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For Crying Out Loud, What is Wrong With You People?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Sgt Floyd, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    What? Foxcon plant in China, where most our electronic crap is made, is totally safe and humane....lulz
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  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    There's more evidence now that we pretty much HAVE to upgrade to Blu-ray sooner or later, whether we want to or not... remember back in the day, whenever a movie came out on home entertainment, the commercials always said "On VHS and DVD", then eventually it was switched to "On DVD and VHS", and even later still the VHS aspect was eliminated altogether to just "On DVD"? Well, that's happening again, only this time, the DVD aspect is being phased out and some movies are advertising just "On Blu-ray". Disney movies are the biggest perpetrators of this at the moment, but I noticed other movies are slowly phasing out the DVD aspect of their home entertainment commercials.
  3. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    If Blu Ray literally becomes the only choice that's fine. But for now I won't be forced into buying a new player when the one I have isn't broken. ;)
  4. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I won't lie I bought a blu-ray player when the Muppets came out back in March but that was only cause I had money back from my taxes otherwise I'd never be able to get one. I had been wanting one anyways but... I don't really believe one is better then the other. I do feel companies like Disney whatever is on the blu-ray should also be on the DVD as not everyone has a blu-ray player. But I guess that's how their making their almighty American dollar. :/
  5. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I learned something today...

    If you do not have a tv with HDMI inputs...FORGET ABOUT GETTING A BLU RAY PLAYER

    I got a blu ray player for christmas, and as it turns out, the only output is HDMI. And on further research, I discovered that all blu ray players these days ONLY have HDMI output. So unless your tv has them, no blu ray for you.

    And that sucks for people who first bought HDTVs when they were just released because many of THEM don't have HDMI input.

    And now...off to Best Buy to buy a new tv...at some point. My grandmother needed a new tv anyway (she still has one of those ancient ones that aren't even flat. Picture is horrible) and she'll get mine...:sigh:
  6. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    My Blu-Ray player, a Panasonic DMP-BD755, is connected to my TV via RCA cables. RCA compatibility was one of the things I looked for when getting one, because my TV is definitely pre-HDMI.
  7. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Well, I meant new blu ray players.

    My blu ray ONLY has a single HDMI port, and many nowadays do...
  8. Yorick

    Yorick Well-Known Member

    It seems you're correct that this is how it's going. But I don't like it, because if netflix, itunes, (or the company with the rights) wants to stop a show or movie from streaming, then it's gone. If a physical version exists, you can get it used at a later date, at least.

    When I love a musical artist, I want the full album, and this way I can give all the songs a chance to grow on me. Artwork should be there for albums, and I mean the size of vinyl record covers, not a small jpg file or whatever.

    The only thing I like about the way this is headed is that it might mean less plastic for the landfill. Other than that though, I think it's a shame. I know it's happening, and I know consumers are happy to go with the flow (as opposed to me - I simply know I can't stop it)...but it's still sad.

    (I use the word "consumers" specifically to show a lack of passion or real thought in their shopping choices. That would be the majority of folks - those less likely to dig deep or try rare things...as opposed to most of here, I reckon, who have eclectic tastes. I also am not trying to be condescending to those consumers, and I'm sure a lot of them are nice people, but it ruins things for those of us with more discerning taste is all.:o )
  9. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Hm...now I have one of these blu-ray players that a relative insisted on getting me, so we'll see how that goes. It might actually be nice since I can finally play my Muppet DVD bonus features, but I have no idea where to put it, as there's like no room around my TV to even put a blu-ray player. I do have HDMI outlets though, so hopefully it will be good.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I like the ability to collect a physical item, first and foremost. But that does bring up an excellent point. We're still going to have to deal with dreaded rights issues that keep us from getting the shows/movies we really want legally. And once these companies have complete control over internet content like that (don't tell me that isn't coming), we can't even get them as crappy old VHS copies in 260 quality on Youtube.

    And I bet Disney will still pull the same crap with the "Disney Vault" too.
  11. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    For some of us streaming video isn't really an option right now. I live out in the middle of nowhere. We can't get broadband or Wi Fi. What we have is Hughes net satellite Internet . It's great for surfing the net, but you can't download movies or videos without hitting a bandwidth cap fairly quickly. If you hit that cap it slows your connection down to sub dial up speeds for 24 hours. There's a period in the middle of the night from about 3 AM to 6 or 7 where you can download as much as you want but that's basically there so people can download updates to their computer. It sucks, but it's either this or Dial up. And Dial up is pretty much useless these days.
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  12. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    I feel your pain. Our area wasn't wired for high speed internet up until May of this year. We have ATT U-Verse, since it's the only option we have. Honestly, I love the speeds and despite me being a gamer having to constantly download updates for my ps3, and streaming movies, we have yet to hit our bandwidth cap, though it IS still a concern. We get 250 gigs of bandwidth a month and its 10 dollars per 50 gigs you go over, so that's not all that crazy.

    But we can stream netflix with no buffering on good days. Bad days youtube won't even load unless I set it to the lowest quality
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That technology is still in its infancy. High Speed internet has to hit every area and have a very affordable price range (none of this 99 bucks a month crap) for digital downloads and streaming to replace anything. it's coming, sure... it just needs to clear that hurdle.

    But then, like Yorick said, there's clearly going to be licenses and rights to get things digitally available. We're going to be stuck asking for rights to something all over again after it finally got to DVD just now. Earthworm Jim just came out a couple months ago. I've been waiting quite impatiently for that one.
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  14. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    I wasn't aware Earthworm Jim was available on DVD. I'd almost be afraid to watch it again in case it wasn't as good as I remember.
  15. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Actually, for 18 mbps download speed, we pay 60. But Hughes Net is an absolute rip off and I feel very bad for people who have to resort to it :(
  16. robodog

    robodog Well-Known Member

    Hughes net is kind of a ripoff. We pay $80 a month for it and as I said you can't really watch videos or anything. The only reason they can charge so much and provide so little is because for a lot of people they're the only game in town.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You're going to have to order it on amazon. I think maybe even from Canada. I was fortunate to have asked for it and received it for Christmas, and watched the Christmas episode almost immediately. Show still holds up very well, but most things do in my opinion. I highly recommend purchase. Any time it pops up on Youtube, NBC makes darn sure that it doesn't stay their long. Plus it's got the rare second season included. Just no special features.

    But it took FOREVER to hit DVD due to the multiple rights.
  18. StevieOpossum

    StevieOpossum Well-Known Member

    Some companies don't seem to be following the "Only Blu-Ray gets the bonus features" thing happening. The complete first and second seasons of Regular Show have been released together (as one) with tons on bonus features on DVD. (the Blu-Ray and the DVD versions have the exact same bonus features!). This might be a step in the right direction... :D

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