Anyone else miss the format war?

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  1. Reverenddave

    Reverenddave New Member

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    I've gotta admit, now that HD-DVD is history, I liked picking up an Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on for under $50. I also grabbed a few good HD-DVDs recently for under $10 each, and I'm hoping the prices get even better.

    But I miss all the weekly B1G1 sales. And I guess those 5 Free Discs with a player purchase is also gone (I haven't seen any new offers). Some blu-ray disc prices seem to have dropped a little bit. But overall, I haven't been able to match the prices I was getting a few months ago.

    At least the format war kept things interesting. It was fun to keep on top of the latest HD happenings. Now all the news is kinda blah.
     
  2. Grim

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    Meh, until the price of the players and the discs themselves go down, I think we'll still see these deals popping up. Maybe not as frequently, but they'll still be around.
     
  3. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    While there were interesting announcements here and there, overall the fanboy mentality on both sides that filled the inbetweens and piled on top of each announcement was tiresome.

    Pricing was great though, I got many Blu-rays for under $10 in early January from Amazon. Oh well, nothing last forever. I decided against picking up HD-DVD's cheap since Toshiba folded. I still have too many Blu-ray's to watch as it is.
     
  4. dwatts

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    Amen, did this ever bring out the worst in people or what? Film itself got brushed under the carpet - or the reverse happened, and people complained that film was getting brushed under the carpet while the benefits of the new formats were battered and/or ignored. In short, people went a little mad.

    So I'm glad it's over. There will be some hold outs claiming the upgrade isn't worth it etc - but they're mostly people who can't afford the upgrade of a TV and player, or are half blind. :D

    Prices need to sort themselves out, as us stuck in the UK are paying way way more than you R1 folk - surely you can feel our pain?
     
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  5. geeare

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    nope, glad we won!
     
  6. Noto

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    I'm thrilled it's over because now people can get back to talking about the flicks themselves and stop talking about how they got Good Luck Chuck just because it was a BOGO.
     
  7. Azmodan

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    I'm glad its all over but I miss the heated debates. I'm getting really sick of the arguing that is going on now, heated by bitter HD-DVD fans about how Blu-ray is doomed and HD-VMD/Downloads/SUC is the next format...

    I took the dive when Warner announced they were going Blu and can't say I regret it. Watching Blu-ray is incredible... even vs. upscaled dvds
     
  8. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I'm really glad it's over, but I'm not going to touch Blu Ray until a drastic price drop on both players and discs.
     
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    ekent The Lord's Arm of Justice

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    I truly think that HD VMD will heat the war back up. The intro price levels of HD VMD units will be extremely low because they use red lasers. I plan on sticking with Bluray because HD VMD will not support DolbyTrueHD or DTS-HD master audio codecs. I'm also not that wild about 4-6 layer DVD5's either.
     
  10. I wonder if HD adoption will actually be hurt by the ending of the format war. I'm sure lots of people have been waiting for a clear winner to take the plunge into HD, but I get the feeling that with Blu-Ray prices already starting to rise, everyone who has been saying that it's too expensive are even less likely to consider upgrading soon and some of those who might have upgraded at the previous price points might see prices rising and decide against the upgrade. It could be that the end of the format war might buy M$ even more time to establish downloads as a viable means of acquiring movies. Then again, it looks like the PS3 is finally starting to gain serious ground thanks to Blu-Ray, so who knows what's going to happen. Let's hope it is as interesting as the format war was.
     
  11. Noto

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    I've still yet to see evidence of American Blu-ray pricing on the rise.

    I just keep seeing sale after sale.
     
  12. X-human

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    The MSRP on retail certainly hasn't gone up. In fact Fox just dropped their MSRP AFTER Toshiba's announcement.

    But overall nothing is a cheap as it was for Christmas. The Wii Zapper for instance was back to $25 in retail stores on January 1st when it was $20 before that after Thanksgiving. Prices shot up on items for all consoles.

    I hate to break it to people, but it's been done like this for decades. It's something you can set your watch to.
     
  13. Reverenddave

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    Speaking as someone that buys a lot of Blu-Ray discs, for the past month or so I've been paying more per-movie than I was back in 9/07-12/07.

    There's also this:

     
  14. You could be right. I was just referring to a few articles I read talking about how players and movies have tended to increase in price since HD-DVD tanked. If they've misinformed me, my bad.
     
  15. KR~!

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    I've seen this elsewhere, with screen shots of some comparison pricing sites. Prices have indeed risen since the war was won. Not incredibly, but that's definately the trend.
     
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    KR~! The Apocalyptic Kid

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    maybe but who the fuck buys retail? :hum:

    There are just as many sales and discounts now as there was before.
     
  18. dwatts

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    What on earth makes you think the comparison sites only check retail stores? They don't, you should check them out sometime. :D

    Comparitively prices have gone up - it's simply based on the overall evidence. I don't care either way at the moment, but thems the figures.
     
  19. Reverenddave

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    Check this out. Philips announced a Blu-Ray player in January (at CES) for $349, which would've been a new low for BR players. Now that HD-DVD is dead, they've increased the price to $399.

     
  20. Noto

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    Does no one pay attention to anything when there isn't a format war going strong? All televisions/players/gadgets go up in price in February-March. Prices will drop again in May-June when the summer products hit the shelves.

    As far as software prices, they are dropping. In many cases you can buy the Blu version of a movie for the same price or even less then you can buy the DVD.
     

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