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    Apple to choose blu-ray over hddvd
    I stumbled across this article this morning and I was wondering if any of you think there might be any truth to this?

    http://www.thestreet.com/s/analyst-a...FREE&cm_ite=NA

    I've heard rumors about blu-ray being the choice for Apple over hddvd in the past but as we're approaching the next Macworld expo this piqued my interest.

    Apple (AAPL - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) is taking sides in the hotly contested high-definition video format war by snubbing HD-DVD in favor of Sony's (SNE - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) Blu-ray, according to one analyst.

    "Our sources indicate that Apple will outline its high-definition video strategy with the support of Blu-ray as opposed to HD-DVD," American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a preview of the upcoming MacWorld conference Jan. 15.

    Wu calls the move a big win for Sony's video business and notes that Disney (DIS - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) supports Blu-ray, while Microsoft (MSFT - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) is firmly camped in Toshiba's competing HD-DVD format.
    The article does suggest that Apple will choose to go with a blu ray/hddvd combo drive.

    But it's likely that Apple will want to avoid the format battle and at some point use a combination Blu-ray/HD-DVD drive in future computers, wrote Wu.
    By the way, I searched to see if this had been posted already this morning but didn't find anything. If it has please feel free to remove it with my apologies.

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    I hope Apple eventually favor Blu-ray, as more large companies start choosing Blu-ray there will be more advancements made that PS3 users and the like will benefit from.
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    I have used both and truley favor blu-ray. I gave my hd dvd player and my hd dvds away after i used blu-ray. Now I just hope blu-ray burners become more widely avaible and the p[rice drops on them. Sony sells one that is 500 bucks and only works on windows. O well

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    I thought this was old news. Since Apple is on the Blu-Ray board.

    Hopefully someone with a litte more knowledge on this subject, will come along and clear it up.
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    HD DVD is heavily sponsored by M$. I didn't think Apple would want to touch it after that.

    But this happened last summer/fall after everyone said that the HD format war was practically over. Plus HD DVD players are getting cheaper than BR, I believe. If this happens, it'll help in HD DVD's favor a little bit as the studios want to be where the sales are. I just think it's bad for the customers as either way you go, you're missing out on one or the other.

    And everyone expecting the PS3 to be an HD DVD killer was sorely dissapointed when PS3 sales ended up being so slow and not really doing anything in BR's favor.

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    Hate to burst you BR fans but both formats are pretty much identical as far as picture quality, price wise for stand alones its not even funny; 500 dollar BR player or 399 PS3 vs 200 dollar toshiba hd-dvd player(was 100 dollar at one point back in november). Which one do you think the average consumer is going to buy? The studios are looking at these numbers, warner brothers is suppost to choose a side this year and stated they are looking at stand alone player sales. I really do believe that BR is going to die off in another year or two just like beta max did.

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    I dont know...I think blu-ray may win, with disney, apple, and of sony pictures strong supporters. I do agree, that blu-ray players are much more expensive, but top of the line hd dvd playera are at the same price. Then when you take the ps3 into consideration with the included blu-ray player at $400, and you look at the xbox 360 and the hd dvd player u hav eto purchase seperate 350.00+280.00 is $630. just my 2 cents

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    My point being until sony gets there head out of there you know what and finally releases a player priced like hd-dvd its going to lose ground. Also as far as PS3's being used as movie players i think i read some where on avsforum.com that only 5-10% have bought movies for there PS3. Oh well, HD downloads is where its at in the next ten years lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgsouthern View Post
    Hate to burst you BR fans but both formats are pretty much identical as far as picture quality, price wise for stand alones its not even funny; 500 dollar BR player or 399 PS3 vs 200 dollar toshiba hd-dvd player(was 100 dollar at one point back in november). Which one do you think the average consumer is going to buy? The studios are looking at these numbers, warner brothers is suppost to choose a side this year and stated they are looking at stand alone player sales. I really do believe that BR is going to die off in another year or two just like beta max did.
    x2!! HD-DVD is where it's at......every point he made here is completely true...PS3 sales are also hideously low, lets not forget the millions who have a 360 that can get the HD-DVD attachment for $170 like I did....

    But I also agree with the post above saying streaming video and download is the way of the future......physical media in games and movies and music will go extinct in the next 5 to 10 years

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    Of course they would pick blu-ray. It just sounds so much more cool.
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    Its going to be a battle for a couple more years. And yes you can get a cheaper hd-dvd player but those are 1080i only, the 1080p hd-dvd players are just as expensive as blu-ray players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gomez1018 View Post
    I dont know...I think blu-ray may win, with disney, apple, and of sony pictures strong supporters. I do agree, that blu-ray players are much more expensive, but top of the line hd dvd playera are at the same price. Then when you take the ps3 into consideration with the included blu-ray player at $400, and you look at the xbox 360 and the hd dvd player u hav eto purchase seperate 350.00+280.00 is $630. just my 2 cents
    Not to mention Warner has just gone Blu-Ray exclusive http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/04/w...ray-exclusive/

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    At the moment, Blu-Ray still offers more capacity, which is what matters most on a computer. (HD-DVD has announced a "triple layer" format, but so far it's not being used.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattlike View Post
    Not to mention Warner has just gone Blu-Ray exclusive http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/04/w...ray-exclusive/
    Okay that is huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by technologist View Post
    At the moment, Blu-Ray still offers more capacity, which is what matters most on a computer. (HD-DVD has announced a "triple layer" format, but so far it's not being used.)
    Does that mean we will more momentary pauses as the player reads the next layer.
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