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What are the load times as compared to HD-A1 assuming both units start from power up.

Around 20 to 25 seconds to start a movie. the A1 is over twice that.
 

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Walks out with a look of amazement..." yes we have 4 of these back there...wow...look at this ( as reads the box)...passes it to the other employee...who then calls another employee over...all are amazed that such a device exists...they had never heard of it. They call the manager over....he is amazed...they are all fondling the box like it is the Holy Grail.

This actually happened to me at EBGames. I had reserved mine, but two employees and a customer who had never seen it before were looking at the box, and they did the exact same thing. They studied every panel on the box - it was like they found Cortez' gold. "It even comes with King Kong! Whoa!" etc...
 

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lol @ the Circuit City story!!


The employee that I talked to at CC knew what the HD-DVD drive was but he didn't think they had any in stock. I told him I just saw it available via their website. Then he was very doubtful because he just apparently came from the back looking for the product. He then told me that he hasn't seen anything coming in on a truck or a warehouse for at least a week. I asked him to check the website. He did and saw that indeed the website claimed he had one in stock. He then checked his store inventory on the computer and what do you know? THEY HAD A COUPLE IN STOCK IN THE STORE RIGHT NOW!


lol, he was so sure they didn't and wasn't about to check his inventory via the PC until I asked him to.
 

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I'm in Canada... (Note that the unofficial release date here was the 10th.)


I called EB Games and asked if they had the HD DVD drive in stock, and they gave me the same story... First he said they had lots of the 360 hard drive in stock. Uh, no thanks. Then tried to sell me a PS3 pre-order "because it is the only console to play HD DVD". I asked them to check their computer. "Oh, I didn't know about that. It's being shipped from our distribution centre and should arrive next week."


I then went to Future Shop near work, and asked for the drive. Of course, I was shown the same 360 hard drive. However, he asked his coworker, who knew what it was, but said they didn't have any yet.


Then I went to Best Buy nearby. Same thing. After showing me the hard drive, two of the sales guys tried to get me to come back a week later for the PS3, cuz that's the "only console that will play back hi-def DVD". Of course I politely informed them that the 360 HD DVD drive exists and it's right on their website, and no, the PS3 does not play HD DVD. So they look online and can't find it, so they ask me to search for it on their site, looking at me as if I was some crazed customer who didn't know WTF he was talking about. Wouldn't ya know it... It's gone from the website! Dunno why, but it just wasn't there. I did show them the drive on Xbox.com though, so at least they realized I wasn't crazy.
Finally they found a guy who knew about it, but informed me it hadn't arrived yet but was on its way.


The common theme here is that it seems that Sony has done a much better job of educating/hyping their product to the retailers. I don't know how retail works, but I was a little surprised that so few knew about the HD DVD drive, since it's a heluvalot more interesting (to me) than a wireless steering wheel or whatever.


Then again, when I called the Best Buy closest to my home:


Eug: Do you have the Xbox 3....

Salesgirl: Oh, you're calling about the HD DVD drive right?

Eug: Wha'? How'd you know?

Salesgirl: We've had a LOT of people coming in or calling to ask about it.

Eug: Cool. So, do you have it?

Salesgirl: Well, it's on its way here, but if we don't get it today, it might not be until Monday.

Eug: Are you taking pre-orders, and if so, am I too late to get one?

Salesgirl: We aren't taking pre-orders, and there's a lot of interest, but you should be able to get one if you come in fairly soon after the shipment arrives. Not sure when the shipment arrives, maybe today, or maybe Monday, but we're getting 60 of them at this store.

Eug:
 

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Ordering WinDVD 8 (Japan)

http://www.intervideo.co.jp/products/wd8p/


Add 通常版 to your Cart (→ 8,800円)


Vector Check Out - Screen 1



Section 1:



The first two fields require your e-mail address (Does not accept Hotmail)


Field 1: Email

Field 2: Verify Your Email

Section 2:


Click on the link Address not in JAPAN and complete the recipient fields.


Finally, hit the submit button at the bottom of the page.

Vector Check Out- Screen 2


This is your confirmation page.


You will be emailed a link for their payment Gateway (where you will enter your Credit Card info).

Vector Check Out - Payment Link (Via Email)

Section 1:


Do not deselect the option with the red text . This indicates you are paying via Credit Card

Section 2:

Field 1: Enter the name on your CC

Field 2: Enter your CC #

Field 3: Enter the card expiration month

Field 4: Enter the card expiration year

Section 3

Option 1: Registers you as Vector Passport Member

Option 2: Registers your CC for future use.

Section 4

Option 1: Register to receive Vector Newsletter

Option 2: Register to receive HTML Guide

Hit the submit button (gray) and check your email for the software link and serial #

File Size: 275MB
 

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Hmmm, I wonder if it will work on a Mac.


I doubt it, but I'll give it a shot.

Well, while DVD Player.app supports HD DVD, it does not yet support either VC-1 or ACSS I don't think.


Still you can navigate the disc's file system, cuz Tiger supports UDF 2.5.


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People, once PowerDVD for HD-DVD is available you will NOT need an HDCP compliant card. It will work over VGA, I am running PowerDVD BD over VGA with no issue, and as far as I can tell no down-rezing. I believe the initial Japanese WinDVD HD version has a bug which wrongly assumes that no HDCP, do 960 x 540 anyway. PowerDVD appears not to do this.


Also with PowerDVD as long as you have an ATI X1600 or nVidia 7600GT or higher you will be fine with what you have.


The other thing to bear in mind is CPU. BD in MPEG-2 can run an E6600 to 60% CPU...
The software I would argue is not yet that refined for performance. Beware, but enjoy.

Sweet. I have an iMac Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz with GeForce 7600 GT. Even if it doesn't work on the primary screen, it could work over VGA out. Well, since DVD Player.app might not get full HD DVD support any time soon, I might have to install Windows on the iMac to get HD DVD support though, and I'm not keen on doing that.
I already have Vista beta on my MacBook, but that machine only has integrated GMA 950 graphics.
 

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Can it output True HD in an uncompressed form?

No. The addon re-encodes everything to DD 5.1. Multiple users on AVSForum have stated that the resulting encode is better than DVD audio, and that the TrueHD option on the HD DVD provides even better audio than the DD+. See this post and this one for examples.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that it can output TrueHD in an uncompressed form... if it's TrueHD 2.0. The signal would just be sent out over the analogue stereo outputs.


Also, it might help to have another entry, or else an entry that expands on the above:


Can it output Dolby Digital Plus?

No, it reencodes it to Dolby Digital 5.1 for output over Toslink or coax.
 

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Can it play HD DVD at 1080p via Component?

No. Max HD DVD resolution for Component is 1080i. Over VGA you can get 1080P. (AACS Rules - The XBox 360 is fully capable of 1080p over component)

Does it matter?

No. Film content is 24P, both 1080i and 1080p should display all the information in the individual film frames. A good 1080p display should correctly deinterlace the 1080i signal. See here

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it doesn't matter if the content has been properly flagged. If it hasn't the deinterlacing will not properly recreate the 1080p original. This incorrect flagging seems to be more of a problem with commercial discs than I'd thought.
 

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Well, I bought it and it's downloading... I think
. Navigating those pages was interesting to say the least. We'll see what happens!
 

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Well, I bought it and it's downloading... I think
. Navigating those pages was interesting to say the least. We'll see what happens!


So do you already have a HDCP vid card?
 

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When you put in a HD-DVD...and assuming the system is already turned on...does it automatically start up the movie or do you need to manually press play?
 

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When you put in a HD-DVD...and assuming the system is already turned on...does it automatically start up the movie or do you need to manually press play?

Not sure, since I have a game in the XB360 drive & when I place a HD-DVD into the HD-DVD, the game plays automatically, so in the dashboard I have to manually play the HD-DVD,
 

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Yes, you choose the first option for 8,800 Yen
 

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^ Man that is ironic! I was thinking the NVidia 8800GTX video card for my HDCP compliant card. And then you mention the 8,800 yen, sounds like a sign from above it I've ever seen one. lol The wife would say it's a sign from the deep south.


My HTPC is a secondary gaming unit though, just did a search fo HDCP at newegg and there are some solid gaming cards with HDCP right at $200, I think I'll go that way.
 

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Everyone is checking the regular electronic/game chains. If you cant find one hit Toys R Us, which is where i got one this morning. They had a bunch of them
 

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Andreo, is that a homebrew HD DVD or just a copy of a regular DVD?

It's a copy.
 
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