Oblivious;3902059I'm hoping whatever is going to eventually replace Blu-Ray/HDDVD isn't going to become mainstream for at least 4-5 years. It's going to take a couple of years before these new players get reasonably priced as it is. Somehow I think I can survive on that 50/25GB media for at least that long, and the picture quality is amazing enough to suit me for a long time. It's so tempting to buy a current HiDef player of some type. Here's the difference between DVD and HDDVD in the thumbnails below.
It's mainly due to DVD being native at only 720x480. Lot's of people seem to think it's bigger than that becasue they play it on their big HDTVs. If you load Fraps and capture a scene from a DVD at full size capture setting, you'll get a small 720x480 clip. When stretched to a typical 1280x720 res even on a relatively small 26" HDTV, it suddenly looks grainy. I find it hard to imagine HD DVD and Blu-ray will only be around a few years when it took DVD a few years to dominate the video stores and has lasted several years thereafter. It may very well take a few more years to get all the bugs out of ultra high capacity formats (HVD), then another few years in the business sector where it's needed most, then another few years before it's affordable enough to even bring to the consumer market. So it could take a dozen years before such a format actually takes over HD DVD and Blu-ray.
IMO this format war will end just as the VHS-C vs. Video 8 did with no winner and both either splitting the market or sharing it. There are a few players that will run Blu-Ray and HD-DVD already. I imagine most companies will follow suite by making combo drives.
XCON_Faxion;3902073There are a few players that will run Blu-Ray and HD-DVD already. I imagine most companies will follow suite by making combo drives.
So far the only brand I know of making drives that play both is LG. If you know of any others I'd like to see them. I doubt it will ever get to the point of "most companies" making dual format drives because the nature of this war is such that it took big investing by many of the product manufacturers to back one or the other. Those companies are not going to support the competition by making dual format drives, just wouldn't make sense.
marvinmatthew;3902061As far as we know, HD-DVD is going to replace Blu-Ray.
It's (HD DVD) cheaper. It's probably going to win.
Blu-ray has about three times the support as HDDVD and is used for PS3 games further increasing its user base.
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17th February 2007
I'm really interested in the DMD. It can have 100+ layers, only restricted by the discs thickness. Its going to be a very good disc. Especially considering it can hold 100+GB. Thats going to be very good competition with Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Like to see when it comes out and how well it will fit in.
Teqila;3903258Blu-ray has about three times the support as HDDVD and is used for PS3 games further increasing its user base.