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Old 4th December, 2008, 11:59 PM
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Pioneer shows off 16-layer 400GB Blu-ray Disc

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Pioneer shows off 16-layer 400GB Blu-ray Disc, affirms compatibility with current players - Engadget

Should work fine with a Sony PS3 and other players.
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Old 5th December, 2008, 02:31 AM
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WOW! 400GB writable DVD disk...
Truly amazing...Technology is so cool!
Best of all is it's compatible with existing Blu-ray drives!
Talk about storing movies...you can put 50 full length movies with all the extras or 85 movies compressed at 4.7Gbs on one disk!
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And people wanted HD-DVD? Sony worked hard to try to ensure that BluRay was extendible.
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Guess I should think about buying one. But I have no cool LCD tv. Dang, this Christmas is tight, wonder if I can score at least one tech toy?
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Old 5th December, 2008, 10:48 PM
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Guess I should think about buying one. But I have no cool LCD tv. Dang, this Christmas is tight, wonder if I can score at least one tech toy?
It's barely worth going HD right now, unless you have more money than sense.

Even if you have the cash for a HD TV and Blu-ray player, you still need to pay money to watch HD stuff, either a subscription to Sky HD, or similar, or buy/rent Blu-ray movies.

It's all overpriced right now, and a lot of stuff which is being mastered in HD is old tat. You can't even get the good Star Wars movies on Blu-ray, which is about the dumbest thing ever.

Because I happen to have a PS3 and a monitor suitable for watching Blu-ray movies, I have bought a few, but I resent being ripped-off every time I buy a movie.
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Old 8th December, 2008, 09:14 PM
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Patti and I use Direct TV for HD content of which there is now ample programing.

Most of what I watch I can get in HD now...that said Danrok has a real point about pricing, but then I've never bought a movie in my life...and there's still damn little to rent at the movie rental places....

Cable and Satellite are way ahead of the rental stores for some reason...or seem to be where I live...?
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Even if you have the cash for a HD TV and Blu-ray player, you still need to pay money to watch HD stuff, either a subscription to Sky HD, or similar, or buy/rent Blu-ray movies.
Both BBC and ITV transmit HD signals in the UK for free via satellite.
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Regular DVD's aren't cheap. How much more do Blu-Ray movies set you back?
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Regular DVD's aren't cheap. How much more do Blu-Ray movies set you back?
In the USA a typical new release is $14 on DVD, and $24 on Blu-ray.
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Nice! 400GB would be good for backing up from a laptop on the move, since a single disc is much more portable than an external HDD. So long as you don't lose the disc.. lol.
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Nice! 400GB would be good for backing up from a laptop on the move, since a single disc is much more portable than an external HDD. So long as you don't lose the disc.. lol.
I'd tend to disagree with you. While optical media might be an ok choice for archival backups, backing up to a hard drive ought to be much quicker. Also, with portable 2.5" drives seemingly getting smaller all the time you should have no problem fitting one into your pocket.
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Nice! 400GB would be good for backing up from a laptop on the move, since a single disc is much more portable than an external HDD. So long as you don't lose the disc.. lol.
AND they have a thousand gig disk on the way!
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that was my concern also. I'm not interested in Movies, but instead a massive back up.
I see some benefits though...
-Mailing a back-up BR Disc
-Purchasing every Half-Life game & mod all on one BR Disc
-durability w/ no moving parts
-off site back-up


I personally like the 2.5 hard-drives for portable back-up, but if they are dropped one time, its over.
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I was thinking things like the entire James Bond series on one disk...Or your favourite TV series....all ten years of it...":O}
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how about your favorite song burned 10,000 times so you can listen to it for a whole week without stopping?
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I'd tend to disagree with you. While optical media might be an ok choice for archival backups, backing up to a hard drive ought to be much quicker. Also, with portable 2.5" drives seemingly getting smaller all the time you should have no problem fitting one into your pocket.
True, HDDs are faster, but also more sensitive to vibration/shock/moisture etc. I am not saying this will replace a HDD as a backup media, but is a good auxilary system nonetheless.

I hadn't thought of the movies lol. Yeah, it would be awesome to have all the Bond movies or even a complete TV series on a single disc, to watch on the move.
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I was thinking things like the entire James Bond series on one disk...Or your favourite TV series....all ten years of it...":O}
Perfect when commuting to Mars or Saturn.
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how about your favorite song burned 10,000 times so you can listen to it for a whole week without stopping?
This alone should account for whole big bunches of sales!! ":O}
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