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Actually, I should have been more clear. I don't want one if the HD-DVD exclusives are going to show up on Blu-Ray. That is what I was wondering.

 

Most of them will, eventually. There's some doubt about some classic / niche titles that sold very poorly...but the rest should show up on BD eventually.

 

I picked this up with the 10% off coupon. $48 is a pretty good deal for the 5 free discs and King Kong. I'll use it on my HTPC eventually, or maybe on my main PC here.

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If my Xbox 360 Red Rings, it doesn't mean I can't use the HD-DVD accessory, it means I need to fix or get a new Xbox 360. I

 

I'm surprised more people here haven't experienced the value in having an almost always on Xbox 360 where you switch between movies on the HD-DVD drive, games on the 360 drive, and streaming videos from a remote PC. I don't use it for Photos and Music as much as I thought I might. But I love having one interface for all this stuff, and not having to switch back and forth from a DVD player to a DVR to a 360 to a Tivo. Right now I have consolidated down to just Tivo and 360 for the most part and its really cool.

 

Anyway, I think I'm going to buy another 360 add-on so that I have a backup, or so I can use it with a second 360 should I ever decide to upgrade to the HDMI model and put my old 360 in small 56-inch TV room. An A2/A3 would be useless because HD-DVD is dead, and it has no integration with my 360.

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If my Xbox 360 Red Rings, it doesn't mean I can't use the HD-DVD accessory, it means I need to fix or get a new Xbox 360. I

 

I'm surprised more people here haven't experienced the value in having an almost always on Xbox 360 where you switch between movies on the HD-DVD drive, games on the 360 drive, and streaming videos from a remote PC. I don't use it for Photos and Music as much as I thought I might. But I love having one interface for all this stuff, and not having to switch back and forth from a DVD player to a DVR to a 360 to a Tivo. Right now I have consolidated down to just Tivo and 360 for the most part and its really cool.

 

Anyway, I think I'm going to buy another 360 add-on so that I have a backup, or so I can use it with a second 360 should I ever decide to upgrade to the HDMI model and put my old 360 in small 56-inch TV room. An A2/A3 would be useless because HD-DVD is dead, and it has no integration with my 360.

 

The Harmony solves most of my activity-switching problems.

 

My main issue with the HD-DVD addon was the noise of the 360. My 360 has a very noisy, higher pitched fan noise sound that on a bad night makes my head hurt. It would be nice sometimes to be able to watch a movie and if Screwnut or whoever wanted to play Halo then I could stop and go. But most of the time if I'm watching a movie I want to be left alone :)

 

The A2/A3 is a very good DVD player. Better than your average player...about on par with an Oppo 970. A great bargain at $50-$80 unless you can't take the startup time...or unless you've got a Faroudja/Reon/etc based DVD player.

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I forgot that this can be attached to a PC. Hmm, now I wonder if I should go ahead and get a second one. A couple of questions before I decide:

 

1 - Does the player come with the software needed to play HD DVD on your computer?

2 - Are there programs out there (like Media Player Classic) that will allow you to take screenshots of HD DVD content?

 

I was almost ready to buy one for my brother, but after talking to him I realized that he really would not use it enough to justify the purchase.

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You need PowerDVD Ultra on a PC for HD-DVD / BD playback (I think WinDVD version something supports it too)...also, if your PC isn't running an HDCP protected video card and monitor, AnyDVD HD will strip the HDCP from the playback so you can play it via standard VGA / DVI.

 

I don't have the energy to organize all of this yet (despite having PowerDVD Ultra I got on the cheap somewhere last year). Too much other stuff backlogged to do.

 

Relevant how-to stuff and general HD-DVD drive on HTPC thread at AVS:

 

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=748426

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