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HD-DVD is dead, yeah so… February 21, 2008

Posted by fvter in Rants, Technology.
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So the news is out, Toshiba finally dropped out of the HD video disc format race… Of course the downfall which started at CES 2008, was exactly 2 days after I received my HD-DVD player for the X-Box360! [ed: just to add to my crappy year 2007…]
This is actually quite upsetting as IMHO the HD-DVD format was way more interesting than the Blu-Ray solution. Here are my 3 top rants regarding this subject:

  • For one thing, HD-DVD were not region encoded which is a big plus (while Blu-Ray is)! I am so tired of not being able to buy the version (especially considering language) of the movies I want to add to my library!
  • No competitors means that the technology rights will remain high & costly (Sony has to make back the money they spent buying the studios to jump onboard Blu-Ray somehow) which converts into a user expensive experience…
  • Blu-Ray will only be really good once 2.0 and greater players start to come-out for the online updates and content additions!

Will I buy a Blu-Ray player, maybe once the prices come down and 2.0 players are more readily available… By that time, I may not need to! I am also tending to see (especially in France where high-speed broadband is readily available) that more and more HD content will more likely come from direct downloads or IPTV solutions!
At the end of the day, I don’t regret my purchase and I will try to collect as many good HD-DVDs I can before they disappear…

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