Toshiba to exit HD DVD, end format war-NHK

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Zenphic, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. jasperchc

    jasperchc Newbie

    for those who had already bought HD-DVD player and do not want to spend another $300 on a BD player in the near future. Even if the studios no longer support HD-DVD, wouldnt it be nice if you can watch newer release with your HD-DVD player? get the content in Blue-Ray, convert it to HD-DVD and sell them to those still sticking with HD-DVD.
  2. goldfries


    i think what they're exploring are the possible ways to pirate. :)
  3. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Well, IMHO, no matter who wins the format war... Blu-Ray/HD-DVD sales will really take off when the pirates succeed in making copies. :D
  4. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Thats called holding back the tide.

    Do you convert DVDs to VHS (I've heard plenty the other way around though... :mrgreen: )?
  5. 64bit

    64bit Newbie

    Not to mention the encoding process will takes Gigabytes of HDD space and countless CPU processing power
  6. rogue_tomato

    rogue_tomato Newbie

    The only reason now to own a stand-alone HD-DVD player at the moment it to get yourself a quality Toshiba upconverting regular DVD player :p
  7. Zenphic

    Zenphic Newbie

    Aiee, DVD to VHS is too far. Something like DVD to CD (VCD) would make more sense. And lots of people used to do that :thumb:
  8. PsYkHoTiK

    PsYkHoTiK Admin nerd

    Regardless its still denial. Prolonging the inevitable.

    And why is it too far? Is it not the same concept? Only difference is that VHS and VCDs were still used (not a dead format).

    Plus, what are you gonna do when no one makes the discs? I don't really see fresh supplies of Betamax tapes... :mrgreen:
  9. Zenphic

    Zenphic Newbie

    lol but but... both CD and DVDs are round and can be burned via the computer :thumb:
    which makes them much more similar to HD-DVD and Bluray. Anyway, nobody is going to be copying HD-DVD to Bluray, unless they really want to import their library to the other format.

    And speaking of VHS', I really shouldnt have bought more than I needed. I still have a dozen of them lying in my basement QQ
  10. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Hmm.. Are they still making VHS tapes? Haven't seen any in quite a while now. :think:

    BTW, DYKT Polaroid has just announced they have discontinued the production of all their instant photo films.
  11. rogue_tomato

    rogue_tomato Newbie

    I haven't owned a VHS player for around 5 yrs... :p
  12. Zenphic

    Zenphic Newbie

    I remember seeing some VHS tapes at a small local store. :think:

    Polaroid's instant photo films weren't that good anyway, and with digital photos being so cheap nowadays :thumb:
  13. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Apparently, there's still quite a lot of demand for it. Looks like Polaroid is looking to sell off the rights to the technology to any interested party.

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