Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 22nd Jun 2007 07:53 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems sent us in a next generation DVD player, the Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player. The model is the little brother of the HD-XA2 with fewer features, but it's the only HD player that sells at $230 while using the newer, second generation HD-DVD technology.
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I Have To agree. Blu-ray Has Won
by Simba on Fri 22nd Jun 2007 10:49 UTC
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I have to agree. Nothing is going to stop the tide of Blu-ray. Blockbuster's announcement that it will only stock Blu-ray disks at the vast majority of its stores was a devastating blow to HD-DVD. And possibly the last one it can take.

Blu-ray just has too much momentum, and far more industry support than HD-DVD.

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Eugenia Member since:

I don't disagree with that, but I really, really, hate region-coding (HD-DVD is region-free). Having purchased over 170 DVDs in the last few years, and with the prospect of returning to Europe some day, is going to suck. Buying a "region-free DVD" does not make my pain go away because it's not easily replaceable if it dies, and with time, region-free DVDs will be hard to find. And after the laws that try to remove more freedoms from us, this is 170 DVDs that will go to the bin.,1895,2148802,00.asp

Personally, I hate region-coding more than other types of DRM.

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Ookaze Member since:

I hate region coding too.
But I don't understand your whining, really.
What do you mean "not easily replaceable"?
I live in Europe, where it's very easy to buy a good DVD unit which is region-free. Yet, I bought an Oppo (one of the best units quality wise for bad DVD) in the USA from Europe, a DVD player which is region-free, 110-220 V compatible, upscales and deinterlace DVDs up to 1080p (and doing a better job at it than most HDTV or all other DVD units at his price), and cost about the same as this HD player. Better quality DVD players start at 4 times its price!
You should have known about this.
As long as they're selling DVD players, you won't have any problem keeping your 170 DVD collection. I sure enough won't sell mine.
I hate Sony and region-coding, but it seems like people won't have much choice than to go with BluRay.

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Soulbender Member since:

"Blockbuster's announcement"

Who's Blockbuster...?

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Governa Member since:

QUOTING Soulbender:

"Who's Blockbuster...?"

I've noticed you are from Philippines so you might not be familiar with Blockbuster.

Blockbuster is one of the largest chain of DVD and video game rental stores in the world. It is present in over thirty countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Ireland, Puerto Rico, UK, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, Chile, Taiwan, Italy, Denmark, Colombia, etc.

More info here:

Recently Blockbuster announced it will rent high-definition DVDs only in the Blu-ray format.

Blockbuster has been renting both Blu-ray and HD DVD titles since late last year and found that consumers were choosing Blu-ray titles more than 70 percent of the time.

Apparently the decision was helped in large part by the lopsided availability of titles in Blu-ray. All major studios except one are releasing films in Blu-ray, with several, including The Walt Disney Co., releasing exclusively in Blu-ray. Only Universal Studios, which is owned by General Electric Co., exclusively supports HD DVD.

More info here:,2933,283774,00.html

And since this is a OS News website some of you might be interested to know Microsoft officially supports the HD-DVD format while Apple decided to support the Blu-ray format.

Edited 2007-06-22 14:45

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