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    Blu-ray may have won the battle but is far from winning the high-def war

    Cost of ownership is just too high.
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    Re: Blu-ray may have won the battle but is far from winning the high-def war

    Call me cheap but I rarely buy DVDs at ~£12 new release prices, I usually just get back catalogue ones in the 3 for £20 (or whatever this week) offers that always seem to be on.
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    Re: Blu-ray may have won the battle but is far from winning the high-def war

    HD won't take off until the studios stop charging a premium for Blu-ray over SD DVD. Once they're charging the same price for both formats, there'll be a much greater take-up.

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    Re: Blu-ray may have won the battle but is far from winning the high-def war

    The biggest problem which is completely ignored in this article is that most people don't own a Hi-Def capable TV yet. Until the majority of the population owns one then this article is largely irrelevant.

    Also since when can you get a "quality upscaling DVD player for £50" and more to the point why would you buy a £50 one. The HD capable tv that it would be connected to is more likely to do a better job of upscaling the picture to it's native resolution than the dvd player.

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    Re: Blu-ray may have won the battle but is far from winning the high-def war

    Just bought a Toshiba HD DVD HP30 player from play.com for £49.99 including delivery!

    Came with HDMI cable in the box, hooked it up to my Sony Bravia 32" LCD and awesome pictures on the 2 free HD DVD titles that came with it!

    Also tried the Matrix, LOTR 1,2, & 3 existing DVDs for upscaling and it performed brilliantly. Sony may have won the war but there are some amazing HD DVD bargains out there worth snapping up.

    Even my 9yr old son noticed the difference when we played one of his Dr Who DVDs.

    IMHO £50 is the price point for a player to make the masses adopt Blue Ray. Whilst Blue ray & HD DVD are superior to DVD people will not pay the current prices for the player and the premium price for the discs because they can get them cheaper on SD DVD. Is the difference in quality worth £150? Absolutely not!

    Blue Ray might even go the way of the Sony Walkman.!

    Happy bunny indeed.


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    Re: Blu-ray may have won the battle but is far from winning the high-def war

    Shame Play don't have thenm anynmore, I was gonna get one for my new 24" 1080p screen.

    Guess I'll have to try Amazon, but at £59.99 its still a bargain.

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