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Old March 27th, 2006, 09:16 PM   #1
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"It's crazy," says chief analyst Richard Doherty of consumer-research firm Envisioneering. "The sticker on your new player promises the equivalent of a high-performance car, but the fine print says you may be buying an Edsel instead."
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Old March 28th, 2006, 05:44 AM   #2
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If all the movies released on HD-DVD disks are downrezed on 90% of HDTV screens, in living rooms across the country, and the movies released on Blu-Ray disks aren't, it will be a short war.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 08:54 AM   #3
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The Edsel was a very nice car . . .

It *is* an important point to make, though, that HD-DVD vs. BD isn't the only component (no pun intended) in the HD format war -- the HDTVs themselves have a lot to do with it.
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If all the movies released on HD-DVD disks are downrezed on 90% of HDTV screens, in living rooms across the country, and the movies released on Blu-Ray disks aren't, it will be a short war.

The way I read it, it is reduced on both formats by use of copyright protection systems.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 09:41 AM   #5
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From what I've read, it appears that at least some of the movies released on HD-DVD will be encoded with the flag for downrezing analog component output (over 90% of HDTVs and HDTV compatible displays do not have HDMI input connectors). The article in the above link would seem to indicate that none of the studios releasing movies on Blu-Ray disks plan to use that downrez flag, at least not as yet.
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