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  Reply # 162272 4-Sep-2008 20:22
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Flat screen TV's have more to offer than just Hi Def.  They take up less space yet offer a much bigger screen.

People were tempted to buy these TV's before they even really understood what HD was -I know that was the case with me...




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  Reply # 162296 4-Sep-2008 21:05
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Sony: Blu-ray is the last optical disc format

http://www.hdtvinfo.eu/news/hd-video-formats/sony-blu-ray-is-the-last-optical-disc-format.html

 

 





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  Reply # 162332 4-Sep-2008 23:44
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I dont personally see a long future for blu-ray.  Discs are such a hassle to use, degrade when scratched and have limited value to someone who only really watches a movie once (i.e. not a collector).  Broadband would be, by far, my ideal method of delivery for HD movies and TV on-demand.  I'd have no problem forking out a similar amount to what i pay for the likes of the fatso service to get the same thing delivered over broadband.  Surely its got to be a cheaper model to run too - no damaged discs, no stolen, misplaced mail items, no postal fees (perhaps the content provider pays the end ISPs for transit instead?)

Here are a couple of articles I find interesting on this.  Its not a new thing as you can see by the second article, from 2003!

The Death of the Korean DVD Industry: A Sign of Things to Come in the U.S.?
http://newteevee.com/2008/09/03/the-death-of-the-korean-dvd-industry-a-sign-of-things-to-come-in-the-us/



Sony Pictures is leaving South Korea because of sluggish sales and rampant piracy, The Korea Times is reporting this week. Sony isn’t the first studio to abandon the Korean market; according to the Times, Paramount, Universal, Buena Vista and 20th Century Fox have all ceased operations there, meaning there is no longer a major Hollywood studio operating in South Korea.



There’s no question that film-swapping broadband users are behind at least some of the industry’s woes in Korea. In a recent survey, almost 50 percent of Korea’s Internet users have admitted to downloading movies from the Internet, and the typical user is downloading about a movie a week


Interestingly enough, P2P networks aren’t at the center of the Korean downloading craze



and a much much older (2003) article:
U.S. broadband dream is alive in Korea
http://news.cnet.com/2100-1034_3-999695.html

The service has attracted 1.8 million registered users; 4,000 more sign up every day. The drama "All In," the true story of a Korean gambler who beat the odds in Las Vegas, drew 1.6 million viewers during its initial 24-episode run online; now 10,000 Koreans a day pay to see reruns on their computers.




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  Reply # 162341 5-Sep-2008 05:44
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Thats just crazy talk, what will be next to go? VHS cassettes maybe, or audio tapes? I dont think so.

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Reply # 163004 8-Sep-2008 09:48
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I could care less about what some exec says.

The proof is always in the pudding.....sit me in front of standard def tv and then put me in front of high def tv. You would have to have rocks in your head if you like normal tv over high def. In fact you deserve to have your TV taken away from you.

Same for blu ray.....damn sight better than dvd.

It's no different to computers....I have to upgrade about every two years to keep up and will not be surprised if we are playing holographic games sometime in the future. It's called progress or evolution.....whatever you want to call it you won't stop it.

So that exec is a real clever man....he must be paid a bundle for being able to see in the future



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  Reply # 163050 8-Sep-2008 12:29
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helinut: I could care less about what some exec says.

It's no different to computers....I have to upgrade about every two years to keep up and will not be surprised if we are playing holographic games sometime in the future. It's called progress or evolution.....whatever you want to call it you won't stop it.

 

Upgrade every two years??  Boy have you fallen for the M$ upgrade trap or have buckets of $$$$$





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  Reply # 163071 8-Sep-2008 13:50
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The main obstacle to people accepting and propagating HD content is lack of an HD TV. For so long now the industry has been pedalling old 1368 x 768 (so called HD, not FULL HD) and 1024 x 768 panels and processors. There are huge numbers of people that still haven't upgraded to 16:9 aspect ratio, let alone a 1920 x 1080 full HD panel television. Furthermore, it can be argued that an HD screen under 32" is a waste of money as the finer details can't be appreciated. HD is being marketed at present to a serious minority, though this will slowly change over time.

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  Reply # 163077 8-Sep-2008 14:16
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Upgrade every two years??  Boy have you fallen for the M$ upgrade trap or have buckets of $$$$$

Yes they keep making software that I'd like to run and I try to get descent framerates. So Yes I guess i may be part of the minority that likes to keep up however I stay a couple of clicks behind the current high end components. That keeps the cost down and the performance reasonable.
I have zero control over how programs are written and i use MS flight sim x which is the prime example of MS bloat ware.... sux but there you go.


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