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Old 12-21-2007, 11:48 AM
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I know I've complained and annoyed some people here but after many months of debating, reading posts, and sleepless nights I've finally decided to go with HD-DVD.

My wife is getting me a Toshiba HD-A30 for Christmas and I was torn whether or not to accept it or exchange it for Blu-Ray. But after really thinking about it I decided I'm going to keep it. Here is why:

- It's a gift and I hate returning/exchanging gifts.

- Blu-Ray has only just come out with their profile 1.1. Until now all their players seem to have been first gen units. The A30 is a third gen unit so probably more stable.

- Why should I exchange a third gen HD-DVD player for a first gen Blu-Ray player at the same cost? Why downgrade?

- Blu-Ray seems to be more susceptible to crashes.

- Not sure about other studios, but Warner seems to have a lot of issues with Blu-Ray encoding. That doesn't instill any confidence.

- HD-DVD has a standard set of features. Blu-Ray still seems to be fighting it over them.

- I'm tired of hearing from Blu-Ray advocates that I should "just get a PS3". A PS3 is a game console, not a Blu-Ray player. Yes it CAN play Blu-Ray discs but at the end of the day it's still a game console. I don't want a game console.

- Continuing with the PS3... why am I spending less money on a PS3 when it can do more over the actual Blu-Ray players which do less? It doesn't make sense unless you're trying to force people to PS3 in which case you're hoping that people will start buying games and downloadable content. Maybe good from a commercialism standpoint but not from a consumer. No thanks.

So hello everyone in the land of HD-DVD. I'm happy to be joining you.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:54 AM
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I own both formats, and in my opinion unless you are willing to use a PS3 as your Blu-Ray player I believe you've made a good choice. HD DVD players from my experience are more expensive and glitchy than HD DVD players.

HD DVD is a good choice to get HD for cheaper with slightly more stable players and very similar picture and audio quality.

Don't waste your time on Blu-Ray until profile 2.0 is out and they begin to ensure all new releases at least work on all players.
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I own both formats, and in my opinion unless you are willing to use a PS3 as your Blu-Ray player I believe you've made a good choice. HD DVD players from my experience are more expensive and glitchy than HD DVD players.
Does't make much sense.
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I own both too and like HD-DVD for several reasons and like bluray for several reasons, Welcome aboard
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:03 PM
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The deal killer for me not getting a PS3 is that it won't work with my universal remote. I don't understand why Sony would just add an IR sensor. Its a 10 cent part.
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The deal killer for me not getting a PS3 is that it won't work with my universal remote. I don't understand why Sony would just add an IR sensor. Its a 10 cent part.
I bought a $10 USB adapter with remote to enable use of my universal remote control. It works fine and the sensor protruding from the USB port is really cute. The remote is made by Nyko and EBgames had the remote on sale recently.

http://www.nyko.com/nyko/products/?i=113

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Old 12-21-2007, 12:20 PM
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I bought a $10 USB adapter with remote to enable use of my universal remote control. It works fine and the sensor protruding from the USB port is really cute. The remote is made by Nyko and EBgames had the remote on sale recently.

http://www.nyko.com/nyko/products/?i=113

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Cute? Well, I guess that is one way of looking at it. I prefer 'clunky', or 'ugly', or downright 'dangerous' having something like that sticking out of the front of your AV rack. No thanks.
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:28 PM
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HD DVD was my first choice, I've owned one for a year now and I'm pleased with it. Eventually, tough, you might get frustrated over the fact that more new-release are coming out exclusively to blu-ray. This is why I just got myself a PS3 (i'm a gamer tough) I gladly bought transformers and bourne 3 on hd-dvd, but ultimately, seeing so many releases such as pirates, die-hards, resident evils, fanstastic 4s, ratatouille, spider-mans, simpsons etc just got me to go purple. I still favor the hd-dvd side, mind you
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:46 PM
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Does't make much sense.
Judging from what he just said before that quote, I would assume he meant Blu Ray standalone players are more expensive and more glitchy than HD DVD players. Just a typo.
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:47 PM
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Your reasoning is exactly why I support HD DVD. I have bought in over a year ago and I am very happy. No matter what HD DVD player you get, you will have the same specs, and will be able to use all the features on your movies. Blu-ray needs to figure out this profile stuff fast, its not even worth the 300 bucks to pick up the 1400. You made a great choice, there are plenty of great movies available, so sit back and enjoy your movies in high definition.
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