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Trent Trueheart

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BBQ Chicken

Subj: Re: Will High Def DVDs destroy DVDs like DVDs did to VHS?
Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 11:31:19 pm EST
Reply Subj: Will High Def DVDs destroy DVDs like DVDs did to VHS?
Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:10:59 pm EST (Viewed 2 times)

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I was talking with my friend the other day. I completely understand the value and the future of movies on Blu ray/HD-DVD, especially because I just got an HDTV (though I'm still sticking with my trusty DVD player for the time being).

But, my friend was talking about how we went back to buy all of our favorite movies that we used to have on VHS and got them all on DVD. We were wondering if at some point, consumers will want to buy all of those movies AGAIN on the new High Def format.

I wouldn't think the market would function like that, because you can't really up the quality of old movies to High Def format. Neither of us know enough about the technology--do you all think DVDs of older movies will keep being sold in stores in a few years? Are, say, Blu Ray players backward compatible to play DVDs?

BBQ

> I was talking with my friend the other day. I completely understand the value and the future of movies on Blu ray/HD-DVD, especially because I just got an HDTV (though I'm still sticking with my trusty DVD player for the time being).
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> But, my friend was talking about how we went back to buy all of our favorite movies that we used to have on VHS and got them all on DVD. We were wondering if at some point, consumers will want to buy all of those movies AGAIN on the new High Def format.
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> I wouldn't think the market would function like that, because you can't really up the quality of old movies to High Def format. Neither of us know enough about the technology--do you all think DVDs of older movies will keep being sold in stores in a few years? Are, say, Blu Ray players backward compatible to play DVDs?
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> BBQ

Will the high def DVD format kill DVD? If there's only one format, then most likely. Will people rush out to replace their DVDs with a high def format? Probably not. Both Blu-ray and HD-DVD players can upconvert your DVDs, which will make them look pretty good on an HDTV.

As for older movies, they actually can benefit from high def. DVDs only have 480 lines of resolution while a 35mm film negative can have up to 6000 lines.

- TT


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