Microsoft settles the HD war: you both lose

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Microsoft’s manager for Media Entertainment Convergence, Richard Doherty, said both HD DVD and Blu-ray will be obsolete in 5 years. Speaking at the annual Digital Hollywood conference, Doherty…

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Hmm, I think until we all get unmetered downloads and also super fast connection. I mean how long does it take to download an 8GB file (that’s only DVD). :frowning: Sky’s by broadband service have their content downsized to around 400MBs - not comparable quality. Even so, that takes about 1hr to download with their service.
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The trend now is to lock downloaded content to a single device. Your machine broken? Re-buy all the content. You want to take something to a friend’s house and play it on his machine? Tough luck, buddy.

i want put my 2 cents on this one. I feel downloading is good but i have better idea, the way i do things is i like physical optical media to buy your content on, then rip and store in the computer. The media serves as back up. But you get the convenience of easy computer access. Then if they wanted to go downloads, this is how it should be done. Large media cards, go to the store on a kiosk and download from there what you want, for those who cant or dont have high speed internet like me. take the bought content to your computer and through it on your hard drive, and make a optical back up on your computer. the limits are endless, but music needs to be offered in uncompressed form, and not that lossless compression either, total uncompressed, and let us compress to the format we chose, and use a low compress video format and do the same from there. Giving consumers there computer fun and control they want. theres other thoughts i have too, but my back hurts and i cant type no more.

Downloaded video uses high compression rates and that means artifacts. Thanks, but I’ll stick with HD DVD.

Microsoft is thinking of profit from technology they own and can licence.They can’t make money from Blu-ray or that other format.I’ll stick with Blu-ray for gaming and movies.

I agree with Microsoft this time. The internet speed is getting faster and faster. There are 1Gb/s and unlimited download quota in some places. i.e. if your HD is fast enough (perhaps solid state HD in a few years later), it takes about 1 minutes to download a 8GB DVD. Also remember a fact, the download speed, cpu speed are double in a 18-24 months while DVD to Blueray HD-DVD takes at least 5 years to prevail on the market. Majority of people are hesitate and sick to change their dvd players too often but a super fast internet access will be the utimate solution. On the other hand, from the mp3 sale over the net, I think the movie companies are not happy to sell the movies on line without DRM which will hinder the spread this download movie technology.

I thought it was obvious that MS’s intentions were to bolster HD DVD enough to keep both HiDef disc formats as niche products so that their download service would take over in a few years…

8 Gig in a minute? Dunno where your based Lambchop, but that kind of speed in the U.K is about 20 years away :r

:+ this guy is a clown man who can afford the server to run the needed software at around $10,000us… Wake up an earn a real dollar not a million a year…

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