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Each has its own merits. Its hard to pick a winner especially when the format war still wages on. For the most part, BD sales in Singapore seem more favorable than HD DVD sales...partly because of the cheaper PS 3 Console which can double-up as a Gaming system and play BD titles...so retailers are more willing to bring in BD titles over HD DVD here...This is my own observation and I may be wrong.

 

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BRD expensive?.. of cos its more expensive. Its a Sony technology after all....Sony isn't cheap.

 

HD-DVD main bargaining chip till now is the lower cost of production of the media.

 

Picture quality wise, I feel both BRD and HD-DVD are close equals and in many movies, we dun have a choice to choose BRD or HD-DVD version. Most times, a movie is available in either one or the other format, and not both.

 

If you want to start watching HD movies now, just pick a format today that you like, enjoy the movies on that format and enjoy them till you can enjoy the other format.

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I notice that too, however xbox has the HD DVD drive so that's why i'm still contemplating of which to get. I also notice that BD are more expensive then HD, any reason for that ? becos of quality of the disc?

 

If you don't mind the hassle, you can import in the Toshiba HD-A2 which is the cheapest stand-alone HD-DVD player on the market from places like Amazon and ValueElectronics and use VpostUSA to ship it back.  Total cost inclusive of shipping charges should not exceed S$500 but you can redeem 5 free discs from Toshiba. Many members here have gone this route without any major problems.

 

In comparison the Singapore equivalent player, the HD-E1 costs $919 during Comex but came with 3 movie titles and a $120 HMV voucher.

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There's unbelievable deep hatred between the Blue-Ray and HD DVD camps - if you want you go here to read what they have to say about one another  ;) http://forums.highdefdigest.com/

I have a PS3 so I'm stuck with Blue-ray for the moment but I'm format neutral. I think the best solution is to have a dual-format player. They should really be joining forces to fight the Real opponent SD DVDs  ::)

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I'd rather remain format neutral.........when the time comes whatever format wins (or peaceful coexistance).

 

I feel that this war will not be like a VHS/Betamax outcome due to several reasons.

 

Unlike VHA/Betamax where they were mechanically different, the HD-DVD/BRD shares alot of similarities that can really make coexistance a reality.

 

Another point is that there have been several wars that resulted in actual co-existance.... leading to the point that the global market is indeed big enough to support 2 formats; with the low cost of electronics being a major driver.

 

I think consumers will prefer to wait out.....but they will wait until their backside itchy after seeing so many friends with Hidef movies on their hidef displays. See liao they will also jump in even with the war still on-going.

 

I feel that this war can really last for many years......... if we choose to be loyal to only one format, I think there's going to be alot of great movies that you will miss out over the next few blockbuster seasons.After all, a HD-DVDP is not very expensive, and a PS3 is really a competent BRDP too.

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Well said Jag.  I too am neutral, and am waiting for a dual format player to come out before jumping in.  Although price-wise getting two machines isn't prohibitive, the real estate in the entertainment console is...  I simply don't have the space for two more players, nor do I want to have to fiddle with switching connectors back and forth -- unfortunately my display is already 3 years old, so it only has one HDMI input.  Then again, some people have none (yes, this means you, yellowhandman...  ;) )

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I also notice that BD are more expensive then HD, any reason for that ? becos of quality of the disc?

 

By "expensive", do you mean the players? If so, the PS3 is the cheapest hidef player in the local market, at SG$750ish.

 

If you mean the discs themselves, there is very little difference in average prices between the two formats.

As you can see from the Amazon prices:

http://www.blu-raystats.com/amazonstats.php?OrderBy=Price

http://www.hddvdstats.com/amazonstats.php?OrderBy=Price

 

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on a side note,

for bros who own PS3 , is the blueray player region free? cos i believe that there's various region code for BD ya? then if its not region free, what region coded disc can PS3 play ?

 

SEA, US and Japan share the same BR code.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluray#Region_codes

 

Region code Area

A/1 North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Phillipines, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.

B/2 Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

C/3 India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mainland China, Pakistan, Russia, Central and South Asia.

 

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If you don't mind the hassle, you can import in the Toshiba HD-A2 which is the cheapest stand-alone HD-DVD player on the market from places like Amazon and ValueElectronics and use VpostUSA to ship it back.  Total cost inclusive of shipping charges should not exceed S$500 but you can redeem 5 free discs from Toshiba. Many members here have gone this route without any major problems.

For the 5 free discs, are you referring to the rebate? How do you redeem the 5 discs from Singapore?

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No much chance at all.  Closing date is 30 Sep.

 

I bought my HD-A30 on Sat 22 Sep.  Failed to pass receipt and coupon to my US friend residing in US.  The coupon allow you to tick 5 titles out of 14.  (I didn't made the efforts because I own almost all the selection short of 2 which I have no interest in.)

 

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