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by Mr. MacPhisto » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:13 pm
by Bayou Tribe » Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:34 pm
Glad that Warner went with Blu-Ray to effectively end the high-def format war only a few days after I bought the player.
by Mr. MacPhisto » Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:50 pm
Bayou Tribe wrote:Mac, sorry to be intrusive, but what was the price on the player + 10 free dvd's (5 in store, 5 mail in) if you don't mind me asking?That helps, but I still have the worry on what'll come out on top. I want to make sure I'm backing the right horse if I'm going to spend the money. But I am in the market for a new tv (I think I'm going 52" Bravia but I'm still open to suggestions) and player.
by Bayou Tribe » Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:29 am
by municipalmutt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:51 pm
Mr. MacPhisto wrote:Bayou Tribe wrote:Mac, sorry to be intrusive, but what was the price on the player + 10 free dvd's (5 in store, 5 mail in) if you don't mind me asking?That helps, but I still have the worry on what'll come out on top. I want to make sure I'm backing the right horse if I'm going to spend the money. But I am in the market for a new tv (I think I'm going 52" Bravia but I'm still open to suggestions) and player.I paid $400 for the Sharp BDP20U. The Bravias are nice, though Sony LCDs are not always the best value for the $$$$. I like Sony a lot, but Sharp Aquos and Samsung displays are often just as good and better values. Sharp and Samsung are both OEM LCD manufacturers - they actually make the LCDs that Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, etc use in their TVs.As for Blu-Ray, it is not a bad idea to wait a few months. For one, most current players aside from the Panasonic are Profile 1.0 players. Profile 1.1 is mandatory for players introduced now - it requires a secondary video and audio decoder to be built in for Picture-in-picture stuff like Director Commentaries. I bought a Profile 1.0 player because I don't listen to commentaries on my DVDs. I'm more of a movie and the occasional featurette kind of guy.Profile 2.0 (first player comes out in May) adds online support for internet interactive features and more storage on the player. For anyone that wants to ensure 2.0 support now the best thing to buy is the PS3 because it has enough horsepower to do it all with a firmware upgrade.I didn't care so much about the future profiles.Insiders have been saying for the past week that they expect Paramount and Universal to at least announce they will support both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray; that they are working on the logistics right now. Paramount's exclusivity deal had an out clause if either Uni or Warner declared exclusive for the other format, so they are free to do what they want. Universal's exclusivity deal ended when the year changed and it was not renewed.Both also have to deal with one major problem: Spielberg is a Blu-Ray supported. Close Encounters was remastered by Spielberg for Blu-Ray and Paramount's exclusivity deal did not include any Spielberg stuff. He has said that the new Indy movie will only be released on Blu-Ray and DVD. Universal attempted to announce the Back to the Future series, Jurassic Park, ET, and Jaws for HD-DVD only to have to retract their announcements because Spielberg would not allow them to release any Amblin owned properties on the format.Michael Bay has also stressed his fondness for Blu-Ray.I'd expect by summer we will have a clear winner and that by the end of the year some good players will be under $300 with Profile 1.1 or 2.0. That's when I'll buy a second player along with a 40" 1080p LCD for the bedroom and actually start getting rid of my duplicate DVDs. No need now when the LCD in the bedroom is only 720p and hooked up to a DVD player.
by Mr. MacPhisto » Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:48 pm
municipalmutt wrote:Thanks for all the info but I'll wait. Laying down over four hundred bucks for a ps3 to ensure future upgrades isn't a cost effective option for me. Especially for someone who owns over 20 xbox 360 games.When a blu-ray player under 200 bucks with upgradable firmware comes out and there is a bigger selection of titles, I'll make the jump. I got burned bad on the Sony Music Stick Walkman and I'm still leery of their (Sony) proprietary media formats.I have a decent upcoverting DVD player that outputs 1080p and my old DVDs look pretty damn good for now on my 61 inch samsung dlp.edit: I was going to buy the 60 inch Sony SXRD LCOS set but at the time I made the purchase (July 2006) that model had the nondetachable elephant ear side speakers and it was a deal breaker. Picture was great though. IMO I want to see unobstructed TV screen and would prefer a monitor with no speakers since I have a decent surround system.
by municipalmutt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:59 pm
The disc format it not Sony proprietary.
by Mr. MacPhisto » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:57 am
municipalmutt wrote:Maybe not technically, but if Sony is involved there will be some serious copyright protection. Which is still a deal breaker for those of us that like to tinker with things like playing different regions dvds.
by jfiling » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:01 am
Mr. MacPhisto wrote:Michael Bay has also stressed his fondness for Blu-Ray.
by municipalmutt » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:45 am
Mr. MacPhisto wrote:municipalmutt wrote:Maybe not technically, but if Sony is involved there will be some serious copyright protection. Which is still a deal breaker for those of us that like to tinker with things like playing different regions dvds.With movies that is almost unavoidable. The studios are the ones that want DRM. Fox stopped releasing Blu-Rays for a while until more copy protection was put into place.The way both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray work is that the studios get to decide if they want to publish region free stuff or not.One of the reasons the regions were set up is because distribution rights vary in those regions. While Universal may distribute a movie in North America, Fox might be the distributor in Europe. Universal doesn't want you using a European DVD or Blu-Ray in the US from another distributor when they hold the rights here.You will find region free players possibly way down the road, but that's where the issue with the regions lies.
by municipalmutt » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:51 am
by Mr. MacPhisto » Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:14 pm
by municipalmutt » Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:18 pm
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