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Old 08-03-2008, 06:41 PM   #1
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thinking about buying a blu-ray drive (solved)


thinking about buying a blu-ray drive. is this a bad idea?

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Old 08-03-2008, 06:58 PM   #2
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Little...vague of a question.

If you are asking if BR drives are supported, then yes. Both readers and writers are supported by the kernel and new versions of dvd+rw-tools (and thus K3B and other burning tools).

If you are asking if it is a good idea in the sense of an investment, then certainly yes. HD-DVD is dead, and DVD is on it's way out the door within 5 to 10 years. BR is now the only serious choice for post-DVD media, at least until holographic discs are mass marketable.
 
Old 08-03-2008, 07:45 PM   #3
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I guess I would wait until the prices drop a little bit. Look at the way dvd burners dropped. Unless you need it today I would wait until they are sub $50. Have you priced the media yet?
 
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thx for such a quick response>

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I guess I would wait until the prices drop a little bit. Look at the way dvd burners dropped. Unless you need it today I would wait until they are sub $50. Have you priced the media yet?
BR drives go for $140 to $180 at fry's. even walmart sells them now.
 
Old 08-03-2008, 08:10 PM   #5
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MS3FGX,
sorry about the vague question. yes i was concerned if linux supported BR. i will probably go buy one tomorrow.
 
Old 08-03-2008, 09:50 PM   #6
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I just priced verbatim's 25gb BR disks at $13 ea. Compare that to $30 for 100 verbatim 5gb DVD+r ($.30 ea or $1.50 for 25gb). Also most DVD burners are $30 vs $140-180 for BR.
 
Old 08-03-2008, 11:53 PM   #7
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i'm just wanting to watch BR movies, i don't want to burn them. i have my computer hooked up to my 42" 1080p tv.
 
Old 08-04-2008, 02:56 AM   #8
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He never said anything about wanting to burn BR; software is going to start being distributed on BR before long, so a reader will eventually be a necessity. Then of course there are the BR movies to consider (certainly the only thing my PS3 gets used for at the moment).

Besides, comparing prices between the two is hardly fair; they are different generations of technology. It is like saying you shouldn't get a DVD burner because blank CDs cost less. Of course they cost less, they hold a fraction of the data.
 
Old 08-04-2008, 03:04 AM   #9
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His initial question was vague (which he later cleared up). There is nothing wrong with playing movies from a computer. I have an old PIII that I have hooked to my big screen in the living room.

The cost per gb is what I was comparing. Cds were a good solution until the cost/gb was not competitive.
 
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i belong to netflix and they getting more and more BR movies in there repository. so watching BR movies won't cost me any more then watching DVDs.
 
  


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