Next Gen DVD Race... where are we?

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  1. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    So where are we in this thing? I haven't been following.

    Bluray vs. HD-DVD

    I know the technical aspects of both well.

    I just want to know how there are doing.

    I'd like one to fail so I can safely invest in the winner.

    On the other hand, how is HVD doing?
     
  2. The General macrumors 601

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    As far as quality goes, the video streams of HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are 100% identical. Same codec, same format, same bitrate, same resolution, same encryption. As far as I know, Blu-Ray movies generally have better sound as there is more space on a Blu-Ray disc than an HD-DVD.

    Sadly, I think Blu-Ray is winning.

    Here's something I posted on Engadget about the matter:

    Link.

    HVD is going nowhere fast...
     
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    Ummm, Blu-ray mostly uses the older MPEG-2 codec, hence the mosquito noise, and HD DVD uses the more advanced VC-1 codec meaning a clearer picture.

    Some Blu-ray discs use the VC-1 or MPEG-4 codec, but very, very few.

    Blu-ray is selling more due to coupons and giveaways for PS3 customers...
     
  5. intendedaccel macrumors member

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    Too close to call at this point. The cheaper HD-DVD players coming out soon might swing it that way however.
     
  6. juanster macrumors 68020

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    i think i ll wait for the porn industry to pick one of the two, isn t the porn industry like the main user of dvd and stuff? i could veeeeeery very easily be wrong,,,,
     
  7. intendedaccel macrumors member

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    You don't have to wait, they picked hd-dvd.
     
  8. juanster macrumors 68020

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    oho kay thne i pick hd-dvd i think thats the next gen hd-disc:)
     
  9. clevin macrumors G3

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    i already saw the ads of DVD player supporting both formats.
     
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  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    I don't know. Everyone keeps saying that it's because of the PS3 coming with coupons but I don't see that many PS3's selling in the first place.

    I hear a heck of a lot more about Blu-Ray and the companies (Toshiba, etc) are coming out with cheaper players ($299) soon. Another interesting thing, at least I think, is that a lot more of the Blu-Ray discs are combos that can be played in a regular DVD player. You'd think those studios that are backing HD-DVD would use combos as a huge selling point for the current consumer.
     
  12. rtdgoldfish macrumors 6502a

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    I just grabbed an HD-DVD player for my 360 a couple days ago and its great. I've got King Kong which came with the player and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The video and sound quality are amazing. Video looks so much better than a regular DVD.

    I've got a copy of Planet Earth coming in the mail, I hope it shows up soon. That was my main reason for buying the player :D

    I don't have any experience with Blu-Ray though. I think the only reason it outsold HD-DVD for the past few months was because everyone was buying PS3s and since there were no games, they bought movies to watch on it. I'm expecting things to level back out and now that some companies are starting to make players that don't cost upwards of $500, more people will start buying.
     
  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    You may want to take another look at the current titles list (as of 5-5-07). There are more MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 titles combined than MPEG-2.

    Also, Blu-Ray titles generally have more options as far as audio goes. Some think they are more superior in quality as well but I'm not convinced yet.
     
  14. redAPPLE macrumors 68030

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    so you mean porn hd-dvd is coming soon?
     
  15. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Planet Earth is on HD-DVD?

    I'm sold.

    That would be the only thing ever I would like to watch in HD. I find for shows like LOST and co. that HD just shows off how bloody terrible the effects are.
     
  16. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    Just so you know, it's also available on Blu-Ray as well.

    This debate is years away from being decided, and by then, another better format(s) will be available to add to the debate.
     
  17. furcalchick macrumors 68020

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    what about the tv seasons and anime, etc? i think the people there will go with blu-ray due to the storage, and i'm surprised there aren't alot of tv shows yet on blu-ray, but i heard 24 was coming to blu-ray.

    i hope blu-ray wins, hd-dvd doesn't sound like a new technology, it sounds like old technology add on.
     
  18. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I thought that they were using both, which i think will be the end of the race, when there are more dual format players/burners.
     
  19. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    The porn industry will use whichever format wins the war. They are a very minor player in this industry, and most of their revenue is internet based now anyway.
     

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