Fox Revs Up Blu-ray Launch Plans

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Tarkus, Jun 28, 2006.

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    Tarkus Guest

    Fox Revs Up Blu-ray Launch Plans
    Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 04:00 PM ET

    Six months after Fox pledged support for Blu-ray at CES 2006, the studio
    is nearing an official announcement of its initial software launch plans
    for the format, reports Broadcasting & Cable.

    During a private demo held last week for select members of the press, Fox
    executives showed off clips of a number of its upcoming planned Blu-ray

    The studio plans to have nearly two dozen Blu-ray titles available by the
    end of the fourth quarter, including such recent hits as 'Ice Age 2,'
    'X-Men: The Last Stand' and the recent remake of 'The Omen.'

    Fox reps also pledged to fully exploit the video and audio capabilities
    of Blu-ray, including encoding their discs at full 1080p resolution. The
    studio is also planning to exploit the internet connectivity built into
    Blu-ray hardware, allowing for additional supplementary content to be
    downloaded by users months or even years after a title has been released,
    such as additional language tracks and other extras.

    Though Fox has not yet publicly commented on the Broadcasting & Cable
    story, trade reports indicate the studio is expected to officially
    announce its initial Blu-ray launch plans in the coming days.
    Tarkus, Jun 28, 2006
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    Jeff Rife Guest

    Tarkus () wrote in
    Wow, what an amazing thing...not. *Every* HD-DVD and Blu-Ray disc so far
    has been encoded at full 1080p for the main feature.

    Until a player/display combo comes along that can reliably allow 1080p
    to be displayed, it's kind of a non-event.
    Jeff Rife, Jun 28, 2006
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    T1000 Guest

    Will these and other discs all be single layer mpeg2? - have Blu-Ray
    been able to release ANY dual layer discs with mpeg4 / VC1 etc? - if not
    are most Blu-Ray titles worse quality than HD-DVD?
    T1000, Jun 29, 2006
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    Joshua Zyber Guest

    Unknown but probably.
    So far, unequivocally yes.
    Joshua Zyber, Jun 29, 2006
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    poldy Guest

    Aren't there suppose to be LCD, plasma and DLP sets coming this fall
    with 1080p inputs and 1:1 pixel mapping?
    poldy, Jul 1, 2006
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    Jeff Rife Guest

    poldy () wrote in
    The problems are:

    - no HD player yet has 1080p output
    - tests with 1080p output from other devices have shown that displays
    that "support" 1080p input have some bugs that make it not work a lot
    of the time (but, this could just be an HDMI/HDCP issue)
    Jeff Rife, Jul 3, 2006
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    Joshua Zyber Guest

    The Samsung Blu-ray player will output 1080p. However, to get there, the
    original 1920x1080 data on the Blu-ray disc is first decoded as 1080i
    and then deinterlaced to 1080p by a Faroudja deinterlacing chip. So it
    goes from 1080p->1080i->1080p.
    Joshua Zyber, Jul 3, 2006
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    Jeff Rife Guest

    Joshua Zyber () wrote in
    That's why I said that no HD player has 1080p output. At that point,
    you have all the flaws of the Faroudja chip (and there are a few) coming
    into play.

    And, there are still problems with it then working with displays.
    Jeff Rife, Jul 3, 2006
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    Tarkus Guest

    Don't you think it's a good idea for Fox and others to deliver 1080p now,
    rather than wait until the players mature, and then have to release
    updated titles?
    Tarkus, Jul 3, 2006
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    Joshua Zyber Guest

    But it *does* have 1080p output, as I just explained.
    Joshua Zyber, Jul 3, 2006
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    Joshua Zyber Guest

    There is no need to update the titles for 1080p. All HD DVDs and
    Blu-rays have been encoded as 1080p since the beginning. The limitation
    is one of the hardware, not the software, and should be rectified by the
    second generation of players.
    Joshua Zyber, Jul 3, 2006
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    Jeff Rife Guest

    Joshua Zyber () wrote in
    You could also say that a DVD player has 720p output, and although it
    might, you still suffer from the limitations of the source being 480i.
    With 1080i in the middle, although the output is 1080p, it's identical
    in every way to the 1080i that was created during the conversion from
    the source to 1080i.
    Jeff Rife, Jul 4, 2006
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    Roy L. Fuchs Guest

    My LCD HDTV display HD DVD at 1080 in a 1:1 direct pixel mapping.
    Roy L. Fuchs, Jul 4, 2006
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    Roy L. Fuchs Guest

    It doesn't need to be p. Interlaced is fine.

    Hell, 720p blows all the old shit out of the water.
    Roy L. Fuchs, Jul 4, 2006
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    Roy L. Fuchs Guest

    There are NO differences in the datagram between the two. The ONLY
    difference is in how it is displayed.

    The pixel array size is the same, therefore the visual resolution is
    the same. The only difference a given viewer MIGHT notice is a slight
    flicker on the interlaced version, but the displayed pixel array (as
    in DATA) is the same.
    Roy L. Fuchs, Jul 4, 2006
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    Roy L. Fuchs Guest


    Most assuredly so, my dear Watson...
    Roy L. Fuchs, Jul 4, 2006
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