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« on: Jul 06, 2009, 06:02:25 PM »

A somewhat interesting, if 'No Shit, Sherlock' article. Hopefully people will realize that streaming video and digital copies suck for anything other than rental-type stuff:

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/14547/years-til-downloads-match-blu-ray-quality

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« Reply #1 on: Jul 06, 2009, 07:39:29 PM »

I totally agree.
Look, you guys need to know that most major studios have contracts extending at least 5 years to keep making DVD's, let alone Blu-rays. Even when the infrastructure catches up there are tons of download hurdles.

Most avid videophiles want something in their hands.

Downloads also require a lot of storage space. Do you know how much hard drive space you'll need for a few hundred titles at 50 GB each?

Hard drives crash and there's a greater chance of a title getting corrupted than it is on a disc.

The studios would need to lower the $$ they charge.

Piracy. Harder to protect a download.

Finally, there's the R&D money that will take many years to recapture on the Blu-ray format.

Disc based movies will be here for a decade or more.
Trust me, we haven't even considered changing our name to Upcomingdownloads.com

My industry sources tell me that we'll see a next gen disc before downloads capture more than 30% of the market.

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 15, 2009, 04:16:53 PM »

What would that next gen disc product even be though.  I mean, how much more can you get out of these films?
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 15, 2009, 04:18:50 PM »

Probably Ultra High Definition and 3D.
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 15, 2009, 04:21:09 PM »

But there gets to a point with resolution that our physical human eyes can't discern it correct?  So what would be the point.
I can see 3D, but we kinda already have that.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 15, 2009, 06:03:37 PM »

How so? Anaglyphic? The blue and the red? Bollocks. RealD is the way to go, and you need a special polarized screen. They don't offer it for home use.....yet.

As for res....I have yet to see 1080p on anything higher than my dead 47". But I would imagine it's possible that huge-ass screens would do with an even higher resolution. Who wants to watch The Dark Knight on their 200" wall in measly 1080p, when they could be watching it in glorious 4320p at 300hz!
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 15, 2009, 08:22:15 PM »

As for res....I have yet to see 1080p on anything higher than my dead 47". But I would imagine it's possible that huge-ass screens would do with an even higher resolution. Who wants to watch The Dark Knight on their 200" wall in measly 1080p, when they could be watching it in glorious 4320p at 300hz!

Cron can back me up on this, I have the 67" and he has the 61"... and 1080p24 at that size is AMAZING.

Yeah, I agree that anything over 100" could use a higher res, but what size of market would that be compared to the billion folks running an average size of 36"? A grain of sand in the beach of home theater.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 15, 2009, 08:53:52 PM »

Actually standard 35mm film is on average about 4k resolution. (much higher than current HD)
Of course, when projected at standard size there is a loss in the definition.
There is something called Higher Definition that is about 2k and is used in some labs where the image def is essential.
There is plenty of room for increased quality.
Of course, these are likely a long way off.
3D is just now coming into its own in the home theater realm. I'm told there is a very cool development coming soon married to the current Blu-ray technology, which will require a new player.

We're not anywhere near the end.
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 15, 2009, 11:47:57 PM »

Cron can back me up on this, I have the 67" and he has the 61"... and 1080p24 at that size is AMAZING.

Yep!  *high five*
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