May 3, 2006 9:55 AM PDT

Tepid interest seen for next-gen DVDs in 2006

Survey of high-volume DVD users shows that about one in five may buy high-definition DVD players or discs in 2006.

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Wait wait wait
Waiting till either both formats die or unite. Like LaserDisc and VCD
did later in their lives.
Posted by fakespam (239 comments )
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Don't Buy till they Die!
Same Here I want both Formats to Die! I want sony and the others to lose a billion dollars!

As A big BIG lose will make thies nuts see that we the user do not want another VHS Vs. Betamax war.

When we have "1" HD DVd format that has the backing of all the studios then I will consider an HD DVD format.

Till then I hope there investers hang em all!

PS do not buy a PS3 if and when it ever comes out as u will be supporting the Blue Ray dvd format if you do.
Posted by Migraine (95 comments )
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Wait wait wait
Waiting till either both formats die or unite. Like LaserDisc and VCD
did later in their lives.
Posted by fakespam (239 comments )
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Don't Buy till they Die!
Same Here I want both Formats to Die! I want sony and the others to lose a billion dollars!

As A big BIG lose will make thies nuts see that we the user do not want another VHS Vs. Betamax war.

When we have "1" HD DVd format that has the backing of all the studios then I will consider an HD DVD format.

Till then I hope there investers hang em all!

PS do not buy a PS3 if and when it ever comes out as u will be supporting the Blue Ray dvd format if you do.
Posted by Migraine (95 comments )
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Why Bother?
I got fiber optic broadband last year. Now all I need is for a the Napster/Yahoo music subscription services to expand to video. In the next couple of years there will be plenty of legal video services available. The "standard" DVD was the end-of-the-line as far as I'm concerned.

I basically NEVER buy music CD's anymore, although I buy plenty of iTunes/Napster/Yahoo music content. The idea of shipping music on a disc is archaic now. Video is next.

Since the two greedy format camps couldn't get their act together two years ago (when I still might have cared) they've missed the boat completely now as far as I'm concerned. Who will win, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD? The answer is "who even remotely cares anyway?"

Let the Betamax/VHS wars go on all over again, I just find it laughable. Both sides were so determined that the couldn't give an inch that they delayed the release of BOTH their products to the point where NEITHER makes sense anymore. Even if there was (today) a unified standard, I wouldn't be very excited about it, but since there is only the start of a long, bloody format war that will take MANY years to resolve itself, there is NO WAY that I'm investing in either system. They will BOTH be completely obsolete long before their format war is decided.

Sure you can't download HD video content TODAY, but it'll be coming very soon, well before I'd even begin to build up a fraction of the size of my current DVD library. I'm not going to be fooled into buying Apollo 13 twice when I know it will be downloadable-on-demand from some soon-to-come Netflix/Blockbuster/Windows Media/Tivo solution.

Blu-Ray? HD-DVD? A pox on both their houses! They both deserve to be heaped with consumer distain! These giant corporations forgot who they work for: the consumer! Now they will learn a very expensive lesson.
Posted by Yet Another Mark Johnson (66 comments )
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The next step isn't better quality
Agreed, the next step isn't better quality but availability. Good
(not HD) quality downloads and on demand TV is the way to go.
Posted by Peter Bonte (316 comments )
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Why Bother?
I got fiber optic broadband last year. Now all I need is for a the Napster/Yahoo music subscription services to expand to video. In the next couple of years there will be plenty of legal video services available. The "standard" DVD was the end-of-the-line as far as I'm concerned.

I basically NEVER buy music CD's anymore, although I buy plenty of iTunes/Napster/Yahoo music content. The idea of shipping music on a disc is archaic now. Video is next.

Since the two greedy format camps couldn't get their act together two years ago (when I still might have cared) they've missed the boat completely now as far as I'm concerned. Who will win, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD? The answer is "who even remotely cares anyway?"

Let the Betamax/VHS wars go on all over again, I just find it laughable. Both sides were so determined that the couldn't give an inch that they delayed the release of BOTH their products to the point where NEITHER makes sense anymore. Even if there was (today) a unified standard, I wouldn't be very excited about it, but since there is only the start of a long, bloody format war that will take MANY years to resolve itself, there is NO WAY that I'm investing in either system. They will BOTH be completely obsolete long before their format war is decided.

Sure you can't download HD video content TODAY, but it'll be coming very soon, well before I'd even begin to build up a fraction of the size of my current DVD library. I'm not going to be fooled into buying Apollo 13 twice when I know it will be downloadable-on-demand from some soon-to-come Netflix/Blockbuster/Windows Media/Tivo solution.

Blu-Ray? HD-DVD? A pox on both their houses! They both deserve to be heaped with consumer distain! These giant corporations forgot who they work for: the consumer! Now they will learn a very expensive lesson.
Posted by Yet Another Mark Johnson (66 comments )
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The next step isn't better quality
Agreed, the next step isn't better quality but availability. Good
(not HD) quality downloads and on demand TV is the way to go.
Posted by Peter Bonte (316 comments )
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Another ho hum story
Any real shocker here?
Most people remember the betamax vs VHS fiasco.

Its funny though to watch the talk back comments.
One person says why bother since he's got high speed fiber to his house and will wait for the digital download. Too bad that it won't have the resolution since its a bandwidth hog. Of course he purchases his music as MP3 so we know he's not in to high fidelity.

Others are saying boycott both camps and wait it out. Too bad that in this round, not only did the consumers learn from their mistakes. Since Sony has its own movie house, they can wait it out, especially if they have the titles that you want.

So if you're going to wait, plan on a long wait.

Of course it seems that all of technology is following moore's law. So if you purchase now, you'll have to upgrade in 18 months....
Posted by dargon19888 (412 comments )
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High Fidelity - not...
These days people are listening to MP3 and watching videos on iPods. I started transferring movies to MP4 on my PSP. It's part of the reason dvd-audio and sacd have failed so miserably. That, and of course the format war. They just don't learn...

Maybe the failure of the Sony proprietary UMD format for movies will slowly make executies there wake up and smell the coffee. Hm, SACD strike one... UMD Movies, strike two. If BR fails...

Not sure about the moore's law comment though. Once you buy a dvd player it will keep playing dvds. Not like a computer that won't run the software you want to buy 18 months later. The moore's law part just means the chips internally shrink, the cogs goes down and you buy it cheaper with a few new bells and whistles.
Posted by Nieroda (2 comments )
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Another ho hum story
Any real shocker here?
Most people remember the betamax vs VHS fiasco.

Its funny though to watch the talk back comments.
One person says why bother since he's got high speed fiber to his house and will wait for the digital download. Too bad that it won't have the resolution since its a bandwidth hog. Of course he purchases his music as MP3 so we know he's not in to high fidelity.

Others are saying boycott both camps and wait it out. Too bad that in this round, not only did the consumers learn from their mistakes. Since Sony has its own movie house, they can wait it out, especially if they have the titles that you want.

So if you're going to wait, plan on a long wait.

Of course it seems that all of technology is following moore's law. So if you purchase now, you'll have to upgrade in 18 months....
Posted by dargon19888 (412 comments )
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High Fidelity - not...
These days people are listening to MP3 and watching videos on iPods. I started transferring movies to MP4 on my PSP. It's part of the reason dvd-audio and sacd have failed so miserably. That, and of course the format war. They just don't learn...

Maybe the failure of the Sony proprietary UMD format for movies will slowly make executies there wake up and smell the coffee. Hm, SACD strike one... UMD Movies, strike two. If BR fails...

Not sure about the moore's law comment though. Once you buy a dvd player it will keep playing dvds. Not like a computer that won't run the software you want to buy 18 months later. The moore's law part just means the chips internally shrink, the cogs goes down and you buy it cheaper with a few new bells and whistles.
Posted by Nieroda (2 comments )
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One in five may buy? There's more idiots out there
than I thought, if 20% may purchase a "nex gen" DVD, which IMO is throwing money down the toilet.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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One in five may buy? There's more idiots out there
than I thought, if 20% may purchase a "nex gen" DVD, which IMO is throwing money down the toilet.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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well
who really wants to get into another format right now? I think the war between formats has gotten a lot more attention than other standards wars get so many are proceeding with caution, hopefully.
Posted by chuchucuhi (233 comments )
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well
who really wants to get into another format right now? I think the war between formats has gotten a lot more attention than other standards wars get so many are proceeding with caution, hopefully.
Posted by chuchucuhi (233 comments )
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Where is this?
"With all the talk and excitement around high-definition DVD they are still a long way away from moving into that format."

Everything I read from consumers has more saying we don't need this and that it is just a way to get more copy protection and to charge more for the same old content.

Sure HD DVD and Blue-Ray offer some interesting features, but features that the studios aren't going to use. DVD has interesting features like multiple angles and such and I can count on one hand the number of Hollywood movies that make use of them.

HD is a joke. The government is pushing it because they want the money from selling the spectrum to help shore up Bush's spending on a worthless war. Hollywoods wants HD to make more money. It has nothing to do with "better for the consumer".

Hollywood is already showing its greed. Less than a year ago when a movie like King Kong came out on 2-discs it would sell for $20 to start with. Now they release a lame one disc one for that and charge $30 for the 2 disc. Greed is what it is.

Robert
Posted by Heebee Jeebies (632 comments )
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Where is this?
"With all the talk and excitement around high-definition DVD they are still a long way away from moving into that format."

Everything I read from consumers has more saying we don't need this and that it is just a way to get more copy protection and to charge more for the same old content.

Sure HD DVD and Blue-Ray offer some interesting features, but features that the studios aren't going to use. DVD has interesting features like multiple angles and such and I can count on one hand the number of Hollywood movies that make use of them.

HD is a joke. The government is pushing it because they want the money from selling the spectrum to help shore up Bush's spending on a worthless war. Hollywoods wants HD to make more money. It has nothing to do with "better for the consumer".

Hollywood is already showing its greed. Less than a year ago when a movie like King Kong came out on 2-discs it would sell for $20 to start with. Now they release a lame one disc one for that and charge $30 for the 2 disc. Greed is what it is.

Robert
Posted by Heebee Jeebies (632 comments )
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HD-DVD/BlueRay = Extreme DRM
I've heard that if you bought a movie (hd or blue ray) make a backup of it, and loan it to a friend, it will not play.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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I'll see your claim, and raise you one
Certain Blu-Ray players will actually downgrade your picture if you aren't using an HDMI video cable. Supposedly they figured out that HDMI can be used to identify if the disc's contents are legit or not, so to prevent anyone from trying to pirate the content, they just go ahead and punish anyone without the (pricey, mind you) HDMI setup.

Yet another example of these HD-pushing fatcats being completely out of touch with what the consumer wants.
Posted by Christopher Hall (1205 comments )
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HD-DVD/BlueRay = Extreme DRM
I've heard that if you bought a movie (hd or blue ray) make a backup of it, and loan it to a friend, it will not play.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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I'll see your claim, and raise you one
Certain Blu-Ray players will actually downgrade your picture if you aren't using an HDMI video cable. Supposedly they figured out that HDMI can be used to identify if the disc's contents are legit or not, so to prevent anyone from trying to pirate the content, they just go ahead and punish anyone without the (pricey, mind you) HDMI setup.

Yet another example of these HD-pushing fatcats being completely out of touch with what the consumer wants.
Posted by Christopher Hall (1205 comments )
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