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Old 26-10-2006, 07:21   #81
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Is it really just 10% that buy bigger screens? The smallest screen size amongst all the people I know is 32".
Just an estimate, but I don't know anyone who has a large TV - indeed many older people I know don't even have a DVD player.
Thus I doubt that these folk are going to be too excited by HD-TV.
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Old 26-10-2006, 08:37   #82
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But I think a lot of other people will - look how quickly the British public took up DVD (not to mention other new technologies, like widescreen sets). I agree that if the arrival of HD ready sets hadn't coincided with the coming down in price of flat panel TVs it would be a different matter; but with the software being much the same price, and with public perception of HD being bolstered by Sky and the Beeb, once players are affordable I think they will start shifting in big numbers. The only problem is: will they be HD or BD
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Old 26-10-2006, 10:07   #83
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I'd say 28" is probably the average screen size among the populous.
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Old 26-10-2006, 15:48   #84
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I wouldn't be surprised if the average screen size was much lower than 28". It's slowly rising as shops phase out smaller screens, but the new fashion is for 17" LCD tvs which will drive the average size down again. Remember, as little a 2 years ago Steam showed that the most popular graphics card being used for it's games was the Geforce 4MX and I think the most popular screen resolution in the world is still 800x600!
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Old 26-10-2006, 15:53   #85
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I wouldn't be surprised if the average screen size was much lower than 28".
Only if it's not a 16:9 set. The average size of a WS CRT is 28". Every Tesco and Asda probably still sell them.
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Old 06-11-2006, 21:19   #86
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But I think a lot of other people will - look how quickly the British public took up DVD (not to mention other new technologies, like widescreen sets). I agree that if the arrival of HD ready sets hadn't coincided with the coming down in price of flat panel TVs it would be a different matter; but with the software being much the same price, and with public perception of HD being bolstered by Sky and the Beeb, once players are affordable I think they will start shifting in big numbers. The only problem is: will they be HD or BD
It took a few years for them to fully adopt it and then it took a huge push by HMV/Virgin and the other entertainment retailers to devote floor space to it, something they never ever did with laserdiscs which were always seen as too specialised, with dvd finally something small had arrived, to the public, it was simply movies on cd with a great picture....and they love their Cds. This time around the public will be slow to react and the retailers won't devote as much floor space to it and that's important as it helps build the public perception that what their buying will be around for some time. Going into a store and seeing a shelf of movies does not build confidence in either format and the fact that there's two competing only compounds this fact.

TV sets are slightly different as you can still watch regular broadcasts on it, so it's no biggy, change your set now and you're sorted for the future when it comes and most have a built in digital decoder now...so another bonus, it's cheaper for bigger screens now than it ever was, but we can thank the growing chinese economy for that, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see a 42'' LCD for under £1500, it cost me over £400 for my 17" monitor for the PC only a couple of years ago....

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... but we can thank the growing chinese economy for that, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see a 42'' LCD for under £1500, it cost me over £400 for my 17" monitor for the PC only a couple of years ago....
They're far cheaper than that now in China try 1000 gbp.

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Why can we not have 2 formats?
Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo - Yes i know its different but one gaming powerhouse doesn't dominate. Maybe thats the way the movie industry is going?
DVD- and DVD+, SACD and DVD-A. It's been common practise for sometime now.

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Because joe public doesn't play his films on a pc drive.
No he'll wait for a dual supporting home player.

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Because joe public will not know that you need a BR player if you want to play BR discs and a HDDVD player if you want to play a HD disc and even if he does he won't be buying 2 players.
He's coped well with DVD Recorders only being able to record one format.
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This is great news.

All we need now is dual support players in a home player. Considering both formats aren't going anywhere this is exactly what we need to help Joe Public and personally what I've been waiting for.

I'm not at all surprised it's Pioneer leading the way. They've done exactly the same in supporting both SACD and DVD-A, still a rare feature.

There's no way HD Discs will take off as quickly as DVD did though. There is a distinct advantage to DVD over VHS but the jump from DVD to HD isn't a great. Joe public for the next 2-3 years at least simply isn't going to care.

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More here: http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/News...x?NewsId=18864

Worryingly it supports all audio formats but not Dolby True-HD.

Hybrid Discs: http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/home-...ier-203744.php

I hope that doesn't take off. The discs like HD-DVD Combos are bound to be sold at a premium, which in themselves are annoying to those getting for the DVD layer and those who are getting for the HD layer.

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dunno if this has been mentioned but the winner will be whatever the porn industry chooses! and so far they are picking both sides. But are also turning more to downloaded content too...
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Old 15-11-2006, 22:07   #92
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Already been discussed, mate. Linky
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