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Old 13 April 2007, 16:58   #1
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Can anyone who is in the know confirm that HD DVD is region free. I have visited the forums covering HD DVD but I'm reading conflicting reports of the region encoding. Hopefully someone on here knows from their own trials.

I'm still unsure which route to go down though. HD DVD players are cheaper than the equivilant Blu Ray Players but Blu Ray seems to have the better films. I've had a look at the PS3 as a cheap player but it looks like a 1970's toy. All cheap shiny tacky looking plastic. Certainly not good looking as far as home cinema goes, and its rather large.
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Hi Biggles looking at a PS3 at the moment in front of me. I got one for the kids to play Blue Ray and games etc. I will not use it myself but the kids are delighted. It looks good as it is and is a nicer looking machine than previous ones.
DOnt know much more than that about it yet. The kids are playing a basket ball game onit and the speed and graphics are great.

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Old 14 April 2007, 06:36   #3
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I'm still sitting on the fence at the moment trying to decide which way to go. Got the big TV now just need something to pump through it. The PS3 does seem a sensible route if you have kids. Its an excuse to give the missus, anyway. And when the kids have gone to bed you can watch a movie on it. And price wise its cheaper than a Blu Ray player.

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There are still loads of problems with compatibility as they were so late announcing the encryption standards - many items sold as HD ready weren't because they didn't know what standard was going to be used. Once again the MPAA were meddling with things they didn't understand.

Why did they bother with the encyption? Years in the making - cracked within a week of being released!!!
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I'm still sitting on the fence at the moment trying to decide which way to go. Got the big TV now just need something to pump through it. The PS3 does seem a sensible route if you have kids. Its an excuse to give the missus, anyway. And when the kids have gone to bed you can watch a movie on it. And price wise its cheaper than a Blu Ray player.

Life's never simple.

Hi Biggles, Its a nice piece of furniture or if you prefer, it looks well.
I have seen it both at 7xx Res HD and 10xx res Blueray (dont remember exact figs) and both look escellent.
It is fast and fires up immediately, I am going to get the SONY macthed HDMI as I am tired of trying to cross match equipment and messing around with Remotes.
Its hardly teh cheap way but I am worth it.
I dont like playing with these things probablyas I am no good. I gave up after space invaders got complicated and started getting designed by Kids.
You cannot record direct from TV with Sony at least not yet.

Have a look at it though, at least they delayed it past teh Christmas market cos it was not ready, thats a first for anyone exceet apple.
I am also looking forward to APPLE phone.
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ps3 is a bargain blue ray player - it even supports 7.1 (cheapest blue ray that offers that)
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I've seen it at £399 at www.play.com which is good. Does the basic package have all the bits and pieces to make it a fully fledged player.
I've noticed in the past with low end games machines you have to buy remote controls. Also they have been lacking some of the audio/visual outputs.

Guess if I wait a couple of months things will settle a little and I might recoup some of the money I spent on Sky HD which is due to drop in price soon.
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In Jersey on Saturday the Ps3 was only £335, so come on over and fill ya boots
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Don't we have to pay Tax when we get back ?
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