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Old 27-09-2006, 16:52   #61
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I have heard several people are doing exactly that. I have also heard people have stopped buying DVD's because of HD but won't be upgrading for years. They don't plan on watching any new DVD's until they get HD. That is also nuts.
Also if people upgrade their DVD's because a newer release has a betterr transfer or better extras, people are bound to start upgrading their DVD collections to HD discs.
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Old 27-09-2006, 19:53   #62
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I don't think anyone is saying upgrade their entire DVD collection to HD-DVD's. That would be nuts.
Absolutely - I just can't image - outside of a few weathly early adopters with no taste in films - why anyone would even consider that approach.

With disks even now barely more expensive than standard DVDs, the inevitable price drops that will happen with players and the general transition to HD TVs (would even Joe Public buy an SD telly nowadays?), surely the onset of HD is inevitable... barring the format war killing it, of course. Don't forget, DVD itself was the fastest taken up home entertainment format in history, showing that the general public do have a strong taste for tech
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Old 27-09-2006, 20:01   #63
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The transition to HD TVs is now inevitable but not because jo public has a taste for tech but because joe public can't buy a SD display even if he wanted to.
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Old 27-09-2006, 20:22   #64
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The transition to HD TVs is now inevitable but not because jo public has a taste for tech but because joe public can't buy a SD display even if he wanted to.
Thats the 10% of Joe Public who buy televisions bigger than 20" right? I haven't seen any HD 15" black boxes yet, and most people I know still use these to watch television.

Not until regular TV broadcasts are in HD will most people consider upgrading.
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Old 27-09-2006, 20:25   #65
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Don't forget, DVD itself was the fastest taken up home entertainment format in history, showing that the general public do have a strong taste for tech
A taste for convenience certainly. No rewinding of tape, space saving, bonus features, directors commentaries etc.

If people bought into better audio and picture quality than laserdisc would surely have taken off 10 years before it died.
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Old 27-09-2006, 20:33   #66
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Not until regular TV broadcasts are in HD will most people consider upgrading.
They might want to keep up with the Joneses, or free up some livingroom space with a nice flat panel TV (which is the main reason people are buying them).
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Old 27-09-2006, 20:58   #67
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...or free up some livingroom space with a nice flat panel TV (which is the main reason people are buying them).
I know a lot of people who want to buy a flatscreen TV for precisely that reason but think spending more than £400 on a TV is nuts. My brother bought a WS TV for the first time last year, a 32" CRT and that was because it was £259. I'm the only person at work in a team of 9 that has a TV bigger than 28", Even my manager who earns close to 40 grand a year only has a 26" TV, although she's just bought a 17" LCD TV for her bedroom. Amongst the people I know
larger flat screen TV's are still very much luxury items for the indulgant likes of lottery winners.

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Old 27-09-2006, 21:17   #68
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Back in the day though you could easily spend £500 on a 32" CRT.
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My last CRT - a 32" widescreen Hitachi, cost £1000 - and that was just about the cheapest 32" around.
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Back in the day though you could easily spend £500 on a 32" CRT.
My current 28" CRT WS IDTV was £1000 when I bought it.
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Old 27-09-2006, 21:48   #71
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My 36" Panny cost me £1600 it's just had it's 10th birthday this year.
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Which goes to show the price difference between CRT and LCD/Plasma isn't that different.
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That's true, but I wonder if when CRT first came out whether they were equivalent to spending £24,000 which was how much plasma TV cost 8 yrs ago.

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That's true, but I wonder if when CRT first came out whether they were equivalent to spending £24,000 which was how much plasma TV cost 8 yrs ago.
Not sure if it equates to £24k, but when TV first appeared there were stories of just one person in the street having a tiny 5" display and everyone in the street would huddle round to watch a smudged picture of a nice lady on the BBC.
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Old 28-09-2006, 07:34   #75
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When I got our current telly about ten years ago, it cost £550 (and the VCR another £350!) - that for a 28" 4:3 Mitsubishi; cheap TVs simply did not exist in the market. I'd say that would indicate how cheap current HD stuff really is, only as noted elsewhere, everything is cheaper now.
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Old 28-09-2006, 07:45   #76
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We're now seeing dozens of cheaper make lcd's flood the market - you can easily pick up a 32" lcd for less than £500 these days. As cheaper makes flood the market, the prices of the better brands will lower to stay competitive. Add to this the lack of CRT's now available in the shops and i think you will get a pretty quick uptake of lcd.
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An anonymous source heard from someone high-up in the company—we can't say who—that Panasonic/Matsu****a is going to produce a dual HD DVD/Blu-ray player next year.
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Sony making a HD-DVD hybrid player, yeah right...lol!

On a side note, Click on Blu-ray is now gonna be a BD-50gb disc! Also, Sony will be bundling a Blu-ray movie with their PS3.

All I need now is to find a place that'll sell me an import PS3 :P
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Old 25-10-2006, 21:25   #80
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Thats the 10% of Joe Public who buy televisions bigger than 20" right?
Is it really just 10% that buy bigger screens? The smallest screen size amongst all the people I know is 32".
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