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Old 03-08-2006, 09:10   #21
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1) Amazon sell the Tosh HD -DVD for $458 today, so prehaps 300 quid at launch in the Uk.
And when will drives be available for PCs? I wouldn't mind getting one for my PC to go with my new Dell monitor.
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Old 03-08-2006, 23:22   #22
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Anandtech (I think) have just reviewed playing back HD_DVD's on PC, what power requirements, hardware (tosh drive) and software is required for HD-DVD and encrypted disks, and i thnik Dell do a laptop with a HD-DVD drive in now too.

So I guess theres soem drives around, mebe beta/early release stuff. Takes a grunty PC and vid card acceleration (GF7+ etc) to decode/play encrypted stuff.
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:31   #23
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Thanks. Here's the link. However, it does sound like a laptop won't have enough battery capacity to allow you to watch a whole movie with the processor requirement necessary for decoding!

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2798
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And when will drives be available for PCs? I wouldn't mind getting one for my PC to go with my new Dell monitor.
A Blu-Ray drive is available now - but check out the price! http://www.diskdepot.co.uk/acatalog/...-drives-1.html
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A Blu-Ray drive is available now - but check out the price! http://www.diskdepot.co.uk/acatalog/...-drives-1.html
I owned one of those for about 24 hours before realising how bad the first batch of Blu-ray releases was. I sent it back and bought an HD DVD player for less money, and boy am I glad.
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Old 04-08-2006, 12:07   #26
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I owned one of those for about 24 hours before realising how bad the first batch of Blu-ray releases was. I sent it back and bought an HD DVD player for less money, and boy am I glad.
Did you actually get a software player with it? From the description it sounds like all that you can do is use it to burn discs at the moment. There's no mention of playback software.
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Did you actually get a software player with it? From the description it sounds like all that you can do is use it to burn discs at the moment. There's no mention of playback software.
Yeah, that was another problem. The Intervideo and Cyberlink sites sort of imply that the latest versions of WinDVD and PowerDVD respectively can play Blu-ray and HD DVD discs, but what they don't tell you is that they require a purchasable plug-in that isn't actually available yet.
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