I’m looking forward to getting back to my HD-DVD

The night before I left to see my mom I got a new HD-DVD player. The Toshiba one. My review matches almost exactly the review that was in the Washington Post. This is a toy that only the early-adopter types should get. Although, damn, does it have a nice picture!

I don't mind the qualms about the remote (it is damn big) and the slow startup times, though. I really don't care about those two things. I only use DVD's for movies, so never fast-forward or reverse or things like that.

It's expensive, though. $500. And hard to find in stores.

I think most people will wait to get one with their video game console. Xbox 360 will have a HD player available around the end of the year and PlayStation 3 will have a BlueRay player built in if you spend the $599 for their package that comes with it and HDMI (which gives you better quality on an HDTV).

These are pricy toys, but only really necessary if you buy an HD Screen. Average prices on those are around $3,000.

So far I'm happy about my purchase and Maryam says she's been watching regular DVD movies on it and happy too (unlike the cheaper players we tried last week it doesn't skip or freeze on dirty rental disks).

29 thoughts on “I’m looking forward to getting back to my HD-DVD

  1. Mike, you gotta come over and check out my system. You don’t “need” any of this stuff. But, damn, is it beautiful. Oh, and the best thing about the Xbox 360? The casual games (I love Geometry Wars, my wife loves Zuma). My son likes the more in depth games, though.

  2. Mike, you gotta come over and check out my system. You don’t “need” any of this stuff. But, damn, is it beautiful. Oh, and the best thing about the Xbox 360? The casual games (I love Geometry Wars, my wife loves Zuma). My son likes the more in depth games, though.

  3. How HD is HD? How large a screen do you need? I have a 720p capable 26″ LCD TV – from Humax Digital, including Freeview digital DVB-T decoder – which cost £740 (right now, about $1400). It has Y,Pb,Pr analogue inputs and a DVI port, which supports the HDCP copy protection system. I’m going to assume, though I’ve not seen it anywhere, that the cheaper PS3 package will still have Y,Pb,Pr analogue connection capability, as the Xbox 360 does. I’m not sure if the Revolution (won’t dignify it with the stupid name) will do 720p images.

    I’m still underwhelmed with the ‘next generation’ console games. The Revolution looks like it might be the most fun, an element that still seems, to me, distinctly lacking in the first ‘next gen’ games. Since I haven’t ‘upgraded’ to a 360, I don’t actually have any HD sources (no plans to get satellite or cable TV, terrestrial broadcast HD is only just going into trial in London and won’t roll out until analogue broadcast is switched off). You have to remember that PAL as used in Europe is significantly higher-resolution than the US system (DVDs for Region 2 are normally encoded at 576 lines rather than 480).

  4. How HD is HD? How large a screen do you need? I have a 720p capable 26″ LCD TV – from Humax Digital, including Freeview digital DVB-T decoder – which cost £740 (right now, about $1400). It has Y,Pb,Pr analogue inputs and a DVI port, which supports the HDCP copy protection system. I’m going to assume, though I’ve not seen it anywhere, that the cheaper PS3 package will still have Y,Pb,Pr analogue connection capability, as the Xbox 360 does. I’m not sure if the Revolution (won’t dignify it with the stupid name) will do 720p images.

    I’m still underwhelmed with the ‘next generation’ console games. The Revolution looks like it might be the most fun, an element that still seems, to me, distinctly lacking in the first ‘next gen’ games. Since I haven’t ‘upgraded’ to a 360, I don’t actually have any HD sources (no plans to get satellite or cable TV, terrestrial broadcast HD is only just going into trial in London and won’t roll out until analogue broadcast is switched off). You have to remember that PAL as used in Europe is significantly higher-resolution than the US system (DVDs for Region 2 are normally encoded at 576 lines rather than 480).

  5. If you’re going to splurge and get the HD DVD you really do need to get the HD TV. One of the guys that I work with wrote a great blog post on HD TVs if anyone is interested: http://blog.peerflix.com/peerflix/2006/05/tech_talk.html

    No matter which way you go, HD DVD or Blu Ray, and what way you get it, DVD Player or Gaming System, it’s not going to do any good if all of you entertainment system isn’t up to snuff.

  6. If you’re going to splurge and get the HD DVD you really do need to get the HD TV. One of the guys that I work with wrote a great blog post on HD TVs if anyone is interested: http://blog.peerflix.com/peerflix/2006/05/tech_talk.html

    No matter which way you go, HD DVD or Blu Ray, and what way you get it, DVD Player or Gaming System, it’s not going to do any good if all of you entertainment system isn’t up to snuff.

  7. Hahhahaha, HD-DVD is doomed, only Microsoft seems not to know (or rather care) per a pissy fit with Sony. Sony is the Death Valley per new formats and the future $600 botched PS3 won’t much help, but this time at least, Hollywood made the choice. And if Scoble is getting pitched and handed early freebies, it’s another kiss of death. I mean really.

  8. Hahhahaha, HD-DVD is doomed, only Microsoft seems not to know (or rather care) per a pissy fit with Sony. Sony is the Death Valley per new formats and the future $600 botched PS3 won’t much help, but this time at least, Hollywood made the choice. And if Scoble is getting pitched and handed early freebies, it’s another kiss of death. I mean really.

  9. unlike the cheaper players we tried last week it doesn’t skip or freeze on dirty rental disks…

    Physically or content wise ;)

  10. unlike the cheaper players we tried last week it doesn’t skip or freeze on dirty rental disks…

    Physically or content wise ;)

  11. You’re right it would be dumb to do that but I personally believe that there is a broader plan, which may kick in after 2009 – which is when all TV should be switched to digital broadcast.

  12. You’re right it would be dumb to do that but I personally believe that there is a broader plan, which may kick in after 2009 – which is when all TV should be switched to digital broadcast.

  13. Jim, I’m pretty sure a good number of major movie studios have come out and said that they wouldn’t downgrade HD content for non-HDMI sets. Given the patchwork of legitimate users without HDMI, it would seem to be a stupid slap in the face to what should be a significant share of their market.

  14. Jim, I’m pretty sure a good number of major movie studios have come out and said that they wouldn’t downgrade HD content for non-HDMI sets. Given the patchwork of legitimate users without HDMI, it would seem to be a stupid slap in the face to what should be a significant share of their market.

  15. Quick note about HDMI – I thought that the MPAA was going to require that full-rez HD movies be transmitted to the display device encrypted (via DVI/HDCP or HDMI), in order to kill the (totally theoretical) ‘analog hole’, by which you could re-encode the HD content coming out the component outputs:

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060224-6255.html

    Has Microsoft negotiated some agreement that will allow the 360 to show full rez HD DVD?

    I know for a fact that all the HD TV set-tops have been mandated by the FCC to either block or down-rez content that have the so called ‘broadcast flag’ set by the content provider. (most simply block the program from being shown.)

    This is a huge anti-consumer action that will render a lot of existing HDTVs useless for their intended purpose, as they only have component inputs.

    - Jim

  16. Quick note about HDMI – I thought that the MPAA was going to require that full-rez HD movies be transmitted to the display device encrypted (via DVI/HDCP or HDMI), in order to kill the (totally theoretical) ‘analog hole’, by which you could re-encode the HD content coming out the component outputs:

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060224-6255.html

    Has Microsoft negotiated some agreement that will allow the 360 to show full rez HD DVD?

    I know for a fact that all the HD TV set-tops have been mandated by the FCC to either block or down-rez content that have the so called ‘broadcast flag’ set by the content provider. (most simply block the program from being shown.)

    This is a huge anti-consumer action that will render a lot of existing HDTVs useless for their intended purpose, as they only have component inputs.

    - Jim

  17. “I’d need the model with HDMI, though.”

    Oh, duh, I completely forgot about that. I keep on losing track of input types. I noticed the XBox 360 doesn’t use HDMI either. Will they be able to get around that with the HD-DVD add-on?

  18. “I’d need the model with HDMI, though.”

    Oh, duh, I completely forgot about that. I keep on losing track of input types. I noticed the XBox 360 doesn’t use HDMI either. Will they be able to get around that with the HD-DVD add-on?

  19. “PlayStation 3 will have a BlueRay player built in if you spend the $699 for their package that comes with it.”

    The $499 and $599 models both come with the Blu-Ray player. There is no $699 model. I assume this is a typo and not FUD.

  20. “PlayStation 3 will have a BlueRay player built in if you spend the $699 for their package that comes with it.”

    The $499 and $599 models both come with the Blu-Ray player. There is no $699 model. I assume this is a typo and not FUD.

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