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I completely agree. Too many formats just end up confusing the consumer. Many will probably resist buying new players wondering what's next and should they wait. Keep it simple. But this is not unlike so many other products out there with a plethora of features, bells & whistles (cars, tv's, cell phones, blackberries, PC's, etc).
Good news! Thanks. My confusion level on the new HD formats needed some greater level of distress. this should help.
Lowered production costs, and increased quality might prove out. however, another format likely will just add to the confusion and keep the majority of buyers from wading into the HD video waters. it will for me. In the end perhaps the lessened production costs will break the tie, though I think it too optomistic to believe the end user will see prices being cut at their level, yet may sway some content makers. Provided retooling for the latest entrant is not decidedly enormous.
Yeah, it's gunna get stranger here. I think the computer storage hard-drive machines are going to take over mostly. I mean people are more into content and convenience than quality, byenlarge. I mean MP3 Ipods and computer software are where the focus is these days. People would rather go to their DVR box, and record/play a movie for convenience anyway. I think the rental discs are slowing, personally. And I think media storage servers is where it's going, with maybe downloadable movie options for $1!!!
You're missing the big picture here. I think this is GREAT news. The reason DVD-A and SACD weren't widely adopted is they had no meaningful, practical applicability to the mainstream public (at least as they could perceive it), and as a result we audiophiles were unable to ride on the coattails of their collective pursestrings.
Now with a large and growing number of JQ Publics owning HDTVs, they have a BIG incentive to invest in DVD players that will show off and help them justify the investment they've made in their new display units (despite the fact that 90% of them are probably set way to bright and sharp to achieve their potential). They've already seen what HD does for broadcast TV, so it's easy for them to see for themselves there are real benefits to be had in the DVD realm as well. Put another way, they're already pre-sold on the new format, whatever it is.
So, ipso facto, if JQ Public buys into these new formats the software will follow and hi-def music along with it. We finally get to ride on the coattails we missed before. And if some UK company comes along and forces Blu-ray and HD-DVD to do it cheaper, so much the better for us. Hey, Samsung (I think, but could be somebody else) has already introduced a player that will play both new formats, so universal players seem inevitable. So we as audiophiles finally get our ultra high rez format we've been craving but have only been able to sample these past several years.
So stop arguing about another format war -- who really gives a sh*t -- because no matter who wins, we as audiophiles will finally get our next "perfect sound forever" blessed by the masses.
This is a great time to be an audiophile.
Don_s -- I agree without the software it's a dead issue. But there are hi-def movies being released on a regular basis, and people who have either HD-DVD or Blu-ray players are raving about the images they're getting on their HD screens, so average consumers do recognize a significant benefit (unlike what happened with SACD and DVD-A where we audiophiles were the only ones who cared).
I would not bet against these new hi-rez DVD players, and as they get cheaper and more people get HD displays there's no way people won't adopt them. Heck, they even make their standard DVDs look better on their HD sets -- bonus. And as they find their way into more households and become the norm, the resistance of music companies to release hi-rez music to play on them will diminish. So I don't think there's any IF about it -- it's already happening. Unless you think movie studios aren't going to issue their product in HD or that music companies don't want to make more money and re-issue past releases in a hi-rez format along with new releases, this is a done deal. There's a ton of profit to be had here along with a clear and meaninful benefit to consumers, and that's the bottom line and why this will ultimately succeed.
By the way, I think it's LG that's manufacturing a multi-format player, not Samsung as I mentioned in my previous post.
Comparisons of hi-def DVD formats to DVD-A and SACD formats don't hold up because people notice visual improvements right away, and historically the buying public has largely embraced improvements in picture quality (and format convenience). Look how quickly DVD overtook VHS even though most people weren't taking advantage of the discrete digital soundtracks or using progressive scan. The DVD picture quality was still better and people liked that (and probably not having to rewind, the small size, etc.).
Also, look who's hawking HD televisions and disk players: the mass marketers. Go into a Circuit City, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Sam's, or Costco and it's all you see. It's obvious to anyone that the picture from a Blu-ray or HD DVD player on a 1080p display is even better than what you get in a movie theater. The mass market has embraced it and is pushing it.
That was never true of SACD or DVD-A.