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mtyoung

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Omar Karindu

Subj: Re: The real expense,m and the real problem...
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 06:27:15 pm CST (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The real expense,m and the real problem...
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 03:36:46 pm CST (Viewed 2 times)

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> > has less to do witht he discs -- the new players upconvert the old DVDs, as has been said -- than with the way we're all being forced to buy either an HD-TV or a ridiculously pricey converter box next year just to have something that can display the input. And what about watching Blu-Ray or HD-DVDs on your computer?
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> HDTV's arent being forced on you. Buying one is completely optional. HDTV's are only needed if you have HD cable/satellite or HD dvds. Both of those are optional as well.

Optional until new movies only come out in the HD formats, anyway. And yes, I realize that in a strict sense buying dvds is itself "optional," but I hope to high free market heaven that consumers just say no to HD and Blu-Ray for a good long while.

> Regular DVDs and regular cable channels will both be available for years to come.

I hope so.

> Cable channels are suppose to go digital in 2009, and you will either need a digital tv or buy an converter box. But the government will refund the cost of the converter box if you have to buy one.

I've been ticked about that law ever since it was passed, to be honest. I don't want the hassle of getting a converter box and going through whatever useless rigamarole I have to go through to get the cost refunded just to watch cable.

> > It's the forced hardware upgrade I'm ticked off about more than anything.
> >
> Again, I don't see anything being forced, except maybe the digital cable, which is being set by the government.

It's the government I'm complaining about.

> > - Omar Karindu
> >
> > "A Renoir. I have three, myself. I had four, but ordered one burned...It displeased me." -- Doctor Doom
> >
> > "It's not, 'Oh, they killed Sue Dibney and I always loved that character,' it's 'Oh, they broke a story engine that could have told a thousand stories in order to publish a single 'important' one.'" -- John Seavey

- Omar Karindu

"A Renoir. I have three, myself. I had four, but ordered one burned...It displeased me." -- Doctor Doom

"It's not, 'Oh, they killed Sue Dibney and I always loved that character,' it's 'Oh, they broke a story engine that could have told a thousand stories in order to publish a single 'important' one.'" -- John Seavey

> > HDTV's arent being forced on you. Buying one is completely optional. HDTV's are only needed if you have HD cable/satellite or HD dvds. Both of those are optional as well.
>
> Optional until new movies only come out in the HD formats, anyway. And yes, I realize that in a strict sense buying dvds is itself "optional," but I hope to high free market heaven that consumers just say no to HD and Blu-Ray for a good long while.

VHS have really just stopped coming out last year. So you are going to see DVDs still being sold for a couple of years. And then, since HD and Blu Ray dvd players still play dvds, you should be able to still use those regular dvds as long as you like.

People are not going to make the switch to the next gen dvds until a winner has been decided and prices are reduced dramatically, so say 5 years.

Besides, digital distribution will most likely win out in the end.

> > Regular DVDs and regular cable channels will both be available for years to come.
>
> I hope so.
>
> > Cable channels are suppose to go digital in 2009, and you will either need a digital tv or buy an converter box. But the government will refund the cost of the converter box if you have to buy one.
>
> I've been ticked about that law ever since it was passed, to be honest. I don't want the hassle of getting a converter box and going through whatever useless rigamarole I have to go through to get the cost refunded just to watch cable.
>
All you have to do is go to a website and fill out your name and address. How hard can that really be?

> > Again, I don't see anything being forced, except maybe the digital cable, which is being set by the government.
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> It's the government I'm complaining about.

I'm sure they did it since they thought it was in the best interest of the public. Most consumer and manufacturers have supported it. The rest of the world has either already made the switch or is switching in the near future.




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