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Old 01-16-2008, 02:40 PM
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Default Lifespan of HD DVD player stored in the box

I have an HD-A1 and will be getting an HD-A3 in the near future to put in storage as a future backup. I love the HD DVD format but things are not looking too good right now long-term and no matter what happens, I want to make sure I can enjoy my present movie collection and this great format for many, many years to come.

My plan was to get an HD-A3, burn a disc with the latest firmware (and store the firmware file online and on a hard drive) and store them away. When my HD-A1 dies (maybe 8-10 years from now?) I can pull out the HD-A3 and enjoy my movies for another ten years. After that I may not care, LOL.

So, do devices like the HD-A3 go bad with age if they are unused but stored in the box, untouched? The only think I can imagine is the drive mechanism going bad because lube dries out, etc. It would be stored in a climate-controlled environment. I'd hate to pull out my player in 2017 and find that it won't work!
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:24 PM
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I would think they would work fine, i mean i have a first gen dvd player still going. as well as dreamcast, saturn xbox etc...

However my main issues with most of these are the disc trays they either get stuck and wont move or they retract but at a slower pace.
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I'd test the player out first and then upgrade to the latest firmware. As soon as it's been updated and knowingly it works fine, I'd store the machine in a big plastic bag with the silca gel (To absorb moisture) plus the updated firmware on a cd.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:55 PM
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i wouldnt be worried about watching the movies in 2017. i wouls assume by then DLC will be the way to go, and there will be some easy legal way to back up all your movies on a harddrive to watch on tv. plus by then i dont think 1080p will be the top resolution anymore.
but do what you think you need to do
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:29 PM
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Do you think that HD-DVD players are going to suddenly become collectors' items? There are MILLIONS of them either in peoples' homes or on store shelves. In 10-15 years I'd say they'll be going on eBAY for no more than what they are now if you even have a desire to play them.

I've never had an optical drive crap out on me.... I mean my SegaCD circa 1992/1993 (?) and a Saturn circa 1995 that still work well and I played the crap out of that when I was a kid.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:47 PM
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I'd say in about 15 years, no one will care about anything.

As there will be WW3 in 2019, and an Alien invasion in 2021 that exterminates the remaining humans to make way for a new Alien Colony.

LOL, or is that my screenplay that I'm sending to all of the major studios now that the Writer's strike is continuing.

I forget sometimes.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:07 PM
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Everything will be melting by then...kill the cows-save the planet, kill the cows-save the planet...either way, no worries, watch all you can right now, cause we'll all be part of the same soup later.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:38 PM
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[QUOTE=Mike171979;650869]I'd say in about 15 years, no one will care about anything.

As there will be WW3 in 2019, and an Alien invasion in 2021 that exterminates the remaining humans to make way for a new Alien Colony.

LOL, or is that my screenplay that I'm sending to all of the major studios now that the Writer's strike is continuing.

I forget sometimes.[/QUOTE

No this will not go down, in timecop they can time travel.. Everything is going to be fine.
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I agree that if you should do it, test it first.
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[QUOTE=Mike171979;650869]I'd say in about 15 years, no one will care about anything.

As there will be WW3 in 2019, and an Alien invasion in 2021 that exterminates the remaining humans to make way for a new Alien Colony.

LOL, or is that my screenplay that I'm sending to all of the major studios now that the Writer's strike is continuing.

I forget sometimes.[/QUOTE

No this will not go down, in timecop they can time travel.. Everything is going to be fine.
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