Blu-ray vs HD DVD: which video format is for you?

updated Another year, another global battle for tech supremacy. For most consumers, the decision whether to go with a plasma or LCD television is difficult enough. But consumers are now faced with the tough choice of two competing, next-generation DVD standards -- Blu-ray and HD DVD.

With the release of the PlayStation 3 and other HD players some people have already made their choice, but it's still too early to predict an outright winner. Not the least of all because Paramount recently announced it was pulling up stumps on Blu-ray and pitching its fortunes with HD DVD.

One of the problems is that Blu-ray and HD DVD formats are incompatible -- that means your Blu-ray player won't play HD DVD movies, and your HD DVD machine won't be able to read Blu-ray movies. There is currently one player on the market that will play both, but as with many players which are first to market it's been plagued with reports of compatibility problems.

No matter which format you choose, the new players aren't exactly what you'd call 'cheap', and the last thing any consumer wants to do is buy a machine that becomes obsolete in favour of another incompatible format.

So which format is worth your hard earned cash? What are the technical differences between the two? What products are available right now? And what do the editors here at CNET.com.au recommend? Read on for everything you need to know about the Blu-ray vs HD DVD battle.

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JC posted a comment   

H.264 format keeps me happy and I don't need to cart around all the disks

 

Danofive0 posted a comment   

I have a Toshiba HD-A2W got it for 90.00 ucks at Wal-Mart. Works great. I also just got a SAMSUNG
1600 BluRay player. Got it for 300 at Best Buy. And I have a OX Pro series 4 Projector on the way. Now I got all I need.. Its Movie time.
Yes the price in the BluRay bit is still a bit bad. But it will come down over time...
Be well and rock on...Best way..

 

boatsmart519 posted a comment   
Australia

I run both BDPLX70A,HDXE1,the picture on both are exellent the blu ray slightly better the audio is major differance blu ray supports DTSmaster audio HDDVD doze not

 

Super-duper posted a comment   

Because this war is not ours we can not win. somebody says after previous war i can buy dvd player for just $30. that is true, but you pay already for both standards (-R and +R). No big deal you say, $10 more (though if somebody at street will ask you give him $5 you will call police). Again true, but you could buy additional 10-15 blank disks, and if there were just 1 standard (-R or +R) you could buy 20-30 blank disks. No big deal again, you don't need so many blank disks (though many people will be glad to do that). But in this days case result of this war will be little bit more unpleasure: you will pay for both much more expensive technologies integrated in your future DVD player and especially DVD recorder. But I know what you'll say - $100-200 more, no big deal, I was waiting for 5 years the end of this war, no big deal. And you are right - what can we do? just to understand that those wars are not ours.

 

Super-duper posted a comment   

Because this war is not ours we can not win. somebody says after previous war i can buy dvd player for just $30. that is true, but you pay already for both standards (-R and +R). No big deal you say, $10 more (though if somebody at street will ask you give him $5 you will call police). Again true, but you could buy additional 10-15 blank disks, and if there were just 1 standard (-R or +R) you could buy 20-30 blank disks. No big deal again, you don't need so many blank disks (though many people will be glad to do that). But in this days case result of this war will be little bit more unpleasure: you will pay for both much more expensive technologies integrated in your future DVD player and especially DVD recorder. But I know what you'll say - $100-200 more, no big deal, I was waiting for 5 years the end of this war, no big deal. And you are right - what can we do? just to understand that those wars are not ours.

 

Super-duper posted a comment   

Because this war is not ours we can not win. somebody says after previous war i can buy dvd player for just $30. that is true, but you pay already for both standards (-R and +R). No big deal you say, $10 more (though if somebody at street will ask you give him $5 you will call police). Again true, but you could buy additional 10-15 blank disks, and if there were just 1 standard (-R or +R) you could buy 20-30 blank disks. No big deal again, you don't need so many blank disks (though many people will be glad to do that). But in this days case result of this war will be little bit more unpleasure: you will pay for both much more expensive technologies integrated in your future DVD player and especially DVD recorder. But I know what you'll say - $100-200 more, no big deal, I was waiting for 5 years the end of this war, no big deal. And you are right - what can we do? just to understand that those wars are not ours.

 

g-dogg posted a comment   

i dont think updating to a high definition theatre system is as expensive as everyone seems to think it is. I bought a 40GB PS3, TLC 40inch LCD with 720 res and a Kenwood sound system for my room. and it totalled at $2100. Granted its not the best thats out there. but its still good enough for us guys who are broke as hell.

 

The projectionist posted a comment   

Sony often get their marketing strategies wrong. eg Beta and VHS. Then there were digital cameras and 'Memory Sticks.' Cheaper SD cards were adopted by Nikon and Pentax. Blue Ray may well be another loser no matter how good it is because the truth is SONY are a bit full of themselves. The old adage "Bums on seats" is as true for the film industry as it ever was.

 

kevin posted a comment   

as far as the war is going it has been mentioned above and i am mentioning now that the cassette to dvd war and vhs to dvd war was all won when the players were brought in price to 100 to 200 dollars thats when mainstream people purchase and the tech junkies are sitting with the best deal or worst deal remember the old video disk players and how they would replace all media formats to date they never hit the 100 to 200 dollar price and where are they now i have a ps 2 and bought a xbox 360 for better games didnt care about ps3 and the blue ray player and neither will any gamer out there we buy based on the coolest games we dont need a blue ray player in our console well go to walmart and get a 30 dollar dvd player to watch movies so the war will rage and they will be winners and losers but the first to get my parents to go out and buy one will be the winner in this competition and they will buy whoever is on the shelves of blockbuster video

 

kevin posted a comment   

as far as the war is going it has been mentioned above and i am mentioning now that the cassette to dvd war and vhs to dvd war was all won when the players were brought in price to 100 to 200 dollars thats when mainstream people purchase and the tech junkies are sitting with the best deal or worst deal remember the old video disk players and how they would replace all media formats to date they never hit the 100 to 200 dollar price and where are they now i have a ps 2 and bought a xbox 360 for better games didnt care about ps3 and the blue ray player and neither will any gamer out there we buy based on the coolest games we dont need a blue ray player in our console well go to walmart and get a 30 dollar dvd player to watch movies so the war will rage and they will be winners and losers but the first to get my parents to go out and buy one will be the winner in this competition and they will buy whoever is on the shelves of blockbuster video


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