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This Week in HD DVD: the final edition

This is the curtain call, there is no more to see. Wipe the tears from your cheek fellow fanboys, for this will be final installment of This Week in HD DVD.

Toshiba and Microsoft no longer support the HD DVD format, so we'd feel guilty and a bit dirty to continue our own support of a format that deserves to simply rest in peace. You will be missed HD DVD. That's a fact. You were strong and wise, but you were unable to gather support by the masses and as a result, you passed at a young age. This is it, the final curtain call. Goodbye HD DVD and goodbye to This Week in HD DVD. We promised we wouldn't cry ...
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rabbitc41

2-26-2008 @ 7:25AM

rabbitc said...

HDDVD and Blu-ray use the same codecs!!! I am sick of tired of the amount of misinformation spread about these two formats. The only difference between BD and HDDVD is a slightly higher capacity and potentially higher bit-xfr rate for BD. Both formats (BOTH DAMMIT!) use MPEG-2, H.264/AVC, and SMPTE VC-1.

So Fanboys - please stop talking b.s. and do some research on your own bloody products!!!

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remer42

2-26-2008 @ 8:06AM

remer said...

to rabbitc
not all the same blu-ray has uncompressed audio hd-dvd did not

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DiFiasco43

2-26-2008 @ 9:02AM

DiFiasco said...

Remer - check your facts PLEASE! Both formats had 'lossless' audio including TrueHD and DTS Uncompressed - in fact, HDDVD included as standard before before Blu-ray did.

More fanboy b.s.

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Chase44

2-26-2008 @ 8:46AM

Chase said...


Mmm... Jodie Foster. If she sounded like a woman, she'd be a lot more of a, as the kids say, "complete package, yo."

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Gemini Ace45

2-26-2008 @ 9:15AM

Gemini Ace said...

I should be getting my player today. Woot!

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wkcr46

2-26-2008 @ 12:00PM

wkcr said...

I will miss these posts. I have read them from the very beginning ;)

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Amber47

2-26-2008 @ 1:07PM

Amber said...

A lot of people are saying "MS made a mistake not putting HD DVD in their player default" or "MS should have been pushing HD DVD harder"
But what's funny is, we keep criticising PS3 for doing that exact same thing...?
I probably wouldn't have gotten an XBox 360 if I would've known it was +$150 just because of some stupid HD format I would never use.

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Dron48

2-26-2008 @ 1:42PM

Dron said...

Nooooooo! This list was so useful! Don't pull the plug on this yet!!!!

PS I am not being sarcastic! Honestly!

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Dustin Burg49

2-26-2008 @ 1:55PM

Dustin Burg said...

Wow guys, you have quite the huge discussion about HD DVD, This Week in HD DVD and various codecs going on here. We may have to re-think our weekly HD DVD strategy ...

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xenocidic50

2-26-2008 @ 4:57PM

xenocidic said...

Canada got the price cut too ($49.99)

I just picked one up and will be getting my 5 free hd'dvden soon

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MartyK250051

2-26-2008 @ 6:22PM

MartyK2500 said...

Owning both x360 and ps3...i have to say i am very happy blu-ray did win.Let's face it,the massive storage capacity and exelent sound quality is just uncomparable.As for video they are using vc-1 now.With ps3 08 lineup and hd media war won...long live blu-ray and im going to sell my rrod at a local video game store.Sorry i just had to change sides for the best...

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Ninja Dood52

2-26-2008 @ 8:53PM

Ninja Dood said...

Hey!! welcome to the Sexy box club(PS3)!

I'll see you at the next meeting.

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DiFiasco53

2-27-2008 @ 3:48AM

DiFiasco said...

Marty - Blu-ray had NO advantage sound-wise compared to HDDVD. It was a larger capacity (by about 20 gigs only) - that's it. Same video codecs, same lossless audio.

Check your facts, mate.

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jason w54

2-26-2008 @ 8:00PM

jason w said...

Owning both the ps3 and 360 I must say Im sad that HDDVD lost. I have so many more movies on HDDVD than I do on br. The pic quality has been better on a good portion of those movies and I liked the web enabled, Combo disc and complete standard of HDDVD.

If you guys are looking for t2 or Total recall you can get them from exploited cinema for 21bucks.

xploitedcinema.com

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Rye2155

2-27-2008 @ 8:00PM

Rye21 said...

That said HD DVD could conceivably entice a studio back to its side or cut hardware prices even further and turn the tide. But as it stands now, Blu-ray has a commanding lead in the format war.

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