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Thank you AV, and Fred for your response. Your right AV, after I read your first response, I did some more research and your statements about sales of Blu-ray and HD are correct. It would be nice if one would win over the other, or if I/we knew for sure the two formats could coexist for the next decade. For now I feel my hands are tied in making the right purchase, as far as what format to choose.

I'm now regretting my first post, stating HD-DVD was going to win. It's obvious I should have just stuck to my question. Funny thing is I had my choices for projectors narrowed down to 2, the Optoma-HD70 and the Mits-HD1000.

But now with the new review on the Optoma HD80, which included Evan Powells update on 2 new HD-DVD players coming out. I'm right back where I started from at ground zero, with choosing which projector, and what HD format to go with. Curse you Evan!!!

So for now, my 3 year old Infocus-4805, and Sony standard dvd player stays put.
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I've followed the format war very closely and one of the rumors I have heard is that Universal is under contract with HD DVD until about January 2008. If that is the case, there is a chance that Universal could end up neutral.

There is also the chance that WB could pick a specific side to support since nobody is interested in their dual format discs it seems other than them.

If you feel like a fence sitter, then go ahead and wait another 6 months or so at which time things may appear clearer...

...or not.

Right now, less than 18 months after launch, is still early adopter time. The golden age of the Internet makes things feel a lot longer for those who are technically savvy, but it's not true - we are at the very early stages of these formats being released.
AV Integrated - Theater, whole house audio, and technology consultation during the build and installation process in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
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i dont think universal will go neutral after paramount and dreamworks are with hd now,no way.everybody are waiting for warner to make a move maybe at cedia we will know then.like AV said this is just the beginning of the war.this is going to be very interesting for the holiday.
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HD DVD is better then Blu-Ray IMO...
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Quote (Mr. Curious on Dec 18, 2007 1:25 PM):
HD DVD is better then Blu-Ray IMO...

There are a lot of people that share this opinion, but reality does not hold that to be necessarily true.

For example, per specification: Blu-ray has higher capacity and higher transfer rate.

Per support: Blu-ray has more studio support, and more CE support.

Per price: HD DVD has consistently been far less expensive to the end user to buy PLAYERS from.

Per price: Software on both formats tends to be very similarly priced, with Blu-ray often having buy-one/get-one free sales.

Per sales: HD DVD stand alone player sales have been tremendous outpacing Blu-ray.

Per sales: Blu-ray is included with PS3 and PS3 is outselling both formats combined as far as a 'player' is concerned, so there are (overall) way more Blu-ray players on the market.

Per sales (movies): Blu-ray has sold almost 100% more software than HD DVD throughout 2007, despite the move by Paramount to HD DVD.

Per content: According to aggregate reviews from several websites, Blu-ray titles actually tend to have slightly higher picture/audio quality than HD DVD movies, but this is VERY MUCH a matter of opinion and the titles released, and means very little. Reality holds that both formats have very similar quality.

Per content: HD DVD offers more interactivity and better interactivity with things like Picture In Picture and other extra features such as online interactivity. Blu-ray is just starting to support PiP with their newest players... Except the PS3 supports these features as well.

I am hard pressed to say that either format is markedly superior to the other format and would definitely consider Blu-ray the technically superior format for most things except interactive extra features.
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