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Mac lusts for PC's Blu-Ray ability.  (Source: Microsoft via YouTube)

Mac also seems to fantasize that he and PC are the female and male protagonists of Avatar.  (Source: Microsoft via YouTube)
"It's Blu-Ray -- it's built in," PC to awestruck Mac

For all the things Macs lack -- pre-installed FlashUSB 3.0, Blu-ray, and more -- you'd think that'd there'd be more clever commercials from Microsoft taking a jab at their fruity competitor.  While commercials like Laptop Hunters hinted at such things, they didn't just lay it out there.

Fortunately for Microsoft that's exactly what its new commercial does.  

In the commercial Mac and PC (laptops, not "guys", mind you) are flying aboard an airplane (conveniently named Windows 7).   As the pair settle in the PC fires up a Blu-ray movie --
Avatar.  Mac is awestruck.

"What is that?"

PC nonchalantly responds, "Oh it's Blu-Ray, it's built in -- you want to watch?"

Hesitant Mac ends of being sucked in to the awe of HD movies as he fantasizes of himself and PC as the female and male protagonists of 
Avatar.  Needless to say he ends up watching the whole film.

(We're not positive on this one, but the commercial may also have been making fun of the MacBook aluminum unibody cases' tendency to collect dust and grime, as the stewardess ask the Mac if it needs a dusting.)

So is it fair for Microsoft to be making fun of Apple's Blu-ray incompetence?

After all, on the one hand the standard is still very young.  While Blu-ray movies are becoming pretty ubiquitous, they're still more expensive (generally) than DVDs, and not everyone even has a Blu-ray player yet.

On the other hand, for a brand that brags about its media savvy, it seems odd to not to give customers access to the highest-quality video discs out there.  And the commercial isn't quite as in your face as the old "Get a Mac" spots -- it's more cartoony and cute.

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RE: Wut?
By Targon on 11/12/2010 10:41:51 PM , Rating: 0
That is actually incorrect. A dedicated purpose device has the potential to do a much better job than a general purpose device. The real key is that most companies will release low to mid range products that your average consumer will buy, rather than going with a very high end device that may be better, but will also cost a lot more.

With all the background tasks that most computers do continually, a dedicated device has a better chance of doing the job without problems than most high-end computers.

RE: Wut?
By Alexstarfire on 11/13/2010 3:53:16 PM , Rating: 2
That might usually be true, but if you can read the blu-ray then it comes down to software, not hardware. A blu-ray player doesn't display video, doesn't produce the sound, only reads and sends out information. I would argue that a computer couldn't really be better though. It could be equal. By that I mean comparing the best both could offer, and looking at only hardware. Considering a computer is a general purpose device it can actually offer more than a blu-ray player when it comes to software. It can connect to the internet and load up things on the disc other than video and audio.

Looking at only video and audio then the player pretty much doesn't matter. You just have to make sure it can play and has the right outputs.

RE: Wut?
By Targon on 11/13/2010 5:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much all the new BluRay players come with an ethernet connection and an increasing number come with wireless support to connect to the Internet. Netflix streaming, Pandora, Blockbuster, YouTube, the list of things that BluRay players can do has been increasing. And yes, playing your video/audio files from a computer on the network also works.

The only thing we don't see as standard is displaying from a computer screen to the BluRay player, but that too is something that is starting to show up.

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