Posted 05 February 2008 - 08:28 AM
But Installing new software with no optical drive would suck if you had download the latest OS X untill we get much faster internet.
I prefer Blu Ray but if they ever get TV Shows and HD Movies on iTunes in Australia then Apple TV and no more (or at-least fewer) DVD's would be an option for me.
"It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy" - Steve Jobs
Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:39 PM
P.S. Toshiba said they had no intentions of becoming a member of the Blu-ray Disc association.
Posted 23 February 2008 - 04:11 PM
From that first look at the Air though, it's hard not to think of the Air like the TV, an extension of the iPod family! It's not your primary machine, but one that you dump stuff onto and take with you. It's a bit unfair to call it an iPod, just because it has an iPod hard drive, because the CPU is an entirely different beast. It's a full Mac. But in the short hands on, felt like an iPod with a full screen and keyboard attached.
POINT IS (you knew I'd get there, or maybe you didn't) - operating from a disk over the wireless network isn't going to be a viable option. Yes you can load data on & off, but you can't play a blu-ray movie that way. The Air won't even play a DVD that way! It's very much copy on/off, not a working situation.
Maccast quoted TV HD movie data rate at 4MB/sec, compared to blu-ray's 40MB/sec. These are entirely different animals. HD over the net is an interesting concept, but as Alex Lindsay so neatly put it on TWiT this week, it's HD, but not HD quality. Yes, it's 1920x1080, but it's too compressed to look like the real thing.
And nobody has hard drive space for hundreds of HD movies (at 20GB or more each), much less back the stuff up!
So, BD is a necessity for Macs. Unfortunately, Apple seems to wait until they're >$50 before putting optical drives in their machines. I'm going to be cynical and say it's so they have their 'usual' margin to work with. BUT, since blank discs are still in the $30 (W) - $70 (RW) price range, it's not really feasible for 'everyone' to be making BD movies from their iMovies... just yet... but it would be nice for it to be possible, for those that REALLY want to do it. And you'd really have to WANT to, at those prices.
HOWEVER... there remains the possibility of putting short moives on standard DVD in AVCHD format that will play in a BD player. Short movies are exactly what iMovie '08 was made for and I'm hopping mad that Apple hasn't made that option available before now! Especially since there's enough players out there now to have decided the format war.
Toast will get you 50GB on a single disc for a backup, but only Win**ws will let joe-public make a BD to play in a BD player. And there are -no words- for how mad that makes me!
Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:02 AM
Thanks to all so far for replying!
Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:36 AM
Posted 24 February 2008 - 12:26 PM
Thanks for your insight.
Posted 24 February 2008 - 04:01 PM
is testing US releases (which work out at least AU$10-15 cheaper than Australian releases) and it seems many, but not all, are what they call 'region free'.
This probably explains my test results (Australian BD players play US BDs without complaint). Check their listing if you're considering sourcing other than local.
EzyDVD have 3 for the price of 2 specials in their 'bricks and mortar' shops at the moment... which brings them closer to US prices.
I agree that Region coding is a bit of a deal-breaker. Hopefully, as with DVD players, over time, multi-region BD players will become the norm. Until then, hang on to your upscaling DVD player if you have R1 DVDs.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 06:00 PM
Sony - used to be region-free, now region-coded
Fox - strong on region-coding
Disney - kind of a mix really, half and half
Warner - always region-free
Paramount - was and will be region-free (also see Universal)
Universal - probably region free because it'll follow HD DVD's policy
P.S. Alot of the movies released here are region-free except Fox. Fox only releases movies on Blu-ray (not that they'd support HD DVD) because of extra copy protection called 'BD+'. The three movies I own (all purchased in Aus), Spiderman 3 is all-region (Sony), Fifth Element is all-region (Sony), Die Hard 4.0 is region B (Fox). And also, is that really true about EzyDVD - because if it is, I'm down there before the end of the minute.
P.S.S. Happy birthday Steve Jobs - 53 today.
Posted 28 February 2008 - 05:05 PM
EzyDVD has reduced its HD DVD titles, some to as little as $4.92, JB Hi Fi has removed them off shelves and marketing players as "super charged DVD". The Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive is only USD49. About half of the Amazon Blu-ray Paramount titles are back in stock, and they've listed Blades of Glory again - although still as "Currently Unavailable". Dreamworks says they'd like to release Bee Movie on Blu-ray (March release), and Universal's HD DVD plans are "in flux", according to Reuters.
Anyway, that's the update. Thanks for all the replies so far!
P.S. iPhone/iPod touch SDK is 6th March 2008. Looking forward to it. Finally I'll be able to use up some of that 16GB!!
Posted 28 February 2008 - 05:44 PM
Isn't there something perversely satisfying about that?
...Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month."
Posted 28 February 2008 - 07:43 PM
AppleInsider has a rumour that MacBooks and MacBook Pros will be updated in June.
Posted 29 February 2008 - 08:04 AM
Maybe we'll get NVidia video cards. That would be a significant improvement. Make the model line-up more consistent
I'd dearly love them to have BD combos or burners, but I don't think Apple's there yet.
Just as importantly - there's no software that can make a BD player compatible disc (DVD or BD), to make video output viable. 25GB or 50GB for backups would be nice (what Toast does now, with an external drive).