Alternative options to replace combo format. - High-Def Digest Forums
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-14-2007, 06:57 AM
taygan315's Avatar
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 7,536
Default Alternative options to replace combo format.

I admit my bias...I hate the combo discs!! I know there are those who like it...but I think it is a waste of disc space and money. Here are a couple of possible alternatives:

1) Having the latest firmware on the other side of the hd disc. I dont know if it is possible, but I think this would be a great idea. Why cant Toshiba and the studios work together and make sure that if a certain movie is coming out with some features that may need a firmware upgrade, it will be avaible on the disc?? Right out of the case. This would save time for the consumer and it would be a peace of mind knowing that once you buy a certain hd movie, you will be able to play it the day you bought it because you have the firmware on the disc itself.

2) Put additional content on the other side of the hd disc. Whether it be web enabled content, exclusive, or interactive games.


So...what do you think my fellow red brothers?? Are these ideas possible and if so...what is your take on it?? Anybody else have any other options to replace the combo format??
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-14-2007, 07:38 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,240
Default

Firmware updates aren't usually needed. HD DVD was a finished spec after all. Playback issues that have been fixed in previous updates are most likely due to bugs in the players. These can't be predicted so shipping with the firmware on the disc isn't an option.

Web enabled content and interactive games are a bit gimmicky but if they are packaged as part of the extras there is no reason they can't be on the normal side of the disc.

The only thing that should be on the flip side is the artwork. The real alternative to combos is DVD-5 and HD DVD on the same side.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-14-2007, 10:59 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,738
Default

How about just having a SD disk in the box.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-14-2007, 11:34 AM
Dr_Gonzo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 346
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by carljmi View Post
How about just having a SD disk in the box.
That will never happen, because if they put in a Sdcopy of the movie, the buyer can just give that copy away or sell it, so the studio will lose a sale.

Drop HD DVD or lower the price, so that SD-buyers actually will buy HD DVDs insted if SD-versions.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-14-2007, 12:29 PM
JAC35's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,169
Default

I like the combos for collector box sets such as the Star Trek TOS Season 1. For regular movie releases they should just have both combo and non-combo options day and date. Give the consumer the option to purchase the slightly higher priced combo or not.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The BLU-RAY format will never replace the DVD format unless BLU-RAY recorders appear. HDTV1080P Blu-ray Hardware General Discussion 33 05-29-2012 12:54 PM
What are my future options for combo players? henchman HD DVD Hardware General Discussion 5 04-24-2008 10:50 AM
Record Labels Ignore Blu-ray Format To Replace The Ailing CD marzetta7 High Definition Smackdown 98 03-13-2008 07:56 PM
Alternative to XBOX 360 Wireless Adapter? shockemags HD DVD and Video Game Consoles 11 07-22-2007 11:49 PM
Suggestions on alternative HD programming please bigsef3 HDTV Programming and Info 1 04-11-2007 01:43 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off