Blu Ray for da cheap?

Discussion in 'Gear' started by Bobo, Dec 17, 2008.

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  1. Bobo

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    Thanks for the info y'all. BTW, I'm getting a PS3 for myself, but this question is for what I'll get my mom. She has a HDTV but doesn't get much out of it from cable....so I figured Blu Ray to save the day.
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    Blu ray still has better video than upconverting DVDs. But it's not big enough for most people to care. Hell, how many people with HDTVs even watch HD video? Tons of people are watching the standard channels and think it's HD just because it's on an HDTV. I'm fine with upconverted DVDs.

    But I'd also rather keep using the same DVDs I already own and not bother buying more expensive blu ray discs or replace what I already have.

    Also, I have no desire to be tied down to Sony's proprietary format that I fully expect will be out the door within a matter of years. It just isn't a big enough leap over DVDs at this point. I expect that within 5 years there will be a brand new format that has leapfrogged blu ray, and most people will still be using normal DVDs by then. But we'll see...
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  3. Gunny

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    What is beyond High Def? Super High Def? 3d?
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    How many channels output in HD? It's becoming mandatory soon isn't it?
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    No, it's only mandatory to broadcast in digital, not HD (starting in February).
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    It's not a matter of being beyond HD. It's more a matter of a different media with more storage. And it won't be just for movies and TV. It will be about computers. But the movie industry will want to use the same technology.

    And mind you, this is just my prediction...
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    That's where I disagree. I think people are happy to have their movie in a case on a shelf with whatever comes on the disk rather then just simply putting it all onto an external hard-drive (or whatever).

    I just don't think downloading movies is feasible within the next 5 - 10 years. Heck half the world can't even get the internet. (I also think it opens up a can of worms in regards to piracy once it gets hacked).
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  8. KptTitanFan

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    And alot of digital files lose quality... especially HD and Blu-ray files.... You could start out with a 12 GB movie file, after converting and compacting you'll come out just under 5 GB's...
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  9. SEC 330 BIPOLAR

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    my remark touches on what bigtitan53279 said... and I agree with Gunny as well. It's about size and portability. People watch movies at home. They don't download at home so they can put them on a portable device like they do for music. People download music to listen to at the gym or wherever they go... Plus movie collectors like those little boxes. I see a lot more content being sold over the internet in the future but I honestly think the downloads need to cost half what the published media costs to be successful. People don't want to lug around towers or big usb drives. Plus, I wouldn't want to trust a collection valued at several hundred dollars to a hard drive. And from a collectors point of view, amassing a movie collection on a hard drive isn't as fun as a bookshelf of loanable disks.
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  10. TitanJeff

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    Look at the book industry for a moment.

    You can buy a hardback book for $30 or get it for $10 with a Kindle. This device also allows you to get newspapers and magazines. I'm sure there are other similar devices and this technology will only improve in time.

    But some people will always want to hold a book in their hands. They want to turn pages. For them, that is part of the enjoyment of owning a book. They like to see them on their shelves. Is that worth $20 more to most of us?

    As this device improves, I can see a number of people who would prefer it for the cost factor and convenience. You can get a book instantly.

    Very soon, we'll see how the electronic method impacts the printed book industry. I predict a large segment of books will immediately go to paperback because it'll be too expensive to print and distribute many hardbacks when sales begin to decline. Only those books which has numerous photos won't be available electronically.

    Text books are already moving in this direction. This device allows you to highlight and cross reference. It's only a matter of time a student will be able to go to a bookstore and download all their books for a fraction of what it costs now.

    I see this as a slow change. Much like what we are seeing in the newspaper industry now. In 10 years, a printed newspaper may be a rare thing.
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