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Saw this in Blockbusters Lincoln today. I know its not the in thing..... but if you want one for what ever reason £2.95. worth it if you want one. Also works as an external drive for your net book.

I saw this one in the Lincoln branch (next to sainsburys), Not sure where else would have it but if you want to call the lincoln branch feel free 01522 694121, Ill try to get a pic tomorrow if they have any there.

If you dont want to go in give your local a call and ask them, if they dont have them in ask how much they will be when they do come in. No idea if this is all stores or not though. I hope so (if your looking for one)
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1 Like #1
Works great as an external dvd drive for netbooks.
banned 2 Likes #2
Nice if you can find one, some HD DVDs can be picked up for a £1 now, Bargain.

I remember paying around £130 for one of these when first released, quickly sold as soon as Toshiba pulled the plug.
[mod]#3
aceshigh
Works great as an external dvd drive for netbooks.


Didnt know that, will add that to description. thanks.
banned#4
aceshigh
Works great as an external dvd drive for netbooks.

do you know if these can these be used as a external HD DVD drive on a laptop?
[mod]#5
theo2011
aceshigh
Works great as an external dvd drive for netbooks.

do you know if these can these be used as a external HD DVD drive on a laptop?

i assume so buddy.
1 Like #6
Yes they can but you will need a software player for it. I think I have Power dvd 6.5 hd edition that was compatible with it.
1 Like #7
theo2011
aceshigh
Works great as an external dvd drive for netbooks.

do you know if these can these be used as a external HD DVD drive on a laptop?


Unfortunately not, only an external DVD drive..

I still use mine, have maybe 50 movies? Also use it to install stuff on my VAIO Netbook.. Really useful bit of kit I picked up when they were £4.99
banned#8
M3NDEREZ
theo2011
aceshigh
Works great as an external dvd drive for netbooks.

do you know if these can these be used as a external HD DVD drive on a laptop?


Unfortunately not, only an external DVD drive..

I still use mine, have maybe 50 movies? Also use it to install stuff on my VAIO Netbook.. Really useful bit of kit I picked up when they were £4.99


Never mind, I dont think my local BB would have them anyway, been in a few times lately and not saw any. Saves me money lol, I really should keep off HUKD as I have a holiday coming up and trying to save some pennies.
[mod] 1 Like #9
theo2011
M3NDEREZ
theo2011
aceshigh
Works great as an external dvd drive for netbooks.

do you know if these can these be used as a external HD DVD drive on a laptop?


Unfortunately not, only an external DVD drive..

I still use mine, have maybe 50 movies? Also use it to install stuff on my VAIO Netbook.. Really useful bit of kit I picked up when they were £4.99


Never mind, I dont think my local BB would have them anyway, been in a few times lately and not saw any. Saves me money lol, I really should keep off HUKD as I have a holiday coming up and trying to save some pennies.


lol its nasty but addivtive here. lol
2 Likes #10
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.
[mod]#11
David18
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.


lol fair play mate, still, someone must want them even if it is for a external dvd drive on a laptop
1 Like #12
betamax and minidisc say hi
[mod] 2 Likes #13
wsmith1990
betamax and minidisc say hi


LOL! remembering the days of rewinding your rentals before taking them back
1 Like #14
Yep I still have mine to use as an external DVD drive, great price compared to standard DVD drive.
2 Likes #15
Brilliant for the price as it reads many disc types. Also a great way of getting films in HD for silly prices. Got 5 great movies for the price of a single bluray. And you can rip them DIRECTLY to an MKV file so you can keep them for future use or even reburn to a Blu-Ray if you wanted to.

I paid £15 for mine and I'm happy with that, so this is HOT!!
5 Likes #16
David18
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.


Whilst I don't disagree that it was a failure I can't help noticing that BR isn't doing too well itself, IMHO the day of optical media is passing....
1 Like #17
achmelvic
David18
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.


Whilst I don't disagree that it was a failure I can't help noticing that BR isn't doing too well itself, IMHO the day of optical media is passing....


It will still be around for years to come. Considering broadband speeds are so amazingly slow outside of main cities, optical media will never die out untill everyone is receiving at least 50mb fibre opt broadband speeds.

Also you have to take into account hard drive space and the quality of what you're downloading, as well as price.

I know for a fact most people would rather buy a blu ray + dvd + digital copy pack over a watered down, compressed pile of garbage from iTunes, especially when most "HD" movies on itunes cost £10-£15.

If the industry switches to digital distribution fully, expect to see terrible, low grade movies being released due to the huge increase in piracy.
#18
guess who kill the betamax ????
[mod] 1 Like #19
striker33
achmelvic
David18
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.


Whilst I don't disagree that it was a failure I can't help noticing that BR isn't doing too well itself, IMHO the day of optical media is passing....


It will still be around for years to come. Considering broadband speeds are so amazingly slow outside of main cities, optical media will never die out untill everyone is receiving at least 50mb fibre opt broadband speeds.

Also you have to take into account hard drive space and the quality of what you're downloading, as well as price.

I know for a fact most people would rather buy a blu ray + dvd + digital copy pack over a watered down, compressed pile of garbage from iTunes, especially when most "HD" movies on itunes cost £10-£15.

If the industry switches to digital distribution fully, expect to see terrible, low grade movies being released due to the huge increase in piracy.


i have to agree in a way here. People who buy Blurays and DVDs from us are a mix of old and young, cant see the demand for soley downloading movies or streaming them to take just yet, so many need a physical item to feel they have bought an item, the older gen of the population will struggle im sure.

Im not acting like i KNOW anything for sure, its just my opinion matey.

Edited By: NeoTrix on Mar 25, 2011 20:18
2 Likes #20
achmelvic
David18
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.


Whilst I don't disagree that it was a failure I can't help noticing that BR isn't doing too well itself, IMHO the day of optical media is passing....


How is it not doing so well? I thought it was doing very well, especially since its the highest quality movie you can buy and don't forget PS3 games are on Blu-Ray so I doubt it "isn't doing too well".

I liked your comment by accident (_;)
1 Like #21
M3NDEREZ
theo2011
aceshigh
Works great as an external dvd drive for netbooks.

do you know if these can these be used as a external HD DVD drive on a laptop?


Unfortunately not, only an external DVD drive..

I still use mine, have maybe 50 movies? Also use it to install stuff on my VAIO Netbook.. Really useful bit of kit I picked up when they were £4.99


It works just fine on my laptop for playing HDDVD's.
[mod] 1 Like #22
BiGT-
achmelvic
David18
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.


Whilst I don't disagree that it was a failure I can't help noticing that BR isn't doing too well itself, IMHO the day of optical media is passing....


How is it not doing so well? I thought it was doing very well, especially since its the highest quality movie you can buy and don't forget PS3 games are on Blu-Ray so I doubt it "isn't doing too well".

I liked your comment by accident (_;)


well i liked yours on purpose, and i hear (remember hear not know) that the next xbox in 2015 ish will be bluray. soooooooooooooo not so "on its way out maybe"
1 Like #23
IMO HD-DVD was (is?) a better format than Blu-Ray. BR seemed to have a higher capacity, but HD seemed to always have better features (video in video commentary, etc... does BR have this yet?) Also, I don't know if this was down to the compression used, but BR seems a bit blocky on low contrast scenes? I never saw this on HD. Maybe that's just my PS3 though :)
#24
Never getting rid of my DVDs for Bluray. Had to do it with VHS, but the difference was immense mind.
And I cant wait to pick one of these up for a netbook, never thought of it, external drives cost a pretty penny!
#25
MattyPlant
Never getting rid of my DVDs for Bluray. Had to do it with VHS, but the difference was immense mind.
And I cant wait to pick one of these up for a netbook, never thought of it, external drives cost a pretty penny!


Definitely worth it for the price, but not sure I understand the benefit of getting one for a netbook if that's going to be it's only use - I'm not sure you'd see the difference in quality :/
2 Likes #26
Still hacked off that Blu-Ray won despite its numerous disadvantages, region coding, more expensive, format not finalised (1.0, 1.1, 2.0), no PIP at the time, I could go on but I'll just have to be a gallant loser.
#27
PabloCreep
MattyPlant
Never getting rid of my DVDs for Bluray. Had to do it with VHS, but the difference was immense mind.
And I cant wait to pick one of these up for a netbook, never thought of it, external drives cost a pretty penny!


Definitely worth it for the price, but not sure I understand the benefit of getting one for a netbook if that's going to be it's only use - I'm not sure you'd see the difference in quality :/


Just for installing things mate, ripping a cd etc
#28
PabloCreep
IMO HD-DVD was (is?) a better format than Blu-Ray. BR seemed to have a higher capacity, but HD seemed to always have better features (video in video commentary, etc... does BR have this yet?) Also, I don't know if this was down to the compression used, but BR seems a bit blocky on low contrast scenes? I never saw this on HD. Maybe that's just my PS3 though :)

IMO, BluRay only took off because the PS3 played discs, it was (narrowly) losing to HD-DVD up until the release of the console. I have a BluRay player and on some discs it takes almost 5 minutes between inserting the disc and the movie actually starting. It spends ages churning away at loading the various warnings, javascript menus, etc. If I put a DVD in, it loads in 5 seconds. The picture quality is great, however these annoyances (and the price markup) mean that I still buy DVDs over BDs. I know loads of people who buy BluRay movies, then rip them to hard drive, simply to avoid the loading times.
7 Likes #29
David18
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.


I think you'll find UMD already has that crown :D
4 Likes #30
I feel like I fell asleep asleep and woke up three years ago. I cannot believe that this deal is turning into a format war!




Edited By: Marekj on Mar 25, 2011 20:53
1 Like #31
wibbleboy
PabloCreep
IMO HD-DVD was (is?) a better format than Blu-Ray. BR seemed to have a higher capacity, but HD seemed to always have better features (video in video commentary, etc... does BR have this yet?) Also, I don't know if this was down to the compression used, but BR seems a bit blocky on low contrast scenes? I never saw this on HD. Maybe that's just my PS3 though :)

IMO, BluRay only took off because the PS3 played discs, it was (narrowly) losing to HD-DVD up until the release of the console. I have a BluRay player and on some discs it takes almost 5 minutes between inserting the disc and the movie actually starting. It spends ages churning away at loading the various warnings, javascript menus, etc. If I put a DVD in, it loads in 5 seconds. The picture quality is great, however these annoyances (and the price markup) mean that I still buy DVDs over BDs. I know loads of people who buy BluRay movies, then rip them to hard drive, simply to avoid the loading times.


5 Minutes oO I think you might need a new Blu-Ray player, what film took 5 minutes to load? I wouldnt mind testing it out :)
#32
BiGT-
achmelvic
David18
HD DVD = biggest failure ever.


Whilst I don't disagree that it was a failure I can't help noticing that BR isn't doing too well itself, IMHO the day of optical media is passing....


How is it not doing so well? I thought it was doing very well, especially since its the highest quality movie you can buy and don't forget PS3 games are on Blu-Ray so I doubt it "isn't doing too well".

I liked your comment by accident (_;)


More in the sense that it hasn't really become dominant in the film market, and I doubt that it ever will. DVD is proving very difficult to dislodge and the quality and availability of streaming services are ever improving, so really it's got competition on both sides.

PS3 games are simply a captive market, you can't really judge its success on that, as Sony's pet format they were never going to pass that up.


phang69
Still hacked off that Blu-Ray won despite its numerous disadvantages, region coding, more expensive, format not finalised (1.0, 1.1, 2.0), no PIP at the time, I could go on but I'll just have to be a gallant loser.


Snappier name. Was never going to lose.

Edited By: HeavyMetal on Mar 25, 2011 20:57
2 Likes #33
The wrong format won (Blu), sony just threw mega money at the movie studios. HD-DVD rocked.
2 Likes #34
And to add to this saga blu ray now uses hd dvd codecs because they where better than what they had, Sony used its film makeing might to sway the big names to there format, when hd dvd was the better imo.
The biggest battle blu ray has is with dvd and that one they will not win imo.
I think we will all have hard drives built into our houses in the future like we all have electrick and streaming will be what controls the market or maybe it will be cloud servers who can say?
Just my opinion.
#35
top man - thanks!
#36
After Blu ray there will be one more format before we all move on to non-physical formats.

I think nearly everyone has the basic tech skills now.
#37
Both formats suck, HD-DVD failed in the movie industry first but the only thing keeping BR above water is the fact that PS3 uses it.

Movie media in the hard format is dead, the only way the industry will be boosted is via internet access.
[mod]#38
Both formats suck? Name one with better sound/image quality? and ill consider your statement.
1 Like #39
if xbox stuck these into the 360s from the start it may have been a different story but there u go all done and dusted.
Anyhoo i had one for 15 and consider it great value, if u can get 1! upscaling normal dvds is a great benefit regardless
#40
NeoTrix
Both formats suck? Name one with better sound/image quality? and ill consider your statement.

It's not just about being the best.

Betamax was "better" than VHS but lost the battle. It depends on who backs it, one of the main reasons for BR winning the battle with HD-DVD was down to the porn industry :o/

Neither format is a large enough jump ahead of the existing formats to force the masses to go out and pay a premium to buy the hardware to support it.

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