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Old 05-08-2007, 05:00 PM   #1
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I have the Planet Earth series in HD DVD format but no HD DVD player. My DVD player is an upscaling DVD player though, but not HD DVD. Would this player play the HD DVD in a 480 format upscaled to 1080i?

I know it's unlikely but thought to ask anyway. I don't want to open the DVD set to test it since doing so would void any possibility of return.

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Old 05-08-2007, 05:02 PM   #2
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Wait you have the HD DVDs? I mean the disks? And you want to play them on your DVD player? That's like sticking a record in a toaster, won't work.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:05 PM   #3
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There's no backwards compatibility with HD DVDs (or BD). Too bad they couldn't do hybrid discs like they did with SACD.

EDIT. Oops, spoke too soon. There are hybrid HD DVDs:
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060426-6683.html

But I don't think Planet Earth is one of them, sorry.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:18 PM   #4
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I guess "backwards compatibility" is the term I was looking for. I heard/read ramblings about this feature but wasn't sure exactly what that meant.

Anyone interested in the Planet Earth series on HD DVD?
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:19 PM   #5
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I guess "backwards compatibility" is the term I was looking for. I heard/read ramblings about this feature but wasn't sure exactly what that meant.

Anyone interested in the Planet Earth series on HD DVD?
How much?
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:24 PM   #6
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Basically some, maybe 25%, of HD-DVD releases are dual sided, one side is regular DVD, the other is HD-DVD.

Planet Earth isn't one of them though, sadly.

It's usually on the box somewhere or on a sticker, though, as it's the big marketable thing over Blu-Ray for them.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:26 PM   #7
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It was $78 and change in all, need to check any possible "re-stocking fees". My mom got it for me, unbeknowst to me, knowing I just got a HD plasma TV. She didn't realize a HD DVD player was needed to play it though.

It's probably better to just return it.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:28 PM   #8
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Got a 360? Could always buy the HD-DVD add-on and enjoy that TV!
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:28 PM   #9
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Buy an HD-DVD player... problem solved!
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:28 PM   #10
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Mom bought em, huh? Well, that's understandable.

You were about to get an e-slap upside your head for being and HD n00b.
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:34 PM   #11
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Buy an HD-DVD player... problem solved!
Waiting for the HD-DVD Blu-Ray battle to be finalized, then I will wait for Blu-Ray prices to come down after it is determined to be the standard.
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:08 PM   #12
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... then I will wait for Blu-Ray prices to come down after it is determined to be the standard.
Don't hold your breath....
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:23 PM   #13
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Get a player that can do both formats, if you got the money.

http://reviews.cnet.com/LG_BH100_Blu...-32312334.html
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:29 PM   #14
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Waiting for the HD-DVD Blu-Ray battle to be finalized, then I will wait for Blu-Ray prices to come down after it is determined to be the standard.
On this we agree. Looks like we have at least 7 months to go -- a few before a new BD standard goes into effect (this is causing Samsung to hold back on release of its dual format player, maybe others are holding back, too), then maybe someone starts selling cheap BD players just in time for Christmas.
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:35 PM   #15
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BD seems to be taking off faster than HD-DVD, just look at nexflix and the PS3. People have to get the BD with the PS3 while with the XBOX its a second thought, then it wont do 1080p with HDCP, so whats the point. BD has a much higher market penetraion then HD-DVD with just the PS3 sales. But in the end it will be whatever is cheaper for the consumer and has a larger selection. The selection depends on the movie studios signing up so who knows.
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:42 PM   #16
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This question is like my coworkers situation. He thought because he bought a DVD recorder that he could record HDTV broadcasts.... UH NO, Beavis.

The companies want it to be as hard as possible to upgrade and be happy with the new mediums...a la` HDMI working only for Video. It's all BS. We don't need HD-DVD and Blu-Ray.
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