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Old 09-14-2010, 03:02 AM   #1
 
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Default The history of Blu-Ray

I like to know about the origins of a new product as not only is it interesting but it can point to where we will go next. Do you think Blu-Ray discs are going to be around for a while yet?
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Well with five times the storage capacity of DVDs I would say they are definitely not going to lose that race anytime soon. The designers have put some thought into making them 'future proof' too.
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Yes, I think they'll be around awhile.
Some are saying that streaming is the big thing coming. I think it's going to be a long time before it becomes mainstream. It will do well in big cities, where there's millions of people that have access to broadband (L.A., NYC, Chicago, etc.). But an awful lot of this country is still on dialup. Streaming isn't going to happen on dialup. Once you get outside of the city limits in rural America, a lot of people don't have the option of cable or dsl, because no wires have been run out to where they are. A lot of changes have to come about, for streaming to become mainstream. Of course, this is just my opinion, and $.02 worth.
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I agree with you on both streaming being the future and the issues of dial up. This article is really informative for those who want to know more about this topic.
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They're going to be around for sometime. Look at the VHS which won the original format wars, back then Betamax was deemed to be the better format.
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Blast from the past there. Betamax was such a dodo, I feel sorry for the people who got stuck with those machines. There are still tapes floating around markets even now. I didn't know Betamax was considered superior though.
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Betamax had better video and audio.
The reason VHS won out was because it had longer recording times. At the time, you could record up to 6 hrs. on VHS, but only up to 4, maybe 5 hrs. on betamax. Later, they had VHS tapes that you could record 8 hrs. on.
Another example of people preferring convenience over quality.
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Convenience is a word which I automatically associate with poor quality. I don't know much about Betamax but it sounds so trite to ditch superior sound for an extra hour of tape space. Can you still buy parts and tapes for these machines?
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Don't know about parts, but tapes show up every now and then.
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I found this site which deals with refurbished Betamax video players. Not sure if they do spares too but it's likely. I'm curious about the whole thing - it really is interesting to look at the history of audio-video.
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