Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My high def woes

So I really want to jump on the high definition movie race, but I have a small problem.

Our main TV is downstairs in the living room. We have another TV in the master bedroom. We watch movies on both of these, and have been known to start a movie downstairs and continue/finish it upstairs. We also have a portable DVD player for the car to keep some sanity (ours as well as our kids) on long trips.

Let's say I get a high def disc...I'll need to get at least two players! Limiting ourselves to only watching some movies downstairs won't score very highly on the WAF.

If it's a kid movie? Fuhgeddaboudit! I'll need some way of watching it in the car. You try disappointing your kids and see how that goes.

Even though, personally, I think Blu-Ray will eventually win the format war, I want to hedge my bets right now. I could always get a combo player, but right now I only see the LG BH100 as being able to play both HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs, as well as conventional DVDs. Bad news - Google Product Search shows those bad boys almost hitting $1000...and don't forget I would need two!

Still not too many details on the rumored Samsung Duo HD BD-UP5000.

Right now there is no compelling reason to drop that amount of cash when normal DVDs in progressive scan mode look just fine.


khickman said...

How many movies do you buy per year? If you average 20 bucks a pop, you could purchase a duplicate movie on regular DVD 50 times before the puchase of a new player was cheaper.
That's once a week for a year, providing you take a vacation for two weeks.

I'm getting ready to blog about my hilarious adventures with ATT Uverse.
Stay tuned!

David said...

I'd stick with DVD if I were you. As long as your TV isn't massive, you won't be able to tell the difference.

Sitting at 8 feet from the screen, I definitely could tell a difference between DVD and HD DVD on a 72" screen.

With my 46" TV at 8 feet, I could barely detect a difference...both looked great.

Trey said...

I'm so behind on my posts, but at 13 feet the difference between regular TV and HD TV is very noticeable on our 37" TV. I doubt I will see as much delta with DVD vs another disc format. HD Planet Earth looks awesome, even through the (compressed) HD DVR signal.

I have the capacity to play a Blu-Ray disc, but I haven't had a chance to borrow a Blu-Ray disc that I have a DVD of to compare.

I'm satisfied for now, but once I start testing some high def discs I can see me thinking about a bigger TV.