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27th February 2007 12:57  #1

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
Sony announce cheaper Blu-Ray player
We're heading into HD-DVD prices here.  Interesting that they say the price will be down below $500 by the end of the year.  No doubt us in the UK will have to wait an additional 12 months to get a £250 player

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070226/ap_on_hi_te...

27th February 2007 15:51  #2

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
Personally, I would just get a PS3 if I wanted Blu-Ray. same price as the aforementioned model. Plus, eventually they'll release Guitar Hero on it, which is the greatest game ever.

28th February 2007 2:35  #3

Director7 Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
^^Agreed on GH being best.

28th February 2007 3:19  #4

aleks Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 51 Send a message via AIM to aleks Send a message via MSN to aleks Send a message via Yahoo to aleks Send a message via Google to aleks Send a message via Jabber to aleks
I'm backing blu-ray because I can't stand the thought of studios and other entities having to license VC-1 (WMV9) for HD-DVD from Microsoft. While with Blu-ray (AVC - H.264) we already see open implementations out and about on all platforms.

In other words, when we are able to crack blu-ray fully, we can easily backup and play blu-ray movies on any medium we desire.

As much as I do not approve of Sony's actions in the past with the rootkit situation, Blu-ray is indeed superior in the end for us consumers and hence not locking us in.

28th February 2007 21:09  #5

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Both formats have been cracked already....

28th February 2007 21:45  #6

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
I just perfer Blu-Ray, personally, because it has a higher storage capacity and I like Sony's hardware better. But I don't have much technical knowledge and could not stand up in a true debate.

1st March 2007 1:14  #7

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
I prefer Blu-Ray as well. Hope to switch to the HD World fairly soon. I probably start from PS3, since anyway I do and will play a lot of the next Winning Eleven, GTA, MGS and so on...

1st March 2007 17:11  #8

Nic Mall Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,202 Send a message via MSN to Nic Mall
aleks wrote: we can easily backup and play blu-ray movies on any medium we desire.


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Who actually backs up their collection? Whats the point?
Everyone knows when you say "back up" you really mean "Pirate. and sell on the local market to make a few quid to get my next pack of fags"

1st March 2007 19:35  #9

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
I used to 'back up' some of my more rare VHS back in the day cos I was sick of tapes getting gnarled, chewed and scratched, but I can't say I've found a reason to back up DVD's.

1st March 2007 21:08  #10

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
Well I backup a lot of my DVD when I'm up at school. I'd rather keep the original at my house and have a copy at school so if it gets scratched, lost, etc., it's no big deal.

1st March 2007 22:18  #11

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Nic Mall wrote: [quote=aleks wrote]
Who actually backs up their collection? Whats the point?
Everyone knows when you say "back up" you really mean "Pirate. and sell on the local market to make a few quid to get my next pack of fags"


You obviously don't have kids.  Copying DVDs so that kids can watch them and you don't care if they get finger prints on them or destroy them is a worthwhile exercise.

3rd March 2007 14:09  #12

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
I have kids. How I protect my DVD's is I haven't taken them out of the plastic wrappers yet.

The kids I mean, not the DVD's.

3rd March 2007 20:12  #13

Franchise Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 294 Send a message via AIM to Franchise Send a message via MSN to Franchise Send a message via Yahoo to Franchise
I back up a good majority of all the DVDs I own.  That's just how I do things.  I have a small child who ruined a perfectly good copy of The Lion King.  Am I mad?  Not at all since it was a back up.  Without the back up, I'm looking at dishing out about $35 for a new one whereas I'm only out 30 cents or so when copying movies.

4th March 2007 19:05  #14

mikey mike Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: Yemen Posts: 256
Intergalactic Ponce wrote: I have kids. How I protect my DVD's is I haven't taken them out of the plastic wrappers yet.

The kids I mean, not the DVD's.

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