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  1. I hope that the next evolution in HT and HD will be 2.35:1 constant image height. For those of us who have experienced CIH it is amazing. 1080p is fine for all but the biggest displays but the 4096 panels will will allow the rescaled images to take advantage of the full 1080 lines. At the moment, when any image is wider than 16:9 we are losing resolution in the name of maintaining aspect ratio. So while I can see a future for 4096 in the HT market, I hope it will be utilised to make 1080p images look even better, not to create yet another format and add to the confusion.
  2. CM , did you say a server with 1,000,000 USB 2 slots. Wow I'd like to see that. It would take 52 days to load and remove all of the cards/media
  3. Any video store owners out there? I would imagine the scenario you paint CM would create a whole lot of work for the video store employees. At the moment I can walk into my local video store on a whim, grab a movie, walk up to the counter and pay for it. Your scenario seems to be a lot less friendly to the video store owner and the consumer. Do I have to pre-book a movie, do the store employess have to transfer new releases whenever someone calls up to book a movie. How much of their day is taken up transfering movies to flash cards. How do new releases get to the store, via Satellite, download or pre-loaded on a card. Currently a store owner buys X amount of copies of a new release, rents it until demand drops, and then sells them off as ex-rental. Your scenario will require the same amount of copies but on Flashcard, plus extra cards for the customer that calls and books a back catalogue release I'm sure some solid state product will replace the optical disc format in the future, but it will have to be cheap and cost effective for business owners to want it. I'm not sure what a video store pays for a 100 copies of a blockbuster release on Blu-ray currently, but it must be cheaper than buying a hundred flash cards and getting employees to to spend unproductive time preloading them. I don't really care what takes over from DVD, because as a movie junkie I'll feel compelled to buy into to it anyway. I just wish for a constant stream of good cinema.
  4. Check out the HS 300 ($1499) and HS500 ($1999). Nice systems for the money. Might be perfect for your female friend, it is a single unit so less cables to hook up, less space required, is well built and has trademark HK sound (as long as it isn't driven too hard). HS 500 has same speakers as the Cinefun pack. AVR245 has been superceded by AVR247. While the iPod dock may seem a great idea, it is actually quite cumbersome to operate via remote and on-screen interface. Much easier to plug iPod in via 3.5mm jack to RCA lead and use the iPods click wheel to drive. ( One example of how frustrating the dock is - when you plug your iPod in you cannot utilise the shuffle feature during playback)
  5. Whats that I hear SDL, was that an ever so small validation for region coding?
  6. The issue of content licencing is the problem. In the States NBC and other TV studios are trialling releasing content for on-line download concurrently with the TV broadcast. So far they have developed a model whereby it doesn't affect ad revenue, which is code for the on-line versions are chock-a-block with clever advertising. Australia loses out on access to much of this on-line content because the local purchasers of the licences want to get a return on their investment. If the trials in the US prove to the local licencees that they can still make money from advertising while making programs available for download then maybe the segregation you talk about will disappear. Other interesting comments in the White paper were that the Major Studios won't allow HD downloads online, preferring optical disc as the distribution method. Also back catalogues will be distributed via in-store kiosks with on-demand burning to optical disc, allowing stores to only stock latest releases. A pretty good idea if it gives you access to any version of a movie in their catalogues and allows you to pick features and audio tracks etc.
  7. Excerpt from a White paper on trends and predictions for 2008, by Parks Associates.(Well respected researcher for CE industry) 2.10.9 “Day-and-Date” Movie Distribution The first major cracks will appear in the movie distribution widows: Piracy, TiVos, iPods, video-on-demand, and the Internet are increasingly pressuring studios to change the way movies are distributed and shorten (or even eliminate) the existing system of release windows. In 2007, there were notable experiments with “dayand- date” release, but only with lower-budget films. In 2008, it is likely that these experiments will include films from more recognized names, offering the first glimpse at the post-windows world. Maybe a future without region coding isn't too far away.
  8. I agree Preach, I think the BD sales figures will be dependant on the quality of new releases. Most people moving to HD will probably not begin to replace their current DVD collection with BD just yet. So sales will be relying on the big blockbuster releases. Transformers should be a good indicator.
  9. As much as I despise Bigpond they do offer unmetred downloads for music and movies, so no exceeding download limits. Other ISPs provide same. Also there is already one company starting to rollout VDSL2 in Australia (up to 100Mbps if you're within 0.5Km of the exchange) so hopefully they're first of many. IMO high-def content will become standard in the next few years. All new content will be produced using Hi Def camera formats , Standard Def TVs will dissappear off the shelves, and Hi Def will become the new defacto standard. Today DVD competes with Pay/Satellite TV, FTA, Pirate copies from your local pub or overseas and the huge amount of downloading going on via Bit torrent sites. On-line downloading has been here for a while now (by that I mean illegal downloads) and DVD has survived. HD downloads will be acceptable if you're prepared to wait, ie place the movies you want to watch next weekend in your download que and let then download in the background during the week. Personally I would rather drop into the Video store on the way home from work on Friday arvo. The real revolution will come when movies can be downloaded and viewed in real time. This is probably possible in parts of Austaralia for SD versions but as mentioned already will be some time off for HD. I look forward to a time when there is a smorgasboard of HD content available from online but I will still continue to buy on disc as well as watch HD on FTA and anticpating Fox HD. Disc will still provide the most convenient way to veiw the highest quality content for some time yet IMO
  10. It may be that you have to have read the books but I sat through RETURN OF THE KING again last weekend and wished for a directors cut sans the painful Sam and Frodo scenes. Certainly not worth one of my children
  11. How do you know it is factually incorrect. Maybe he has a Runco 1080p 3 chip DLP with a 200 inch screen at his home and has viewed both HD-DVD and Blu Ray at their max bit rates and has made a preference based on that. Maybe he is a hack director in the pocket of Sony or the BDA. It's just one of hundreds of opinions in the HD **** fight, and hardly one worthy of 31 posts.
  12. Not trying to be an apologist, just trying to give it some perspective.
  13. Nice sentiment Kazz, but we are all being screwed by petrol companies, the supermarkets, Telcos, Banks. Do you reallly think the average consumer cares about how badly region coding is screwing us over. Life must be good if we can all get so worked up over region coding
  14. Got any other ideas for a reasonable yardstick then?