Do you have a BluRay player? Do you have a DVD player?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Shat Happens, Mar 27, 2014.

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Do you have a DVD player? Do you have a Bluray player?

  1. Yes both

    56.3%
  2. only BLuRay

    13.8%
  3. only DVD

    26.3%
  4. neither

    3.8%
  1. { Emilia }

    { Emilia } { Beyond } Moderator

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    My solution was to stop watching Star Wars.

    Crazy, eh?
     
  2. trekkiedane

    trekkiedane Admiral Admiral

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    Not really -I also 'matured' while this whole thing happened.
     
  3. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Technology improves. That's the whole point of it. You're seeing ads for Blu-ray now because DVDs are a decade old. I want the best quality that is available that I can still afford. Right now that's Blu-ray and an HDTV.

    It's only been 20 years or so since the invention of the NES. That doesn't mean the Super Nintendo, N64, Gamecube, Wii, and Wii U are scams.
     
  4. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

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    It doesn't really make any sense to me to put ads for Blu-Ray on a dvd, since if you're watching a dvd, you're not going to see any improvement about the image on the screen.
     
  5. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

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    My brother gave me a Blu-ray player for Christmas 2012. He said, "You have to see it to believe it. It is so much better than your outdated DVD."

    At first, I was not all that impressed. My DVDs did not appear to be any better on the Blu-ray player, since my DVD player upgraded to 1080p for my HDTV. However, when I started watching Pixar movies on the newer format, the difference was very noticeable. I am slowly replacing my favorite DVDs with Blu-rays!

    WalMart has a $7.88 Blu-ray bin which has become my favorite spot in the store!
    Dollar General has started carrying "previously viewed" Blu-rays (recycled from Netflix and others, it appears) priced from $4.95 (without case) to slightly more with a case.

    Some of my recent finds:
    $7.88 -
    The Last Starfighter, 25th Anniversary Ed.
    Green Lantern, Extended Cut
    Batman [1989], the GOOD one
    Independence Day

    $5.95 - Darkman - BR+DVD+Digital with case

    $4.95 - no cases, but ordered 15-pack of BR cases for $25.00 online
    Harry Potter & Half-Blood Prince
    Alice in Wonderland (Johnny Depp)
    Jim Carrey's A Christmas Carol
    Bridge to Terabithia
    The Last Airbender (heard the Blu-ray effects were its only redeeming quality)

    The last one was bought on a whim... curiosity got the better of me. As you can see, I am slowly building my BR collection.

    What was your "must have" upgrade to BR from another format?
     
  6. DonIago

    DonIago Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I don't quite understand why the poll asks whether one has both a BR and DVD player, since if one has a BR player then one has a DVD player.

    In any case, I have a 3D-capable BR player and a 50" plasma tv. I enjoy 3D blu rays on it, and I don't mind normal BRs either. :)

    I've also got a 5-disc DVD changer that presumably works but hasn't been used basically since I got the BR player.

    My laptop handles Blu Rays, though I primarily use that drive for ripping. I've also got an ultrabook with a DVD drive which at this point seems more a contingency than anything else.

    I don't see how one could reasonably call Blu Ray either a scam or a waste when it clearly offers both audio and video quality surpassing that of other commonly-available media.
     
  7. Rincewiend

    Rincewiend Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Multiple tv's in the residence, like kids having one in their room and 1 BR player in the living room and DVD players in the kids room(s)...

    I have a PS3 hooked up to my 32" HDTV with a HDMI cable...
    Even most DVD's look better on it which is why i wont be replacing the majority of them with "better" BR versions...
    I only double-dipped 4 times with first the DVD and later the BR versions...
    The BTTF trilogy, the LOTR EE Trilogy, the Mad Max Trilogy and the original Star Wars Trilogy...
    I might replace others if i come across the BR version at a discounted price...
     
  8. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

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    I have a 19" HDTV, and a Blu-ray player.
     
  9. ElimParra

    ElimParra Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I have both, but since I got my BR over a year ago, it's only to get used.
     
  10. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

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    Still on DVD/VHS players here. We have a tape collection.
     
  11. Rincewiend

    Rincewiend Vice Admiral Admiral

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    BTW, i never had a seperate DVD player either since my PS2 could play DVDs as well...
     
  12. Pingfah

    Pingfah Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Blade Runner. Blu Ray is the first home format that comes close to doing it justice. It even has the same initials. Coincidence? I don't think so.
     
  13. SPCTRE

    SPCTRE Badass Admiral

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    The correct solution - obviously - is to buy the definitive good version on LaserDisc. You know, the one without Hayden Christensen.

    Done.
     
  14. bbailey861

    bbailey861 Admiral Premium Member

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    I've had Blu-ray for years now and am still quite often amazed at how beautiful a picture looks from a Blu-ray disc. If you are willing to wait 6 months to a year after new releases are put out, you can often find movies at unbelievable prices. I have picked up many for between 5-10 bucks.
     
  15. Tora Ziyal

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    So, trekkiedane, we seem to be the only two who have neither! :lol:

    I never owned a VCR. Bought a DVD player early on (it's long dead by now). I'm perfectly happy watching DVD's (and streaming) on my iMac.
     
  16. DonIago

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    Fair enough, but if the poll's intention was simply to determine what tech level people were operating at, then it still seems like a silly option to me. Not a big deal though.

    This would be a more interesting situation if BR players couldn't handle DVDs.

    Heck, one of the minor benefits from my BR player...though I might have mooted it via double-dips by now...is that some DVDs that wouldn't play on my DVD player due to scratches or what-not ended up playing just fine on my BR player.
     
  17. Spot's Meow

    Spot's Meow Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I just bought a cheap DVD player a year ago after my previous one died. I just finally got an HDTV in the past year, so there's been no need to upgrade to Blu Ray. I wouldn't be opposed to getting one as a gift and using it, but I don't see myself paying for one. The main reason is because I just don't buy that many movies/TV shows. I stream what I want from various services online, mostly Netflix. I own about 25 VHS tapes and 15 DVDs, and I think almost all of them were gifts. The last movie I bought for myself was a VHS tape of the first Lord of the Rings movie.
     
  18. Random_Spock

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    Nope, just a dvd player. Since my tv isn't capable of having the right cords for one (a blu ray player). Don't mind it though, since I have enough dvd's to watch for quite awhile. Plan on getting one someday once my old tv dies and I upgrade to one that is capable of being able to use one.
     
  19. ManOnTheWave

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    I have both.

    The jump from VHS to DVD was quite startling, as was the jump from TV to HDTV. The jump from DVD to BR is a slight improvement.
     
  20. DonIago

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    I think I agree that the upgrade from VHS to DVD was more impressive than the jump from DVD to BR, but I also feel like a lot of this might be contingent on viewing conditions.

    For example, I enjoy watching 3D Blu rays on my 50" tv, but think it would be pointless to watch on anything smaller. Conversely I can imagine how it would be more impressive on a larger display.

    Similarly for the discs themselves...the smaller the display, the less room there is, so to speak, to notice improvements.