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Old 01-07-2009, 06:19 PM   #26
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Has anyone here actually viewed a movie streamed via Netflix? It's blury and soft. On my 53" set and on my 15" WS laptop. Even the "HD" streamed movies are terrible. It's nice that there is minimal macro blocking. But it looks so soft, no one will replace DVD with streaming media as it is today. Let alone replace HD discs with it.

They have much to improve on order for this to become the next "format".
They can call anything HD. That's the kicker, its really junk.

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Besides, you think people buying blu-ray are dumb? Tell that to my buddy who bought an HD-DVD player
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:21 PM   #27
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I bought a HD player from Best Buy and a week later HD was dead so we returnd the player and bought a Panasonic BD player.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:21 PM   #28
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Wait, what?

Do you realize the infrastructure upgrades that would need to be in place to stream 1080p video and TrueHD/DTS-HD?

Hint: We are not even close to having that kind of backbone in this country.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:23 PM   #29
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I owned laserdiscs, still have some. They had a far superior picture quality when compared to VHS and weren't too far from DVD quality. When DVDs became a viable choice, I moved to them. The best Blu-ray discs are notably superior to DVDs so that's what I have now. Maybe when streaming media produces as high quality an experience as Blu-ray, I'll move to that.

Maybe.

If I had always waited for the next big thing to come along, I'd still be watching Betamax tapes (yep, had those too) on my old 25-inch Motorola .
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:23 PM   #30
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Hint: We are not even close to having that kind of backbone in this country.
internet 2 is up, but its very private.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:27 PM   #31
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My Blu Ray player streams Netflix.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:27 PM   #32
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internet 2 is up, but its very private.
Got any invites?
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:29 PM   #33
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Tell that to my buddy who bought an HD-DVD player


<-- has both blu-ray and hd-dvd


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Old 01-07-2009, 06:30 PM   #34
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Waitin' for the Oppo to come out
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:32 PM   #35
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Blue Ray players can be had for about $250 now. But, I agree with you - not worth it since it will be obsolete due to streaming media.

I think the smart choice is a good upconvert DVD player, this way you get a far superior picture with your existing DVD's compared to regular DVD for a small price, until you make the transition to streaming.
For people who want the best quality audio and video BR is the way to go for the forseeable future. Even when streaming bandwidth starts to catch up then resolutions for physical media will begin to outpace streaming again. That, and until streaming can replicate actually owning a movie and having it stored on a stable server for anytime viewing people will still want to have "their" movie collection available to them.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:34 PM   #36
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obsolete... 200gb BR discs in the near future.... stupid ideas are stupid
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:43 PM   #37
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HD DVR + HD movie channels = have been available for a while now.

All the programming watch is HD from my cable company. Even freaking food channel is in HD. If I want to watch new movies in HD - then ON DEMAND. But I usually wait for them to come out on movie channels and record them on HD DVR.

I don't what the bid deal is about HD/Blu ray players.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:46 PM   #38
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My biggest problem with the formats is the price of discs.

I'm NOT paying $30 for a movie. Sorry, no. $20, maybe. $15, acceptable. But $30 bucks a pop is too much. DVDs will continue to dominate the market so long as you can get movies for half the price as their BD counterparts.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:48 PM   #39
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Has anyone here actually viewed a movie streamed via Netflix? It's blury and soft. On my 53" set and on my 15" WS laptop. Even the "HD" streamed movies are terrible. It's nice that there is minimal macro blocking. But it looks so soft, no one will replace DVD with streaming media as it is today. Let alone replace HD discs with it.

They have much to improve on order for this to become the next "format".
werd

this would be a valid thread if I didn't just get my samsung blu-ray player for $220.

$1000, then yeah lets debate it. I still stream netflix, that's awesome too. but the blu-ray picture quality is in a different league than any streaming I've ever done, netflix, cox, verizon fios
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:49 PM   #40
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Streaming will be an option. However, there is still a large group of people who will actually WANT to own the physical copy of the movie.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:50 PM   #41
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I've skipped directly from DVD to HTPC.

Although I don't mind all the rips of HD movies that the easy availability of bluray discs have generated.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:51 PM   #42
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50 inch TV - check
Xbox w/ Netflix - check
Blu-ray player for christmas - check
HD Cable with HD DVR - check

The secret to buying blu-rays is shopping around and waiting. 300 for $18 at Costco, Band of Brothers for $37 on Amazon.... patience, yum

No, I won't be building a huge blu-ray catalog, we did that with DVD and now we just have a rack of DVDs that never get watched. However, Netflix's streaming catalog is weak at best but I still get blu-ray rentals in the mail.

If anything, it's not blu-ray that should be scared, it's brick and mortar movie rental stores. Kind of weird to think that one day I'll have a kid and he'll never experience browsing thru the shelves of a movie rental store.
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:52 PM   #43
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Old 01-07-2009, 06:54 PM   #44
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All the BD movies I own have been Best Buy sale items for under $20ish. Anything above I would just wait till the prices come down, which seems like it should sometime soon. My Collection and Giftcards ftw
Transformers
Die Hard 4
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Top Gun
The 5th Element
Letters from Iwo Jima
Flags of our Fathers
We Were Soldiers
Stargate the movie
Indiana Jones 4
Superbad
Blood Diamond

But my sd-dvd collection is still growing because I can get cheap titles for like under $6.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:03 PM   #45
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My Blu Ray player streams Netflix.
This.

Some also stream Pandora. There are quite a few out now that also output 7.1 analog audio so you don't even need a fancy, expensive receiver with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD to get Blu-Ray quality sound. Blu-Ray is getting more affordable and viable by the month.
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Streaming HD-Audio and 1080p is far from being a viable option in less than 3 years.
Not really. If you use a compressed format such as H264, a 1080p, 2hr movie may be around 8GB with almost no obvious quality loss (read: still looks/sounds way better than DVD) and that would yield a bitrate of around 10mbps, about half of a typical verizon fios subscriber's bandwidth.
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:04 PM   #47
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All the BD movies I own have been Best Buy sale items for under $20ish. Anything above I would just wait till the prices come down, which seems like it should sometime soon. My Collection and Giftcards ftw
Transformers
Die Hard 4
300
Wall-e
Top Gun
The 5th Element
Letters from Iwo Jima
Flags of our Fathers
We Were Soldiers
Stargate the movie
Indiana Jones 4
Superbad
Blood Diamond

But my sd-dvd collection is still growing because I can get cheap titles for like under $6.
I got most of my blu-ray titles for like 5-6 bucks each on Amazon Black Friday deals (just 5 weeks ago)


I <3 Amazon for blu-rays
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:08 PM   #48
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I don't get the fuss, between the bluray player and movie discs, I'm not really paying any more than I was for DVD players and movies a couple years ago, so where is this 'cost ineffectiveness when it comes to investing in BD materials?
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Old 01-07-2009, 07:09 PM   #49
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Chris you inspire me I bought Top Gun at BB for 13.99. Id like to pick up Rambo, Troy and Ironman sometime soon if they are on sale...
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another good deals i've acquired for blus on Amazon.


sooooooo SURE, blu-ray disc are expensive but if you wait and look, you'll get them at very, very good prices.
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