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

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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. trekkiedane

    trekkiedane Admiral Admiral

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    You too must be old enough to remember watching ads for color-TV... on your b/w-set.

    Ads didn't make sense then, so I'm not confused that they don't make sense now.
    :bolian:
    I use a server to store media-files; no pesky discs or covers on my shelves... can't even remember when I last had a CD-player.
     
  2. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

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    I have a media server, too, though I need a larger HDD, since I'm using my PC's storage drive and am running out of space. I have TV shows, movies, all kinds of things, and I funnel it through my Roku box. I still have a blu-ray player (which I use when I want to watch the extras on the discs), and a DVD player, as well as a VHS player that I use to transfer old home videos to digital format. If only I had a larger TV to show it on. :p
     
  3. Guy Gardener

    Guy Gardener Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    It's a scam.

    Digital downloads are the future when the internet is perhaps ten to 40 times faster, so that the asshole monkeys that want shit now, now, fucking now, might not have anything to complain about.

    The only reason Bluray is necessary, is because new TVs are now mostly larger than your refrigerator pushed into it's side.

    Seriously, if you want better picture quality, you don't need a 10 gig movie for an 80 inch screen, you just need a 24 inch screen and then even a 300 mb rmvb rip of Avatar will look out outstanding.
     
  4. Smellincoffee

    Smellincoffee Commodore Commodore

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    I have an integrated TV/DVD set so I only have to fool with one remote, but no blu-ray player. I'll buy a player when they completely supplant DVDs, I suppose, and not until then. Blu-ray is a stupid name for a technology, in my opinion. I'd be less reluctant to embrace HD-DVD.
     
  5. Kemaiku

    Kemaiku Admiral Admiral

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    "Digital Versatile Disc" isn't really catchy either.
     
  6. Kitty

    Kitty Commodore Commodore

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    The Farscape Blue Ray set is on sale at Amazon today. Great deal if you can grab one.
     
  7. Sector 7

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    In addition to the multiple examples given, let me add: my surround sound system has an integrated DVD player, to this I added a BR player. Now, I have both in my living room. The bedrooms each have a Low-Def TV and a DVD player.

    Today, I purchased a Wii from my local pawn shop, along with 3 games ($18) and 5 new BRs in original cases @ $3.00 each.
     
  8. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    Blu Ray is certainly not a scam, though I do find myself streaming things a lot more these days. I always rent new releases on Blu Ray, though, at least when Red Box has them available. I will rent standard DVDs if they're the only option, but I prefer not to.
     
  9. kirsten187

    kirsten187 Napoleonic Power Monger Premium Member

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    I only have a DVD player. Got far too many DVDs to consider replacing with a Blu ray at the moment.
     
  10. trekkiedane

    trekkiedane Admiral Admiral

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    Well, that is really a newfangled thing as they were originally called Digital Video Discs - Which, when seen through the eyes of the days when they first came out, makes it kind of acceptable (as it is rather difficult to confuse it with names like 'laser disc' and 'compact disc') The meaning of the "V" was of course changed when the writeable versions came out.
    Then why not just use the official name for the things:
    BD - which is short for "Blu-ray Disc" :)
     
  11. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    I have both for my TV. The DVD player is part of the surround sound system and I don't play anything on it since I got the blu-ray player.

    I've replaced several out of hundreds of movie/TV DVD's with BD and plan to do so several more times. Some movies are fine on DVD and I don't watch them as much.

    I've replaced my favorites for the most part: Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles, Monty Python/Holy Grail, Star Trek 2009, LOTR trilogy, Austin Powers Trilogy, nuBSG.

    Anything new is purchased in blu-ray.

    I find there's a huge quality improvement from DVD to blu-ray when it comes to older movies (like Blues Brothers). The remastering is amazing on blu-ray.

    Not to mention the difference when I rip...um er...make a watchable .avi from a blu-ray vs the same on DVD. The top quality output file is something like 5x bigger and a massive upgrade visually.
     
  12. DonIago

    DonIago Vice Admiral Admiral

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    But...you don't need to replace your DVDs just because you buy a Blu Ray player...
     
  13. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    For some reason, people seem to not believe that a Blu-ray player can play a DVD. :lol:

    I wouldn't care if Blu-ray was called "Shit Disc" and came in shit brown cases as long as it was the same quality. Why does the name matter?
     
  14. DonIago

    DonIago Vice Admiral Admiral

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    It's possible they meant they'd be too tempted to upgrade their DVDs...which I can understand (I've done it for a good chunk of mine), but if so, that wasn't entirely clear from the wording.
     
  15. Ríu ríu chíu

    Ríu ríu chíu Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    There are too many DVDs I have that I know will never come out in streaming versions (I collect old baseball games on DVD, for example), so I couldn't junk my BD/DVD player even if I wanted to.

    At this point, I buy all my movies from the iTunes Store, but my existing player is still good for a lot of things.
     
  16. Melakon

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    Yeah, we got a color tv for Christmas 1965. So I saw a lot of shows convert from b&w to color.

    I've thought about getting a new tv, but I don't have cable, so not sure if the tv's can pick up anything with an indoor antenna.
     
  17. Ríu ríu chíu

    Ríu ríu chíu Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    If it's HD ready, it can pick up over-the-air HD channels.
     
  18. Melakon

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    I was a victim of bad timing. I bought a new tube tv in 2006, but then everything went digital a couple of years later and I couldn't afford to get the digital converter. Maybe I'll wait until that tv is 10 years old.
     
  19. Starbreaker

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    It really depends on where you live. I've been in dead zones before. Not fun. I got ABC and that was it.
     
  20. C. Cole-Chakotay

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    I bought my TV in 1993. It works fine. I have a DVD player and VCR hooked up to it. When I moved into my condo in 2007 they furnish basic cable in the HOA fee so I have the digital box for cable. :) I don't watch much TV. My set might get turned on once or twice a week to watch the Simpsons.