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  02 February 2006
Blu-Ray to hit stores in May, amid controversy

The Register:
Blu-ray Disc will go on sale in the US on 23 May, according to Sony's home video division, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, MGM Home Entertainment and Samsung. The South Korean giant will ship its BD-P1000 hardware on that date, ready to play the eight - count 'em - films the two content companies will release on the same day.

Viewers who've worked their way through all eight movies will be able to buy eight more on 13 June. On that date, Kung Fu Hustle, Legends of the Fall, Robocop, Stealth, Species, SWAT and Terminator will join the already released 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, A Knight's Tale, The Last Waltz, Resident Evil Apocalypse and XXX.
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/0...us_launch_date/


Both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD will come with a new DRM (copy restriction) technology known as AACS. The license agreement says they must phase out analog audio and video outputs on future disk players.

ArsTechnica:
Put simply, AACS licensees must eliminate analog outputs on consumer electronics devices by 2013 to remain in compliance with the license.

Forced obsolescence it is.

The end result will likely be a consumer rush to buy less-crippled players (you can't call them non-crippled because AACS cripples by definition) before the sunset period begins.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060224-6255.html


Meanwhile, former Apple executive, Mike Evangelist, blasts Hollywood for including this new restrictive DRM:
Under pressure from Hollywood, they are engineering a complete removal of the concept of fair use. They are setting up systems that will completely control how, when and where you can use content that you buy. Even worse, they can retroactively change the rules!
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Both HD-DVD and Blu-ray have embraced this draconian system, and the studios are salivating at the prospect of you never actually being able to own content again.
http://writersblocklive.com/part-156

Maybe hold on to your humble DVD player!
 
  02 February 2006
Looks like we'll have to keep an eye on DVD Jon
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  03 March 2006
Well it looks like Hollywood and the EFF will wind up in the supreme court to settle this once and for all.
 
  03 March 2006
man.. this is going to be dat/dcc/minidisc all over again.

i still am not going to buy a damn thing until the war is over. all i want is a HD medium that is standardized and transportable. bluray? hd-dvd? hvd? i really dont care at this point, and there are a fair few that feel the same way. just release a product that everyone will produce for. the public largely doesnt give a damn what its called, as long as it works.
 
  03 March 2006
I do technical support for a company that makes high end home theater systems. Most customers still use the composite connections, even with their hd tvs, and they ask why we don't have the coaxial plugs anymore. I can see a bunch of people buying these because it's the new high end dvd player, realizing they can't plug it in to their tv or play their old dvds, and then returning it. I'll place my bet that good old dvd sticks around until hd video is downloadable and packaged media is a thing of the past.
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  03 March 2006
I'm constantly amazed how intent they are on seeing BR/HD-DVD die on their arses.

I've had problems with HDMI losing signal between my DVD player and projector, and have to use analogue RGB to view DVDs.

Upscaled DVD will do me just fine until they get their act together.

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  03 March 2006
Quote: Viewers who've worked their way through all eight movies will be able to buy eight more on 13 June. On that date, Kung Fu Hustle, Legends of the Fall, Robocop, Stealth, Species, SWAT and Terminator will join the already released 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, A Knight's Tale, The Last Waltz, Resident Evil Apocalypse and XXX.


Dude, who the hell comes up with these release titles?!
I can't wait to see romantic comedies take advantage of the blu-ray quality (50 First Dates I'm looking at you)

And no quality increase is gonna make SWAT a good movie or Knights Tale. Species?! Ugh. I mean I'm not even being picky here. Release the movies that would showcase the technology. Where is Star Wars, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, etc. Although 5th Element is a good choice.
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  03 March 2006
Originally Posted by Neil: Dude, who the hell comes up with these release titles?!
I can't wait to see romantic comedies take advantage of the blu-ray quality (50 First Dates I'm looking at you)

And no quality increase is gonna make SWAT a good movie or Knights Tale. Species?! Ugh. I mean I'm not even being picky here. Release the movies that would showcase the technology. Where is Star Wars, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, etc. Although 5th Element is a good choice.


What you're not among the masses waiting for XXX to come out on blu-ray?
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  03 March 2006
mmmm HD xxx...
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  03 March 2006
XXX on blueray... I better save up $1500 for that player cause its gonna be so worth it!
 
  03 March 2006
Knight's Tale? RE:Apocalypse?
Some crazy executive has to be playing some kind of bad joke on the Blu-Ray developers.

Last edited by -Vormav- : 03 March 2006 at 11:00 PM.
 
  03 March 2006
Am I correct in assuming these releases are downscaled from 2k res or whatever the movie was in originally? It would really suck if somehow the content was upscaled from something smaller than HD, dare I say it, even regular DVD?

Either way, those are some questionable choices for a first wave...
 
  03 March 2006
Originally Posted by SheepFactory: XXX on blueray... I better save up $1500 for that player cause its gonna be so worth it!



you mean high def porn....right?
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  03 March 2006
Originally Posted by DaJuice: Am I correct in assuming these releases are downscaled from 2k res or whatever the movie was in originally? It would really suck if somehow the content was upscaled from something smaller than HD, dare I say it, even regular DVD?


I think Blu-ray and HD DVD players will output a full 1920 x 1080 resolution through the digital HDMI connections on (future) HDTV sets, but will only output more broadly compatible analog signals at 960×540, so that's all that would be sent to a current HDTV.

-jeremy
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  03 March 2006
I got 50 bucks on the fact that lots of releases will be up-rezzed in software, instead of being a proper 1080P release.
I go on record saying this Thursday, March the 2nd, of 2006. Mark my words.
 
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