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by ramsrule30 / July 5, 2007 12:11 PM PDT

I would like to hear opinions on which format you think will win and how soon this war between the two will be over. The editors here at cnet seem to be quiet on the issue so I am curious for user opinions.

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Low-cost Blue-ray players to hit the market
by ramsrule30 / July 5, 2007 12:14 PM PDT
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Low Cost Funai Blu-ray Player This Fall
Posted June 22, 2007 by Josh

The first low cost Blu-ray player will hit US shelves this fall from Funai, according to reports from Japan. As we reported earlier, Funai makes low costs electronics which are then sold under brand names such as Sylvania, Emerson, and Magnavox. While no pricing or specs have yet been released, expect pricing to be lower than players from top manufacturers, which are expected to drop to around $400 for the holiday season.

At this year's CES, HD DVD announced that they would leverage cheap players from China to reach a wider marketplace. Since then, the camp has been very quiet as to when these players would actually show up. It appears that Blu-ray may match their claim, or even beat it, effectively nullifying any pricing advantage this important holiday season.

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Sony Blu-ray
by july1962 / July 13, 2007 2:09 PM PDT

I just got Sony's latest Blu-Ray DVD player (BDP-S301) at Costco for $450.

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by stewart norrie / July 5, 2007 12:18 PM PDT
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I bought my blue ray player about 5 months at first it was good for a door stopper, But in the last month Blockbuster and Hollywood vidio are now stocking them for rental and for the same fee as standard d.v.d.s I must say the picture quality is truly amazing The turning point may be when the blue ray players drop to below the $500 price range This is like the battle between Beta and V.H.S how stupid ha ha steweee

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by ns387241 / July 5, 2007 12:31 PM PDT
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I am a manager at best Buy in New York. As such, I have access to information as to what our customers are buying and how much of a particular product is going out the door. Without getting too much into the stats, for every 1 HD-DVD disc purchased, there are 3 BluRay Discs purchsed. I am also aware of the technical superioirty and vast corporate backing of BluRay that HD-DVD simply does not have. Since corporate decides how our store is layed out, we currently have equal representation of HD-DVD and BluRay discs and players. Long story made short, BluRay is currently in the lead.

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a question
by ramsrule30 / July 5, 2007 2:04 PM PDT
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I am a bit confused by 1 of your comments. You said that Blue-ray has the technical superiority and vast corporate backing. But, you said you have equal representation of HDDVD and Blueray disks and players. How can that be if "corporate decides how your store is layed out?"

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by ns387241 / July 6, 2007 8:38 AM PDT
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BluRay Disc has the backing of 170+ companies worldwide (Best Buy is not inclded, only electroincs manufacturers). Best Buy is trying their best to have equal representation, even though there is such a limited selection of HD-DVD's (we want to be winners no matter who wins). My bosses (district managers, etc) want us to keep even reprsentation, so that when reps from either side come in, we don't get fined (also keep in mind that Toshiba pays for their fair share of endcap representation).. BluRay disc in my opinion, backed by stats, is currently ahead, but (even though I highly doubt it) that doesn't mean HDDVD will lose.

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(NT) (NT) Old subject that will produce a whole lot of nothing
by misterguy / July 5, 2007 10:44 PM PDT
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That's fine
by ramsrule30 / July 6, 2007 12:44 AM PDT

If you feel that way, don't contribute to the discussion. I"m looking for opinions from other users or moderators who do care to share.

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Don't buy either Blu-Ray or HD-DVD yet....
by GinoShea / July 6, 2007 3:06 AM PDT
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Wait until the dust settles and there's one clear winner. That may take a year or two...who knows?

Though I don't work for Best Buy, I would assume BB stocks as many HD-DVD flicks and players as Ble-Ray because BB doesn't want to P.O. Microsoft.

HD-DVD is backed by Microsoft & Toshiba and supposedly one major film studio. Which one, I don't know.

Blu-Ray is a Sony technology and supposedly backed by 8 or 9 major film studios.

Something else to consider. I've heard this and I don't know if it is true or not.

Supposedly the adult entertainment industry (porn) backs HD-DVD because Sony won't allow porn to be put on Blue Ray discs. How that will effect the outcome of this war I don't know.

My suggestion for what it's worth. Buy a decent DVD player that upscales regular DVD's to 1080p. Check out the reviews for these on C-NET. I purchased an Oppo DVD upconverter. It works just great. Why invest in one technology that may be tommorow's trash?

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I don't know Gino
by ramsrule30 / July 6, 2007 3:19 AM PDT

Not buying either does seem to be a safe bet. The upcoming holiday season could potentially determine the outcome. You can bet both camps will be slashing prices for the holiday season. From what I have read and heard, HD-DVD has the advantage in stand-alone players because of price. But, Blue-ray is selling more dvd's (because of availability). If Blue-ray players undercut or come in at around the same price as HD-DVD players, it would stand to reason blue-ray should/could increase their standalone dvd sales and could spell the end of the format war. What do you think?

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I think Blue Ray will win for two reasons....
by GinoShea / July 6, 2007 3:55 AM PDT
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Sony most likely learned quite a few lessons when VHS became the standard over Betamax.

I think Sony will reduce prices as well at the holiday season. They do it with their TV's all the time. A 55-inch SXRD rear project set lists for $2,399 but you can get it from Sony direct and other outlets for $2,000.

They'll know when to pull the prices down to hit the consumer sweet spot. If I could I'd buy a Blue Ray now. But I want them to hit $300 before I budge.

The second reason, for what it's worth, if it's true about the porn industry only going HD-DVD, I can't see that having much effect on the outcome of the war.

I'm not a prude or anything but I'm not into porn either. I just can't see your average porn users dropping a grand or two for a HD-TV and then another couple hundred dollars for an HD-DVD player to see porn in HD.

I mean, who would want to see that in high definition glory? Some of those actors are not that great looking. HD could just make the whole experience that much nastier... but I also bet a lot of people would like that.

Blue Ray will win eventually. Sony will undersell Toshiba and Microsoft. Microsoft hasn't been that successful outside of the software side of the business. Look at today's Business Section in the New York Times. Microsoft will be spending $1.5 billion to repair XBox 360 machines (which are HD-DVD compatible). I haven't heard Sony spending that kind of cash to shore up Playstation 3 consoles which are Blue-Ray players right out of the box...

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Here's an interesting sidenote I have come across
by ramsrule30 / July 6, 2007 4:24 AM PDT

Europe Steps Up Probe of New DVD Formats
Competition of Blu-ray, HD
To Secure Studios' Support
Arouses Antitrust Concerns
July 3, 2007; Page A7

In a move that could be key to determining the future of home cinema, European antitrust regulators are stepping up their probe into possible anticompetitive practices in the format war over high-definition DVDs.

Hollywood's studios are racing to dig up files, emails and records of telephone conversations related to the competing Blu-ray and HD DVD formats after the European Commission sent out letters last month demanding evidence of their communications and agreements on the new generation of DVD formats.

The European Commission, the European Union's executive body, appears to be particularly interested in the activities of the Blu-ray group because of its dominance in Hollywood, according to people familiar with the situation. The commission is investigating whether improper tactics were used to suppress competition and persuade the studios to back their format.

Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for the commission, confirmed that it had sent letters to the studios in mid-June trying to establish whether they have restrictive agreements to use one or the other of the standards.

Blu-ray, which is supported by Sony Corp. and partners, is in a fierce combat with the Toshiba Corp.-led HD DVD group to set the standard for the next generation of DVD. High-definition DVDs promise sharper picture quality and better sound than traditional DVDs, but they require new players. (Neither of the new formats is compatible with traditional DVD players, but traditional DVDs can be viewed on both Blu-ray and HD DVD players.)

While the HD camp has had some success in its partnership with Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 videogame consoles and by offering lower-priced machines, the Blu-ray camp has gained the upper hand in Hollywood, with more studios backing its format. Blockbuster Inc. also recently said it would exclusively stock DVDs using the Blu-ray format.

The HD DVD camp has been lobbying the commission to draw attention to Blu-ray's tactics in the movie capital in a bid to force more studios to put their product on HD DVD, according to people familiar with the situation. One issue the Commission has raised with some studios is statements made at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las Vegas about the exclusivity of studios to Blu-ray, according to people familiar with the situation.

Blu-ray is supported by every major studio except NBC Universal's Universal Pictures, which is backing HD DVD exclusively. Five studios are exclusive to Blu-ray: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walt Disney Co., News Corp.'s Twentieth Century Fox, Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and MGM, which is owned by a consortium including Sony. Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. are backing both. In its formal request to at least one studio, the commission has asked for documents related to any decision to release movies on Blu-ray exclusively and not HD DVD, as well as communications on both formats with certain individuals associated with Blu-ray.

Both new formats offer old and recent titles.
The European Commission launched a broad inquiry into the competing formats a year ago. The commission said at the time that it had sent a letter to Blu-ray and HD to request information about their licensing practices. However, the commission's recent letter to the studios signals a shift in focus to the studios and possibly Blu-ray specifically.

The battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD is expected to reach a fever pitch in the fourth quarter of this year. The run-up to the Christmas period is traditionally the most important period for DVD sales. There is a lot at stake: Whichever camp wins the battle stands to make huge profits from selling both players and DVDs.

Both camps have significantly stepped up their efforts in recent weeks. Blu-ray announced a summer promotion that gives consumers five free Blu-ray movies if they purchase a new Blu-ray player by Sept. 30. Toshiba recently announced HD DVD players would sell for as little as $299, far less than comparable Blu-ray players.

The market for next-generation DVDs of either stripe is tiny so far, though. Through June, Blu-ray had sold about 1.8 million discs, compared with 1.3 million for HD DVD, according to consultancy Adams Media Research. A top title such as Warner Bros.' "The Departed," which was out in both formats, shipped 85,000 copies in Blu-ray and 60,000 in HD DVD, compared with 7.7 million for regular DVDs.

These days, Blu-ray discs are outselling HD DVDs at a rate of about two to one, says Tom Adams, president at Adams Media. But that doesn't mean HD DVDs can't reclaim the advantage if more studios start releasing movies in both formats.

Once either format hits about two million homes, it will create a large enough incentive for any studio not releasing titles in that format to reconsider, Mr. Adams says. Currently, about 105,000 homes have Blu-ray players, and about 150,000 have HD DVD players. An additional 1.5 million homes have PlayStation 3 devices, which also play Blu-ray movies, although fewer gamers are using the machines to play movies than had been hoped for. About 160,000 consumers have bought add-on devices for Xbox machines that allow them to play HD DVDs.

The studios want a new revenue stream to compensate for slowing DVD sales. When consumers switched from the VHS tape format to DVD, it created a sales bonanza as consumers replaced their old tapes with crisper DVDs. Studios are hoping for the same sort of upgrade for new format DVDs.

But many consumers say the difference in quality between the new DVDs and the old ones isn't as impressive as the difference between VHS tapes and DVDs, prompting them to drag their feet on replacing their equipment. In addition to buying new players, consumers need expensive high-definition televisions to play the new discs.

Consumer groups have slammed the studios and the electronics companies for creating another product in which two incompatible technologies battle for supremacy in the marketplace. The situation harks back to the battle between VHS and Betamax in the 1980s. VHS tapes eventually won, but not until millions of consumers bought Betamax machines, which became obsolete.

For DVDs, the studios and electronics companies worked together to avoid a similar mess. As two competing formats for next-generation DVDs emerged, the companies involved talked about merging the formats or picking one over the other, but this time compromise proved elusive.

-- Adam Cohen contributed to this article.

Write to Merissa Marr at and Sarah McBride at

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by MURIELF / July 8, 2007 9:41 AM PDT

I have Sharp LC-37D40U model--1080i/720p. I use with Comcast DVR.

I wanted to buy dvd-vcr recorder to tape shows, transfer old vcr tapes to dvd (thus vcr recorder also), record on dvd etc.. Want to be able to use with above model. Am very confused - not extremely knowledgeable, and cannot seem to get straight answers from anyone.

Any "simple" explanations would be appreciated. Thank you.

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by Riverledge / July 8, 2007 9:50 AM PDT


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it is better to wait
by pvotlucka / July 13, 2007 4:41 PM PDT

If you wait long enough the price will come down. Secondly, I have seen combo players (both Blueray and HD DVD). I believe you will not have to choose a side just get machine to play both.

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the only problem is
by jbd30 / July 14, 2007 3:13 AM PDT
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that those combo players are more expensive than just buying a player of each format.

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The new Samsung
by HHaller2 / July 14, 2007 6:37 AM PDT
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Combo player retails for about $600...close to a BD player. I'd expect those prices to drop rapidly. I think it hits stores in September/October.

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No it is...
by givemeaname / July 14, 2007 10:23 AM PDT
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$600 more the a stand-alone BD player. It is worded badly.

"but Samsung said it will cost approximately 400 euros (~$540) more than a standard Blu-ray player."

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It is open to some debate...
by HHaller2 / July 14, 2007 12:58 PM PDT
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Blu Ray
by givemeaname / July 7, 2007 3:37 AM PDT
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Only 1 company makes HDDVD players, Toshiba But Blu Ray you have Sony, Samsung, Sharp (this fall), Pioneer, Panasonic & soon to be Denon.

The war should be over in 2-3 years. Once the price of BD's comes down in B&M stores, online bd prices are so much cheaper then B&M stores, now. + player prices are coming down fast & by the end of this year we should see blu ray players around $250 & that is the same price for a good DVD player.

I took the leap got the Samsung BD1200. I 1st pre-ordered the Panasonic 10a but after 3 weeks & still no release date I switch that order to the samsung bd1200 & have had it 2 days nows & have had zero problems.

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by Riverledge / July 7, 2007 1:35 PM PDT
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BLOCKBUSTER DUMPS HD-DVD RETAIL STORY; with an article of its own.

just a note.


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China reported to unleash cheap HD-DVD players
by ramsrule30 / July 8, 2007 2:02 PM PDT

Friday, June 29, 2007 - 10:21 (GMT+99)

China prepares to unleash its HD DVD army
Filed under: DVD, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD | by :ryan |

AV Zombie: The steering committee of the DVD Forum has now rubber-stamped an agreement with the Optical Memory National Engineering Research Center of China, which effectively gives a green light to the creation of an HD DVD variant for China?s local market.

Under the agreement, the country gets a unique version of the HD DVD specification which is close enough to the standard used elsewhere for Chinese makers to develop widely compatible disc players, made inexpensive through huge economies of scale.

It?s unclear yet what the real impact of cheap HD DVD players pouring from Chinese vendors will be, but Universal?s Ken Graffeo believes it could mark a turning point in the hi-def format war. ?Hardware drives software. Why do you think they give away the razor? It?s because they want you to buy the blades.?

Inexpensive players are seen as key to broadening the appeal of high def packaged media. Toshiba recently saw its player sales soar by as much as 70% when it dropped the price of its entry-level deck.

Andy Parsons, spokesman for the Blu-ray Disc Association, was less impressed, claiming the ratification of a Chinese HD DVD standard would have little relevance in the worldwide market.

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If true
by ramsrule30 / July 8, 2007 2:04 PM PDT

you can be sure that Walmart will be carrying these players. Depending on the price, this could be big news.

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What about all the DVD's I've collected........
by Rollbar / July 13, 2007 3:50 AM PDT
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470 + or - over the last 8 years.

Should I sell the collection now? I wanted to start replacing my favorites with blu-ray but thinking I should wait to buy.

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I would say HD DVD, or both camps finally settle
by HHaller2 / July 13, 2007 12:16 AM PDT
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Regardless of what anyone says, it will all boil down to price. The lowest BD player is about $499, and now you have the entry-level HD A2 popping up online for about $199. Whoever has the lowest price at Christmas will get a huge leg up...

And it makes sense, both formats are technically equal (despite what you hear in forums, just read the CNet reviews) so why spend more money?

Eventually, I think you're going to see both sides reach an agreement, however...BD will never be able to beat Toshiba's pricing, and HD DVD will eventually need the BD catalogue.

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by dminott / July 13, 2007 1:40 PM PDT
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My advice is to forget this war!
The reason is that as soon as they have soaked the public (or should I say "drained") they will start announcing the next best thing... holographic storage! This is currently a reality, and will migrate to the general public very quickly. Generation skipping is a good thing... Of course, those with gobs of disposable income will jump at anything, i.e., the iPhone, for example...

P.S. Besides, who wouldn't want their very own HoloDeck???

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What can you get?
by infiniteya / July 13, 2007 2:36 PM PDT
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You'll see a lot of suggestions based on technology, price, timing, whatever. But what can you get?

I don't buy DVD's because I watch a movie once and that's it so I rent. I know that Blockbuster (the only game in town where I live) will only carry Blu-Ray when they finally start carrying any hi-def movies.

That makes my decision easy, gonna be Blu-Ray when I finally make the move.

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by Riverledge / July 13, 2007 2:47 PM PDT
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IN REALITY I THINK THEY WILL CO-EXIST!!! PERHAPS EVEN MERGE INTO A single format......just a wish! I'm not a movie buff, per se, but why screw everybody and please nobody.

Just thinking........


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I think Blu-Ray will win, but...
by pozdro / July 13, 2007 8:55 PM PDT
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I`m not interested in HD-DVD, Blu-Ray or other formats like that... I think the Holographic Disc should win!!! The first version of Holographic drive can read Holo-discs and also CD,DVD... HD-DVD and Blu-Ray drives can`t read older formats...

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Why Even BOTHER to Consider HD-DVD?
by Flatworm / July 13, 2007 11:42 PM PDT
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The contest is over. Blu-Ray is the winner. This should be obvious to anybody who is paying any attention.

Some people seem to be confused because Blu-Ray came out of Sony, and they presume that therefore Sony will be the loser to Toshiba's HD-DVD like its Beta format was before to JVC's VHS. But there was a very good reason why Beta lost to VHS -- the longest the early Beta machine scould record was 1:30, too short to record a movie, while VHS tapes, even initially, held 2:00 of content. By the time the slower (and lower quality) speeds were implemented, there was already a VAST quantity of VHS content around compared to Beta. For consumers, this was the obvious deciding factor. No quality advantage could ever overcome this shortcoming for Beta. We are already seeing the content advantage for Blu-Ray reaching insurmountable proportions.

Blu-Ray, on the other hand, has EVERY advantage over HD-DVD for the consumer except a small difference in the cost of the players (albeit well within the affordable range for the vast majority of those who own TVs that can display HD content), and save for a minor, and soon to be overcome, advantage related to the cost of disk production it also has every advantage for producers. The chief advantage is the same advantage that VHS held over Beta -- greater storage capacity.

But an even greater advantage in the long run is the fact that Blu-Ray RECORDERS are already out for computers and will soon be available in consumer video units. This is the chief advantage that tape cassettes had over 8-Tracks in the early '70s when that silly old format war was going on.

Furthermore, in the lab, Blu-Ray disks have been made to record many multiple layers of data, and may eventually have capabilities approaching or even exceeding a terabyte of storage on a single disk. I have heard of no such capabilities on the part of the HD-DVD format.

HD-DVD is already dead. Any life in it you see is merely residual reflex, consisting mainly of deep denial on the part of Toshiba and other backers of their clearly inferior format. There's no breath in that body. You can buy Blu-Ray now with confidence that it will endure as a format, perhaps the final and ultimate audio-video physical media format.

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