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Blu-ray backer Sony has announced that the format’s likely to outsell DVD globally in 2011, with over 5m Blu-ray discs having been sold around the world this year already. According to a report by Digitimes, Tim Meade, Asia Pacific Vice President for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, said at a recent press conference in Taipei …

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I predict

That BR will not outsell DVD before theydrastically drop in price.

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2 Factors

Just like with the DVD 2 factors are important for the success of that format:

1. Cheap chineese players for less than 100 Euros which also play DRM-free formats.

2. Lots of HD content in P2P Networks.

Without those points it won't go anywhere.

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I only know 2 people with Blu-ray

(I also only know 2 people with Vista). Since I know quite a few people well enough to be aware of their technology, I am dubious about these figures.

I saw one blu-ray last night, plugged into a 42" plasma. The player makes a very good job of upscaling DVDs, and since the screen is only 720p blu-ray disks are only a tiny bit better, so my friend isn't going to both with them if there's any price premium.

I'm not bothering with HD because the DRM means I don't expect it to work with my existing screen (DVI)

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I predict

That Blu-Ray will NEVER sell as well as DVD has sold in the past.

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DVD is enough for most people

Most people are quite happy about the quality of movies on DVD, and it is indeed better than most non-HD TVs can show.

So, until the prices of both players and disks are within 25% of the price of DVD, I doubt they will outsell. Also, for a lot of people, the ability to play disks from several regions is a must, so until you can get cheap multi-region BluRay players, I at least won't switch, and I suspect a lot of other otherwise interested people won't either.

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and i predict

that sony execs, like the dinosaurian music industry, will still see physical removable media having a place in the future.

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Making it happen...

At the moment, they're far too expensive for the additional benefit they deliver, compared to DVD - for the vast majority of users.

Yes, there is an improvement in quality - but most punters "just want to watch the damned film" and won't notice / don't care enough about the difference to splash out extra for the player, and again on every film they buy.

Add broadband speed limits into the mix, and it gets worse for Blu-Ray. How many domestic connections can download an HD film in a reasonable time, compared to a DVD-quality movie? Especially with "Fair Use" limits imposed by their ISP?

Yes, by 2012, prices will (should!) drop, and domestic connections will improve to make it less of a PITA to download them, but I can't see these happening fast enough and going far enough to make it likely that we'll see a 3:2 outsell of DVD. Maybe they'll prove me wrong. I doubt I'll remember to check...

<- it's Friday. I'm happy.

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Just me then

I'm buying all my new discs on BD (where available). Don't see the point of buying DVDs now. I don't notice a price differential large enough that I'll buy the DVD now and the BD in the future when it's cheaper.

Mind you, I was an HD-DVD early adopter, so what do I know? :)

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I remember in the old days...

In the good old days we had small TVs with VCRs and the video quality was good enough.

Then TV quality improved and wide screen came out making VCR quality look poor.

The DVDs came along to improve the viewing quality.

Then TVs went HD ready and gave larger screen sizes making DVD quality look poor....

Just how long do the manufacturers think they can keep doing this before people cotton on?

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Jess...

...Sorry, not meaning to sound bitchy. The screen that the BR player was plugged into, if only 720 was poor quality. Or at least not set up properly to be able to take full advantage of BR running at 1080p.

Off the point of the article I know, but a glaring fact nonetheless. Any BR disk running on even a PS3 and not a dedicated player, displaying on a 1080p resolution panel is bloody good. Which is only going to get better as BR movies encoding quality increases (as happened with DVD's). And those who claim there is no difference to DVD haven't looked at BR or the former HD-DVD running for any longer than it took to look in the shop window.

Whether people are interested enough to part with their ever decreasing spare cash I think is the key point to whether this prediction is right. Not the question of quality.

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Price

I have about 10 Blu-rays and the quality on a decent 1080p screen is stunning. However, in comparison to an upscaled DVD whether it's worth the extra £5-10 is questionable. Until the price of Blu-ray films come down then I will be selective on what I buy.

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Price comparison

The reality is (prices taken from Play.com):

DVD Vantage Point £9.99

DVD Vantage Point 2 disc £14.99

Blu Ray Vantage Point £17.99

Trouble is in 3 months we'll see the top two at £3.99 and £5.99 maybe, but the Blu Ray will still be £17.99, although maybe in a 3 for 2 offer so it will be down to £13 ish.

Another example, Torchwood season 1 DVD's, £17.99, Blu Ray is £41.99. Come on!!!!!

Errrrm, DVD it is. I've got a Blu Ray player and a 1080p upscaling multi region DVD, until Blu Ray titles track the DVD prices (e.g £17.99 drops to £8.99 in 6 months) then they'll not sell well.

Best bargain I got was the Spiderman trilogy Blu Rays for £17.98, that's good.

All the extra features on Blu Ray are amazing, but I (like most people I know) generally just watch the film. I WILL pay the extra £1-£2 for a 2 disc version of a DVD just incase, but not multiply the price by 2-3 times for a Blu Ray release!

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@Mike Crawshaw

Which is mostly a fair point. But as more people have 1080p TVs and prices drop - particularly as discs hit budget titles and appear in the three-for-a-tenner style deals at places like HMV it'll be more tempting to buy movies on BluRay. Assuming that physical media still have a place in the future, and personally I hope and believe they will.

The difference in quality *is* noticeable to non-videophiles, even at 720p/1080i rather than 1080p. And as for the number of people with BluRay players, PS3 means there are plenty of them out there - enough to provide a handy kickstart to the user base, though not to drive the sort of success Sony are talking about, which will require cheap stand-alone players to hit quite soon.

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@Monkey

I have a Blu-Ray player downstairs, hooked up to a Bravia. It looks ace playing Blu-Ray films, but it doesn't really look noticably worse playing normal DVD's either. I can tell the difference if I look REALLY hard, but it's not enough to make me want to buy any more Blu-Ray films. Mind you, I never sat there watching DVD's thinking "My god, I wish somebody would bring out a better quality format, this is awful". DVD is as good as I need.

On the other hand, I've thought about getting a Blu-Ray burner for the PC as it's extra storage capacity would be very useful. I think high capacity optical storage definately has its uses, but I think they're excessive for movies. Games on the other hand, they would be good for. And playing Mass Effect on a normal TV then playing it on HD I can really see the difference, much more so than with HD movies and SD movies.

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DRM is the deal-breaker

I've got a nice plasma HD TV but I've also got a DVD player which upscales quite nicely. It may not be the best system in the world but its okay for me and the family. I see no benefit worth the extra cost of moving to Blu-Ray and the DRM is a killer for me. I don't watch a lot of content on my PC but I want the option and I don't want it DRM-ed to hell and back.

My suspicion is that HD TVs are still being outsold by non-HD and that means that the market for Blu-Ray is still niche and if I am not alone in seeing the need Blu-Ray WITH HD then that makes it a niche in a niche and these claims even more incredible (in its original sense).

Just an attmept to drum up business methinks.

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Makes perfect sense

The natural progression of the market will mean the following happens:

* BD players will come down in price (possibly even with scart on the cheapest ones)

* DVD players will be phased out due to minimal price difference

* People replacing players will end up with BD/DVD players

At the same:

* Prices will drop on BD disc manufacture

* HMV et al starting BD "3 for £20" offers

Eventually this will result in people moving to BD, almost by stealth. This is likely to be even faster than the VHS->DVD transition due to the inherent backwards compatibility. All Sony have done is put some predicted timescales based on past performances.

All arguments of quality, cost and requirements are irrelevant to the market.

Can we have a "no sh1t sherlock" icon please?

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I won't re-buy movies

Well, not many. I'll buy new movies on Blu-Ray, because there's not really much point doing anything else, but movies I already own - especially anything made before the mid-90s - will probably stay on DVD. If Outland wasn't filmed in HD, and no-one's willing to spend the time to re-master it in HD, then what the chuff is the point of owning it on a HD format?

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But why?

I shall have to replace my TV and my DVD player to get any advantage.

I suppose there might be an advantage in going for something that uses less power than a CRT display, but not at current prices for hardware.

The only advantage I can see for Blu-Ray is, when prices drop, the potential for slightly easier backup of hard drives on home computers. GBP 60 for half a terabyte of hard drive at Tesco is fine, until you spend half that on blank DVDs for backup. (Software RAID? On Windows?)

And I am not keen on being a hostage to Hollywood, which seems to be the usual consequence of DRM.

(Actually, it's not being a hostage to Hollywood: follow the money and you soon get to the usual suspects on Wall St.)

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@monkey

No it wasn't poor quality. It was a plasma screen, which don't have the same resolution as LCDs, but have better viewing angles, motion and contrast.

My friend chose it because he couldn't see the extra resolution (from his viewing distance) on a 1020 screen, but he could see the better contrast etc. (I suspect I would be able to see the difference.)

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Price?

DVD player £25

Blu-Ray £200

Disc prices are usually at least 60% more as well.

You do the math.

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hmmmmmmmm

screens will keep getting bigger. i could see the artifacts and low bit depth on DVDs ages ago on my 32" CRT... although only certain DVDs - i guess its the encoding that is done. i watched the special edition of robocop recently - i had to remove my glasses as it was such poor encoding! :(

for me BR is the way to go but prices need to drop... i remember paying £20 for pii on dvd (wtf for as its black and white lol) so BR isnt that much mroe expensive than DVD was ages ago... the problem is that people like me with shitloads of dvds are now picking up the bargain £3/4 movies (places like tesco/asda have some great bargains) - so campare that to BR the difference is massive

as more ps3s and standalone BR players are sold (and cheaper i hope) we should see a drop in retail prices for media (blank and retail discs). once its feasibly worth copying BR we will see it take off again (i.e. blank prices arent £10/pop)

BR is noticably better than DVD... if you cant see it you're using a shitty cheap tv (720i/p - wtf is the point?) or have no eyes. also the audio quality is noticably better too... of course the people moaning are the same tight ass people who bought a £20 dvd player and wondered why dvds didnt look much better than VHS... strangely if you buy fisher price gadgetry you get fisher price quality too...

remember - when you go to comet etc to see quality they have a couple of cources plugged into hundreds of devices... its going to look shite... plus many people dont know what cables to use (ffs some people still use composite cables over RGB scart for their dvd players! the difference between those 2 is like comparing DVD to youtube!)

i dont think some people care about image quality - these people using divx on large tvs need their eyes testing... i stop watching divx ~6 years ago when i got a 32" TV as the quality was too bad to watch. now im using a 42" tv im waiting for BR prices to drop... i use a DVD rental scheme so i still get DVDs from there.

BR WILL take off - eventually... i wonder if the new HD++ will be here by then - that can carry 4x the resolution....

1080p on a large tv isnt that great resolution when you think about it.... ffs even this 24" monitor does higher resolution than that natively (1920x1200)!

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DRM

There seems to be so many people basically not understanding the idea of DRM. yes it's a pain, yes it's caused no end of trouble in the past. BUT, and there is a huge but(t), DRM is here to stay so long as people rip off the movies/films/etc without paying for them.

Come on, seriously, it's not just SONY that have been going down this route(!! Really?? You believe it's just them??). All major players in the creative pool that sell creative merchandise want to make sure that their investment is secure. If they can't then it's not worth them releasing.. I see DRM as a future hassle that is also not going to go away - anyone who thinks that they can just 'boycott' a company because they have DRM is just delusional and missing out.

Personally, I hate DRM, but the fact is, it's going to stay (or more likely evolve).

As for whether Blu-ray as a physical removeable media is here to stay? Well, I for one WANT physical media... who in the hell wants downloadable media? Not for years friends... YEARS! the infrastructure in the Europe (or the US for that matter) is still years away. I'm not saying it's not coming, just not as quickly as people would like it to be. The cost for an upgrade in the data infrastructure is significant enough to not do it overnight.. maybe in the year 2015 when a DRM-like appendage has been established.

"Blu-Ray is Dead, Long Live Blu-Ray"

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Oh why is it so crap...

The whole HD marketing bandwagon is just so flawed on so many practical levels, largely covered by previous posts. I know 1 person with an LCD screen and as they have no HD input it looks totally kack.

As for buyiing disks, I have never understood why people will routinely pay £10 and more to own a film on DVD they will in all probability watch once. Only the stupid and thise with too much cash.

As people become more tech savvy (p2p etc) and as the global recession bites both the 'stupid' and 'rich' camps are dwindling.

The fact is for most families the 'Brave New HD World' doesn't add up

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@Greg

Films shot in 35mm, are of a higher "res" than HD. There is more detail that what DVD can fit - that's why you can get old films in HD. Even if it isn't specifically made for HD, the quality is there and just requires recapturing from the original film stock in a better quality.

Given BD's backwards compatibility I can assume that DVD's will rocket to nothing, people will start to buy BD players but still buy DVD as it's the same real price. That is assuming that we still have SD *free-to-air* TV. If we don't and have HD, then it will be a little different. I can't see HD taking over as fast as VHS did though, and that was shockingly slow...

At the end of the day it's all about cost.

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Blu-ray will become popular .....

..... when, and not until, home Blu-ray recorders (with built-in HDTV tuners capable of receiving movies in HD) are available to the masses.

Play-only devices are nothing more than toys.

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Not for a while

DVD's are good enough for home use, in the same way that mp3 is good enough for almost all listening.

I'm not going to spend a grand or more to get a telly that looks no better than my current (decent) CRT.

The most likely change is to a projector, and I'll try to get one with proper HD resolution, that will simply use a smaller section of the screen for DVD playback (maybe put each pixel out as a 2*2 block, but no more "sophisticated" processing than that please...

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DRM and price a still an issue

It is true that Blu-Ray look better than DVD on a big (42 inches or more) 1080p TV, but how many people even have that (or even the space for that) in their living rooms?

Also there are still a lot of issues with Blu-Ray DRM: there is no official Linux player (and with MythTV a lot of HTPCs are running Linux) or even Mac players. In the US that's probably around 10% (Mac + Linux + 'legacy' windows) of computers that are incompatible just on the DRM side. Add to that that a lot of people like ripping their DVD to hard disks, transcode them for viewing on their iPods, Zen, EEE PC etc... and you have a lot of usage scenarios that become impossible. To me the gain in quality isn't worth the loss in convenience.

And there is also the added price of media (25€ for a movie that's 10€ on DVD, no way) or equipment (the cheapest players cost 300€). The price of player will also never go as far down as DVD only because Blu-Ray include so much more patented technology (add VC, H264, TruHD, ACSS, BD+) for which manufacturers have to pay royalties in addition of the DVD's (CSS and MPEG2). On a $40 DVD player the most expensive component is patent royalties (around $8, or 20% of the sale's price), I bet on a blu-ray player the cost of royalties is two or tree times that.

It seems to me that Sony is trying to push the quality of SACD when people want the convenience and portability of MP3s.

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Old films in HD

Having watched some older films in HD on my 720p telly, I can't help but think that the quality isn't drastically better. I think if it was me I'd still buy older releases on DVD as they're so cheap (£3 to £4 compared to the same film on Blu-ray for around £15 to £20).

I'm also considering investing in an XBOX HD-DVD drive which are now about £20 in Gamestation/Game with movies in Gamestation costing £5 each.

That'll keep me going until Bluray comes down a bit more.

Angel Bill because M$ dropped the price of the HD-DVD drive.

Rob

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He's right but....

DVD was sufficiently better than VHS/LD/VCD to warrant replacing your entire library whereas BD isn't as with a decent upscaler DVD's still look good. So although I'll buy new films on BD I'm not going to replace my old discs any time soon.

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@jess / @monkey

I think you'll find that a 1080p plasma is the same resolution as a 1080p LCD, and a 720p plasma the same as a 720p lcd.

re disc cost - I bought the Bladerunner 5 disc set for £11.99 and I am legend for £9.99 - so it is possible to get the software at a reasonable price.

My main concern is the mix of platforms in my house now - I had to invest in a BD reader for my PC to enable me to backup films to DVD so that my kids could watch them on their portables (I consider this no different to buying a Vista licence but actually installing XP...)

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Re: I Only know two people with Blu-Ray players

You know two more than I do then. And I'm in the 30-something target demographic for the Sony marketing. Mind you, most of my friends and I don't buy many DVD's anymore either. DVD rental by post is so cheap and convenient it seems a complete waste to spend £10 on a crap film you'll only watch once. I'm certainly not going to spend double that on the Blu-Ray version.

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re: RM is the deal-breaker

The only people that worry about DRM, are the movie pirates, who make movies more expensive for the rest of us.

Get a job

Buy the movie.

Typical of the Xbox parasites that live here...

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@Rob Beard

I wouldn't bother with the HD-DVD drive. It's a perfectly fine format; I've got three shelves of the things myself, along with two players (the XBox one and the standalone I subsequently bought because the 360's fan noise is annoying). But that boat has sailed; the last of the bargains are starting to dry up now and many of the best titles are becoming difficult to find.

On the other hand, I was watching Batman Begins last night. Shot on 35mm with no digital intermediate, so just like 'old films' that some people claim not to see the point of HD for, but it both looked and sounded absolutely stunning. The HD formats look a lot more like film than DVD did; I've grown so tired of the look of the latter format, with its mosquito noise and macroblocking artifacts that I find myself preferring even Laserdisc some of the time.

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@ AC RE: RM is the deal-breaker

"Typical of the Xbox parasites that live here..."

Whats this thread got to do with Xbox?

Typical of sony fanboi's, virgins and bitter.

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@Xpositor

1080 plasmas tend to be big. Normal price/size ones tend to be 720.

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@Jess

Interestingly I have a not-actually-HD Ready TV (Acer AL2671W) and have my PS3 connected to it via DVI, and it plays Blu-Ray films at 720p or 1080i resolution - *BUT* it won't upscale DVDs for me (before someone asks: yes, the setting is on).

So, it seems the absence of HDCP doesn't degrade Blu-Ray on PS3 (currently), but does stop upscaling. I'm not too fussed by the DVDs, they still look ok, but I'm *very* happy with the Blu-Ray quality :o)

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Good enough

To agree with one of the earlier posters I don't know anyone with a Blu-ray player, but lots of people with DVDs.

Besides, all this HD TV is a load of crap, who cares? Surely it only really makes a difference if you're a videophile with an ever expanding tardis-like lounge which will accomodate a bigger and bigger TV. Most people are not videophiles and find that DVD on their existing entertainment systems are just fine. I've got a mid to small sized widescreen TV in the corner of my lounge with a couple of SCART inputs, I bought it for about 150 quid. DVD films on it suit me down to the ground. When it dies, I'll buy another budget TV, if it happens to have HD then whup-te-doo. Who actually spends a couple of grand on a TV anyway? "I must do something with my credit card but I just can't think what". Anyone with this problem, I can help[1].

[1] That started to sound a little bit like the A-Team in my head, but I couldn't be arsed to find the actual quote.

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@hmmmmmmmm

Liam, you are somewhat talking out of your arse and have clearly been taken in by the blu-ray propaganda machine. The "if you can't see the difference you must be using a cheap shit tv" argument is arrogant in the extreme. I have a modern Pioneer plasma screen which certainly isn't cheap - often rated as one of the best plasma panels around - and, given that both it and the denon dvd player attached to it are excellent at upscaling, there isn't really too much to write home about in terms of difference between a recent DVD and it's blu-ray equivalent. Possibly because of differences between a mature codec and an immature one like comparing LAME mp3 with AAC. I think HD's advantage is in the very large screen formats not in your typical household sized screen (think 60 inch +) that you find in the UK.

As for DivX being too bad to watch - try getting a film that's been encoded properly in future. DivX is an mpeg4 codec like blu-ray (although not AVC) and the quality comes down to the encoding but it's certainly capable of being used on HD screens.

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DRM is dying - get used to it

I wait for DVD's to reach £5 before I buy. Some people do not wait, and pay £5 for illegal copies. If distributors just sold at £5, they would do far more to prevent illegal copying than DRM ever did, and they would make more money (by taking a larger percentage of the market and by not having to pay for DRM licenses.)

When £5 blue ray disks play on Linux I will be interested.

In the mean time people - please stop paying huge amount of money for films. The price is only that high because people are prepared to pay it, and the exorbitant prices are just funding a market for illegal copies.

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@Abe

Et tu Brute!

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@Rob Beard and @Iain

Iain; you missed one other drawback with Rob Beard's plan to buy films on "bargain" HD-DVD. You/he'll have to keep an old HD-DVD player lying around, tying your films to it, because they won't work with DVD or Blu Ray players.

If your HD-DVD player goes belly up in a few years time, you'll either have to abandon the films or scrabble on EBay for another drive, because no-one's going to be making them any more.

It's incredibly unlikely that future players will support HD-DVD either- it never got mass-market established before it died, so backwards compatibility won't be enough of a sell for them to bother. Especially not if the machines are selling for the price that most DVD players sell for now.

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HD

It's invented for 50" to 60" TVs... At normal viewing distance on 37" only 10% of people will see much difference, most will see none.

If the TV is any good it will accept 576p or 480p progressive DVD and upscale as well as any BluRay and handle 576i nearly as well. USA 480i and 1080i has the 3:2 telecine issue, hence progressive and 720p modes more important in USA/Japan than Europe.

Most UK/Ireland "HD ready" TVs already sold and most in shops now are either too small, or 1366x768 or both. Unless it's at least 50% bigger than your current TV (32" WS --> 48"WS, or 28"4:3 -> 54" WS, height is the issue) then you won't see much value in HD format vs upscaled or even native DVD (assuming 576 line part of world, not USA/Japan).

Actually my PAL S-VHS looks better than USA DVDs as it has really 576 lines vs 480 and at 4:3, the 500 equivalent pixel is close to 720 16:9 !

Most Europe/Australia DVDs look much better than the S-VHS thought we have had a few poor quality titles. (I'm comparing off air recordings as pre-recorded VHS are not as good and not S-VHS).

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Jess and a general addition to the discussion

It might not be a true 1080p panel (1021 I think), so will only display up to 720. I know a couple of people who bought older plasmas and got stung with this. 720 won't look any different than DVD upscaled, and not much better if not upscaled.

BR through a true 1080p panel (LCD or Plasma), looks the business. it really does, and whilst a decent upscaler works wonders with standard DVD, the lack of noise and artifacting in the picture of BR stands out in the depth of field and clarrity. The difference in quality is there and will become more markedly so as encoding on BR films improves, as it has done so already.

But with the emergence of alternative media sources coming into the home the last few years, the sheer colosus of the DVD user base, dwindling amounts of spare cash most and consumers just not seeming to be interested enough, can BR really get the size of market share claimed in the article? I'm sceptical and so are a lot of people here it seems.

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@ Jess

no offence mate "It was a plasma screen, which don't have the same resolution as LCDs, but have better viewing angles, motion and contrast.

" is just bollocks. it all depends on several things - mainly the manufacturer and spec of the actual TV. i guarantee my lcd is a damn site better than any 720 only offering...

yes, plasma CAN have a better image (if i could justify the 000s on a top end TV it would most likely be a plasma) but you cannot just give a blanket statement like that... many low end plasmas are CRAP compared to mid-range LCDs like mine

legal downloads will never take off fully... you cant lend discs to mates, you cannot take movies round to watch on other systems etc... i prefer a physical piece of CAPITOL that i can resell if i wanted... fair enough if legal downloads are a fraction of the retail price (i.e. you can OWN a HD film [with proper surround not some shitty stereo only option] for about 5£) since you are paying for delivery, storage and everything else)

there is real trend of accessible shitty quality audio/video these days... all these numptys watching shitty divx and 128kbps mp3s... think of your eyes and ears people... you are losing the ability to hear decently (bass hunter anyone) and seemingly can handle some truely terrible visuals (youtube etc)

the internet has a lot to do with this... yes media is easy to obtain - but generally worse quality than we had 10 years ago..

@ "Having watched some older films in HD on my 720p telly, I can't help but think that the quality isn't drastically better" - erm, is that because they were badly made films anyway? films like aliens etc arent even good enough for DVD due to shittiest film stock ever... some stuff will not be worth having in HD...

wheras new films like transformers, LOTR, rocketman will be massively better. DVD and VHS, due to their poor quality, actually hide some problems...

one film that springs to mind was the new james bond - which was so grainy it looked pants on 1080p... this was down to bad film stock/poor use of technology i guess? grain filters should be banned!

@"Angel Bill because M$ dropped the price of the HD-DVD drive." - only due to it being completely obsolete almost straight away!

@"I'm not going to spend a grand or more to get a telly that looks no better than my current (decent) CRT." - believe me it will - this is someone who had a sony wega CRT before his lovely toshiba...

"The most likely change is to a projector, and I'll try to get one with proper HD resolution, that will simply use a smaller section of the screen for DVD playback (maybe put each pixel out as a 2*2 block, but no more "sophisticated" processing than that please..." - wtf? spoken like a true luddite... motion conmensation etc is amazing on a decent TV... like when you go to comet and see some quite cheap TV and think 'oh that looks ok' until something moves and the screen is blurred to hell... this doesnt happen on decent TVs now.. and projectors have shitty contrast compared to even the crappest LCD TV. ive seen plenty of projectors working and none of them can display an image anywhere near as good as my mates 20 year old TV... contrast is king

as to cost of media - has anyone looked to see that places like tescodvdrental do BD films - no extra cost... worth looking at...

@ "Typical of sony fanboi's, virgins and bitter." - wtf? playstations have always been the cool gadget... x-boxes seem to be owned by spotty freaks who often still live at home...

@mark's "and, given that both it and the denon dvd player attached to it are excellent at upscaling, there isn't really too much to write home about in terms of difference between a recent DVD and it's blu-ray equivalent" - your kit is wasted on you then mate.. cant you see the difference in colour? and HEAR the difference in HD audio? see the massive amounts of clarity that are there that no matter how good your dvd player is it CANNOT ADD DETAIL THAT IT HASNT GOT. i also said ive not used divx for years... due to it looking crap on a 32" tv... plus i love my surround sound... yes its an mp4 codec... i wonder if a 1 gig file will look as good as a 50gig one? ffs porches and ladas both use petrol and an engine... but the difference is massive

maybe i have too much of a critical eye - but working as a designer for years gives me this...

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@Daniel Wilkie

So... how do you watch said DVDs? Is it perchance in the BD player which does its best to upscale it for your TV? If not, have you tried playing the same film (BD and DVD) and flicking between them? I can definitely spot the difference.

Thank the Lord that some people in the world don't look at a something and think "that's good enough, we just won't try anymore". Granted, BD/HD is a revolution and not an evolution, but that is the norm in technology. Frankly I don't remember ever watching VHS when there was no better quality available and thinking "oh I wish someone would improve it"

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Don't care what you say

DRM is the killer on this product. When the manufacturer has the ability to kill your machine via a firmware update or the disc seller can change the drm so you can't even watch the disc you just bought.... sorry, folks; that's all she wrote.

I have a work-mate who has screw-ray(tm) and he says the picture on a bit telly is "georgeous"; but then he's got the money to piss away on both the pieces parts needed for that. I can't afford to replace all the VPS tapes the kids have with DVD much less entirely replace the library built up over years with new disc formats (sound familiar to you LP owners out there?).

Paris, 'coz even she's not that stupid.

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Well to counter.

I know about 30 or so people here at work with Blu-ray players. Most of them PS3, and only a handful standalone.

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@Rob Beard

"Having watched some older films in HD on my 720p telly, I can't help but think that the quality isn't drastically better"

Indeed, but if you will watch in 720p! Assuming you're in the UK, DVD was effectively 576i, so a 25% increase in v-resolution (but granted an increase in the spatial resolution). The US (480i) got a 50% bump with 720p.

Freeze-frame comparison between DVD and 720p will show little increase for a UK consumer. Motion should be smoother though. Find something with a slow panning shot and spot the difference. I can still see juddery movements in cinemas with this sort of test.

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why do people think that we will need to replace all our collection of DVDs with BRs?

i will buy the odd new BR film if i think it warrants it - but as someone with over 1000 dvds (many seem many times) its never gonna happen. i might buy the odd title that i know will look great on BR (star wars, LOTR & batman etc) but i will still keep most of my DVDs

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@ Flocke Kroes

"In the mean time people - please stop paying huge amount of money for films. The price is only that high because people are prepared to pay it, and the exorbitant prices are just funding a market for illegal copies."

Won't work. If they released a movie and nobody bought it, they would still just blame it on "pirates" and introduce even worse restrictions.

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