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Old 02-11-2008, 11:24 PM   #11
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...and there are even rumors that MS will switch to blu-ray support.
Really? I never heard that one.
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Old 02-12-2008, 08:59 AM   #12
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it really doesn't matter b/c in a couple yrs with the technology growing like it is there will be something new out thats better... and the bad thing here is that these things cost a sh it load of money.. and the ppl who barely make ends meet won't be able to watch an occasional movie b/c they won't have a blu ray dvd player..
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:17 PM   #13
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i mean for software (like native support in windows instead of needing special drivers) i remember seeing it somewhere
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:13 PM   #14
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That's why I just bought a $60 upconvert DVD player. I can rent/play my SD DVD's and the picture, while not 1080, is still a lot better than it was. When everything gets sorted out, I'll buy a true HD DVD player.
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That's why I just bought a $60 upconvert DVD player. I can rent/play my SD DVD's and the picture, while not 1080, is still a lot better than it was. When everything gets sorted out, I'll buy a true HD DVD player.
I'm glad you like yours. I have seen a good number of the magnavox upconverting dvd players returned at Walmart. I have read that some have better upconvert capabilities than others. However, I also wonder if alot of people see the "1080" on the side of the box and think it is blowout price on a hi-def dvd player, only to be disappointed when they try to use it as a hi-def dvd player.

I read an article on avsforum a month ago discussing that even though blu-ray had some major victories as of late that Toshiba (HD DVD format) stated they were still fully committed to their format. Although I couldn't imagine any other response until the day the format war loser actually drops out. The format war is good and bad. The longer the war continues, the more likely prices will continue to drop but those waiting for a clear winner have had to continue to postpone their hi-def dvd player purchase.
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yeah, I've heard many people saying how they have problems with their upconverting dvd players, glad you have no problems with that rev

I hear things like constant freezing, and that's what stopped me from buying one, but I guess it's about looking for a really good one, or having some luck

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I read an article on avsforum a month ago discussing that even though blu-ray had some major victories as of late that Toshiba (HD DVD format) stated they were still fully committed to their format. Although I couldn't imagine any other response until the day the format war loser actually drops out.
oh definitely, they aren't gonna give up on their product, even if it means losing money with it with it

all I know is once the format war is truly over I'll be spending a lot in this, but the wait would have been worth
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interesting........

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Retailer will only sell Sony's hi-def movie discs, phasing out Toshiba's HD-DVD discs in its 4,000 Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores this year.


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- National discount retailer Wal-Mart announced Friday that it had decided to only sell Sony's Blu-ray hi-definition movie discs, and will phase out Toshiba's competing HD-DVD formatted discs over the next several months.

Wal-Mart said that by June, its 4,000 Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores would sell only Blu-ray discs and Blu-ray hardware players. Blu-ray and Toshiba's HD-DVD format are not compatible.

"We've listened to our customers, who are showing a clear preference toward Blu-ray products and movies with their purchases," said Gary Severson, Wal-Mart's Senior Vice President of Home Entertainment in a statement.

Wal-Mart said it would continue selling HD-DVD products, but over the next 30 days, customers will see a significant shift in emphasis to Blu-ray in both brick-and-mortar stores and online. The retailer said it will continue to sell DVDs and standard-definition hardware.

Wal-Mart is the latest movie vendor to choose Blu-ray over HD-DVD. Earlier this week, online movie rental company Netflix (NFLX) announced its support for Blu-ray, and said it would phase out HD-DVD as well. Video publishers Walt Disney (DIS, Fortune 500), Sony's Sony Pictures, News Corp.'s (NWS, Fortune 500) Twentieth Century Fox, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have all endorsed Blu-ray.

In a rivalry that mirrors the Betamax-VHS dispute of the 1970s, Sony (SNE) and Toshiba have been battling each other to define the industry's hi-definition video standard. The winner will see a boost in the sale of hardware needed to play the hi-definition discs.
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with this, HD-DVD is done very soon
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Old 02-15-2008, 05:57 PM   #18
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Yup, that's pretty much the death knell for HD DVD.

Yeah, I'm really, really pleased with my upconvert. I figured don't buy the cheapest, and don't buy the most expensive, and this thing was on sale down from like $90 or something. Again, the picture isn't as good as full HD, but it's SO much better than standard DVD.
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well, that's it.......


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AP Toshiba quits HD DVD business

TOKYO - Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video.
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The company said in a statement that the decision followed a thorough review of its overall strategy.

The move would make Blu-ray — backed by Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, and five major Hollywood movie studios — the winner in the battle over high-definition DVD formatting that began several years ago.

"We concluded that a swift decision would be best," Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida told reporters at the company's offices in Tokyo.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba said Tuesday it will no longer develop, make or market HD DVD players and recorders, handing a victory to rival Blu-ray disc technology in the format battle for next-generation video.

The company said in a statement that the decision followed a thorough review of its overall strategy.

The move would make Blu-ray — backed by Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which makes Panasonic brand products, and five major Hollywood movie studios — the winner in the battle over high-definition DVD formatting that began several years ago.

"We concluded that a swift decision would be best," Toshiba President Atsutoshi Nishida told reporters at the company's offices in Tokyo.
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Took, what? 3 days?
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