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Kalns
Oct 31, 2006, 03:23 PM
Is anybody else picking one up?

I ordered mine from Amazon a few days ago. Looks like they've sold out of their allotment. Apparently that's happening all over.

Here's the movies I have coming:
Batman Begins
King Kong (of course)
Casablanca
Serenity
The Searchers
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Forbidden Planet

How about you? :D

Abulia
Oct 31, 2006, 05:42 PM
I probably will as an impulse purchase when there's nothing else burning a hole in my pocket on a certain week.

I have a pretty good HT setup so a $200 (?) buy in for HD-DVD -- even if just to fool around with it -- is tempting.

wwooden
Oct 31, 2006, 06:51 PM
I probably will as an impulse purchase when there's nothing else burning a hole in my pocket on a certain week.

I have a pretty good HT setup so a $200 (?) buy in for HD-DVD -- even if just to fool around with it -- is tempting.

Same here. I don't really need one, but I do have a good entertainment setup and it would be great to see some movies take advantage of the HD TV and surround sound. And $200 isn't bad considering it comes with the universal remote and a movie I haven't seen and wanted to see.

Just too much stuff coming out this next month, gonna be lots of money spent.

erickkoch
Oct 31, 2006, 08:06 PM
I'll probably end up getting one early next year, I'm in no hurry. An HD DVD player for only $200 is hard to pass up and I do have an HDTV so I might as well. My only concern is the format wars, I don't want to start building a movie collection of HD DVD's that will be obsolete if Blue-Ray wins.

Fortunately, HD DVD is making dual format disks that will work on DVD and HD DVD players, haven't seen Blue-Ray do that yet. I'll start with those.

winchest
Oct 31, 2006, 10:22 PM
Will the quality of the HD Xbox drive be equivalent to a retail 1000 dollar HD drive? Seems like it has to be stripped down in someway to justify the price difference...but what do I know?

2nyRiggz
Oct 31, 2006, 10:26 PM
Nope I'll pass...If the BD was not a must for the PS3 I woudn't have that as well but oh well.


Bless

Kalns
Oct 31, 2006, 10:35 PM
No, I frequesnt home theater forums and all reports from people who've had significant hands on time with the player say that it's video quality is excellent and on par with the high end Toshiba player (they manufacture the 360 player too) and that the disc load times are substantially better on the 360 one as well. It really seems like a no brainer. Of course if you haven't preordered yet, your odds of getting one this year may be somewhat slim.

MacRumorUser
Nov 1, 2006, 03:31 AM
Will the quality of the HD Xbox drive be equivalent to a retail 1000 dollar HD drive? Seems like it has to be stripped down in someway to justify the price difference...but what do I know?

Those $1000 players require cpu's, memory and all the other innards to put what the drive is reading onto your screen, plus they are taking NO financial losses on hardware,

The 360 already has that hardware and is being sold at a loss to M$, so all they are charging you for is a barebones HD-DVD player drive with the 360 handling the processing. That's why it's so much cheaper.

combatcolin
Nov 1, 2006, 03:58 AM
While Microsoft are correct in refusing to ship games on DVD and HD DVD, i think there making a mistake in not offering a 360 with a HD DVD drive.

Much more tider than an external drive, not matter how well styled it is to match the base machine.

Kalns
Nov 1, 2006, 08:14 AM
Well I'm almost certain that at some point they'll drop the core SKU and instead offer an HD-DVD and HDMI equipped version as the high end. I for one am glad though that as an early adopter of the 360 I still have the option of adding a drive to play HD-DVD's. It's all about options.

wwooden
Nov 1, 2006, 08:44 AM
While Microsoft are correct in refusing to ship games on DVD and HD DVD, i think there making a mistake in not offering a 360 with a HD DVD drive.

Much more tider than an external drive, not matter how well styled it is to match the base machine.

Only thing that might be nice about the second drive is it might be a lot quieter running then the built in one. I know that when I am playing games or watching movies, its the DVD drive that makes the most noise. Maybe this external drive for the movies is much quieter when running, that's my hope.

combatcolin
Nov 1, 2006, 09:05 AM
The 360 is on i think its 2nd or 3rd rev, so its optical drive will eventually get quieter.

SilentPanda
Nov 1, 2006, 01:05 PM
I have no need of an HD-DVD drive but I'll get one since I have an HD TV and will just rent HD movies from Netflix until the format wars blow past... and then probably still rent them... :)

Donza
Nov 14, 2006, 04:20 AM
So it seems that Xbox HD-DVD drive works out of box in Mac:
http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2006/11/8303/ :cool:

SilentPanda
Nov 14, 2006, 08:44 AM
So it seems that Xbox HD-DVD drive works out of box in Mac:
http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2006/11/8303/ :cool:

As far as the article says, it's recognized but as for playing HD-DVD's under OS X it does not.

MacRumorUser
Nov 14, 2006, 08:47 AM
I'm getting one anyway. I have a lot of rubbish games I dont play so I'm going on a trade fest and will get a hd-dvd add on.

I'm sure it will only be time before dvd player app is updated or VLC is updated to support HD-DVD....

wchong
Nov 14, 2006, 09:49 AM
hey, now u can use it also for windows :D.

go to HERE (http://xbox360.ign.com) and click on the news link talking about the hd-dvd. :D have fun

gloss
Nov 14, 2006, 10:13 AM
So it seems that Xbox HD-DVD drive works out of box in Mac:
http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2006/11/8303/ :cool:

Man. If someone puts together an HD-DVD player for the Mac, I'm there.

Haoshiro
Nov 14, 2006, 10:17 AM
This does seem like good news... but are no USB (or internal) HD-DVD drives coming out soon for Mac/PC? The 360 add-on is read-only, seems it would be cheaper then $200 for a barebones drive for computers...

combatcolin
Nov 14, 2006, 10:30 AM
Give it a year, still too expensive.

mkubal
Nov 14, 2006, 12:54 PM
I just picked up the HD DVD player from Target a couple hours ago. I'm fairly impressed. The picture is great and it works flawlessly.

I did have one little hiccup though. When I went to play King Kong (included), after I installed the drive and the software that came with, the thing stuttered like mad. We're talking a half second of play followed by three seconds of pause. So here I am thinking "oh hell no, this is bullcrap." Luckily, I restarted the console and all is well.

If anyone has any questions, I can probably answer.

Jschultz
Nov 14, 2006, 01:00 PM
Our CircuitCity store just sold out of it's allotment of 4 drives. So it must be pretty popular.

I wanted to open one up and put it on our demo 360. oh well.

MacRumorUser
Nov 14, 2006, 01:05 PM
I just picked up the HD DVD player from Target a couple hours ago. I'm fairly impressed. The picture is great and it works flawlessly.

cool. thanks

1 question - but you wont be able to answer but would love to know..

I'm actually wondering where the region settings are on the drive or on the 360. for example if I buy a HD-DVD drive from the states will it work on a European 360 and therefore enable me to watch Region 1 material.....

mkubal
Nov 14, 2006, 01:16 PM
cool. thanks

1 question - but you wont be able to answer but would love to know..

I'm actually wondering where the region settings are on the drive or on the 360. for example if I buy a HD-DVD drive from the states will it work on a European 360 and therefore enable me to watch Region 1 material.....

I was under the impression that HD DVD is all region free. Anyone know?

I'll have to take a look at the box when I'm home again... back at work. :( :D

EDIT: Wikipedia is your friend (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_DVD):
While there is no Region Coding in the existing HD DVD specification the DVD Forum is currently developing a regional lockout scheme.

snakelda
Nov 14, 2006, 07:46 PM
Our CircuitCity store just sold out of it's allotment of 4 drives. So it must be pretty popular.

I wanted to open one up and put it on our demo 360. oh well.
hm...my circuit city had like 6 of them and I was looking at them and I asked how much was it and he said it was 200 but we've only sold 1....ok.

SpankyPenzaanz
Nov 14, 2006, 07:49 PM
Only thing that might be nice about the second drive is it might be a lot quieter running then the built in one. I know that when I am playing games or watching movies, its the DVD drive that makes the most noise. Maybe this external drive for the movies is much quieter when running, that's my hope.

do you not have speakers or some audio output

OldSkoolNJ
Nov 14, 2006, 09:23 PM
Well I was at work today (Apple Rep in Philly CompUSA) and was in the back as they received of what I saw 4. I took one out the receivers hands and went up front and pruchased. Also grabbed Phantom of the Opera and BatMan Begins. I also finally picked up my Monster Cables for my 360 as I figured I am ripping apart my Home Theatre anyway so mine as well do it once. SO I had recently purchased a 42 in LG LCD and decided on this upgrade and was going to remove the DVD/ VCR combo when I did to eleiminate clutter. So did all this and got it hooked up through a Yamaha 5490 6.1 receiver. Running components to receiver and than all is upconverted to HDMI to tv. FInally popped in King Kong that came with player. WOW! I think I watched just the Universal Pictures intro about five times! EVerything is amazing. Only thing that pulled me away from it is to come up stairs to re program my Harmony Remote to eliminate my DVD/VCR combo and set activities to the 360 for DVD playing and more functions for my newer tv. Absolutely a must buy! If anyone in Philly is looking for one of them I beleive the Philly CUSA still has three. Was dead today.

Kevin

Jschultz
Nov 14, 2006, 11:04 PM
hm...my circuit city had like 6 of them and I was looking at them and I asked how much was it and he said it was 200 but we've only sold 1....ok.

Do you live in an area where it might be popular? Sometimes electronics aren't popular in some areas. Christmas 2004, I had a customer who wanted to buy an iPod that was pretty much out of stock everywhere. I thought "who the hell buys electronics in say...Idaho?" So I checked my system for iPods in Idaho and voila! they have some in stock. Had it delivered to the lady from there.

So the moral of the story is that some things just don't sell in some places.

Abulia
Nov 15, 2006, 11:10 AM
Give it a year, still too expensive.
$200 for a player that costs $500-$1000 is "too expensive?" :confused:

I'm waiting for BB to get them in stock. I have a $35 BB gift card burning a hole in my pocket. This makes this very appealing.

MacRumorUser
Nov 15, 2006, 11:29 AM
I was under the impression that HD DVD is all region free. Anyone know?

I'll have to take a look at the box when I'm home again... back at work. :( :D

EDIT: Wikipedia is your friend (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_DVD):


damn, best get one before they add region lock to the hardware...

Good news though. thanks :)

OldSkoolNJ
Nov 15, 2006, 12:00 PM
FInally got to sit down and watch a whole movie. We watched King Kong and then Phantom of the Opera. The picture was amazing. The interative menus are very impressive if you are into "extras", which I am. I am quite pleased with the purchase, especially with the free movie and also getting the Xbox remote which hopefully I can pick up a few bucks for on ebay. (not to mention my employee cost which CompUSA graciously offers me even though I am not technically and employee.) So to anyone considering .. go buy it even at full price, its worth it.

Kevin

Kalns
Nov 15, 2006, 01:33 PM
Agreed. This thing is incredible. It hurts my eyes to watch my old DVD's sometimes because I keep straining thinking the picture is blurry. Oh and by all means, if you get this, buy HD DVD's. Don't rent (well okay rent, but not exclusively) because the more movies that are bought the sooner this whole HD DVD Blue ray mess will be solved. HD DVD already has Blue Ray on the ropes (outselling by 11 to 1). It just needs to deliver the knockout punch. :D

MacRumorUser
Nov 15, 2006, 01:46 PM
Agreed. This thing is incredible. It hurts my eyes to watch my old DVD's sometimes because I keep straining thinking the picture is blurry. Oh and by all means, if you get this, buy HD DVD's. Don't rent (well okay rent, but not exclusively) because the more movies that are bought the sooner this whole HD DVD Blue ray mess will be solved. HD DVD already has Blue Ray on the ropes (outselling by 11 to 1). It just needs to deliver the knockout punch. :D

I'll be buying them as they probably wont be for rent here till 2008 :o

For 200 bucks for a HD-DVD drive that will probably work with the right software in my mac as-well. Including a free HD-DVD movie.. it's very good value IMHO..

mkubal
Nov 15, 2006, 02:06 PM
I'll be buying them as they probably wont be for rent here till 2008 :o

For 200 bucks for a HD-DVD drive that will probably work with the right software in my mac as-well. Including a free HD-DVD movie.. it's very good value IMHO..

Surely it just a matter of time before Apple will support HD DVD (and BluRay) through the DVD player software, right? I can't think of any reason for them to not support it.

I hope the price of HD movies comes down in the near future. I can't see many people adopting if the prices stay at around $25 for a movie. I bought 3 movies (Serenity, Corpse Bride, Cinderella Man) at Best Buy yesterday. Luckily I had $60 in Best Buy Bucks (or whatever) so the three only came to $21 with tax. $80+ for three movies would have been ludicrous.

Of note: Walking into Best Buy, the PS3 "tent city" was in full swing. I talked to one of the BB guys and he said that they used tell them to leave, but they kept reappearing. So at this point their policy is "aww, ***** it."

MacRumorUser
Nov 15, 2006, 02:11 PM
Surely it just a matter of time before Apple will support HD DVD (and BluRay) through the DVD player software, right? I can't think of any reason for them to not support it.

Thats what I assume wil happen. Surely with leopard ? After all the drive is recogised in System Profiler, all it needs is the software... pretty please apple.... ;)