November 29, 2004 5:56 AM PST

Four studios support HD DVD, Toshiba says

In the battle over next-generation DVD technology, Toshiba says the standard it backs is making gains against rival Blu-ray.

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I won't touch either one...
Well, I personally won't touch either format. I don't think DVD has been around long enough to warrant a replacement yet. The only reason Hollywood and electronics companies are wanting to push this is because it will make it easy to get people to rebuy the movies and such they currently have on DVD in the new format. As for HD anyone that thinks it is worth the cost, and putting up with all of the copying restrictions that these products are going to have is an idiot.

If we let Hollywood replace DVD now then every 6 to 7 years we will be rebuying everything over and over again. It will become like the software industry where the upgrades offer nothing of value to the consumer and are only good thing for Hollywood and the electronics companies.

When DVD is as old as VHS then it is time to consider a new format.

Besides I would like to know how Hollywood is going to be able to justify these new HD formats when most of the material they have simply do not exsist in a format with enough resolution to make use of it. What is the point of rebuying what we already have when it will be the same quality as we already have? There is no point.

It is going to be at least a decade of more before all shows and movies are film in HD so making this move now is just a money maker for Hollywood and electronics companies and a rip off for consumers. But then consumers are stupid enough to fall for it.

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I'd use either one.
Plain DVD is quite good enough to handle 4x3 movie formats,
including letterboxed versions. But the plain DVD is not good
enough for HDTV. I DO think that HDTV DVD's are worth the
cost and the copying restriction can't be any worse than those of
the plain DVD.

Technology does march on. And while you can still do many
things with a 16 mHz 286 computer having 256K Ram and a 10
MB hard drive, a time comes to wake up to where the real world
is going.

And I look forward to the dual layer HD-DVD disk for data back-
up. The Blu-Ray disk are better (more capacity) but the
economics of the HD-DVD format is a dominant factor.

So let the nay-sayers huddle in the corner and mutter their
complaints. HD-DVD is the apparent winner, and as all the new
movies and shows begin to use the medium for recording, the
value will be obvious to almost all.

The stupid idiots huddling in the corner may not notice, but
then who really notices them?
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Unfortunately the way things are going the copying controls that Hollywood wants would allow them to decided what you can and can't record.

For example you spend $1000 of an HD-DVD recorder only to find out that thanks to the new controls embedded in the unit the only thing you can now record from television is either a very low quality copy of a movie (assuming they are in a generious mood) or only the commercials. This is the type of control they want and will probably get.

Add to that that like I said almost all movies and TV shows shot today do not have enough resolution to be of any use to HD-DVD and it is a waste of money. Add to that that in a decade when every show is shot high definition the HD-DVD format will be dead by then.

As for computers it will be great for back-up. For movies and TV shows it is just away for Hollywood to screw us over and screw us out of some money for something that doesn't offer us anything.

Those that don't see this are stupid and blind!

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