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Old 02-10-2008   #169
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Everything I have ever read clearly states MMCD was not even on the drawing boards till the early 1990's. I find it highly unlikely a MMCD prototype was at the 1988 CES show. It wasn't even finalized till 95.
I attended the Stereophile convention in 1996. Sony did a demonstration of a protype MMCD disc and player: they played a sequence from Speed and showed us where the layer-switch occurred during playback of the clip, and they switched from 4x3 downconversion to 16x9 on the fly to demonstrate how the encoding process was geared towards new 16x9 displays.
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Everything I have ever read clearly states MMCD was not even on the drawing boards till the early 1990's. I find it highly unlikely a MMCD prototype was at the 1988 CES show. It wasn't even finalized till 95.
Under the name "MMCD," that may be the case. Phillips had a "video CD," in the late 80s they were trying to design that would later become "MMCD," which would later become DVD.
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Video cd did not come out till 1993 and it was the MPEG-1 based format. The only thing out at that time was CD video which was analog based and could only hold 5 minutes of video and 20 minutes of audio. It was aimed at teens and had mtv music videos on them. Requiring a laserdisc player for playback on a teens budget neddless to say it bombed.
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Video cd did not come out till 1993 and it was the MPEG-1 based format. The only thing out at that time was CD video which was analog based and could only hold 5 minutes of video and 20 minutes of audio. It was aimed at teens and had mtv music videos on them. Requiring a laserdisc player for playback on a teens budget neddless to say it bombed.
No Phillips had a CD based video R&D going back to the late 70s. The R&D done in 87 didn't become MMCD until I think 92 or 93. I'd have to go looking through documentation I have on the patents. I don't believe Phillips would have shown it at CES though. I mean why would they?

Phillips had been messing with "Video on optical discs," since the 60s. I know at one point in 1987 they had R&D done on a disc that would lead to MMCD.

Heck anyone remember MUSE LDs? I still have "Close Encounters," on MUSE...

I should compare it to the BD (since the MUSE LD was 1125 lines of resolution).

Many people forget that Laserdisc lead to CDs.
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Netflix Goes Blu-ray Exclusive
It is time to cue the robust female vocalist.

http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssC...EN388420080211
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Netflix Goes Blu-ray Exclusive
It is time to cue the robust female vocalist.

http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssC...EN388420080211
Interesting that one day they said they were equal as far as rentals are concerned then they drop them.


I have a about a 50/50 mix on my queue between Blu ray and HD DVD. Unless Uni and Paramount go blu it looks like I may have to buy the movies I want to see.
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