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by: Rollbar January 12, 2008 7:20 AM PST

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My decision regarding Blu and HD

by Rollbar - 1/12/08 7:20 AM

This isnt for everyone I know but I havent seen anyone else suggest this as a solution so thought Id opine. lol

I love movies, always have. So once I had my 1080p TV, there wasnt much question Id be shopping for a DVD player that would play HiDef.

Watching the Blu-HD battle (more like a cold war; both sides scramble for real-estate *movie studios*), I decided to go Blu-Ray, (based on some perception that BD would be the likely survivor). Bought the PS3. Then went shopping for movies in Blu. Thats where my strategy went down the toilet.

Easily half, maybe more, of my favorites turned out to be in HD-DVD. I stewed over that for a while and finally decided the solution was to buy an HD-DVD to add to the system. I dont know how soon the cold war will last but both sides seem to be dug in. Meanwhile my favorites continue to be produced in one format or the other.

Set up the Toshiba HD-A35 last night and watched a movie. Though I didnt think the picture was quite as sharp as the Blu-Ray disks Ive seen, it was still phenomenal. Also, it might have been that particular movie I need to see several more before I can determine if one format is really better that the other, (which I doubt).

So heres my rationalization. Now I can continue to buy hi def movies in whatever format they are released on and play them on one player or the other. Whichever format goes away, I can still play those movies on the corresponding player indefinitely. I wont need to just toss out one player the moment the format is decided. Eventually, without support, Ill retire it but that might be several years down the road.

Im 57 years old, so my frame of reference is different. Just like buying plants for around the house, I less interested in buying fledgling plants even understanding they will grow after a few years. I want a plant closer to full size now,(within reason)and am willing to pay the difference in cost. I dont want to wait for a resolution to the format conflict, I want to watch my movies now.

Make sense? Probably does not to young readers who have the patience to wait to save $400. To me, the $400 is well spent and actually forgotten one the movie starts to play, (Honey, lets make some popcorn and watch a movie.)

Gary

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