I made my decision about a year ago. The format I want to use is HD DVD. That’s my vote.
XBox.com is offering 5 free HD movies with the purchase of the XBox360 HD DVD Player or the Toshiba HD-A3 DVD Player. If you buy the XBox 360 version you also get a copy of King Kong. A pretty sweet deal, however..
This whole Blu-Ray versus HD DVD issue is pathetic and vaguely familiar. Can you say BetaMax versus VHS? Why do they do this to us? I have a beautiful TV capable of 1080P and really want to get started on a 1080 movie collection but don’t want to make the wrong choice and end up with a library of unwatchable movies. Yes unwatchable, as I conform to the industry and buy products that use the industry chosen format (video camera, video converters, portable player, etc) those movies in the other format will quickly gather dust.
Sure, for home I can buy the LG BG100 that is capable of both formats and cover my format player bases. But I still have my problem…I really want to start buying high definition movies. I suppose by buying a HD DVD Player and getting these movies I am “voting” for HD DVD and this is my contribution to helping the industry decide on the chosen format. It just disgusts me that my vote could turn into a player that everybody will laugh at me for owning 2 years from now. But the bright side is that I’ll have a beautiful collection of HD DVD drink coasters.
What to do?