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Steve Jobs wears Hollywood hat, wary of hi-def DVD

updated 01:50 pm EDT, Mon June 14, 2004

Cautious on hi-def DVD

Steve Jobs recently argued that for use in the planned "high-definition DVD" format until Hollywood is assured by the tech industry that the discs can't be copied by new DVD burners that will come along. The Wall Street Journal reports that at a recent private meeting with Hollywood studio heads and industry CEO's such as Microsoft Steve Ballmer and HP's Carly Fiorina, Jobs said "even suggested that high-definition DVD burners not be bundled with computers at all -- a scenario he said in an interview was 'extreme' and one that 'I hope we don't have to get to, but it helps to put the issue in perspective.'"




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  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Dumb.

    That's dumb. People who want to duplicate DVDs will just buy the burner and attach it to the computer - real tough. Besides, unless they pass a law that they can't be bundled, Apple will be the only maker not doing it, and they will have to start bundling or look dumb, just like with CD-Rs.

    Face it - if it can be played, it can be duped. They need to just accept it and move on.

  1. DaedalusDX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    still far off.

    Thelast time I checked, the are no HD-DVD burners made in a desktop form factor... heck, there is even a lack of HD-DVD players across the board... set top boxes, computer ROM drives... Not to mention that we are way off of actually seeing a single title released on HD-DVD. We've got up to another decade before this upcoming format reaches critical mass. DVD-9 and DVD-5 will be around for a long time, and until HD sets become completely commonplace and cheap, and older DVD players start to get phased out for new HD enabled ones for less than $4000... we'll see.

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    So let's get specific...

    What exactly is being defined as HD... 720p? Don't current DVDs do 480p? Do cable and broadcast HD do 720p? And I've seen stuff playing from DVD to big plasma's that I SWORE was MUCH higher res... er pixel density than anything lese I've seen... was that at best 480p?

  1. C.A.S.

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    720p and 1080i

    Cable and network broadcast in both 720p and 1080i and both can be recorded to a Mac...

  1. techguysteve

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pixar

    Sounds like more of a Pixar stance for Jobs then an Apple stance. Since he had no problems selling burners in apple's and promoting the burning of music.

  1. RealityCheck

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    HDTV Recording & Mac

    AFAIK, HDTV broadcasts can't be "recorded" to a Mac from a cable or OTA (over-the-air) QAM/ATSC stream with consumer level hardware. If you have information to contradict me, please tell. I've been hoping someone would release a Macintosh capture card capable of receiving an ATSC signal for a long time, but I have no plans to build a PC simply for that feature.

    As for Jobs's stance on "HD-DVD", I agree 100% with him. Now, if that included Blu-Ray DVD, he's a hypocrite. He's making the same argument that the RIAA made over Rip/Mix/Burn and CD-R. I guess when it hits home, Steve is as greedy as the rest of the MPAA and RIAA. Jack Valenti would be proud.

  1. kanchi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    HDTV Recording

    If you have HD Cable and your box has a firewire port (which it is reqiured to have), you can connect your mac via firewire, download a free app and record hd quality content to your Mac. There was an article about it a few months ago. Google it.

  1. C.A.S.

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:recording HD on a Mac

    Really??? That's funny...I have over 300 HD movies from my cable provider recorded directly to my Mac (an eMac)...I also have this year's entire season of CSI (Las Vegas & Miami), Law & Order (all three series) from an OTA tuner (Samsung t-165 and also from cable...

    I have a Firewire tower with 8 250Gig hard drives that hold the majority of them...the rest I have archived to DVD-r...

    Check out this link to learn how to do it...

    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=386740

  1. absmiths

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Pixar

    Pixar's movies gross over 2.5B and he is worried about not making money . . . what a greedy b******.

    DVDs can easily be copied now, and obviously he is making a killing anyway.

  1. bauhaus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    2 TB

    You have 2 TBs dedicated to tv?? Just imagine what you could do if you actually used it to do some work...

    j/k

    Enjoy CSI and L&O (though CSI:Miami sucks and L&O:Criminal Intent sucks... and CSI:NY looks awful)

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