years, has bought machines which can also make HD DVD.

As for conversion, yes, that is an option also although for any company who has been growing their business, they would have little need for it because their new DVD lines can produce HD DVD per above.
post #3216 of 4687
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Originally Posted by amirm View Post

I will take the HD DVD part . A one word search on this very thread gets you to relevant info although knowing that one word, Singulus, is not easy .

So are those 200+ lines spread over 14 facilities?

cheers
post #3217 of 4687
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Originally Posted by Richard Paul View Post

Do you have any evidence that there are only 8 Blu-ray lines or is that just a rumor you heard?

I heard it in this thread.

cheers
post #3218 of 4687
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Originally Posted by Mark Zimmer View Post

It seems like it was something that would be hard to get a handle on; I sent in my WE ARE MARSHALL combo disc, which froze repeatably on my HD-A1 (Firmware 2.3), and received a disc back which supposedly was tested on an HD-A1/2.3 and played fine. It froze on my machine too (but not as badly as my first disc, nor as frequently). I contacted M/S and sent that replacement back in and that was the last I heard of it (and I still don't have a working disc). Were the folks at Microsoft able to get any kind of handle on the problems with these discs, or was it entirely unrepeatable on your end? If the latter, that's truly maddening. If they did come to any conclusions, can you share them?

Unfortunately, most folks who got bad combo discs probably exchanged them for good ones immediately, so your sample size was going to be small to begin with. I still had mine only because it was sent as a review copy. I need to check my BOURNE ULTIMATUM though. Maybe you'll get another guinea pig.

I don't mean to sound patronising at all but have you or any of the other people who have had serious problems tried a lens cleaning disc? A few months ago I was getting dirty disc errors on my Xbox360, sometimes games wouldn't load and sometimes games crashed during gameplay and the "dirty disc error" message popped up. (Which was VERY annoying, especially if I was the end of a hard level!) So before I got too worried about my console being broken (since the discs definitely weren't dirty) I tried a lens cleaning disc I've got and I haven't had a problem since! What makes me curious if some of the HD DVD problems are just something as simple as that is that I've only ever had 2 problems with HD DVDs. The first was with The Matrix Reloaded, it wouldn't load at first but after I reloaded it a couple of times it worked fine, lol! The 2nd was with Transformers, it crashed once or twice during either the "pop up video" feature thing or that downloadable HUD mode, I forgotten which. It wasn't that much of a big deal as I just restarted and it worked fine. I've had more problems with regular DVDs (on DVD players, not my HD DVD add on) than with HD DVDs, although of course I have got hundreds of DVDs compared to about 20 HD DVDs so it's not that fair a comparison.
post #3219 of 4687
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Originally Posted by Corellianrogue View Post

I don't mean to sound patronising at all but have you or any of the other people who have had serious problems tried a lens cleaning disc? A few months ago I was getting dirty disc errors on my Xbox360, sometimes games wouldn't load and sometimes games crashed during gameplay and the "dirty disc error" message popped up. (Which was VERY annoying, especially if I was the end of a hard level!) So before I got too worried about my console being broken (since the discs definitely weren't dirty) I tried a lens cleaning disc I've got and I haven't had a problem since! What makes me curious if some of the HD DVD problems are just something as simple as that is that I've only ever had 2 problems with HD DVDs. The first was with The Matrix Reloaded, it wouldn't load at first but after I reloaded it a couple of times it worked fine, lol! The 2nd was with Transformers, it crashed once or twice during either the "pop up video" feature thing or that downloadable HUD mode, I forgotten which. It wasn't that much of a big deal as I just restarted and it worked fine. I've had more problems with regular DVDs (on DVD players, not my HD DVD add on) than with HD DVDs, although of course I have got hundreds of DVDs compared to about 20 HD DVDs so it's not that fair a comparison.

I've just run some surface read tests on combos I have and there is definitely a problem with the HD-DVD side. I got as high as 10% damaged/bad surface on one disc before the program stopped reading the disc and crashed around 18GB.
post #3220 of 4687
Insiders

Why did 'The Assasination of Jesse James' on Blu-ray dissapear from several websites seemingly overnight? Amazon.com, Best Buy, Circuit City, DVD Pacific have all pulled the Blu-ray version from their sites while the HD DVD (and DVD ) are still listed...
post #3221 of 4687
I have a question that might best be answered by Roger Dressler, but any other input is welcome.

As I understand it, Blu-ray players that don't natively support Dolby TrueHD will instead output or decode a parallel (whether publicised or concealed) Dolby Digital soundtrack if/when the TrueHD soundtrack is selected.

My question regards players that do include TrueHD decoding but cannot bitstream it to an external TrueHD decoder, such as the Panasonic DMP-BD10/A or Sony BDP-S1. If these or other similar players are set to output TrueHD via bitstream (which they cannot do) is the Dolby Digital soundtrack coming from the player the separate, parallel Dolby Digital soundtrack, or is it generated from the TrueHD soundtrack using the players' TrueHD decoders. I suppose they could do either, but is one method recommended by Dolby over the other, and are there any guidelines about how hardware manufacturers should perform this function when this choice of soundtracks arises? Thanks!

Adam
post #3222 of 4687
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Originally Posted by MACCA350 View Post

Can insiders comment on the accuracy of these two sections:

BD-ROM Disc Replicator Capabilities (as of Dec. 2007)*

HD DVD-ROM Disc Replicator Capabilities (as of Dec. 2007)*

I was under the impression that replicator lines capable of producing HD DVD's ran into the hundreds, while Blu-ray capable lines were around 8.

cheers

Is it possible to tell from the discs themselves where they were replicated? It would be nice to compile a chart of what percentage of BD50's were still being replicated by Sony.

- Tom
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Thread Starter 
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This thread is for Questions only to Insiders: only Insiders may answer them: please check the top post for details


Thank you
post #3224 of 4687
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Originally Posted by trbarry View Post

Is it possible to tell from the discs themselves where they were replicated? It would be nice to compile a chart of what percentage of BD50's were still being replicated by Sony.

- Tom

You can often tell where DVDs are mastered and replicated by their IFPI SID codes. I do not recall if Blu-ray has SID codes.
post #3225 of 4687
To Amir,

Do you know if the Vudu uses VC-1 or H.264, and at what bitrates for HD & SD?
Does it use WinCE or some other OS?
How do you like your new Vudu? Did you have time to set it up and use it yet?

Thank You
post #3226 of 4687
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Originally Posted by qz3fwd View Post

To Amir,

Do you know if the Vudu uses VC-1 or H.264, and at what bitrates for HD & SD?
Does it use WinCE or some other OS?
How do you like your new Vudu? Did you have time to set it up and use it yet?

Thank You

I don't and have not yet unboxed the thing . It has a pretty small hard disk though so the data rates are going to be low.
post #3227 of 4687
I decided to pass on the vudu even with the 99 dollar special plus 99 programming credit. Everything they have I want is on HDM ATM. If they get HD TV shows, I pick one up, otherwise I've been a alpha tester too many times.
post #3228 of 4687
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Originally Posted by fahrenheit View Post

Dashboard playback only unfortunately.

It would be nice for MCE to follow suit as it does offer Mpg2 playback unlike the dashboard.

To go back to an old post, specifically about 50Hz HD playback of MCE on the Xbox, I found the right person to ask and he said:

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We are aware that 50 Hz support at HD resolutions is something many of our users in Australia and Europe would like to see. We are currently evaluating our options and have not publicly announced plans regarding this, so I cannot comment on a specific timeframe for when this might be enabled.
post #3229 of 4687
Thanks Andy, good to know its on the table.
post #3230 of 4687
Question to HD DVD insiders, or guys with contacts to Toshiba, like Amir or Robert from VE:

Is Toshiba planning to add support for the USB connectors?

The reason why I'm asking is I've downloaded most of the cool web-enabled stuff for several HD DVDs, and ran out of space recently. It should be easy to add support for USB memory sticks to be able to swap those downloadable features out, especially as the memory management menu in the player setup is already present.

Also, the user logon mechanism with the remote (navigation on the virtual keyboard) is sub-optimal, although the keyboard design looks nice, so it would be great to connect an external keyboard and/or mouse.

Thanks in advance for any insight on that.
post #3231 of 4687
Microsoft Insiders,

is there any reason I can't play back movies from the from the built-in "DVD Library" in Vista Media Center when I'm using my 360 as a Media Extender? It seems a little strange this functionality is built-in to Media Center, but not available when being accessed through the 360.

Thanks.
post #3232 of 4687
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Originally Posted by Andy Pennell View Post

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We are aware that 50 Hz support at HD resolutions is something many of our users in Australia and Europe would like to see. We are currently evaluating our options and have not publicly announced plans regarding this, so I cannot comment on a specific timeframe for when this might be enabled.

I use the MCE for TV viewing via the PC. As the TV is broadcast at 50Hz, but the 360 MCE is outputting 60hz, the end result is slightly stuttering video. To me this is a bigger issue than movie playback at 50hz, as the TV integration is a major feature of Media Centre and MCEs. Would this be considered a higher priority than mpg file playback?
post #3233 of 4687
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Originally Posted by crashby View Post

I use the MCE for TV viewing via the PC. As the TV is broadcast at 50Hz, but the 360 MCE is outputting 60hz, the end result is slightly stuttering video. To me this is a bigger issue than movie playback at 50hz, as the TV integration is a major feature of Media Centre and MCEs. Would this be considered a higher priority than mpg file playback?

Same here, and I've been complaining about this for a while now, and I know the insiders are doing their best to at least bring this to the attention of those who make these decisions, however it is such a problem that I can't believe it won't be fixed. I mean the darned thing briefly asks you to confirm you can view 50Hz at 1080i and then won't let you actually choose it!

Thanks Andy for your notification.
post #3234 of 4687
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Originally Posted by crashby View Post

I use the MCE for TV viewing via the PC. As the TV is broadcast at 50Hz, but the 360 MCE is outputting 60hz, the end result is slightly stuttering video. To me this is a bigger issue than movie playback at 50hz, as the TV integration is a major feature of Media Centre and MCEs. Would this be considered a higher priority than mpg file playback?

My actual question to the MCE folks was the more general "50Hz" question, and the technical fix for TV playback is pretty identical to MPG playback as I understand it.
post #3235 of 4687
Thread Starter 
Please Welcome our newest Insider....AVS member smokey who is a representative of DivX, Inc, and is happy to answer any questions about DivX

DivX is officially neutral as a company

I will update listing and provide more details soon
post #3236 of 4687
Smokey - what the status of DivX certification on the PS3. Do you think any of the other Blu-ray players will also have DviX?
post #3237 of 4687
HD or BD insiders:

Have there been any releases that utilized HD9 (3x DVD?) or BD9 media? I always thought those would be perfect choices for low-cost extras discs (SD or HD), to provide as much room to the main feature as possible on the "proper" blue-laser media.

-John
post #3238 of 4687
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Originally Posted by amirm View Post

I don't and have not yet unboxed the thing . It has a pretty small hard disk though so the data rates are going to be low.

250GB is small?
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Originally Posted by PaulGo View Post

Smokey - what the status of DivX certification on the PS3. Do you think any of the other Blu-ray players will also have DviX?

Hi Paul, the DivX Certification of PS3 is still on-going. The first stage was the software update that recently went out, but there is more functionality to add. Ultimately PS3's will ship with the all the elements of Certification, but we are still working on it.

Our goal is absolutely to get DivX on Blu-ray devices, and HD-DVD as well of course. I don't believe any have been publicly announced at this time, but that is our target.

PS: It's an honor to post here in the HDTV software thread as an "insider." I've been lurking here for years (!) and have learned a ton from the other posters, inside or not. Thanks to AVSforums for the opportunity.
post #3240 of 4687
Any Insider care to comment on Warner going Blu exclusive?

Or in the form of a question: Does any Insider believe that HD DVD will be able to survive as a format with <30% of movies available on it?
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