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Old 04-03-2008, 07:24 PM
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Default High Speed HD Downloads Years and Years Away? Think Again.

Let's see. How many bludots screamed, yelled, pulled out old stats, had temper tantrums, hissy fits and exclaimed and over exclaimed that "HD downloads is Ten years off at least due to bandwidth and tons of other issues....and, with certainty, said they will pose no threat to wide blu way adoption...

Well folks, seems that only two months after the death of the dreaded HD DUD (as said and referenced on Blu Ray.com) things in the bandwidth department via fiber optics is going to make some people here look very uninformed.

Looks like 10 years is today buddies. But...But...But...

And where o' where was this posted?? Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/techn...rpc=22&sp=true

Comcast Corp. the largest U.S. cable television operator, said on Wednesday it has started offering a super-fast Internet service that allows customers to download a high-definition movie in 10 minutes.
The new premium service was launched in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and marks a leap in connection speeds for Comcast. The new service offers speeds starting at 50 megabits per second, compared with the previous fastest connection speeds of 16 mb per second.

Comcast said the new service is aimed at residential and business customers. But at $149.95 a month, compared with about $50 a month for its usual service, it is likely to attract businesses or very heavy residential users, such as video game players or movie download fans.

It shares the Twin Cities market with regional phone company Qwest Communications International Inc.

Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts unveiled plans for the new super-fast service at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, describing it as "wideband," and the company said it plans to reach around 20 percent of its subscriber base with the service by the end of the year.

The company plans to increase speeds on the service, eventually offering speeds of 100 mb to 160 mb per second.

Cable operators are increasingly concerned with improving the efficiency of their cable plants to be able to push more content through their pipes at faster speeds to rival growing competition from telephone companies like Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc.

Seems like good ol' competition is going to *speed* up HD movies to us a lot faster than domination of blu ray over dvd.
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Obligatory lol.
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Is this model for rental or ownership? If it's ownership, how exactly are you planning on trading these HD downloads with your friends like you can do right now with Blu-Ray disks? And oh yes, when you're tired of owning a movie that you downloaded and paid for, exactly how much are you planning on selling it for on Ebay?
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How long before such services as these become not only commonplace, but also inexpensive, in the Western world? Am I wrong in thinking that high-bandwidth services have been available in Japan all along, but that BD has nevertheless thrived there?
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it's $149/month
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BS...theres no way some one has the storage, yet the speed to download a ownership of a movie(not an empty Download).
Rentals sure..ownership naw
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lol at 150$ a month

yep, instant mass adoption.
even 8mb cable internet is what, 50$ a month?

the "download!!!!1 crew" seems to forget that people want physical media.
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Yup I think this is purely smackdown talk here.

Who really wants to pay $150 a month for 10 min movie downloads?

Thats 6.2MBytes per second. So 10 minutes is only a 6.2gb movie. What if you had to download 30Gbs or so for a movie with all its features and uncompressed audio? That would take considerably longer.

I think Blu-Ray is the next DVD and maybe after blu-ray downloads.
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Is this model for rental or ownership? If it's ownership, how exactly are you planning on trading these HD downloads with your friends like you can do right now with Blu-Ray disks? And oh yes, when you're tired of owning a movie that you downloaded and paid for, exactly how much are you planning on selling it for on Ebay?
How bout this? how many *trade* movies legally vs. illegally? Any stats?

And exactly how many people have portable blu ray players today in their offices, homes, cars, notebooks, macs, etc? Care to carry your PS3 or standalone to school?

Why fight the inevitable? Just exactly how did Apple come to become KING of downloads and downloads kill off historical brick and mortar chains like Tower, Warehouse, Virgin and the death count continues???
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After reading that even in the music industry, digital downloads are only about 30% of the market, I think the future of HD Downloads has a LOT more to worry about then just bandwidth.
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