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Stewiesan



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:42 pm Reply with quote
Finally! Now I demand more anime in HD!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:49 pm Reply with quote
This is the way the HD world ends.

Not in a bang but in a ...

Press release.

Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:56 pm Reply with quote
Hopefully this means that Blu Ray sales will increase after awhile.

I still don't like the idea of downloadable digital media, though. I hope remains small market.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:03 pm Reply with quote
Much though I preferred HD-DVD over Blu-Ray for technical reasons, it's good for the consumer that the format wars are over now. Let's just hope that the protective coating of Blu-Ray discs is robust enough to compensate for the format's inherent physical fragility.

(Ironic footnote - Blu-Ray discs were originally going to have protective caddies like MiniDisc, but Sony was forced to abandon the idea because it was felt that Blu-Ray would otherwise be at a disadvantage compared to the caddyless HD-DVD)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:22 pm Reply with quote
I'm would guess that there is always going to be some market for people who want to own hard copies so to say. I'd imagine though DVDs/Blu Ray will have to include a lot of extras to try and stay completive in the future.
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Beruda



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:21 pm Reply with quote
How much will the disc's cost? I'm not wiling to pay more for anime than I do now. Will they be a combination of DVD/BR? This whole HD thing is of no interest to me what so ever. What will all of this mean to those of us who don't own ( or can't afford) an HD TV and player? I would imagine DVD's will be around for quite awhile, I hope so anyway. I have no problem with them.

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ManSlayer07



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:36 pm Reply with quote
eviltimes wrote:
This is the way the HD world ends.

Not in a bang but in a ...

Press release.

Cool


Yeah, it was about damn time.

And to the ANN editors: Universal now officially supports BD leaving only Paramount as the only HD DVD exclusive studio. And over on Anime On DVD, Bandai Visual USA has commented on Toshiba's discontinuation of HD DVD.
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Zoe



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:43 pm Reply with quote
Beruda wrote:
How much will the disc's cost? I'm not wiling to pay more for anime than I do now.


It was pretty easy to find BD's for under $15 around the end of the year. As for R2 releases, the BD prices reflect the prices that DVD used to be when it was starting out.

There's currently approximately a $10 difference between the formats for Tekkon Kinkreet and Paprika.

Just like DVD, BD prices will drop as consumer support grows.
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Porcupine



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:56 pm Reply with quote
angel_lover wrote:
Much though I preferred HD-DVD over Blu-Ray for technical reasons, it's good for the consumer that the format wars are over now. Let's just hope that the protective coating of Blu-Ray discs is robust enough to compensate for the format's inherent physical fragility.
Care to elaborate? I'm very curious what you mean by this and what you know about about the technical differences between Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD.

Why is Blu-Ray inherently physically fragile? Where did you hear this? And what does this mean? Does it mean if I drop a Blu-Ray disc on the ground it will easily shatter? Or does it mean that Blu-Ray discs warp easily to the point where they are unreadable, etc?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:59 pm Reply with quote
Zoe wrote:
Just like DVD, BD prices will drop as consumer support grows.


Yeah, people seem to forget that DVD's were roughly the same price at this stage. Even the players were about the same. My first DVD player was a DVD-Rom drive that cost $400 and my first standalone was a generic POS that still cost me $250 at the time.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:32 pm Reply with quote
Woops double post

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DonQuigleone



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:32 pm Reply with quote
Not only can high definition DVDs (Blue rays!) deliver HD content, let's not forget they also have 10X the storage capacity, anyway, give it about a year and it will actually be affordable, also this announcement will probably hugely increase the number of people picking a HD player
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Porcupine



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:33 pm Reply with quote
I did some Internet checking on the Blu-Ray fragility issue and I did find some things. Not sure if they will be significant though. Some people say the format is more prone to being affected by scratches (this isn't the same meaning as more prone to being scratched), but I dunno if that will be true or not.

Other claims have been that the format is more likely to be affected by pressing errors in the factory. This would definitely be a concern, seeing as most DVD errors that I've encountered are pressing errors rather than caused by scratches. But an issue like this would likely sort itself out. Many modern anime DVDs are still plagued with pressing errors to this day (recent Bandai fiasco only being one example) but it's because they use cheap production facilities with poor quality control (mainstream American movie DVDs rarely have the same flaws). If the format is more susceptible to pressing errors that only means that companies are forced to use higher quality-control standards on their facilities, so it doesn't necessarily have to mean anything to the end consumer.
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vincentthecon



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:34 pm Reply with quote
Well I for one am glad the purchase of my Playstation 3 is just as relevant as ever, and is not 500 bucks down the drain Laughing
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Porcupine



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:41 pm Reply with quote
Yeah, XBox 360 people are probably angry now. Personally I would have preferred that Blu-Ray win but that was because I like Sony and I hate Toshiba. I hate Toshiba because I have had serious issues with almost every piece of hardware I ever bought from them, so I avoid their products (although I'm sure there are some they make that are good, I can't take the chance anymore).

I'm not that fond of Microsoft either. So hurray I guess. I wonder how much damage this will cause to the XBox 360?
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