* Posts by Paul

3 posts • joined 9 Aug 2008

Blu-ray boom prompts festive cheer

Paul

@M7S

Films are generally recorded on actual film which has a far higher resolution then even blu-ray can do. When you've got a screen that big in the cinema you need something way higher resolution. While you can't use existing digital masters made for DVD, you can always take the film master and make a new digital one.

As for TV, a lot of older shows will only have been recorded in SD rather then HD and this aren't worth buying on Blu-ray, most of the shows that are now coming out on blu-ray are recent ones that have been recorded in HD with both HD transmission and Blu-ray/HD-DVD in mind

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Paul

@Patrick

Dvd is indeed 720 × 576, but most Bluray discs are 1080p which is 1920 x 1080, not 1280x720. As for the TVs, sure a lot of the _basic_ ones are only HDReady and thus limited to 1080i/720p, but pretty much any tv of 40" or larger will do full HD. There are some 32" tvs that can as well. A quick check also shows you can get full HD tv's for £400 or so.

Even so, I'll agree that the prices are a little high at the moment, but that mostly due to the fact that most manufacturers need to recoup their investment in the production lines (which is considerable as they pretty much have to replace existing DvD lines). Once that is over, the costs should fall a fair bit.

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TomTom GO 530 Traffic

Paul

@AC

>>TomTom removed the functionality that allows the unit to power itself off when the car is turned off.

My new 530 has a setting to turn off when external power is lost, so I don't need to worry about that.

As for "Where's their Eire place you refer to", Eire is the irish name for Ireland in the same way as the german name for Germany is Deutschland.

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