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Old 05-26-06, 04:36 PM   #1
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Will HD-DVDs play in a regular DVD player?

I want to buy Unforgiven but woulnd't mind paying extra for the HD version if it would still play in my upconverting DVD player.
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Old 05-26-06, 05:04 PM   #2
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No, they certainly will not.
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Old 05-26-06, 05:04 PM   #3
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Sorry, but HD DVDs will only play in true HD DVD players (upconverting DVD players are still regular DVD players, even though they claim "HD" capabilities).
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Old 05-26-06, 05:15 PM   #5
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There are a couple of titles you can buy and expect to play in your standard DVD player. These are on discs called "hybrids" which have HD on one side and DVD on the other. Rumor has it is the first such release, though I think there are others planned.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...v=glance&n=130
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Old 05-26-06, 05:44 PM   #6
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There are a couple of titles you can buy and expect to play in your standard DVD player. These are on discs called "hybrids" which have HD on one side and DVD on the other. Rumor has it is the first such release, though I think there are others planned.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...v=glance&n=130
IF HD-DVD did this for all of their titles it would be great. I have Rumor has it and it works perfectly on my HD-DVD and my DVD player.
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Old 05-26-06, 05:53 PM   #7
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I want to buy Unforgiven but woulnd't mind paying extra for the HD version if it would still play in my upconverting DVD player.
it won't play in your standard DVD player, but it will play in your VCR with the very cheap disc converter.
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Old 05-26-06, 06:22 PM   #8
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IF HD-DVD did this for all of their titles it would be great.
It would be fine if only they didn't charge extra for it. As it is, I don't want to pay a premium to get a standard DVD version of the movie I'm never going to watch.
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Old 06-01-06, 08:59 PM   #9
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i came across the wikipedia article about HD dvds. it states that old dvd players will be able to play HD dvds. dunno if it's true though... or maybe just certain HD DVDs that come out...

"HD DVD has a dual-layer capacity of 30 GB and a single-layer capacity of 15 GB. Toshiba has announced a triple-layer disc which offers 45GB of storage. HD DVD can offer both the current DVD and HD DVD formats on one disc, which means that special HD DVD discs will play in any DVD player, old or the new high definition players. Blu-ray does not. "

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Old 06-01-06, 09:27 PM   #10
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i came across the wikipedia article about HD dvds. it states that old dvd players will be able to play HD dvds. dunno if it's true though... or maybe just certain HD DVDs that come out...
Just certain ones. Rumor Has It and next week's Firewall are all we know about for now.
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Old 06-01-06, 09:38 PM   #11
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Will my HD DVD's play in a Blu Ray player?
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Old 06-02-06, 02:13 AM   #12
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That wikipedia quote is a bit misleading. The discs it is referring to are hybrid discs, which contain both a standard DVD and an HD DVD version of the feature on the same disc, one on each side. With these discs, you will be able to play the standard DVD side in a regular DVD player, but the HD DVD side will still only play in an HD DVD player.
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Old 06-02-06, 08:53 AM   #13
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Will my HD DVD's play in a Blu Ray player?
They'll play in mine. Once someone bothers to make it.
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