On a link at TG Daily is a story World gives Blu-ray the thumbs down about a poll by Harris Interactive showing that Blu Ray is not getting it done. The story points out that only 7 percent of folks polled owned a Blu Ray Player (They had to count Sony Play Stations to get the number that high) It also mentions that the disks are expensive.(Part of that is the dollar per disk that is paid to Sony to produce a Blu Ray disk) Sony got screwed on Betamax during the VCR format wars and think that they will get us now. Plus the AACS is required on all Blu-ray discs and costs $1,585 per title plus $0.05/disc. Fuck em!
You can buy an up sampling DVD player for around 50-70 bucks and watch standard DVD’s at 1080p (the native Blu Ray resolution) on your Flatscreen TV if supported. You can buy a flatscreen that will do this for the money you will save buying DVD’s instead of Blu Ray.
I mentioned that Blu Ray would be the new laserdisk, and I am happy to be right. HD DVD has already crashed and burned.
I own a lot of DVD’s. Over 700 at last count. I even build my own cases to store them as commercial products are shit. I am an action, adventure and sci-fi movie and television drama junkie. The greatest thing to happen to television was putting shows on DVD. Really, watching a season of your favorite shows without commercial interruption is astonishing. Being able to follow the characters and the story arcs as they develop over the season is really a treat. Being able to watch shows that are no longer on air, at your pace on your schedule is almost as good as insane gut wrenching sex.
I have been through format wars in computers. 5 1/4 floppys, single side, single density, double side, double density, zip disks, LS250, and so on.I don’t want to play anymore. I still have around 200 movies on VCR that I am slowly replacing with DVD’s as they become available.
“with 6 percent of respondents saying they would be “extremely or very likely” to buy in the next six months, compared with 5 percent who responded similarly in the August report”
Out of an online survey of 6,994 consumers, which would equal 499 folks over 430 from August. Not real inspiring for an expensive proprietary format whose major use is in game consoles. This report comes from the NPD Group who says this at the bottom of this release:
About The NPD Group, Inc.
The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,700 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions.
Blu-ray DVD’s are one of those technological brain farts that the movie industry thinks is going to save them. Good movies will save them. Blu-ray will follow the Laserdisc and HD DVD into the dustbin of history. With upsampling DVD Players your standard DVD’s are quite sharp.
The latest desperate move to try to get some traction for the format is Warner offers Blu-ray alternative to desperate HD-DVD owners
The offer is limited to 128 titles, costs 4.95 per title, and does not include shipping and handling. This is for the early adopters who got sucked into the HD DVD format war, that was lost, and Warner bet heavy on.
I am tired of buying movies again and again every time the electronics and entertainment industry has a great idea, having made the switch from VCR to DVD, I just want to watch the dam things and not have to upgrade every few years.
So ya wanna author a disc in BluRay?
Think Again. The Content Mafia has a deal you can’t refuse. AACS is required on all Blu-ray discs and costs $1,585 per title plus $0.05/disc Jason Scott has more here.
Fuck Sony!! AACS and Blu-Ray discs will end up in the used a bit stores next to laser discs soon.
Having Upgraded to WP2.5.1 I have regained control of the Media Library(stupid fuckin name), which gives me the ability to post photos. A deal breaker in my world.
I may have mentioned that in my world the top things (in order) that bring me pleasure are sex, movies and remodeling.
Since remodeling has become my day job, I am not getting any, and my movie jones is moving along, I decided that I needed to build some cases for my collection, which is getting relatively large. Last DVD count was somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 discs. Yes I buy my movies.
Tuesday is New Release Day across the US, and recently I have switched to Best Buy as the low price leader. Cheaper than Target or Wal-Mart. And it hurts me to give Best Buy any sort of attaboy. However back to the cases…
What is available commercially, made out of particle board and shelf paper is not worth the time to buy and use. Just like the so called ‘computer desks’ designed by idiots whose closest encounter with computers consists of those cardboard boxes that are printed to look like computers.
This case is a bit shy of 24” wide, 82 1/2” high and 6” deep. Using 1 sheet of 18mm-3/4” 7 or 9 ply plywood and one sheet of 5/16” sanded ply, yields enough parts for two cases, with very little waste.
This unit has 9 shelves, which holds 324 clamshell DVD Cases.
The openings between the shelves are a 1/4” taller than the case, and shelves a 1/2” narrower than the case, for fingertip action and dust control.
I am in the process of building a home theatre as well.
HD TV is better. My 42”Visio is outstanding. Hell even the commercials look good, Still stupid in almost all cases,as Jeneane points out, (my personal monster dumb is the new Jeep commercial with the guy driving and singing, and getting invaded by woodland critters to provide a chorus).
My son got married last saturday.
It was a great ceremony, and I got to see a lot of folks I don’t see regularly. My friend Ed and his wife Denise took pictures for the kids. He has a Fuji S3.
I have been up to remodeling for others, and lining up folks for work on the casa lemurzone. This time next week I will have a new block fence, 2 rolling gates and 70′ of new driveway. Shortly thereafter I will replace my electric panel, and finish off my new media room. It was going to be an office, but I have a 42” tv, and 500 DVD’s which look pretty good on the big screen.
Hope to post some notes on the movies I have gotten over the last few weeks. Speaking of which, in addition to the annoying FBI copyright nonsense, studios are now including a 5 second blurb stating “This DVD is for Sale Only” The entertainment industry oughta look up the meaning of the word entertainment.
My taste in reading and visual entertainment runs to scifi and fantasy, so I am not chained to total reality based entertainment. If you can get me to buy into the plotline, like Firefly with spaceships and 6 guns, I will usually follow along.
I’m like the guy who says the worst day fishing is better than the best day working, in terms of watching movies. It is not often that I will take a beating when buying movies, but occasionally a real turd shows up. Absolute Zero The name says it all. Acting, Plot, Photography, Absolute Zero. This is a disaster movie dealing with Mother Nature turning off the heat. Evil corporation screws with the planet, the planet screws back.
The only reason that you would buy this movie, is to educate yourself on what a bad movie is.
When you have been surfing the web too long, and your brain is about to explode from the Web 2.0Cheerleaders, screaming that if you don’t join the latest Social Network and get an electronic porkchop around your neck, nobody will play with you, you are sick and tired of the whining of the PR Flacks who are still trying to find a place at a table that has moved into the next county without the benefit of a forwarding address, it is time for a movie.
You need to get away. Not just any movie. You need a movie with Chinese Mystics, Kim Catrall, starring with clothes, and a Hero with a Freightliner.
Kurt Russell stars in this John Carpenter directed action comedy which has no hidden subtext, powerful message, or tries to be anything other than 99 minutes of entertainment.