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I want to watch the new Batman movie in the highest quality possible in my home theater, but no video stores near me carry blu-ray. I saw that playstation store has it and says its high def, but is it the same quality as if I put in a blu-ray disk? I'm concerned about sound quality because I want to take advantage of the 7.1 surround sound I spent a great deal of time putting in. Its going to be shown on a 108 inch 1080p front projector so I also want the best video possible.


I tried watching a regular TV show recorded in standard quality and it looked terrible when blown up that big.
 

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No it's not. It's compressed 720p video with 2.0 stereo (which you can matrix to Dolby Surround) if your receiver supports it.
 

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No it's not. It's compressed 720p video with 2.0 stereo (which you can matrix to Dolby Surround) if your receiver supports it.

Thanks for telling me. I may have to buy it from Costco then.
 

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I downloaded The Bucket List from PS3 site and I was quite impressed with picture, but I can't recall if it played in Dolby Digital. I don't think I ever turned my receiver on. I must be getting old.
 

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I downloaded The Bucket List from PS3 site and I was quite impressed with picture, but I can't recall if it played in Dolby Digital. I don't think I ever turned my receiver on. I must be getting old.

If you want an idea of what the movie video looks like, download some of the free trailers off PSN, but as far as sound goes, it has been discussed many times, and I can guarantee it is only stereo 2.0 at best, and will only matrix to surround if your receiver supports it- that is their real downfall. Either way, at that price I wouldn't bother.
 

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Digital downloads are never going to be up to bluray's quality. If you want the best picture, there is only one option.
 

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Digital downloads are never going to be up to bluray's quality. If you want the best picture, there is only one option.

I wouldn't say never. In 10 years people will laugh at the idea of downloading a 50GB movie just as 10 years ago people laughed at the idea of a 50GB optical disk in the first place.
 

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I wouldn't say never. In 10 years people will laugh at the idea of downloading a 50GB movie just as 10 years ago people laughed at the idea of a 50GB optical disk in the first place.

Yeah, I suppose that was an exaggeration.
 

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I wouldn't say never. In 10 years people will laugh at the idea of downloading a 50GB movie just as 10 years ago people laughed at the idea of a 50GB optical disk in the first place.

I remember back in the day when my 14.4 modem was top of the line and downloading anything over a meg was unheard of. And what was that...15 years ago? Maybe 20?


Technology moves fast. Real fast. Too bad our data infrastructure (in the US) is antiquated, but hopefully that gets better.
 

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I remember back in the day when my 14.4 modem was top of the line and downloading anything over a meg was unheard of. And what was that...15 years ago? Maybe 20?


Technology moves fast. Real fast.



Anyone else have deja vu just now?
 

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I remember back in the day when my 14.4 modem was top of the line and downloading anything over a meg was unheard of. And what was that...15 years ago? Maybe 20?


Technology moves fast. Real fast.

I still remember like it was yesterday the reaction of my neighbor when I told him we just bought a 40MB harddrive. "What do you need all that space for???"


Actually, when I had my 14.4 I remember downloading software that was about 14MBs. (10 3.5" disks). Wow that took forever. It was basically a game which involved a ton of video clips, so it was all media.
 

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For the OP, I use Blockbuster Online to rent Blu-ray movies by mail. I usually get them pretty fast - three or four days. The Dark Knight has a great surround soundtrack if your system is up to it. I think it was Dolby True HD but I don't remember if it was 5.1 or 7.1.
 

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No dload service offers 1080P and hi-def sound. With that said, I've rented a few PSN movies (dramas for the wifey) and am pleased with the quality on my 60" HDTV. No, it's not Blu-ray quality but it is far better than DVDs. 720P is the rez, and while the sound isn't HD it is quality 5.1 audio. I'll stay with Blu ray for action flicks and the like, but I don't mind renting PSN movies for less demanding titles.
 

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I want to watch the new Batman movie in the highest quality possible in my home theater, but no video stores near me carry blu-ray. I saw that playstation store has it and says its high def, but is it the same quality as if I put in a blu-ray disk? I'm concerned about sound quality because I want to take advantage of the 7.1 surround sound I spent a great deal of time putting in. Its going to be shown on a 108 inch 1080p front projector so I also want the best video possible.


I tried watching a regular TV show recorded in standard quality and it looked terrible when blown up that big.

Look, not even Venom would want to download a 50 gig file! I support the "Go Netflix" movement. I just got Pineapple Express today. They ship fast! I don't even rent movies anymore. I always have two new blus ready to go on Sat.
 

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No dload service offers 1080P and hi-def sound. With that said, I've rented a few PSN movies (dramas for the wifey) and am pleased with the quality on my 60" HDTV. No, it's not Blu-ray quality but it is far better than DVDs. 720P is the rez, and while the sound isn't HD it is quality 5.1 audio. I'll stay with Blu ray for action flicks and the like, but I don't mind renting PSN movies for less demanding titles.

Joe, no one is disagreeing, I'm sure the titles look decent enough, but seeing as you can view many of the same titles from Cable OnDemand outlets for similar prices, usually with superior picture and full 5.1DD surround, it doesn't seem like such a good deal. Sony really needs to figure a way to offer at least full 5.1DD to their offerings.
 

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I wouldn't say never. In 10 years people will laugh at the idea of downloading a 50GB movie just as 10 years ago people laughed at the idea of a 50GB optical disk in the first place.

That's true, but optical media will always be ahead of what the average person can download. By the time the 50GB movie is downloadable for everyone we'll probably have 250GB+ movies on optical media of an even higher quality and having this discussion ad nauseam until the sun explodes.
 

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Thanks for the tip about Blockbuster. I just signed up for the 2 week free trial and added "The Dark Knight" to my que. I guess that's all I have to do.


I just hope they are able to ship to a PO Box. For some reason the post office won't deliver to people's homes, even though UPS and Fedex do.


I see they have a download option. I have a device called popcorn hour that lets you stream content from your PC to the theater. Would the download from blockbuster be the same quality as the blu-ray disk? I don't care about not having deleted scenes and commentary.
 

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Would the download from blockbuster be the same quality as the blu-ray disk? I don't care about not having deleted scenes and commentary.

As far as I know there's no service on the planet that offers Blu-Ray quality downloads or streams. I don't see it happening very soon either.
 

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Originally Posted by joeblow /forum/post/15490523


No dload service offers 1080P and hi-def sound. With that said, I've rented a few PSN movies (dramas for the wifey) and am pleased with the quality on my 60" HDTV. No, it's not Blu-ray quality but it is far better than DVDs. 720P is the rez, and while the sound isn't HD it is quality 5.1 audio. I'll stay with Blu ray for action flicks and the like, but I don't mind renting PSN movies for less demanding titles.

I believe VUDU offers 1080P with Dolby Digital + Audio.
 
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