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  Re: HD capable dvd players, fact or fiction? 
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Nathan Krempely Mar 15, 2004, 08:59pm EST Report Abuse
My idea of the matter is that this is a novelty. It is like using Windows Media Player and having the video size doubled. I always blow up the videos I watch, not dvds. Most videos on the net are usually around 320 x 240 or so, not the tv resolution of 720 x 486 and there is the difference of a monitors resolution. Simply put it may look bigger and with the distance from the screen a person may not notice a large enough degration for it to matter. I don't think a higher price would be worth it. The point still stands that you can't get 2 cups of orange juice out of an orange that only yields 1 cup. However by adding water you can still reach 2 cups and fill your needs sacrificing taste. The question is if the quality is so bad that is doesn't justify the increased artifical size.

*I want to add that around next year or so new DVD burners will be hitting the public market utilizing the long awatied blue laser technology. When DVD manufactures use the bigger space then maybe HD DVD will be fact and not fiction. Till then we are dealing with a marketing ploy for the rich.

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Carter Sudeith Mar 15, 2004, 09:11pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: HD capable dvd players, fact or fiction?
Digital Cable is 1280X1024 if I remember correctly. Since you can store 60 hours (30 gigs) of video on a single blue-disc, and movies will only use about 3 hours of that at regular resolution, there'll be another 20 gigs for higher quality. They could have high-res versions and low-res versions on the same disc.

Kim Letkeman Mar 15, 2004, 09:28pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: HD capable dvd players, fact or fiction?
I would love to have a DVD player that did a nice job of scaling up to 1080i through a DVI output. When watching the HD stations, I have noticed that the HD movie broadcasts are often better than what I can see on DVD at home in progressive mode (Toshiba player.) Now, that implies to me that there is more information available than I am seeing. Of course, it may not be on the disk, but certainly one can hope that manufacturers will eventually use the best source they have (e.g. PAL or better) and downconvert for NTSC composite while upconverting for component or DVI output.

My point being that there is likely a fair amount of life available even in current DVD technology (I'd easily sacrifice the DTS sound for higher resolution for example.)

But ... the kicker is that I'm not ready to pay for it. I can get a superb player for under $150CAD (e.g. Panasonic S35), so I would consider at most a $100CAD premium to get the new feature. And current players are _really_ expensive, so that's not gonna happen :-).

Kamil Zielinski Mar 19, 2004, 09:48pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: HD capable dvd players, fact or fiction?
yes there is a hd dvd player, the quality is better the color is very good. i have a hd dvd player.
its just like playing a computer game, and making thegraphics better. its possible.

SuPeR Xp Jul 04, 2007, 01:09pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Re: HD capable dvd players, fact or fiction?
Now they have DVD players which can up-convert to a nice 1080p res.

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