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post #61 of 92
I think we wil have to wait for the US release sambow87.
post #62 of 92
Buddy name? Where? How??? I guess I don't quite understand how this will work?
post #63 of 92
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Originally Posted by JOHNnDENVER View Post

Buddy name? Where? How??? I guess I don't quite understand how this will work?

You have to sign up with warner. If you already did the online stuff for 300, it's the same user/pass. All we need is 1 "buddy" to participate to test it out, so if you want to have a go at it later tonight we can try.

Sam
post #64 of 92
I am going to have to wait fo the US release.
post #65 of 92
Oh, I thought you already had it. I'm sorry about that. Well, if anyone does have it and wants to take a spin, just send me a PM.

I see some really cool possibilities with this feature and hope to see it develop more in the future.
post #66 of 92
Very exciting times, almost like watching the first man land on the moon...Not that I saw it on the telly, or anything but I could imagine.

...SHHH....One Small Step For HDM.......One Giant Leap for HD DVD..SHHHHH


Djoel
post #67 of 92
Very cool feature... The relatives can get together and share the movie with each other. Or if you have a loved one you can watch it with your wife while on a business trip. lol i know my lady likes to talk to me during movies.
post #68 of 92
This is truly the beginning of the "next generation" of video. I am a lot older than some folks here on this forum but this opens up so many possibilities that I would think ALL studios would be interested in.

I am game for this tryout.
post #69 of 92
Talk about reaching out and touching someone. Virtual screenings? This is what next gen home video should be about, changing the way we watch video at home, not simply better picture, audio and storage space.

I could actually watch big movies with family members across the US.

I hope this is the first of MANY titles to have this feature. Awesome potential.
post #70 of 92
This would be a cool feature if on day of release, J. K. Rowling were to host one and accept questions during the movie and pause the movie to answer questions.

I'd also like to see something like this for Blade Runner. Though it might take a long time to get through the ending. "Is he, or is he not, a replicant?"
post #71 of 92
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Originally Posted by griffon2k View Post

Talk about reaching out and touching someone. Virtual screenings? This is what next gen home video should be about, changing the way we watch video at home, not simply better picture, audio and storage space.

I could actually watch big movies with family members across the US.

I hope this is the first of MANY titles to have this feature. Awesome potential.

Must've missed this thread while I was away for Thanksgiving. This feature is awesome...as someone mentioned earlier, imagine being able to watch Star Wars with the cast.

That's the kindof stuff I love to see. I hope they expand on this and offer a live PIP commentary or question/answer session (don't see why that wouldn't be possible). I can see lots of possibilities.

Heck, if they advertised a live Peter Jackson commentary question/answer session when LOTR is released, it would probably sell a buttload of players and discs.
post #72 of 92
Can any hd dvd players accept a usb keyboard? I remember trying to use the remote to enter text for Hero's Season 1.
post #73 of 92
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Originally Posted by mproper View Post

Must've missed this thread while I was away for Thanksgiving. This feature is awesome...as someone mentioned earlier, imagine being able to watch Star Wars with the cast.

That's the kindof stuff I love to see. I hope they expand on this and offer a live PIP commentary or question/answer session (don't see why that wouldn't be possible). I can see lots of possibilities.

Heck, if they advertised a live Peter Jackson commentary question/answer session when LOTR is released, it would probably sell a buttload of players and discs.

Can anyone imagine the impact if they offered this on the Star Trek movies. Wow, Trekkies UNITE!


KHAAAAANNNNNN!!!!!!!!

Do they have a usb port on the phaser remote to plug a keyboard into?
post #74 of 92
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Originally Posted by shadowrage View Post

This sounds like the worst idea ever. There's a reason why people aren't going to the theater as much.

You haven't heard many "ideas" in your lifetime, have you?


This is great. Tons of possibilities here that have already been touched on. Hell, I just want it for the "text version of MST3k-edness" of it.
post #75 of 92
Wow... very impressive, sounds clunky, but nice to know it is starting somewhere.

Maybe not my cup of tea, but seperated loved ones, and young ones should eat this up.

I remember Bram Stoker's dracula being a teen thing way back when, and we all watched it at home the same night, time, etc.

Sounds corny, but definitely something that will appeal to a couple groups of people.
post #76 of 92
This will be a great feature for people who want to make fan commentaries with other people on skype. The biggest problem with that in the past was the need for individuals to start their disc at the same time.
post #77 of 92
I don't quite get what so special about this. There is nothing here you couldn't do with a laptop and connected to IM with your buddies plus it's a lot easier to type.

Maybe if it was voice chat with a bundled headset or supported any USB headset, that would be badarse.
post #78 of 92
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Originally Posted by venk View Post

I don't quite get what so special about this. There is nothing here you couldn't do with a laptop and connected to IM with your buddies plus it's a lot easier to type.

Maybe if it was voice chat with a bundled headset or supported any USB headset, that would be badarse.

I don't get it either way. The wave of the future is turning movie watching into a vocal communal experience? Really? The best use people can see for this feature is the ability to talk over the movie while it's on or do MST3K text commentaries?

And, yeah, anyone who has been waiting for this moment to do your own commentaries, check this out - all you have to do is record your own audio file on the PC you're viewing this message on now and send it to anyone. How do they know when to press play? You start your "commentary" by saying "press play now" or stick a beep in there. People have been doing this with podcasts for years and Mike Nelson even sells MST3K style commentaries without the need to actually do it live over a "Community Screening" function. Somehow, people are able to sync it up.

To each their own - if someone out there finds this to be the wave of the future, I guess I'm just getting left behind. If I wanted to hear other people chatting it up and interrupting the flow of a movie, I'll go to the movie theater. If I ever want to watch a movie at the same time as someone else, I'll just tell them to press play at a pre-determined time. If I need to pause it to go to the bathroom I'll give them a call so they can share in the reality of my bowel movement while watching the movie.
post #79 of 92
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Originally Posted by venk View Post

I don't quite get what so special about this. There is nothing here you couldn't do with a laptop and connected to IM with your buddies plus it's a lot easier to type.

Maybe if it was voice chat with a bundled headset or supported any USB headset, that would be badarse.

My understanding is that if the viewing session is set to invite-only, whoever sets up the session would take control of everyone's player. I would imagine that special features can be accessed, etc...better make sure everyone's listening to the TrueHD track...

I recall a press release where this feature was first mentioned. It was suggested that filmmakers might lead sessions, etc. I could certainly see the draw for such an event.
post #80 of 92
A group of us over at HDD watched Harry Potter: OOTP tonight via Warner's new Community Screening feature. This is, without a doubt, my favorite HD-exclusive feature to-date!

How it works: Everyone signs up for a Warner account via their Warner HD DVD and then finish the sign up via computer. One person volunteers to be a host and he/she invites others to join the screening. (The screening can be set up in advance.) When the screening time approaches, everyone simply fires up the Warner HD DVD and selects the Web-Enabled Features to activate the Community Screening. The scheduled screening appears in a menu and you click "Join". Once you've joined the group, you can use the HD DVD player's remote to send various premade comments to the group chat. Or, better yet, you can use a computer (I used my laptop) to join the chat via Warner's site. With a laptop, you simply type your comment and hit return. Each chat comment shows up at the top of everyone's TV display with the sender's nickname next to the comment.

The chat comments appear very quickly. Pretty much real time. It all works extremely well and very smoothly! You also see the nicknames of viewers announced as they join or leave the screening.

And, of course, the Community Screening host viewer can pause all players at the same time. Or skip to a different chapter. Or scan forward or backward. It all works flawlessly!

I can't emphasize enough just how much fun this was! Going in, I was skeptical about how much real-world use I would make of this feature. Well, I'm here to say that I want to watch many many more movies this way! It brings a whole new experience to watching HD DVDs! I've already written to Warner Home Video to encourage them to include this feature on ALL future HD DVDs!

Mark
post #81 of 92
WOW! The fact you can use your PC to type and have the text go to the TV is great! This feature to me with a remote for chat was worthless. Now it's priceless. My PC and TV are in the same room.. Can't wait to try this when I get Potter for X-Mas.
post #82 of 92
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Originally Posted by oolitic View Post

http://www.harrypotterfanzone.com/fu...ws.php?id=2256

This just seems like an awesome feature to have. Well done Warner!

Or, you could easily call your friend who also has a copy and while on the phone tell him to pause his movie at the same time you pause yours. Even better you can actually talk to him instead of texting. Don't get me wrong, I love HD DVD's interactivity, but this one is just silly. It's not like you can host the movie for people who don't already own a copy - which would be super cool.
post #83 of 92
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Originally Posted by JOHNnDENVER View Post

I think we wil have to wait for the US release sambow87.

You've been added to my buddy list.

We should do a screening and discuss how certain parts felt like they were ripped from Star Wars and Highlander.
post #84 of 92
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Originally Posted by longhairbilly View Post

WOW! The fact you can use your PC to type and have the text go to the TV is great! This feature to me with a remote for chat was worthless. Now it's priceless. My PC and TV are in the same room.. Can't wait to try this when I get Potter for X-Mas.

I agree...this is pretty cool. Granted, it's not that great just for viewing it with friends, but imagine if they set up a date/time for a live screening with JK Rowling or the director or the cast (or everyone together) and you can ask them questions throughout the movie, or they can even pause it to point out specific things in a scene.

I see a good future for this, but only if they organize things like the above frequently (seriously, I'm not that interested in just watching it with my buddies in the next state over).
post #85 of 92
Is there a user limit for the number of people that can be connected together for this?

Who wants to attempt to get as many people as possible linked in (after christmas...)? Call Guinness, maybe...?
post #86 of 92
Whole point of avoiding the theater is people yapping over the movie and you guys are happy about it?? what ever floats your boat...
post #87 of 92
It's amusing to see people like Goatse come in here and express their disatisfaction with a special feature of an HD DVD disc.



JEALOUS!!!
post #88 of 92
how does one get jealous of something they own?
post #89 of 92
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Originally Posted by Goatse View Post

how does one get jealous of something they own?

I'm just ribbin' ya!

p.s. I knew you were going to say that!
post #90 of 92
Funny how they are pushing this feature on the latest HP Blu ray release, I'm just not that excited about it this time around...I guess it's a been there kinda thing..


DJoel
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