With the holiday season fast approaching, the one question on everybody’s mind — aside from when is the WGA strike going to end — is what format do I buy: HD DVD or Blu Ray?
This TV Addict’s answer — NEITHER! Or as I more eloquently put it in a recent interview with TechLore.com.
“It’s another money grab by the big companies,” says Daniel Malen, self-proclaimed TV addict and founder of the popular TV blog theTVaddict.com. “Sony, Toshiba and whomever else wants to further gouge consumers, get us to throw away our perfectly good DVD players and the thousands I’ve spent on TV on DVD… only to go out and buy the exact same stuff on the new High Def Version.”
Consider this. My good friend and frequent contributer to the site Amrie [of My Take on TV fame] has enough movies and TV shows on DVD to fill a small Albanian village. That’s a lot of hard earned money invested in DVDs [with my apologies to Amrie for reminding her of that!]. Does she really need to start replacing all her perfectly high quality DVDs with High Definition more expensive versions? Do we really need that seventh season of GILMORE GIRLS in HD? [Well, maybe season 3]
This TV Addict’s advice for fellow TV Addict’s everywhere. Skip the format war entirely. Forget HD and Blu Ray. Save your money. Or at the very least, buy yourself a really nice 42″ HD TV. Now there’s money well spent!
The future of video and television is downloadable content [see iTunes or even Amazon UnBox]. Downloadable content won’t require a new $500 DVD player and will offer downloads far more affordable than buying a $30 HD or Blu Ray DVD.
That said, if you’re addicted to technology and simply MUST HAVE the next big thing. Take a look at why HD DVD could win the format war according to TechLore.com