Sunday, May 18, 2008

My HD DVD... Lives?

Like all HD DVD users, I've grudgingly admitted defeat (see my official surrender here) to BluRay.

But my HD DVD drive still works well, and I was wondering what to do with it and the 5 discs I managed to buy before the hammer fell.

And then it hit me: Combo discs!

You see, some of the studios use the same disc to distribute both DVD and HD DVD (each media type on a different side of a physical disc). Since HD DVD fell from grace, entire stocks of HD DVDs became heavily discounted - including those combo discs.

I just managed to score 3 or 4 of them from Amazon - and for less than what a regular DVD costs (so it's a bargain for DVD collectors as well). If ever my HD DVD drive dies - I'd still be able to view the movie on a regular DVD. Of my 8 HD DVDs, 6 are combos. And I intend to get some more (for $10-15 a pop - almost as much as it costs to watch the movie in a theater). The easiest way to get them is to search for the string "hd dvd combo" on Amazon, eBay etc.

Another thing I figured out, is that I can use my Xbox HD DVD drive with a PC. It connects through USB, and many guides exist over the net on where to get appropriate drivers (see this one for example).

All in all, I think I'll keep enjoying my drive and high definition movies for awhile longer - at least until BluRay drives prices drop below $100.

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