Is it time to let Blu-ray take the place of DVD?

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In recent years, Blu-ray DVD and player have become a hot topic over the world. People happy for it, people expecting for it, thouhg some DVD dealers may feel their days are gone. What is it all about? Let’s ready an article which were writen by Matt Soergel from jacksonville.com and posted at April 3, 2010 – 12:25am.

Is it time to switch from your old DVD player to Blu-ray?

The answer we found: Under some circumstances, it is. The industry is certainly moving that way, with more and more movies available on Blu-ray.

We asked some experts to help guide you through this still-newish technology, which has made big inroads in the home video world since it won the battle of high-definition players in 2008, beating out HD-DVD.

We got advice from three people: Bill Hunt, editor of Thedigitalbits.com, which has covered the home video industry for 12 years; Michael Breeden of Beyond Audio (www.beyondaudiojax.com), a custom video and audio installer in Jacksonville; and Brian Gartner, who has a high-end home theater at his house in Mandarin.

So is it time to switch?

If you have a standard TV and a DVD player that’s working fine, there’s really no need. Yet. But if your DVD player breaks? “It doesn’t make any sense to buy another DVD player,” said Hunt. The bugs in Blu-ray have been worked out, and if you buy a DVD player, you’re basically investing in an outdated technology, he said.

Will I have to replace my old DVDs if I get a Blu-ray player?

No. DVDs can be played on a Blu-ray player with no modifications needed. CDs also work.

But can I play Blu-ray movies on my DVD?

Nope.

Do DVDs look better on a Blu-ray player?

Most of the time. A Blu-ray player can actually improve the quality of a regular DVD, experts say. Gartner cautioned, however, that some older DVDs look more blurry on the newer machine.

Do Blu-ray discs on a Blu-ray player really look better?

Remember the difference when you switched from VHS to DVD? On a high-def TV, the move to Blu-ray is that noticeable, said Breeden: “The picture quality is just astoundingly better than DVD.” Gartner, on the other hand, says he’s not sure, without a direct A-to-B comparison, how much better it is. However, he said his son swears there’s a big difference.

Do I need a high-definition TV to use Blu-ray?

No. But if you have a high-def TV, Blu-ray is ideally suited for it, especially if it’s a 1080p TV, the new standard. You should notice an improvement even with the 720p HDTV, though. Said Breeden: “If you’re on a high-def TV, then feed it!”

How much do I have to spend?

Hunt says $100 will get you a decent player these days, though that could be down even more by Christmas. Another $50 or so should get you one with decent Internet capability (more on that later). Breeden, however, isn’t as enthusiastic about the cheaper ones. He figures $280 will get a decent player for most consumers, though audiophiles might want to go as high as $900. Both say it’s a good idea to buy a brand you’ve heard of.

So what’s this about the Internet?

Many of the new Blu-ray players have Internet connections that allow you to stream video from sites such as Net- flix, YouTube and the like. Some newer versions even have Wi-Fi capability.

Breeden is a big fan of BD Live 2.0, a feature on many players that allows you to connect to the Internet while watching the movie; it opens a separate box on the screen for browsing the ‘Net, and allows more features to be added to the disc.

Any other advantages to Internet access?

Gartner said he gets frequent notices through the Internet that his player’s software has been automatically updated, but he’s not always sure what those improvements are.

What about sound quality differences?

It’s considerable, said Breeden. “It’s the difference between watching the concert on TV and being in the auditorium, listening to the concert live.”

Any other advantages?

Space. That’s a big one, if you’re someone who likes extra features. Blu-ray discs can handle much more information than DVD. Breeden says his version of “Star Trek,” for example, has three hours of extra features.

Can Sony’s PlayStation 3 machines really play Blu-ray discs?

Most certainly. “PlayStation 3 is one of the better values in Blu-ray, no question about it,” said Breeden. “If you’re a gamer and you want Blu-ray, it’s the best way to go.”

How many movies are out on Blu-ray?

Breeden says the big rental chains have hundreds of Blu-ray films available, and any big new movie is available in both formats. And older films are being re-released on Blu-ray (the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy comes out Tuesday, for example) all the time.

OK, so what about the 3-D TV revolution that’s coming up? Does that change anything?

Sure. You’ll need to buy a 3-D TV, for starters. Hunt said Blu-ray players with 3-D capability will be on the market soon (they’ll also be able to play regular 2-D discs). And people with PlayStations will be able to download a firmware update to get 3-D capability. That will be huge, he said; he expects 3-D to be driven by gamers.

Is Blu-ray really going to kill DVDs?

“Absolutely,” said Gartner. “Because of the capacity on the discs and the extra feature, and the interconnectivity – the whole world will go to it. The younger kids can’t live without the Internet, and this lets you connect your TV to the Internet.”

When?

Breeden thinks the death of the DVD will be sooner than later (by next year, there will be more Blu-ray discs than DVDs in stores, he predicts). Hunt, though thinks DVDs will stick around for another 10 years or so.

Won’t Blu-ray itself eventually be outdated?

Of course, particularly in this fast-moving time. Some say digital streaming and downloading will one day eliminate the need for any kind of disc player. That’s a ways off.

But it’s coming.

Source: http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/tv/2010-04-02/story/it-time-go-blu-ray-we-give-some-answers

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