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Future HD-DVD players

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This might be a stupid question but, will the new HD-DVD players only play "NEW" DVD's in HD that were filmed in HD? And all current DVD's out there will be played in 480 resolution? Thanks.
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Jim,


First, HD-DVD is at minimum 2 years away. So, no one has any idea what the hardware will or won't do. Hell, we don't even really know what equipment due out today will really do, until it hits the shelves. You can't even believe manufacturers. (Remember Sansung's website that posted the new 931 will handle DVD-A... not)


And second, there's no such thing as 'Filmed in HD.' Film is natively high-resolution photographic film and it can be transferred to videotape in HD. Also, regarding video, it's technically called 'Shot in HD'. Not filmed in HD.
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This might be a stupid question but, will the new HD-DVD players only play "NEW" DVD's in HD that were filmed in HD? And all current DVD's out there will be played in 480 resolution? Thanks.
I would bet that the new HD players, when they come out, will be able to play current DVDs (ie, they will probably be backwards compatible, or risk losing a lot of sales from people who have invested in movies all these years).
When HD-DVD is released probably within the next 18 months it will be backwards compatiable with current DVD's. The system devised by Toshiba has been around for a couple of years now and has red and blue lasers in it.
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