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Old 19-02-2007, 22:12   #1
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3x DVD = HD DVD 'lite'

A halfway step, a breakthrough, or an irrelavance?

http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/19/i...ainst-blu-ray/

Basicaly using a normal 9GB DVD spun at 3 speed in a HD DVD player to playback short length and/or 720p content...

Purely as a cost saving measure..
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Old 19-02-2007, 22:41   #2
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A halfway step, a breakthrough, or an irrelavance?..
...or another nail in the coffin for HD DVD.
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Old 19-02-2007, 22:42   #3
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Yeah 'cos choice and lower price are baaad things...???
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Old 19-02-2007, 23:48   #4
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more confusion for the consumer.... not good.

HD-DVDs achillies heel is its lack of studio support - thats it in a nutshell, solve that and its flying. I can see its strategy his year is to get a bigger consumer base so the BD only studios will think twice about ignoring the market. I think the HD-DVD name, coupled with cheaper players and cheap films could break it to Joe public.

Lets face it, its mainly IT savvy nerds who know what 720p means and why 1080 is better. The average guy in Currys buying a new TV is really only worried about price and style and not resolution.

Whatever your thoughts on who will/should win the format war, its no doubt very interesting to watch....
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Old 20-02-2007, 00:00   #5
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It is a bit odd considering HD DVD's dont cost any more realy than normal ones.

As for region coding, it didnt work but became irrelavant with DVD's so why bother again?

Most normal people just cant be bothered & buy on the highstreet.
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Old 20-02-2007, 07:06   #6
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Its just stupid, what are these, like hd-svcds?

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Old 20-02-2007, 13:20   #7
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This has been part of the spec for ages, I believe requested by Warners. Doesn't BD have a similiar option.

(Reading the comments on that page confirm this)

I will make no difference to the consumer, but as a content owner, you have got a more cost effective way of releasing short-from content. After all, there will be 'some' price difference between HD DVD and DVD manufacturer, even if it's not a huge amount. Plus more people manufacture DVDs than HD DVDs.

TBH, this is probably far more useful for Blu-Ray considering the price increase and limited replication abilities of BD-ROM.
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Old 20-02-2007, 16:49   #8
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The BD version is called BD-9. Both formats have it. Indeed, Blu-ray has two iterations - BD-9 and AVCHD. The PS3 even has official support for AVCHD.

You could fit an entire movie on with AC3 audio at 720p.

Nothing new or exciting here and most certainly not "a nail in the coffin" for either format. I've been making HD DVDs like this since day one.

It's actually very useful as DVD burners are virtually a standard now on home PCs. I anticipate that people will be archiving raw SkyHD feeds on AVCHD or "3x DVD" within the year. There has already been some very surprising work done on reverse-engineering AVCHD behind the scenes.

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Old 22-02-2007, 02:48   #9
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Sounds very similar to the WM9 titles that were being release a year or 2 ago.
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Old 23-02-2007, 16:29   #10
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I would have thought divx hd would be better than this. Smaller file sizes, but Im not sure you could play them on a normal dvd player.

Edit - I have the wmv hd trailer for T2..looks stunning on the monitor, just tried and it wont even play on my divx machine.

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