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Comment Re:"4K" playback on iOS? (Score 1) 118

Thanks for an informative reply. One of the best I've seen to date.

I too am in the market for a new OLED TV, total nits don't mean much to me if the color etc aren't accurate. A high nit value fluorescent pink screen just doesn't do blue irises justice. Sounds like the Dolby Vision certification is something that will be a decider, unless there's a quality TV line out there that matches those sets without the certification. Calibration can only take a substandard set so far after all.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

It's not higher convenience and you know it (unless of course you misunderstand what convenience means). And yes you pay more for a BR than a DVD so more money for higher quality.

Wrong on both counts. :) I frequently pay less per BD than I've ever seen DVDs on sale for. You just have to have the correct sources and take advantage of the situation when it presents itself. For instance, I recently got Dredd 2D/3D BD for under $4. I don't believe I've seen the DVD for less than $4, but I don't keep an eye out for DVDs really.

Now for convenience - I'm not sure how it can be more convenient than turn TV on and watch it. No hesitation, no hiccups, no delays, no buffering issues, and, in the case of rentals, no limited window in case I have to do something else for a while after starting it. In fact, the only downside to disks is not having one and wanting something specific RIGHT NOW or I'll DIE. I'm not driven by a "right now" mentality, I suppose because my backlog is large and varied enough that there's always something else to view until that particular disk gets added to the collection. And, there's the issue that I may watch 4 hours of something a week these days as I'm too busy with other stuff, so even my netflix delivery rate exceeds my capacity to watch things right now.

As for the generational thing, my statement was about today's youth paying $5+ for rather inconvenient rentals (time limits for viewing and other issues) vs the sub $2 rentals of physical media, with ability to extend viewing usually at a minimal cost of $1 / day, or Netflx where you pay under $10 / month and just have a disk as long as you want. The "purchase" of streaming media also bothers me, because with 1 exception, most of those will disappear one day. Some already have.

Comment Re:Soon, the FTC will only handle spectrum licensi (Score 1) 58

- We get more network neutrality - by separating the ISPs from the media conglomerates that incentivize NON-neutrality.

I still have trouble getting my head around why that was ever considered an acceptable situation. It'd be like car companies owning specific roads, and if you were driving the right car, it'd be free, pedal to the metal driving with all gas supplied, but if you were a competitors car you'd pay tolls and be limited to walking speed.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

Actually, if renting was the same cost as streaming, and the same quality, I'd be ok with it.

Yes so let's not pretend this about the "younger generation" and the idea that they misunderstand the concept of "borrowing". And yes if you want higher quality (DVD vs BR, SD vs HD) or higher convenience (no need to wait for deliveries or drive anywhere) you need to pay more.

And that's where you're wrong, I'm paying less for higher quality and in many cases higher convenience.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

Ok so it seems we've now drilled down to the root of the issue, it's just that a lot of people don't mind spending a couple of dollars for the convenience of not having to go and drive to the store and back to rent a disc and then doing it again to return it.

Actually, if renting was the same cost as streaming, and the same quality, I'd be ok with it. I don't drive anywhere, stuff comes via mail. Drop it on the list and forget about it until it shows up. That's the process for most things.

Have you got actual examples? What specifically do you mean by "lower quality crappy soundtrack version"?

It's pretty simple, really, Dolby TrueHD bitrates are up to 18Mbps with 7.1 support and Dolby Atmos and/or DTS-X. Your iTunes HD file carries at best DDPLII 5.1 encoded sound, which is also lossy. Hugo, as an example, is a compressed 11.8GB file with DTS-HD in my library, and 5.4GB with Dolby 5.1 sound in iTunes. Now, I'll grant you I probably have a lot less compression in the H.264 video, but the audio is also significantly larger. If I actually had both files, I could compare file sizes and see what the compression ratio really is. FWIW, on Hugo, the audio bit rates for DD is less than 1/3 of the DTS-HD audio. But, more important than that, for instance, I get Dolby Atmos and 7.1 with The Fifth Element, iTunes etc gives you... yep - DVD quality DD 5.1. In fact, any bigger budget recent BD movie will give you a higher quality True-HD type soundtrack, quite a few with 7.1 and/or one of the 3D sound mapping solutions. As for buying, because I'm not one to get a movie asap, sometimes a sale comes on prior to it getting shipped or I like the movie/topic enough and I pick it up.

Comment Re:VP8/VP9 free of MPEG LA threat; H.265 has 2 poo (Score 1) 118

Thus Apple can't use the risk of submarine patents as an excuse against VP8 and VP9.

Parts of the format are covered by patents held by Google. The company grants free usage of its own related patents based on reciprocity, I think that's the answer right there.

Comment Re: Cry me a river (Score 1) 55

in general I'm a fan of most things Google.

Yet another example of marketing / business interests ruining a perfectly good engineering technology accomplishment.

Google was ruined years ago when they IPOd. Their search results have been going downhill for a while, and switching to ddg has actually been just fine for me.

Comment Re:Soon, the FTC will only handle spectrum licensi (Score 1) 58

This is the stated intent of his pick to head the FCC. He truly believes the FCC should be disbanded and rolled into the FTC. I personally don't believe he'll be able to accomplish anything but figuratively assign the FCC underneath the FTC and remove a few political appointee positions (unlikely) but that's likely all he'll be able to do in the predicted short term of his presidency.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

Last I looked, it costs me <$2 to rent a recent disk, and >$5 to stream a lower quality crappy soundtrack version and >$10 if I wish to see something really recent that I can only "buy", but not own. Meanwhile, my local stores down the street have those same recent disks on sale with superior sound and PQ for anywhere from $10-15 (less or the same as streaming purchase prices) which after viewing can then be traded, sold or donated, resulting in a cheaper price all around.

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