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Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

Yes,

Got an Full HD TV, but like most people not really using it cause I dont have a blue ray player... see that you can now get one for 200 CHF...

Is it time to buy, where will the price fall too... standard DVD players can now be purchased for 50 CHF!

What do you think?
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Old 28.12.2009, 17:05
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

If I had a Full HD TV I would just go for the Blue-Ray......

I tested it on my bro home theater and that's absolutely amazing....
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Old 28.12.2009, 17:17
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

perhaps when prices of the player fall to the 50-100CHF level and bluray media falls to the same prices as they are currently for DVD.

i think microsoft's masterplan for delaying adoption of bluray might have worked and bluray could become a flop and be overtaken by digital distribution over next few years.

unlike the VHS-DVD transition, the marginal increase in quality over upscaled DVD isn't great especially factoring the price differential.
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Old 28.12.2009, 17:22
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

Now you can also buy some *Games box* that play Blue-Ray


But you will perhaps not be watching videos then.....
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Old 28.12.2009, 17:23
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

No. The only way I see myself getting a blue-ray "by mistake" is if I do decide to go for a PS3 as an addition to my console collection.
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

Apart from some early PS3 machines which were not region coded, I understand that you cannot simply decode or flash Blue Ray players to give you complete freedom of use when choosing which region code disks that you want to play. Is this true?
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

I have my PC hooked up tp my TV so for me it was cheap to do needing only a BR-ROM drive. I have bought the odd cheap Blu-Ray and they really do look amazing on my plasma... a massive difference over DVD. However I download 90% of my movies so I wouldn't spend much on a player anyway.

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Old 28.12.2009, 17:51
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

No, I still use a 20 year old 15" CRT as the television - remember those It can't even do justice to DVDs let alone Blue Ray. Am I going to get rid of it? No, not while it still works - besides I don't watch TV or films enough to justify replacing it.

Besides disposing of CRTs is an environmental nightmare, so I'll hang onto it until it finally goes pop.
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Old 28.12.2009, 18:10
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

Absolutely not..! They might be "amazing" as some would suggest but I'm still more than happy with the quality of standard dvds so there's no way I'm going to shell out more money for the same film.
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Old 28.12.2009, 18:26
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

Got a PS3 for Xmas, so am sorted vis a vis Blue Play. Only problem is our TV is not HD... So I guess I need a new (and larger) telly..
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

I got one 8 months ago for under 180 francs after a mail-in rebate.

And I have 10 BD movies.

My TV is full HD but I use its DLNA functionality more Tells a story right there
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

Shouldn't hijack my own thread, but vwild1 brings up an interesting point. If I already own a copy of say "finding Nemo" am I breaking the copyright law by obtaining a blue ray copy for say the cost of the media only? Not sure if that old coconut has been tested in the courts yet?

Cause you could argue I have purchased only one copy, no problem I give you back the DVD??

Are the studios going to argue that the blue ray copy is signficiantly different from the plain DVD? ...

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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

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Are the studios going to argue that the blue ray copy is signficiantly different from the plain DVD? ...
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Yup, they certainly will... hence why buying media is generally an exercise in futility. When the studios start offering online blu ray downloads at reasonable prices, then ill start buying them i meaningful quantities, as opposed to sporadically as i do at the moment.
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

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i think microsoft's masterplan for delaying adoption of bluray might have worked and bluray could become a flop and be overtaken by digital distribution over next few years.

unlike the VHS-DVD transition, the marginal increase in quality over upscaled DVD isn't great especially factoring the price differential.
Amazon.com movies&tv sales ranking:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers...MMV1NR7X396NFN

Blu-ray 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
DVD 2, 6, 8, 9, 10

So blu-ray has already surpassed DVD in some areas in the US. That's hardly a flop.

Once you get used to HD you don't ever want to go back. Unfortunately the US is 10 years ahead of Europe in terms of HD and this listing would look entirely different for Amazon UK.

Personally I got myself a blu-ray drive for a PC which is hooked up to a projector. I wouldn't recommend the PC route as it is a constant pain to fiddle with codecs. However the quality is really miles ahead of DVD on good blu-rays and this is the first time in history you can get close to cinema quality at home. This unfortunately is certainly not true for all blu-rays as the quality differs hugely. Prices have also come down dramatically at least when you shop online in the UK. Bought myself Bourne Trilogy for something like 17£ which I think was fantastic value no matter how much cheaper the DVDs may be.
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Old 29.12.2009, 00:36
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

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So blu-ray has already surpassed DVD in some areas in the US. That's hardly a flop.
I meant economic flop. The cost invested in it together with the format wars with HD will have taken a huge chunk out of the blu ray camp.

Standard definition in the US is really really crap and so HD is a bigger jump compared to UK SD to HD.

Just been getting used to my parents new upscaling TV and the PQ is fantastic - I wouldn't bother getting HD channels as the upscaling is good enough to make the marginal improvement not worth the cost.
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

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Standard definition in the US is really really crap and so HD is a bigger jump compared to UK SD to HD.
What I meant is the US consumer is used to HD. Why would they buy a movie on DVD when the quality is worse than what they're used to on TV? Here we're used to SD TV. So DVD looks good to most. I wouldn't know if US SD really looks worse than European SD. What I do know since I own hundreds of US DVDs and hundreds of European DVDs and watch them on a 2m screen is that there's really no difference.

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Just been getting used to my parents new upscaling TV and the PQ is fantastic - I wouldn't bother getting HD channels as the upscaling is good enough to make the marginal improvement not worth the cost.
Have you actually seen HD on your TV?

This site provides screenshot comparisons:

http://caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleich...on=1#vergleich

Check out various movies and various scenes. Click on "full screen comparison" and move your mouse to compare upscaled DVD to HD. This is all of course highly subjective but I couldn't disagree more on your "marginal improvement" statement.
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Old 29.12.2009, 06:57
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

If you really want to know what Blue-Ray means in term of quality picture, I suggest you rent one and watch *the fall* movie

I'm still amazed by that thing, even if I've seen it some times ago....

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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

There is alot to said for quality of the movie. I purchased a copy of the original Terminator movie a while back and was a little dispointed, the sfx of course seriously dating; although the qualifty nicht sehr gut on plain DVD.

If I buy Blue Ray, two movies come to mind Avatar and 2012. Unlikely to repurchase any movies I already have.
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

In the US now, they are doing a deal on WB BlueRay movies. If you have own a WB movie on DVD, you can [ost it to them and will receive the Blueray version at a discounted price. http://www.dvd2blu.com/

Hope other studios do the same and that it expands out of the US.
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Re: Will you be buying a blue ray player in the January sales?

Personally gone the digital route (but need to upgrade my NAS as 4TB is just about full :-).

I also have a couple of PS3's (US and EU versions) and a BD's as well but won't be buying many more except exceptional one's to ensure I have the best picture and sound possible.

But I agree that the FUll HD picture quality is excellent.
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