THis is tough, on having to choose between Blu-ray and HD DVD. In terms of technology, Blu-ray can currently store more on a single side of a disc than HD DVD and it's way popular too. And if you're an XBox 360 fan, it's compatible with an HD DVD reciever. A couple of disadvantage of HD DVD player comes to mind and one of them is that right now, they don't have the support for regional coded discs, but in the future, it will be able to--just as the Blu-ray player can do that now. The second disadvantage is the lack of 1080p output capability. Most HD DVD players can upscale to 1080i easily. However, don't get discouraged. The new Toshiba models and other 2nd gen HD DVD players are now beginning to support 1080p!!! Just look at the specs before you buy.
Oh, HD DVD doesn't have the same level of gaming support as Blu-Ray. While Microsoft's Xbox 360 features an add-on HD DVD attachment, no games are currently available in that format
. Or are they now?
On the hardware side, HD DVD has the backing of industry giants like Microsoft and Intel
while Blu-ray does not. But they both have support from Samsung, LG, and those kind of companies too so that's good.
Plus, HD DVD are generally cheaper compared to Blu-ray players--if not, competitively priced. What's unique to the HD DVD format is the ability to have a "twin disc" capability, which allows both HD DVD content and DVD content to be imprinted on the same disc. Twin discs are HD DVD on one side and normal DVD on the other, which allows them to be played on both HD DVD players and DVD players. Neat.
And of course, just like Blu-ray, HD DVD players will be able to read and play DVDs and CDs, which means your existing collection of movies and music won't become obsolete, hehe.
Made up your mind yet? Still a tough decision huh? HDMI output is the way to go. Techinically, it's exactly the same like DVI as far as the picture quality goes, but the only difference is in the sound. You see, HDMI can also transport high quality sound whereas DVI does not. It's stricly a video feed. I hope DVI goes out. I want HDMI to be the mainstream standard. Get HDMI no matter what. The HDMI/DVI adapters are available so no worries there. Very common for those that still want to use their PC output to HD source.