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Best Buy 149.00 HD DVD player

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by iam20fan, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. what you all think? HD or Bluray? hard choice. best buy this week has a toshiba hd dvd player on sale for 149.00. it comes with 2 free hd movies in the box and 5 free hd movies by mail. here's my setup 28 inch polaroid hdtv, xbox 360, and a onkyo reciever and a 5.1 onkyo surround sound system. i have 100.00 in best buy gift cards to use too. which format has the movie studio deals?
     
  2. athensfishin'

    athensfishin' Fighting the Man

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    I would not buy a HD DvD player. They are currently losing and will probably lose the war, and then your going to be stuck with the modern equivalent of betamax. Most of the major studios have already signed with Blu-ray, most recently warner brothers. HD-DVD has a bit of fight left but the war is pretty much over. Personally I would hold of on any major purchases for at least 3-4 more months till it finishes playing out. There are quite a few articles about the battle in the wall street journal if you do a Google on it they have been following it closely.

    On a side note anyone still have a betamax laying around?
     

  3. Hetfieldinn

    Hetfieldinn Staff Member

    I have the same HD DVD player that is on sale. Unfortunately, I bought it when it was a new model, and I paid twice what it is on sale for.

    You can still play regular DVDs in it. I have over 600 DVDs in my collection, and I'm not about to replace them with Blue rays.

    The HD DVDs are amazing to watch on an HD TV.
     
  4. Rednek

    Rednek "The Widow's Son"

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    It sure looks like Blu-Ray is going to win the HD/Blu-ray battle.

    Its no different then Athensfishin stated about the Betamax/VHS format that VHS won.

    I'm sure the Betamax/VHS war was already decided before Athensfishin was born.:)
     
  5. I guess it's about time that Sony won one of these "wars". First, they lost in the BETA (their tape) versus VHS. Then the minidisk (CD) never got off the ground. Next, it was their high-definition audio offering SACD, which lost out to DVD-Audio (dual disc). Now, it looks like they might finally end up in the win column with blu-ray. Waiting might be a good thing, but the prices for the HD/DVD are getting pretty low where you could use it for a couple of years to play standard DVDs and some HD/DVDs and replace it with a blu-ray when (if) it becomes the standard.
     
  6. athensfishin'

    athensfishin' Fighting the Man

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    This is true but we had a betamax in an audio visual class I took, it had a lot of pros. Also saw one in a museum of old people crap, right next to a corn cob pipe and 8track :D
     
  7. the xbox 360 hd dvd drive is now 119.99.
     
  8. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

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    if your gonna get one, go with the blu-ray. i heard thats the way the porn industry is going. no im NOT a perv, i was listening to public radio about 2 months ago and some expert they were interviewing on it gave that info. it made sense to me and thats why i remember it.
     
  9. Lol, this is somewhat misinformed but true enough on some levels.. Anywho... I have the exact same HD DVD player. IT's CRAP! It has been back to the sellers 'fix it' guys twice and now going back to Toshiba officially after a long and annoying CS ordeal. Do your own research about this player, you won't be impressed by the price tag. You won't be impressed by HD dvd tech for that matter. Blu-ray has got this one in the bag, 66% more capacity, true uncompressed sound, stable software/hardware integration for now, updating soon to "live" interactive yadayada, more studio support.. blah blah blah.. it just wins.. While I'll never really believe in either of these formats BD will be around much longer then HD..
     
  10. CoolWater

    CoolWater Multi-Species Fanatic

    As for the major studios, only Paramount & Universal are with HD DVD, everyone else Blu-Ray... once again I'm talking the major studios...

    It didn't matter to me - I still bought a HD DVD player... why? Well first off was cost - at the time Blu Ray was considerable more money. Second and most important, the unit acts as an upconverter. So for the relatively cheap price of the HD DVD player, I was able to not only get 7 HD DVD movies for free but also got a piece of equipment that lets my entire DVD collection be played (upconverted) up to 1080p. I imagine Blu-Ray upconverts old dvd's too, but for the price and the model that I bought being able to do up to 1080p, it was an easy decision.

    Also, when you see those nice in store displays of the split screen showing blu-ray vs. dvd, remember that is vs. traditional dvd and not HD DVD.
     
  11. Hetfieldinn

    Hetfieldinn Staff Member


    I'm pretty sure that you can't play standard (or HD, for that matter), DVDs in a Blue Ray player.
     
  12. Obviously you CANNOT play a HD dvd in a Blu-ray player, but you CAN play a normal dvd. Blu-ray players have the standard red laser for reading dvds etc, as well as a blue one to read BDs. Blu-ray also upconvert but only things that are copyrighted, aka - not copyed/burned.
     
  13. captnroger

    captnroger OGF Webmaster

    Both Netflix and Blockbuster have announced they will only carry Blu-Ray for rentals. The war is over.
     
  14. Hetfieldinn

    Hetfieldinn Staff Member


    Thanks for the info. I had no idea. If I would have known this, I might have purchased the BR player.
     
  15. CoolWater

    CoolWater Multi-Species Fanatic

    Yep it decidingly is heading towards an all out BR stomping of HD DVD... it should be clarified though that Blockbuster is still going to offer the HD DVD's for their online services. So if you are utilizing that type service you won't be affected - just the folks that do their rentals at stores. (although 250 stores will still carry both formats)

    Here's the exact info:
    In a huge blow to Toshiba, Universal, and the rest of the HD DVD devotees, rental giant Blockbuster has decided to stock only Blu-ray discs in the vast majority of its nationwide locations, although HD DVD titles will continue to be offered online and in the 250 (out of 1,450) stores that have been testing both formats since last year.