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Blu-Ray Players....is everyone buying them?

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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
What's with this Blu-Ray format?
I'm quite a big gadget freak but i just can't bring myself to buy One of these players. Do i really need One when i've got Sky HD? Are they not going to be another Betamax?

Are you buying One?
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Blu-ray is not going to be another Betamax. Think of Blu-Ray as VHS and HD-DVD as Betamax...

I think DVD will still be around for another couple of years though.
#2
nope, not getting one. As with you I have sky HD, and all the movies are in HD now so no need really for a blu-ray. I'm happy to wait till they come on SKY to watch them.
#3
I have a recordable DVD Player. Is there such a thing as a recordable Blu-Ray Player?
#4
Once you've watched a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD movie you notice the difference. Sky HD is great but if you want to watch new movies plus all the extras then Blu-Ray is needed. I bought a PS3 instead of a dedicated Blu-Ray player and got Transformers as part of the deal. After watching this on a 46" plasma, I was blown away. Now I can't get enough.
#5
I will buy one in about 5 years when they are more realistically priced (i.e £30 for a player) and £10 for a chart film etc, perfectly happy with DVD at the moment and can't see the fuss.
#6
Money Spinning
I will buy one in about 5 years when they are more realistically priced (i.e £30 for a player) and £10 for a chart film etc, perfectly happy with DVD at the moment and can't see the fuss.


Same as.
#7
Money Spinning
I will buy one in about 5 years when they are more realistically priced (i.e £30 for a player) and £10 for a chart film etc, perfectly happy with DVD at the moment and can't see the fuss.


That's my way of thinking to, at the moment. There is One on the Argos site..........a Bush player for £99 but not for me. A bigger TV maybe :)
#8
Money Spinning;3688853
I will buy one in about 5 years when they are more realistically priced (i.e £30 for a player) and £10 for a chart film etc, perfectly happy with DVD at the moment and can't see the fuss.


Ditto :thumbsup:
#9
Babbabooey
nope, not getting one. As with you I have sky HD, and all the movies are in HD now so no need really for a blu-ray. I'm happy to wait till they come on SKY to watch them.


Sky HD is pretend HD (720P) also there is no comparison reguarding the sound given by Sky compared to Blu Ray. Saying tha Blu ray is still way overpriced and there will have to be a drop in mainstream player prices (eg Sony for Less tha £100) and the standard price of the media to at least £12.99 for the mainstream of the population to get involved.Blu Ray will eventually suceed as at the moment there is no viable alternative as we do not have an on line infrastructure that could cope if it was all ondemand in Full HD etc.
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Quite agree. Never buy anything with a brand name that conjures up images of female genitalia!! Steer clear of Siemens too!!
#11
melanie789
Quite agree. Never buy anything with a brand name that conjures up images of female genitalia!! Steer clear of Siemens too!!


Made me laugh - thanks for this....
#12
By the sound of it blu ray might be old news LOL

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#13
Well i think i'm going to keep my money firmly in the Mrs's pocket for now ha.
#14
The problem I have with BD is that the discs are sooo prohibitively expensive for something that will only work on my fancy main TV and not on my bedroom CRT.

If they bundled the DVD and Blu-Ray together In a pack I would be buying them now for future use. It's what I did with a couple of HD-DVD flip discs and meant I still could use them when HD-DVD folded.
#15
When everyone has a HDTV, then everyone will talk about it and buy Blu Ray. At the moment I'm guessing PS3 sales are through the roof so a lot of people are buying Blu Ray also because of it. I don't know why people moan that Blu Ray prices are expensive really, considering they where £20 - £25 not too long ago and a normal DVD can be as high as £20 a Blu Ray for £15 is an absolute bargain.

Like someone said here, once you watch BR, you will never go back, never.
#16
Wasn't planning on getting one for a while yet. But it was part of the TV package I bought.
It will be interesting to see how much better than DVD it really is. I suspect it will be a
little like the early days of DVD when it came down to the quality of the transfer.
#17
I've had Blu-ray/HD-DVD for a while and feel it's well worth the money for my usage although I tend to be patient for films to come down a bit in price - I'd love to get Firefly but not at 45 pounds so I'll be keeping an eye on it coming down in price. I really enjoy the crystal sharp image you get which makes normal DVDs seem like they have a layer of grime over them.

John
#18
newbie1001
Sky HD is pretend HD (720P) also there is no comparison reguarding the sound given by Sky compared to Blu Ray. Saying tha Blu ray is still way overpriced and there will have to be a drop in mainstream player prices (eg Sony for Less tha £100) and the standard price of the media to at least £12.99 for the mainstream of the population to get involved.Blu Ray will eventually suceed as at the moment there is no viable alternative as we do not have an on line infrastructure that could cope if it was all ondemand in Full HD etc.


Although the term "high definition" is not a quantifiable definition, it does generally refer to a picture/video that is of a resolution higher than standard definition and that includes 720p resolutions. There is no "pretend HD". Not even EICTA (who define the HD Ready standard) make any definition of pretend HD in their specification. The bottom line is that 720p meets the HD Ready specifications and in general HD terminology use, it also meets the requirements of an HD display - there is no pretend about it.

Regarding sound from Sky HD, you are correct. Sky HD offers Dolby Digital 5.1 whereas some blu ray players (but not all) support Dolby True HD, which is encoded losslessly. Even fewer players support DTS HD Audio Master, a rival technology. Those that do not support any of the 2 lossless formats will cause sound playback to be reduced to a lower quality - quite probably Dolby Digital 5.1 as used by Sky HD.

Blu Ray may well have a foothold on the HD optical media market but there are certainly some very viable alternatives. Flash memory have the capacity to hold blu ray films and are certainly an inexpensive option. Given that Flash memory is RAM, it is rewriteable, allowing for easy transferral of Blu Ray video and not to mention the extra portability. Even the venerable hard disc is a worthy option being much cheaper per GB than a rewriteable blu ray disc. Regarding network infrastructure, streaming 720p movies is currently possible (I'll leave it to you to calculate the kb/s rate required). With the imminent rollout of BT's 21st Century Network, streaming of 1080p movies is most certainly achievable.
#19
Wotwot123
When everyone has a HDTV, then everyone will talk about it and buy Blu Ray. At the moment I'm guessing PS3 sales are through the roof so a lot of people are buying Blu Ray also because of it. I don't know why people moan that Blu Ray prices are expensive really, considering they where £20 - £25 not too long ago and a normal DVD can be as high as £20 a Blu Ray for £15 is an absolute bargain.

Like someone said here, once you watch BR, you will never go back, never.


Problem is not all my TV's are HDTV so to get the new films in a format that everyone can watch means buying DVD and BD at the same time.

Don't think my wallet could take the strain.
#20
Like many people have said here, they are sitting on the fence waiting for Blu-ray prices to drop. Some stating 5 years as a waiting time as perfectly acceptable - I am in agreement. The problem is it has made me wonder if Blu-ray will even be around in 5 years.

If we take a look at USB Sticks/Memory Card prices and size, surely in five years time we will be picking up devices twice (or maybe more) the capacity of a Blu-ray disc for much less. Plus the hardware used there is so universal that no Blu-Ray reader would be required, which surely is a major cost factor.

I am not going into specifics on how this would work, as to be honest I haven't the faintest idea. I just know that by the time Blu-ray becomes affordable there will be something much cheaper and just as capable around. Whether this will stop Blu-ray or not is another question, I guess we just have to hope for the best. For that reason I am not purchasing anything to do with Blu-ray, solid state drives just seems to be a better technology than optical discs (to me anyway). :thinking:
#21
I picked up a sony s350 off of amazon for £175 last week, unfortunate thing is I decided I needed to upgrade my TV to appreciate it too, I'm now proud owner of 20W4000 (did look at the 100hz version but decided it wasnt worth the money after reading the reviews this one has outperformed many of those at 100hz anyway) bargin at £679 seen as comet and currys both have them in at £812

so tonight i'll be watching new batman at 24p as it very well should be!
#22
PhearFactor
Like many people have said here, they are sitting on the fence waiting for Blu-ray prices to drop. Some stating 5 years as a waiting time as perfectly acceptable - I am in agreement. The problem is it has made me wonder if Blu-ray will even be around in 5 years.

If we take a look at USB Sticks/Memory Card prices and size, surely in five years time we will be picking up devices twice (or maybe more) the capacity of a Blu-ray disc for much less. Plus the hardware used there is so universal that no Blu-Ray reader would be required, which surely is a major cost factor.

I am not going into specifics on how this would work, as to be honest I haven't the faintest idea. I just know that by the time Blu-ray becomes affordable there will be something much cheaper and just as capable around. Whether this will stop Blu-ray or not is another question, I guess we just have to hope for the best. For that reason I am not purchasing anything to do with Blu-ray, solid state drives just seems to be a better technology than optical discs (to me anyway). :thinking:



Quite. It is also the case that some manufacturers of Blu Ray players have built in the option of being able to play a Blu Ray encoded film by streaming from a network. The portability, flexibility, price, read/write speeds and robustness of flash memory and small drives certainly offers strong advantages over optical media but Blu Ray optical media do have one trick up their sleeve and that is the theoretical capacity of several layers which I believe it to be 10 layers offering well over 200 GB of storage per disc. Time will tell whether flash memory could reach those kind of capacities before 10 layer blu ray discs become mainstream.

A Blu Ray reader would still be required as the video needs to be decoded. The Blu Ray reader can simply be software on the computer (such as Nero Showtime or Power DVD 7.3 (but strangely not later versions)).

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