Friday, 22 February 2008

HD DVD is dead, long live HD (upscaled) DVD

You know, Toshiba won’t exactly be helping Blu-Ray adoption anytime soon by dumping a raft of players on the market that, in addition to playing HD DVDs, are extremely good upscaling DVD players in their own right, including being the only dedicated players I’ve seen that handle pillarboxing of 4:3 DVD content over HDMI correctly. At sane viewing distances, I suspect most non-videophiles couldn’t tell the difference between an upscaled DVD and high-def anyway—Jennifer Morrison doesn’t look any different in HD and upscaled DVD that I can tell.

That said, I can’t figure out why you’d even spend $50 at this point on an XBox HD DVD add-on, since it doesn’t upscale DVDs any better than the built-in DVD player on the box.


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[Permalink] 1. Jennifer wrote @ Fri, 7 Mar 2008, 3:12 pm CST:

I was considering getting the XBox HD DVD addon because 1) it contains the remote to the Xbox which is $20 and 2) you get King Kong and I think 4 other “free” movies. Further, I’m experimenting with burning all my movies and tv shows that I currently have on DVD to my computer (placing on an external hard drive) and streaming them through the TV when I want to watch them. The XBox addon would connect to my computer allowing me to place HD DVDs onto my computer, which I can then stream to the TV.


The freebies with the add-on do make some sense, including the free remote; you should get the King Kong HD DVD and a coupon to get five more discs by mail—not the greatest selection, but there are some good movies on the list.

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