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It's only a matter of time before Blu-Rays do to DVDs what DVDs did to VHS tapes, amirite?

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Isn't Blu-ray just a different kind of DVD? What's really going to kill DVDs is streaming stuff from the Internet or on demand services.

@BreakfastFan Isn't Blu-ray just a different kind of DVD? What's really going to kill DVDs is streaming stuff from the Internet...

A different kind in that they are both "digital video discs"? Yes. But they are made entirely differently. Blu-Rays are encoded using blue lasers (which are more expensive and more precise on the disc), hence the name and the ability to fit more on a single disc. Also they are higher quality. Once they become the standard, the prices will likely drop, and DVDs will cease to be produced at all.

I do agree with what you said about online media. However, Congress recently passed something allowing the government to find torrent sites and shut them down at will.

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@Rocky Lolwut. That makes no sense.

I swear Blu-Ray has like more detail, better coloring, etc. than whatever I look it in real life.

I was watching Ratatouille on it and I could literally see each strand of hair on the mice. It was intense.

mchristies avatar mchristie Yeah You Are +1Reply

Well, DVD introduced us to a whole bunch of different things that most people could agree just completely stomped VHS, and the quality difference between could be noticed on a non HD tv. Blu Ray, however, while it can hold more and the picture/audio quality completely stomps DVDs, you need an expensive TV as well as an expensive cable to notice the difference, so there's the obvious affordability issue. Also, some people just don't give a damn about picture quality as long as it's not god awful, so they wouldn't buy it even if they COULD afford it. I own a blu ray player, and I love it, but I do think it's more of a niche thing than the plain DVD.

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@Well, DVD introduced us to a whole bunch of different things that most people could agree just completely stomped...

That's one of the reasons it's not catching on quicker, imo.

The only thing Blu-Ray boasts is better picture and sound quality. People already thought DVDs look and sound perfectly fine so there's not much incentive in investing hundreds of dollars on a new medium.

Aw, man, I really hope not. I have way too many DVDs right now that I just can't be bothered to change over to Blu-Ray. I'm still clinging to all my childhood VHS tapes, trying to figure out a way to save them before they completely disintegrate.

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No, they cost more. I think in this economy more people would rather have a DVD. I think DVD's will do to blu ray what VHS did to BETA

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I think Blu-Ray will replace DVD, but the home video market is also rapidly dwindling. Services like Netflix and iTunes will dominate the industry.

Eventually, HD TVs will become the standard, Blu-Ray players will be cheap, computers and game consoles will come with Blu-Ray players. But Blu-Ray will never be what DVD or even VHS ever was.

Meh, blue ray is expensive...I'm fine with the quality I've been used to for years watching the movies online or on TV...unless of course some day I am able to afford a blue ray player and a good HD TV and what not...

incedios avatar incedio Yeah You Are 0Reply

I really miss VHS. I have an entire bureau full of VHS tapes, and I have a VHS/DVD player. Too bad they don't make them anymore, but I still watch mine.

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