Thursday, April 19, 2007

My plan for World Dom...I mean High Definition

I've been wanting to jump on the High Definition bandwagon for a while, more for watching movies than anything else.

As to the competing formats, HD DVD and Blu-Ray, I'd be happy with either one if I knew every movie was going to come out on both. As it turns out, at least for now, there are some titles that I want exclusive to each one of the formats. I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I think eventually Blu-Ray is going to win, but it's going to be a long time. In the meantime I need to figure out how to get both....

I think I just got approval from the CFO to get an Xbox 360 + HD Drive. I should probably get it before she reads this.... Why the 360 and not the PS3? I know more people with the 360.

That's basically it.

I know I'm going to be happy with either High Definition video format. I'm getting ahead of myself with my blog posts, but I've seen examples of both, and Daddy likes!

I don't have all the time in the world to play games. Xbox Live is very nice, and I like having the opportunity to play with my friends when I get a chance.

But what do I do about Blu-Ray movies? The answer came to me a few days ago. I'll build a computer with a Blu-Ray drive and connect it via HDMI or DVI to the TV! The 360 covers the HD DVD angle.

Bada bing! Both formats. Thank you, Cleveland. Good night.

I put a preliminary system together today, and it worked like a charm. I have to figure out the best place to put it, as the Wife Acceptance Factor is both critical and slippery to grasp. A regular desktop stuck next to the TV has a low WAF, so I need to figure out how to shoehorn the components into a small form factor chassis, or at least one that is similar to my home theater components.

Definitely more to come.

3 comments:

CROSE said...

I'm going to have to say your reasons for X-Box instead of PS3 are pretty poor. But, for what you are using it for, why not.

You might want to look into a "Entertainment Center Computer Case". Google it and you will get a plenty.

You're a bad influence, as I am getting the itch!!!

David said...

I think the winner of the disk format may very well be...the DVD. Everybody has it, players are cheap, media is cheap, and there is a huge selection of movies.

And unless you have a ginourmous TV, the newer formats won't look much better.

HD content may be served up by Xbox Live and iTunes instead of HD DVD and Blu Ray.

Trey said...

Yeah, I think it will be funny if from now on there will be DVD plus whatever the High Def flavor of the year is.