has never been much a fan of Blu-ray. In May 2007, firmly
aboard the HD DVD bandwagon, a Microsoft spokesperson wrote:
firmly stand behind the HD DVD format as the best choice for
consumers. Current reports indicating that Microsoft has a
back-up plan, which includes Blu-ray support are incorrect. We’re
fully committed to HD DVD and have absolutely no plans to support
other optical formats.
HD DVD has waned
and died. Blu-ray has proven a mild success, slowly
supplanting traditional DVDs at retail locations and movie rental
businesses. And Microsoft is still no more supportive of the
format.Microsoft UK Xbox chief, Stephen McGill, in an
interview with the site Xbox360Achievements
"Actually Blu-ray is going to be passed by as a format."Mr.
McGill apparently sides with Apple, Inc. -- another critic of
Blu-ray. He says that digital downloads (such as those from the
Xbox Live service) will replace physical media such as CDs, DVDs, and
Blu-ray discs, rendering them obsolete.There are some
legitimate advantages to consumers with this approach. Digital
downloads can be quickly obtained from home via online purchases and
potentially can be easier to reinstall when you switch systems,
depending on the seller's licensing agreements.Businesses
benefit because the cost of serving to provide digital distribution
is much less than the costs to press millions of discs on traditional
physical media. However, businesses also benefit from something
that's a downside to consumers -- digital downloads effectively
prevent easy resale, which would essentially destroy
the used games/movies/music market if the format is widely
adopted.Another downside to consumers is that they lose all
the physical "goodies" that come with the average DVD or CD
-- such as booklets, art, and other perks. Also problematic is
the growing amount of data-capped connections. If such a
connection is used as your primary internet service, downloading
content could become prohibitively expensive, as a single high
definition movie package could put your well over your limit.Thus
Blu-ray is unlikely to go anywhere quite yet, despite Microsoft's
predictions of doom. And Microsoft seems equally unlikely to
embrace the format it has long fought against.
quote: It all comes down to Microsoft refusing to admit they lost to a competitor
quote: A lot of people really don't care about quality that much.
quote: People send $3000 on a TV, $500 on a receiver and $500 or more on a set a speakers, $1500 if they are stupid enough to get Bose, just to watch lower quality media?
quote: I just checked and over half of the people in the US make less than $50K per year. That is a lot of people who can't afford more than an entry level system if they can even afford that. How many can't afford more than a dialup internet connection, or even get more than that because of where they live?
quote: BTW - I highly doubt if you were to go and spend $15 to watch a movie at a theater you'd pick one with a small screen and crappy sound system. People stand in line for hours to watch movies in IMAX for a reason. It enhances the experience!
quote: If the video quality or sound quality is a big part of a movie to you then I think you have some priorities mixed up.
quote: If you've only spent $500 (and yes, I'm not talking about Bose crap either) then you have no idea what a real quality sound sytem sounds like.
quote: But at $500 for speakers, that's crazy, it is almost half my bring home pay for two weeks.
quote: Not yet. But it's all just data. 1s and 0s my friend, 1s and 0s. There is nothing stopping a service from providing the exact same data on a BD via download. Its not done(legally) now likely due to bandwidth restraints, but as those start to diminish d/ling 20-30 or even 50GB won't seem too crazy. Today or tomorrow, likely not. But I feel it's likely in the not too distant future.
quote: those who will be satisfied with nothing less than BluRay quality.
quote: which makes sense since very few people (relative to everyone out there) will actually care about getting blu-ray quality movies over the convenience of digital downloads. I know plenty of people that are still content watching DVDs and even VHS tapes.
quote: It all comes down to Microsoft refusing to admit they lost to a competitor and Apple trying to make near-monopoly profits on other people's content. That's all.
quote: Digital downloads can be quickly obtained from home via online purchases
quote: I have not seen a single digital download movie that has intact surround sound.
quote: Isn't it possible that sales are down because of cheap, disc based subscription services like netflix, rather than because people are switching to downloads and streaming? ... almost everyone I know has a Netflix subscription and has slowed their Blu-Ray/DVD purchases because of this, not because they are buying download-able versions of the movies they want to watch.
quote: To be fair it wasn't the PS3 that won the day for bluray. It was the studio's that decided to support one over the other.
quote: if blu-ray is as useless and as overpriced and as "inferior" as you said, then it should've been dead long time ago.
quote: Because its better so it stay. HD-DVD suck thats why it faded out.
quote: Don't cry if you're nothing but a poor/cheap f*ck. If u can't afford it, if u don't like it, just don't buy it. whining makes u look like a retard
quote: Microsoft didn't include HD-DVD drive because the original Xbox360 plan did NOT include HD-Dvd drive
quote: The loudness wars have ruined quality beyond all hope anyway, so unless you're buying an occasion off label jazz CD you'll be wasting your money.
quote: how shitty their internet is
quote: Really Bateluer? I have normal, probably considered low speed cable internet in a small town. 10 MB/s down.
quote: First, a single 1080p BluRay file is huge, 30GB or more. Files this size will take a long time to download...
quote: VHS also had an advantage in recording length. You could get more recording time on VHS than on BetaMAX.
quote: Now they just sound like a sore loser with that statement.