"Yes, porn decided the VHS/Betamax format war... because at the time, the only way to watch adult films was to visit a seedy movie theater on the wrong side of town or to spool up a Super-8 or 16mm film. So when porn on videotape became available (largely on VHS) that you could watch in the privacy of your own home, people went nuts for it. Unfortunately for Harry's argument, not only are there literally hundreds of thousands of $10 adult DVDs available, free porn is EVERYWHERE on the Net. And that's what companies like Vivid see as the future - downloading high-def porn to your PC"Im also considering the ps3 for a blu-ray player.. im waiting for the Java-bd (sp?) update to come out then ill make my descision.
richms: Yeah, like upscaling makes it look any better then the interlaced crap that infests DVD. It was a format pushed out a couple of years too early. If only they had waited and seen that CRT was to die they wouldnt have made the mistake with keeping it interlaced.
Thankfully 1080p looks to be winning out on the HD front.
richms: A majority of playback problems on DVD are poor deinterlacing either by player or displays. There is no reason that they had to do the 3:2 pulldown on the disc, that was just done because at the time the only use of mpeg really was for digital TV which had to transport the existing interlaced video signals.
Had they at the time decided to simply make the disc hold the native 24 FPS scans of the film, and let the playback device do the pulldown if necessary, then it would be a whole lot neater. It would have also allowed for output at a multiple of 24 FPS like you can do on a PC when playing a progressive AVI file making the 3:2 judder that you even get on an upscaled output not happen.
1. Why would you want to de-interlace anything? What players and displays have the *option* to deinterlace? (Computers deinterlace by default and don't support interlaced video.)
2. What happens if you want to author and play DVDs that have interlaced video content?
3. Progressive signals do not have 3:2 pulldown. 3:2 pulldown could not exist without interlacing. It is a hack to allow 24fps pictures to play on 29.97 fps systems.
The standard def DVD format is actually very flexible. Discs and players were designed to be able to playback a multitude of formats: full PAL interlaced, NTSC video, NTSC film material at 29.97 with pulldown, 24fps progressive with player able to output progressive or with pulldown, and widescreen material played back either full height anamorphic or 4:3 letterboxed.