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    I really doubt that Toshiba is going to come out and say "Well, we lost the format war, HD-DVD is dead".

    What I think will happen is that Toshiba will not release a 4th generation HDDVD player, and will at some point, announce a series of Dual Format players. The high end will be based off of the XA-2, while there will be an A-35 based dual format format player.

    XF-1 - will include a Reon HQV for upscaling. All audio formats bitstreamed and decoded. Will also have 7.1 analog outputs. BD 2.0 complaint. MSRP - $499 - 599

    F-1 - Will not have the Reon nor the 7.1 analog outs. For true multi channel support, the advanced audio will be bitstreamed, but for the smaller bedrooms or guest room, there will be 2.0 analog output. BD 2.0 compliant. MSRP $349 ($299????).

    Again, just one man's opinion.
    That's just it with them. Their first Blu-box needs to be 2.0 compliant. They're already behind the curve regardless of when they release a combo/BR unit.

    But if you believe the word for word quote from the unknown source, Toshiba is getting out of the next gen disc market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unfiltered View Post
    That's just it with them. Their first Blu-box needs to be 2.0 compliant. They're already behind the curve regardless of when they release a combo/BR unit.

    But if you believe the word for word quote from the unknown source, Toshiba is getting out of the next gen disc market.
    ****, if they can't release a BD 2.0 compliant machine* then they should get out of the CE business. Their HD-DVD's already have the network port, they just need to up the memory or add a USB port. Java is the bitch, though.

    * - or release one with more issues than current BD players

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unfiltered View Post
    Eff those fire sales. I'll wait for Uni to put out Hot Fuzz and the Bourne series on Blu-ray with NEW encodes that take advantage of the 50gbs and not HD DVD's 30 Gigs.
    Is there a good website reports on the quality or lack thereof of HD transfers to blue ray disc? I just want to know if the blue ray copy of a movie that I decide to buy takes advantage of the blue ray technology. I'd be pissed if I bought a movie and realized that it was just a crappy DVD quality transfer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by No One View Post
    What I think will happen is that Toshiba will not release a 4th generation HDDVD player, and will at some point, announce a series of Dual Format players. The high end will be based off of the XA-2, while there will be an A-35 based dual format format player
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    I can't really see them releasing a dual format player at this point. Which market would it satisfy?

    They might be best off getting a stake in blu-ray and using their resources to advance the technology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangePuck View Post
    Is there a good website reports on the quality or lack thereof of HD transfers to blue ray disc? I just want to know if the blue ray copy of a movie that I decide to buy takes advantage of the blue ray technology. I'd be pissed if I bought a movie and realized that it was just a crappy DVD quality transfer.
    In alphabetical order...

    Blu-ray Reviews

    They're severely straight shooters on all fronts: movie itself, picture quality, audio quality, extras, and HD exclusives.

    This is where I go to see if I'm on the fence about getting a title on standard DVD or BR. I'm usually in agreement with their assessments of PQ and AQ. If I'm not in agreement, it's usually because they were too harsh/critical of something, which is good. I've never had an issue where they were wrong in a bad way and bought something of lesser quality than what they rated.

    I don't know if dgrygan, NastiMarvasti*, or any of the other guys pay attention to High Def Digest's reviews, but I never buy a title without checking with them first. They review 99.8% of the domestic Blu-ray and HD DVD titles that are released.

    *I'm sure NM and his co-workers check it out as they want to see what folks think about all of their hard work. So, he may have some other sites that could be of some use.


    But for me, HDD is a one-stop shop: review and a forum of fellow BR lovers choke full of good talk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BadIdea View Post
    I can't really see them releasing a dual format player at this point. Which market would it satisfy?

    They might be best off getting a stake in blu-ray and using their resources to advance the technology.
    I think there would be a market out there, at least for a bit. There are over a million HDDVD players out there, so hey.. Why not try to keep them in the Toshiba family? Also, when HDDVD dies, it isn't like the discs are going to stop playing.

    People who have over 20 HDDVD discs may buy a dual format player if it costs less than replacing their HDDVD discs with BD discs.

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    I think there would be a market out there, at least for a bit. There are over a million HDDVD players out there, so hey.. Why not try to keep them in the Toshiba family? Also, when HDDVD dies, it isn't like the discs are going to stop playing.

    People who have over 20 HDDVD discs may buy a dual format player if it costs less than replacing their HDDVD discs with BD discs.
    You know what will cost less? Buying a couple of extra HD DVD players when they drop to $75!

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    Quote Originally Posted by No One View Post
    I think there would be a market out there, at least for a bit. There are over a million HDDVD players out there, so hey.. Why not try to keep them in the Toshiba family? Also, when HDDVD dies, it isn't like the discs are going to stop playing.

    People who have over 20 HDDVD discs may buy a dual format player if it costs less than replacing their HDDVD discs with BD discs.
    Maybe, but it just seems to be a very small and finite market, at this point in time to devote those kinds of resources too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unfiltered View Post
    You know what will cost less? Buying a couple of extra HD DVD players when they drop to $75!
    Keep in mind, there are some of us with wives who for the life of them can not figure out which disc goes in what player!!! Instead of going "Honey, the red ones go here, the blue ones go over here, and the old ones you can play anywhere" I, uh I mean those who have wives like that can say "They all go here!".

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    Quote Originally Posted by No One View Post
    Keep in mind, there are some of us with wives who for the life of them can not figure out which disc goes in what player!!! Instead of going "Honey, the red ones go here, the blue ones go over here, and the old ones you can play anywhere" I, uh I mean those who have wives like that can say "They all go here!".
    Get a new wife?

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