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Why you shouldn’t buy a Blu-ray player yet

Hey Folks!

Why you shouldn’t buy a Blu-ray player yet

Well, mainly because Blu-ray players remain “undeveloped” and what I mean by that is, all Blu-ray players up until this point have been Profile 1.0 and they don’t play picture-in-picture–which HD-DVD has done and been doing since day one. With the Playstation 3 being an exception, Profile 1.0 players cannot be upgraded via firmware to become Profile 1.1 players. Fox has announced that it will release its first Profile 1.1-enabled disc, Sunshine, in the first quarter of 2008.

Now, their’s also another profile, Profile 2.0, also known as BD-Live. Their is a major difference between Profile 1.1 and Profile 2.0. Profile 2.0 requires that the player has an internet connection. Since internet connectivity isn’t manditory movie studios have not included any Internet-enabled functionality on any current Blu-ray discs and there are currently no Internet-enabled discs announced for the future. Another requirement of Profile 2.0 is increasing the mandatory local storage capacity to 1GB.

Should I wait for Profile 1.1 or 2.0? Should I Buy a Playstation 3?

If you already have a Profile 1.0 player, it should be able to play all the new Profile 1.1 discs without a problem, but you won’t have access to some of the special features. If you want a Blu-ray player now and you don’t care about the special features or internet conectivity, you should be fine with a Profile 1.0. If you want picture-in-picture then a Profile 1.1 is for you. If you want internet conectivity, you may have to wait awhile and if you don’t mind waiting, then a profile 2.0 is good for you. Here are my 2 best choices: 1) If you don’t mind NOT having picture-in-picture and internet conectivity you can wait awhile (until Profiles 1.1 and 2.0 come along) and you can get a Profile 1.0 for dirt cheap. 2) By a Playstation 3, you can update it to Profiles 1.1 and 2.0 and it has internet connectivity.

So, their really is no reason to buy a Blu-ray player because you will just end up buying it again when Profiles 1.1 and 2.0 come along. If you really want Blu-ray, buy a Playstation 3.

What do you think???


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