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Old February 19th, 2008, 04:40 AM   #61
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Sayonara!! Rest in peace.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 04:58 AM   #62
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This informative podcast concerning HD-DVD sums it up quite good.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 08:32 AM   #63
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Old February 19th, 2008, 09:06 AM   #64
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Here's the final news on HDDVD.... its a done deal now

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080219/.../japan_toshiba
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Old February 19th, 2008, 09:31 AM   #65
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Well, now that it's all official, I guess I'll just have to wait until I like the 1080p TVs that are out there. They're still not up to the standard I'd like - and I'm hoping that OLEDs will meet the colour requirements I'm aiming for, though I may end up having to purchase an interim TV when they switch to digital broadcast.

Once I get a 1080p set, I will undoubtedly get a Blu-Ray player to take advantage of it - unless someone announces a 4:4:4 1080p format for home viewing (maybe Red will say something about this at NAB?). But I will never be buying a collection of discs. This will be a rental player only, and maybe hooked up for gaming on occasion.

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Old February 19th, 2008, 09:33 AM   #66
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I hope Sony sends them a fruitbasket at least, which a note saying:
"Good form, it was a splendid battle"
and in the basket would be a blu-ray player
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Old February 19th, 2008, 11:58 AM   #67
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Toshiba has withdrawn from the market

From the Wall St Journal:

Toshiba Exits HD DVD Business,
Ceding Market to Sony's Blu-ray
By YUKARI IWATANI KANE
February 19, 2008 11:37 a.m.

TOKYO -- Blaming the loss of support from a key movie studio, Toshiba Corp. said it is pulling out of the HD DVD business, handing victory to Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray technology in the fierce format war over high-definition DVDs.

Toshiba said Tuesday that it would cease production of its HD DVD players and recorders immediately and close out the business by the end of March.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1203...-Business-News
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Old February 19th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #68
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There could be a silver lining in the press announcement:

> "On Tuesday, Toshiba also formally announced that it will invest more than 1.7 trillion yen to build two flash memory factories.

One will be located in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, and the other in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.

The plants are scheduled for completion in 2010. Construction will begin in spring 2009.

Demand for flash memory chips, which are used in digital cameras and other products, is growing worldwide.(IHT/Asahi: February 20,2008)"


This could mean higher densities, faster speeds and lower prices for solid state memory.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 03:54 PM   #69
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Here's my conspiracy theory:

Hollywood is the driving force behind the victory of Blu-Ray.
Indy productions are somewhat of a threat to Hollywood's market share.
Blu-Ray, after many years, has no realistic software for indy producers.
Could it be that Blu-Ray is purposefully resisting indy productions?

I don't totally believe this, but the thought did make me wonder...On the flip side it doesn't make sense for Sony to block indy producers since they sell us cameras.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 03:57 PM   #70
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Also in today's Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1203...ub_marketplace

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But the payoff won't be immediate. For starters, DVD-replication factories that stamp out high-definition discs aren't quite ready for Blu-ray's victory. Just a handful of the plants exist -- not enough to handle the high-definition movie demands of all the major studios. That could mean the studios now backing HD DVD exclusively face delays moving to Blu-ray. Those studios also are trying to negotiate favorable terms, similar to what the studios already committed to Blu-ray got.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 04:37 PM   #71
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conspiracy theories...

Conspiracies are wonderful to speculate about. However, I think that ordinary ineptitude is sufficient to explain most of the problems we are seeing.

Personally, I'm not planning to have this part of the HD food chain functionally until late fall of this year, when profile 2.0 is available. And after Apple announces support for blu-ray in DVD SP and elsewhere.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 06:07 PM   #72
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Yeah, I think it will speed up the process for us. To me it's a huge bummer that HD DVD didn't win because at least they had their act together for our industry.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 11:36 PM   #73
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Yeah, I think it will speed up the process for us. To me it's a huge bummer that HD DVD didn't win because at least they had their act together for our industry.
I guess I don't understand what you are referring to when you say HD DVD had their act together for our industry. I have had a Blu-Ray burner for months and have been able to record my HDV video to Blu-Ray without compromising quality. While I never have seen or heard of any HD DVD burner on the market. From the first time I saw some of my HDV footage. My goal has always been "how do I preserve this quality for my clients?" At least Blu-Ray gave me a burner.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 02:05 AM   #74
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Its nice that I have to now worry if my Blu Ray player is up to date and will work with all the functions that its supposed to have and if it play all my dvd's..list goes on

thats my 1/2 cent.

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Old February 20th, 2008, 02:56 AM   #75
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Sad day really new technology thats trying to move forward looses over the old mpeg2 lives on and all because of some dirty tactics of Sony. I know its a proven format but still when will we move forward.
I think you are misinformed there - BOTH systems use EXACTLY the same codecs!
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