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Is the PQ worth the money for BD/HD DVD?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by machavez00, Aug 4, 2007.

Is BD/HD DVD PQ that much better that DBS/OTA HD?

  1. Yes, Much better PQ that DBS/OTA HD

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  2. No, same PQ as DBS/OT HD

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  3. No, same PQ and vOD will kill off both formats

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  1. Aug 4, 2007 #1 of 30
    machavez00

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    Let's try this another way. I am debating on getting an HD player, which model is in another thread. (http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=93548) What I want to know is from those of you who have bought either format player, is the picture quality that much better over DBS/OTA HD to merit buying an HD player? Will HD VOD end the format war an kill off both?
     
  2. Aug 4, 2007 #2 of 30
    davring

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    I have seen some demos on 1080P quality sets, and yes it is impressive, I would love to see it on my TV. To big of an investment to make with two competing formats. I will wait a while.
     
  3. Aug 4, 2007 #3 of 30
    Cholly

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    While I voted yes, it's only because there isn't that much OTA content you can compare to the disk formats. Certainly, it's better than cable or dbs. Take Planet Earth, for example. While it's stunning on Discovery HD Theater, the PQ is better on disk, because cable and dbs both compress the data.
    No brainer.
     
  4. Aug 6, 2007 #4 of 30
    Steve Mehs

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    Yes! I was at CompUSA a few months ago after they revamped their home theater stuff. They had a Sony BD Player connected via HDMI to a 55" Sony Wega SXRD 1080p HDTV playing Ice Age 2. I just stood in awe for about 20 minutes. That was the best Blu Ray demo set up I have seen. Nothing broadcasts at 1080p so ofcourse it will be better then anything you can get over the air or from satellite/cable/fiber, provided you have a 1080p display. Myself I do not, I have a 720p display, but I still think it would look pretty damn good.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2007 #5 of 30
    Stuart Sweet

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    Picture quality is definitely worth the money, but I can't spend it until I know who wins!
     
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    tomcrown1

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    no brainer picture is much much much better than anything out their.

    the big question to ask is -----does the cost of a high def disc $30.00 per disc worth the cost of entry???
     
  7. Aug 6, 2007 #7 of 30
    Rickylane

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    I have a blu ray PS3 and get most discs thru Netflix. I only buy the ones I HAVE to have. Same price as regular DVDs thru Netflix. Blockbuster has them also.
     
  8. Aug 6, 2007 #8 of 30
    P Smith

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    Rhetoric poll - you can't beat HD/BR DVD !
     
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    durl

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    That's my biggest concern. Also, we don't get to watch as many movies as we used to so I don't know if the current cost would be justified for the use it would get despite how much I'd love to have a BR-DVD.

    I've been waffling between an upconverting DVD megachanger and a Blu-Ray. The megachanger would be more useful but I'd sure like that HD picture.
     
  10. machavez00

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    Not so much rhetoric as trying to justify the price. I want an HD-DVD player and have decided to wait for Samsung's BD-UP5000. It still begs the question, VOD is on the way and we have not seen what the PQ of broadband downloaded HD looks like on the HR20 yet. If that is just as good as BD/HD DVD then why bother if the movies you want to see are available VOD?
     
  11. P Smith

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    It will never be in par with HD/BR DVD, you knew the answer before open the poll.
    As to justify prices when answering to the poll, you clearly exclude the point from the poll's question - "Is BD/HD DVD PQ that much better that DBS/OTA HD? "

    BTW, it's BlueRay ie BR DVD, not 'BD DVD'.
     
  12. BobaBird

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    I have 134 movies on LD plus the complete ST:TOS. Many of those cost me $35 in decade-ago dollars. Even though HD/B-r PQ is much better and the inflation-adjusted price of $30-35 is lower, I find myself thinking it's too much. Why? Because I see what happens with regular DVD pricing. Most of those come out around $15-20, but within a year they're in the $7 or lower bin. A box set I remember being $100 (maybe it was more) is advertised this week for $20. Those $50 TV seasons I jumped on when they were on sale for $35 are going for $13-20 less than a year later.
     
  13. Steve Mehs

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    it's neither. Blu-Ray is not a DVD. It's Blu-Ray. Just like CDs are not DVDs, all three formats are optical disc formats. And, BD is correct, BR is not. Blu-Ray Disc. Look no further then the website http://www.blu-ray.com/info.
     
  14. machavez00

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    I don't know that because I have not seen either on someones set at home, so I have no reference point. I only know that Sony and Toshiba say that it is. I would like to see either one on a set not running in "torch mode" like they are at BB or CC.
     
  15. P Smith

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    And other place like Amazon at the page http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_lin...RJG&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=299403301&pf_rd_i=130 have a topic "Browse Blu-ray DVD Releases by Week"
    Blockbuster : "Blu-Ray DVD" http://www.blockbuster.com/browse/brDvdPackage
    Netflix : "Netflix carries nearly 350 Blu-ray DVDs" http://www.netflix.com/BrowseSelection?sgid=2444

    So what you will say now ?
     
  16. Cholly

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    The proper name is Blu-ray Disc, as Steve noted above. Dealers may call it what they will but they are dead wrong in calling it anything but the proper name.
    see: www.blu-raydisc.com
     
  17. Steve Mehs

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    I don't care what they call it, they are wrong and if you believe it so are you. It's Blu-Ray Disc or BD, as per the official word from those that created and back the format. If you don't believe the website, go to Best Buy and take a look at the demo Blu-Ray player. No where do the words DVD or initials BR appear.

    Blu-Ray is no more a DVD then a DVD is a CD.
     
  18. P Smith

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    Actually it doesn't matter for me - I'm at HD DVD camp site.
     
  19. code4code5

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    Here's a question... My older RPTV doesn't have an HDMI input. I know I won't be able to get 1080p because my monitor doesn't support it, but will upconverting DVD players, BD, or HD-DVD display 1080i via component? I've never seen anything other than HDMI stats.
     
  20. machavez00

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    The content providers (the studios) mandated 720/1080 up convert over HDMI/DVI only. You can do 480p only over component
     
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