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Re(3):Is blue-ray and HD-DVD really the futur
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The bottom line about HD things is jut like with DVDs back in the day: if you don't want to see a difference or don't care to then you probably won't. I was snapped up by HD back when it was in its infancy and super expensive simply because I COULD see a difference in the picture quality, and it does enhance the experience, to me. I don't watch House in HD just because I can see the scruffy beard on Hugh Laurie more clearly and defined, it's because the image is just plain better and easier on the eyes than the blurry, noisy mess that is the SDTV airing. My dad actually wasn't that big on getting a DVD player or DVDs and "didn't see a difference to make it better than VHS tapes" (his own words) and then we bought him a DVD player for his birthday one year and suddenly he LOVES DVDs because they've actually gotten cheaper than VHS tapes were and he could finally see the quality difference. The same thing happened with HDTV, he and my mom both didn't care about HD that much until they were at my apartment one night and saw it. now they both really want it, but they can't justify the plunge quite yet. The funny thing is that digital cable with the HD tier and some movies channels was cheaper than the regular, bare-bones cable they were getting. With gaming the bonuses to HD are immediately noticeable, but the same can be said about running a PC game in 1280x960 over 640x480. I rather like the BRD format because you can get a very high resolution picture running progressive scan (hate rainbows, god I hate rainbows) and with an uncompressed soundtrack, something DVD simply couldn't offer, though DTS is still mighty nice. At the same time, we're looking at the same issue with HDDVD and BRD as we did when DVDs were coming out: in the first generation or three you won't see massive gains on it, necessarily, because it IS a new format and some of the studios aren't used to putting out or even preparing that much HD content. People said DVDs weren't as good as laser discs and barely better than VHS back 10 years ago (up to even 6 years ago in some cases), but look at them now. You don't necessarily have to buy a Criterion or Superbit DVD release to get a well-authored DVD anymore, those end up remaining for the enthusiasts and people who just want a ton of content. I think this just comes down to presence. Once someone is shown something that just hooks them, they see the difference and can then begin their trek to the new technology.
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