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HD DVD: Anybody Have Early Adopter Pains?

Mike Musgrove

The recent announcement that Warner Home Video is giving up on HD DVD and opting instead to support the Blu-ray format created a huge wave of speculation that this little format war -- over which video technology will replace the standard DVD -- may be winding to a close.

But HD DVD supporter Toshiba is fighting back this week, by cutting the prices of its players to as low as $150.

Today, I was wondering if anybody out there jumped in and spent money on HD DVD early and would be willing to weigh in on the matter. Are you annoyed with Warner's move? Do you still think HD DVD has a chance of prevailing?

Last time I posted an entry fishing for good stories, about buying the Wii console, I offered a reward for the best story. This time around I'll offer up a movie or two in the HD DVD format (King Kong, perhaps? The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift??) to some correspondent or other who drops me an email with some good thoughts on the subject of HD DVD and Blu-ray.

By Mike Musgrove  |  January 15, 2008; 5:06 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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With the hd-dvd player being well priced as an addon to the xbox-360 console, and the playstation 3 basically floppying on the market I purchased over 30 hd-dvd's.

Over the past year, I've noticed more and more strong titles coming out for blue-ray which I would like to purchase but have stood strong next to hd-dvd waiting for it to win the war.

I am frustrated with Warner Brothers move especially after hd-dvd had such a strong holiday. I am also highly disapointed in Microsoft not doing enough to help win the war. Now I'm debating whether or not to buy a blue-ray player.

Posted by: Michael Samaras | January 18, 2008 12:21 AM

Hey, how can a technology with a cool name like "Blue-ray" NOT win over the generically-named "HD DVD"?

"Blu-ray"- it gives thought to colorful, fantastic sub-aquatic , earthly and celestial imagery.

"Blue-ray"- Ahhh.....

Posted by: ken baltimore | January 18, 2008 1:13 PM

Over a year ago I compared the specs and determined that Blu-Ray would be the winner. There is more potential on the PC and movies and games on my PS3 are great.
Unlike to winer of the Betamax VHS war, Blu-Ray is the better technology.

Posted by: MX19 | January 21, 2008 9:26 AM

I've read that even if you don't want to join the battle between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray that that the Toshiba players at 150 bucks would be a great up-scaling dvd player for your current DVDs. I've given it some thought since my dvd player has been getting quirky on me. Being able to upscale my current dvds to at least 1080i, and then renting any available HD-DVDs would be worth 150 bucks to me until the new format wars get settled.

Posted by: Bill | January 22, 2008 4:24 PM

Serves me right for dabbleing in the "early adopter" mode. I go out and spend $300 on a HD-DVD player, then spend another $400 on the entire Harry Potter series and a few other titles in HD-DVD format...only to see a Post article a few days later that Warner Bro's is ditching HD-DVD.

Wonderful.

(Although the series "Planet Earth" in HD-DVD is amazing to see)

Posted by: Mike | January 23, 2008 7:17 AM

Frankly, I own a Blu-Ray player, but HD-DVD does so many things now that BR needs Profile 1.1 or BD-Live that I thought that HD would at least stick around or be a viable alternative (i.e. PC and Macintosh). But, I think the included BR player with the PS3 won the battle. If the Xbox 360 only did that with HD-DVD, who knows.

Posted by: Scott | January 24, 2008 10:10 AM

I bought a Toshiba HD DVD Player several months back and have been adding to my HD DVD library since then.

I discovered was the Toshiba HD DVD Player is a really great player for my standard DVD's - Much better than my other DVD players! At the current price of $150 I'd buy one for my HDTV just for playing standard DVD's.

By the way, one advantage of buying from Toshiba is that unlike Sony, they don't own a major media producing arm. That means they don't have any incentives to "cripple" the playback quality of up converted standard DVD's just so they can re-sell a Blu-Ray version of the same movie.

Finally, with a good HDTV and using the HDMI cable to connect to the set, you really can see the difference between HD-DVD and an up-converted standard DVD.

Posted by: Charles White | January 24, 2008 10:39 AM

My wonderful fiancee surprised me on Christmas with the HD DVD player for the XBox 360. Now I have to make sure she didn't throw away the receipt. Maybe I can put the return towards a PS3 so we can play Blu-Ray movies, its still cheaper than a Blu-Ray DVD player.

Posted by: CMc62480 | January 24, 2008 5:21 PM

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