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32 minutes ago, Colman said:

Yes, sadly, to the extent I want to replace my DVD collection with Blu-rays.

 

In my time I have worked through 7 or 8 different audio and video formats, ofter transferring/re-buying the same material on the new format. Each time, unless one retains the equipment, precious recordings are lost because not all the previous material is re-produced on the new format. Thus I still have several hundred LPs and am amused to see that vinyl has been making something of a comeback - albeit as a niche market. DVDs are still available to purchase at present and I am hanging on to my collection but the reality is that, like videos, the charity shops don't want them and you just can't give them away. A friend took a load to a car boot sale and offered them at 20p each and had no takers.

 

The real question is not about DVDs but how long blu-rays will remain relevant. A whole new generation has emerged who don't own players of any kind and rely entirely on streaming/downloading. I resolutely refuse to join them but I buy only blu-rays these days and that very selectively, or occasionally stuff on older formats, usually via the likes of eBay, which is unavailable on current formats.  But I am under no illusions. Hopefully blu-ray will see me out but the signs are that it too will become redundant and sooner than one might expect. Streaming is still in its infancy but my tech-wise family tell me it is only a matter of time before we have live performances streamed in holographic form directly into our living rooms. That would put the cat among the ROH's seat pricing pigeons!!! Meantime, I shall be ordering the blu-ray of the RB's promised new Bayadere release and leave the  future to take care of itself.

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21 hours ago, David said:

I’m told that the Royal Ballet’s La Bayadère should be issued next month - presumably last year’s cinema release with Marianela Nuñez (Nikita), Natalia Osipova (Gamzatti), Vadim Muntagirov (Solor) and Gary Avis (The High Brahmin). Expected but good to have confirmation and in good time for Christmas! Does anyone have any further details please?

 

Last week the folks in the ROH shop told me Feb 2020 so I hope you are right.

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10 hours ago, loveclassics said:

Is watching ballet recorded 'live' from the ROH stage vastly improved by the Blue-ray format?  I assume that DVDs are on the way out and I need to buy  new equipment anyway but I don't find HD makes a major diference so is it worth going to a new format? 

 

Linda

 

I wouldn’t say DVDs are on the way out, the BBC still release some of their products on DVD only and not Blu Ray....it’s quite frustrating to see a programme or series on the telly broadcast in HD but when you go to buy it to own for the future you have to put up with an inferior picture.... a good example being that All Aboard the Sledge thing they’ve shown on BBC4 for the last few years...go in to the shop to own it and it’s only on dvd which doesn’t show enough detail at all

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2 hours ago, oncnp said:

 

Last week the folks in the ROH shop told me Feb 2020 so I hope you are right.

 

Perhaps I’m being ignorant but why does it take so long for ROH to release a DVD after filming? I understand they will need to format it and pick the ‘best’ angles/bits (although this may already be done it it is a carbon copy of the live stream version) but surely this can be done in a few months, rather than close to or over a year?

 

On the DVD vs Blu-Ray front, I can see why DVDs are still popular. Blu Ray is better but I question whether I’d really be able to tell the difference on a tv screen. And blu Ray players are more expensive! And as has been mentioned the future is streaming. 

 

I’d be more than happy to convert to streaming - saving all that space used for dvd cases (which unlike books don’t look particularly aesthetically pleasing) and also meaning everything is accessible anywhere as long as you have a login. You could probably have the option to pay a little extra to ‘upgrade’ your version (eg when a better quality version comes out) which may be appreciated by some. 

 

As long as something I buy isn’t rendered obsolete by a silly update/upgrade then I think it’s fine (and this can happen manually anyway, at some point a much loved dvd may die, or your DVD player may die and who knows how long they will be sold for). 

 

Although I don’t see ROH adopting rent/buying performances anytime soon, I will welcome it when it comes as this would also presumably give the option to pay a lesser amount to watch it a certain number of times within a select time period which may be better if you missed the live screening but didn’t quite want to commit/justify purchasing forever. 

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48 minutes ago, JNC said:

Although I don’t see ROH adopting rent/buying performances anytime soon.....

 

I wonder. Could the sale of Opus Arte to the Naxos Music Group last November be seen as clearing the decks for some such development? Presumably they also can read the writing on the wall. 

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8 hours ago, David said:

 

I wonder. Could the sale of Opus Arte to the Naxos Music Group last November be seen as clearing the decks for some such development? Presumably they also can read the writing on the wall. 

 

That’s interesting! I think streaming would be great and would actually encourage a younger audience (who move around a lot so don’t want to hoard lots of stuff including dvds, plus cheaper pay per view would be preferable to them I imagine).

 

The sooner the better in my opinion for streaming options. As long as dvds/blu rays are still produced for those who rely on still use this format. 

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Yes, not everyone has superfast broadband on tap.

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On ‎16‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 01:23, loveclassics said:

Is watching ballet recorded 'live' from the ROH stage vastly improved by the Blue-ray format?  I assume that DVDs are on the way out and I need to buy  new equipment anyway but I don't find HD makes a major diference so is it worth going to a new format? 

 

Linda

HD and Blu-ray gives most benefit on screen sizes 42" and upwards. A Blu-ray player is capable of reading 20 times more data than a DVD player and similarly much more data can be stored on a Blu-ray disc, giving much more cabability for HD picture and sound. On smaller screen sizes, the visual benefits are less pronounced. Blu -ray players are now available quite cheaply and a worthy investment if buying a new machine. They will still play all your old DVD's and in most cases give higher definition than a DVD player, so no need to change your collection.

Of course it can only play as clearly as the original recorded material and some older videos have been transferred to Blu - ray with no noticeable improvement.

The quality of streaming via Internet is quite variable, even with fast fibre and in my opinion , does not come close to Blu -ray quality. Of course it depends what an individual is satisfied with.

 

 

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16 hours ago, alison said:

Yes, not everyone has superfast broadband on tap.

I have fast fibre, and frankly it is not noticeably any better than the previous Broadband. And my test figures tell me it is fast. So until there are significant  technical adnances to internet streaming, I think the future of DVD and Blu-ray is secure. 

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13 minutes ago, Stevie said:

I have fast fibre, and frankly it is not noticeably any better than the previous Broadband. And my test figures tell me it is fast. So until there are significant  technical adnances to internet streaming, I think the future of DVD and Blu-ray is secure. 

 

I hope so, Stevie; and yes, my latest broadband upgrade has made no discernible difference at all.

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5 hours ago, Stevie said:

HD and Blu-ray gives most benefit on screen sizes 42" and upwards. A Blu-ray player is capable of reading 20 times more data than a DVD player and similarly much more data can be stored on a Blu-ray disc, giving much more cabability for HD picture and sound.

 

Thanks for that - is that the boundary between LED and plasma?  Maybe I'll just stick with DVDs, then, having fairly recently *upgraded* to a 28"!

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1 hour ago, alison said:

Thanks for that - is that the boundary between LED and plasma?

Afraid not. It's virtually impossible to find a plasma screen in the UK now; they have been almost entirely supplanted by LED or an upmarket variant such as OLED.

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FAO Alison

Only Samsung still make Plasma TV. Everyone else has ditched the technology.

I doubt that you would get sufficient benefit from Blu-ray on a 28", you would need specially good eyesight. I think your main disadvantage is that most classical DVD's are produced in the lower definition American system of NTSC. A few are in the higher definition European PAL. Blu-ray is far superior to NTSC and in most cases better than PAL.  Check when you purchase because a few DVD's are marketed in the UK in both formats and UK DVD players will play both. Examples are The Bolshoi 'The Pharaohs Daughter' and 'Excelsior' - Manzotti, but there are many others. They are available in both PAL & NTSC,  but it is best to buy the PAL version, if not the Blu-ray. Amazon states the version and complaints are that they often get it wrong. Check the art work on the back cover.

 
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I didn't know that Samsung still make Plasma TV, I love my old Panasonic and was upset when they stopped making Plasma, such a beautiful natural picture, I've been trying to get my head around the new 4K OLED technology!

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I have no idea what anyone is talking about. :unsure: 

I have a TV that I inherited from my late mother. :) 

I know that when it 'needs' replacing (i.e. when I can no longer resist the concept of being able to access the internet through my TV) I will have to do huge amounts of research to find out what everyone else already seems to know. :(

I comfort myself with the thought that my late father, a highly intelligent lawyer, would have had no idea what anyone is talking about either. He retired before he had to use a computer, which is just as well since he would rapidly have become unemployable. :o

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9 minutes ago, bridiem said:

I comfort myself with the thought that my late father, a highly intelligent lawyer, would have had no idea what anyone is talking about either. He retired before he had to use a computer, which is just as well since he would rapidly have become unemployable. :o

 

The headmaster of my son's Prep School, the last school in the country deeply entrenched in the 1940s, (my son is in his early 20s so you can see that is isn't all that long ago) refused to have computers in the school, holding the view that 'my boys are all intelligent enough to pick that sort of thing up later if they need to'.

 

Sadly for me, since neither I nor my daughters are remotely computer literate, that does not seem to be true in the case of my equally non-computer literate son.

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4 hours ago, Scheherezade said:

 

The headmaster of my son's Prep School, the last school in the country deeply entrenched in the 1940s, (my son is in his early 20s so you can see that is isn't all that long ago) refused to have computers in the school, holding the view that 'my boys are all intelligent enough to pick that sort of thing up later if they need to'.

 

Sadly for me, since neither I nor my daughters are remotely computer literate, that does not seem to be true in the case of my equally non-computer literate son.

 

Maybe it's not all as 'intuitive' as it's often claimed to be...

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Amazon have listed for release on 6th December 19. Swan Lake from Kiev, National Ballet of the Ukraine, with Natalya Matsak in the lead role. This appears to be a version worth having, so having 13 versions already, it gives me a dilemma.

Attached amateur camera footage of Natalia Matsak in the performance, not an extract from the DVD/Blu-ray print.

 
Remember not to shoot the messenger.
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On ‎18‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 14:36, bridiem said:

I have no idea what anyone is talking about. :unsure: 

I have a TV that I inherited from my late mother. :) 

I know that when it 'needs' replacing (i.e. when I can no longer resist the concept of being able to access the internet through my TV) I will have to do huge amounts of research to find out what everyone else already seems to know. :(

I comfort myself with the thought that my late father, a highly intelligent lawyer, would have had no idea what anyone is talking about either. He retired before he had to use a computer, which is just as well since he would rapidly have become unemployable. :o

Don't underestimate your late father, it wouldn't have taken him long. I remember when Computerised Maintenance Management Systems were first introduced in the workplace and it was only weeks before everyone was up to speed and driving forward its introduction and development.

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27 minutes ago, Stevie said:
 
Remember not to shoot the messenger.

 

I followed your advice last Nov and acquired this company's Nutcracker and Carmina Burana and am really pleased with them so I think you're safe! Thanks's for the head's up on their latest release. I look forward to it.

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