HD DVD will still be here in July
"I am totally happy with my standard DVD player, even with a new HDTV. It's not even an "upconverting" model, and in fact I didn't even buy the pricier "component video" cable, like the manufacturer recommends. It's hooked up with the standard 3 RCA cables (Audio-L, Audio-R, Video), and the picture and sound are excellend."
What matters is that you are happy. Given your configuration, you are definitely not realising the potential of your hdtv - but really that is your choice. I too own an hdtv, have for the past 3 & 1/2 years, so I have an older 1080i crt. I've been happy with my sd dvd hooked up by component cable. After purchasing a Toshiba laptop on black friday with an HD DVD rom, however, I decided that I may have to reconsider. I recently bought the HD DVD A3 for $149 and got 9 free HD DVD's with it. Phenominal! The other really surprising thing, however, was how much better my regular sd dvd's looked on it: more vibrant colors, brighter picture, sharper lines and details I had never seen before. If nothing else, the HD DVD A3 is an incredible upconverter (when connected by an hdmi cable - I use a $15 generic brand - works fine). I've had friends buy upconverters before and I thought they were overated, but with the A3, even my wife was impressed (and that is saying something!).
The A3 is really the only HD player I was going to consider for two reasons: it puts out a 1080i signal - and price. And those are the two reasons I hope HD DVD is able to last.
Will HD DVD make it to July? Sure. Will they be there in July '09? To me that is the bigger question. I sure hope so. I won't be buying a 1080p player for my tv though... whether it is bluray or anything else. If HD DVD does fail, at least I've got one of the best upconverting players around and I'll be able to use it for years to make my sd dvd's look great.
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