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Am I right you can't stream HD audio?
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Hi all,

local blockbuster closed. Love film take about 40 years to get the 'new release' bluray's and from what I can find, you can't stream HD audio.....

Is it really the case that if you want to watch the latest releases (at time of release) with both bluray quality picture and HD audio, you can only buy a bluray?

or am I missing something ?

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RE: Am I right you can't stream HD audio?

It's not that it can't be streamed, just that to my knowledge, no company are offering to do so. This isn't entirely surprising since the HD audio track uses up a much larger chunk of space compared to a compressed Dolby Digital / DTS track and, for most people, the HD audio component wouldn't be that important since I'd wager it's still fairly rare for people to have surround systems that are able to handle it. Factor in the extra cost of storing a lot of movies with all that extra space, plus the extra bandwidth / time required to actually stream it and it wouldn't be economically sound. You'll also find streamed movies don't have the same video bitrate as Blu-ray films i.e. the video quality itself is also reduced, even though it's in 1080p.

So yes, at the moment, the only way to get Blu-ray quality video and / or HD audio for movies is to buy / rent the Blu-ray.

 

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"One slight drawback is the fact that the Blu-ray standard doesn't allow you to play your BD copies back without reinserting the disc in the Cinema One"

Slight??:rofl:

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Heh, indeed. Though that's only for your own BD library, not downloads obviously...

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Nick_Shepherd wrote:

Hi all,

local blockbuster closed. Love film take about 40 years to get the 'new release' bluray's and from what I can find, you can't stream HD audio.....

Is it really the case that if you want to watch the latest releases (at time of release) with both bluray quality picture and HD audio, you can only buy a bluray?

or am I missing something ?

There is another way but it's highly illegal and I wouldn't for one second recommend you use it but I can see why so many people use bit torrent sites with the way the landscape is with movie rentals right now, the only issue with that is that you have to wait for it to download and from what friends of mine have said that's not quick to happen and is dependant on the speed of your internet connection.

I cancelled my Lovefilm subscription last week purely because of the complete lack of anything I wanted to watch through the streaming service and the movie rentals through the post were so far behind in terms of new titles that only ever had one or two titles a month and they were usually back catologue just so that I was using it. Complete waste of money in my opinion.

Got Netflix on trial at the moment and it's certainly far better in terms of content than Lovefilm but restricted to streaming so the quality isn't always the best but as a service it's far better, would I continue with it after the trial though...no probably not simply beacause the streaming can be a bit hit and miss in terms of picture quality and I have a 60mgb Virgin broadband package so it's not my broadband or equipment. At the moment there is very little choice so to me it's as if you are being encouraged to use illegal downloads so I can see why so many people do it although personally I choose not to.

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RE: Am I right you can't stream HD audio?

If you carefully manage your lovefilm lists, it's not a big issue.  They ask you to have 10+ items on your list, but that just means you get what's available.  If you really want X Film, make it one of 2 items on your list.  It may take a day or so extra if it's out on loan elsewhere, but you won't be bumped until next month as they send you some filler title from your list instead.

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Very frustrating I think.

I have a av system bought to watch BD, and liked to rent the latest release from blockbuster as and when as oppose to waiting months on a love film list.

Is it the case that BD home movie watching is now (or soon to be) a real specialist thing to do and buying the discs the only way from now on in.

or, has it always really been a specialist thing to do?

or, will another more accessible quality home movie format be born?

or, will the likes of love film negotiate better deals to get the new release quicker than they do?

it seems cinema paradiso offer them earlier?

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