Originally Posted by mummer43
I have never seen or used HD-DVD, so I am a little clueless about it at this point. Are the DVD's I can rent at the local video store HD? If not, what is the benefit of buying one of these players?
Gee whiz, three people took the time to post and not one answered the guy's simple question.
mummer - the DVD's you are used to renting at the video store are NOT HD-DVD. HD-DVD and Blu-ray are new formats with higher resolution than the older DVD format. It's similar to how HiDef television broadcasts have much higher resolution than old TV broadcasts.
The benefit of these players is that, if you have a hi-def TV, you can watch movies with greater clarity, color, and detail than on a regular DVD player. Additionally, all HD-DVD and Blu-ray players will "upconvert" standard DVD's to make them look better.
Note that there are many "upconverting" DVD players out there that claim to provide "near HD" pictures -- this is totally different from HD-DVD and Blu-ray, which are actually a new high-resolution format and not just a scaled-up version of the old format.
Hope this helps!