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skywake

If you want Blu-Ray get a Blu-Ray player. They aren't expensive anymore at all.

A retailer here was doing a deal recently where you could get one of their $99AU Blu-Ray players and in the same purachase you could buy upto 30 Blu-Ray movies at half price. You might have had a point back when Blu-Ray players were $800AU or even a couple of years ago when they were $250AU but at $99? When DVD players were that price they only got cheaper in the biscuit isle at coles.....

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iphys wrote:

I wish they would at least release an app on the eShop that gave us the option to pay the license to watch DVDs and Blu-rays. If they really want the Wii U to be the primary entertainment device in my living room, it shouldn't be competing with my Blu-ray player for my HDMI connection. I honestly believe the reason they don't allow us to pay the license is because they're worried about extra wear-and-tear on the drive causing them to have to service more systems still under warranty. At one point they had talked about the Wii eventually including DVD playback, but that never materialized.

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Link-Hero

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Sony does not own Blu-ray technology. They are only 1 out of 19 board members that use it. The Blu-ray Disc Association are the ones who own it.

One of the companies that Nintendo has been partnered with since the Gamecube days to provide them discs/drives is Panasonic. Nintendo would have to pay THEM for the discs/drive, not Sony.

While the Wii U does use Blu-ray discs for its games, it uses modified versions of them. It also has the feature to watch Blu-ray/DVD movies disabled. Nintendo does this so they can avoid having to pay royalty fees. To whom exactly, I'm not sure about that. Having a hard time finding any information about that.

Another possible reason why we can't watch movies is because disc drives are usually the first thing that break because of the wear and tear on the laser. Video game systems seem to be more prone to this than most other devices. Nintendo knew this and decided to disable it to increase the life-span of the system.

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iphys wrote:

I wish they would at least release an app on the eShop that gave us the option to pay the license to watch DVDs and Blu-rays. If they really want the Wii U to be the primary entertainment device in my living room, it shouldn't be competing with my Blu-ray player for my HDMI connection. I honestly believe the reason they don't allow us to pay the license is because they're worried about extra wear-and-tear on the drive causing them to have to service more systems still under warranty. At one point they had talked about the Wii eventually including DVD playback, but that never materialized.

If only it were that simple

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UpdateNightmare

Link-Hero wrote:

@Everyone

Sony does not own Blu-ray technology. They are only 1 out of 19 board members that use it. The Blu-ray Disc Association are the ones who own it.

One of the companies that Nintendo has been partnered with since the Gamecube days to provide them discs/drives is Panasonic. Nintendo would have to pay THEM for the discs/drive, not Sony.

While the Wii U does use Blu-ray discs for its games, it uses modified versions of them. It also has the feature to watch Blu-ray/DVD movies disabled. Nintendo does this so they can avoid having to pay royalty fees. To whom exactly, I'm not sure about that. Having a hard time finding any information about that.

Another possible reason why we can't watch movies is because disc drives are usually the first thing that break because of the wear and tear on the laser. Video game systems seem to be more prone to this than most other devices. Nintendo knew this and decided to disable it to increase the life-span of the system.

Then how exactly did the PS3 get away with it? So their solution to the whole wear and tear thing is to forcefully disable functions for the customer, take away any freedom of choice, and to just not let them use the device.
I'm playing my games via the disc now anyways, longer than I would if I were watching a movie. What's the difference?

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Link-Hero wrote:

Another possible reason why we can't watch movies is because disc drives are usually the first thing that break because of the wear and tear on the laser. Video game systems seem to be more prone to this than most other devices. Nintendo knew this and decided to disable it to increase the life-span of the system.

Great point. I rather have a reliable video game console then a purdy looking do everything box under my TV that will eventually overheat or wear out. .

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Deleted84

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shinesprite wrote:

IMO Blue-Ray is overrated. I have a Blue-Ray drive in my 1-2 year-old laptop, and I've never used it. Kind to think of it, I really only use disk players nowadays to install the occasional piece of software.

I agree. To be honest I have a Blu Ray player hooked up to my TV and I have a few movies on Blu Ray mainly Thor and Hunger Games. I honestly dont see any difference when I watch a DVD or a Blu Ray.

Either yours eyes are funky, Your HDTV sucks or the settings aren't set up properly.

As for me, I can see a pretty big difference. Think about it, a DVD is either 722x480p or 640x480p and Bluray is 1920x1080p, not only that but Bluray dics are brighter and the colors are more rich and vibrant. There's a stagering difference with my copy of The Labyrinth on DVD Vs the Bluray version. Still, i hate watching older films on bluray, the 1080p gives them a modernized look, reveals flaws(strings, ect), gets rid of that retro grit and can often make props look like props. I rent new movies on bluray, but practically everything 80's and below is either DVD & VHS. There are exceptions, like Older films getting the 3D Bluray treatment or Stop motion animated films such as Coraline & A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Which remindes me, i totaly need to get a Bluray Copy of Frankenweenie Stat!

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Avengers on Blu Ray is one of the most gorgeous things I've seen.

SCRAPPER392

The only way it would work, is if the owners of bluray were selling the license fee themselves on the eShop. Nintendo won't seek out bluray playback unless the owners of bluray want it on the console. One time activation $10 per console would work, but Nintendo has no interest although the console is most likely compatible. It doesn't have the exact same laser, but I think a high capacity disc reader just reads anything pretty much.
So ya, blu-ray discs are possible, but only if the owners of the blu-ray format want that extra revenue.

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Midnight3DS wrote:

UpdateNightmare wrote:

Tasuki wrote:

Same with DVD ability. Nintendo would have pay to who ever owns the DVD technology. They also figured that people by a Wii U to play games not to watch movies and that they have other means in their houses to watch DVDs like a DVD player or a computer at least thats what the President of Nintendo said we asked about DVD playback. Besides DVD players are cheap enough now if you really need one.

DVD maybe, but not Blu Ray. Blu Ray players are way more expensive, less common. I just want a high quality picture, with the option of watching it whilst taking a dump on the toilet.

The 3DS is perfect for that.

But I don't want to watch Avatar @ 240p

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