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    Bluray.....has it really taken off??

    Hi

    I just wanted to get other people's perspective on Bluray....

    I am planning on get rid of my DVD recorder....mainly because its crap and never works and was the biggest purchase mistake I have made to date.....( Its a Samsung DVD-SH855M recorder if anyones interested in knowing)

    I was thinking of replacing it with a Bluray recorder but have noticed that apart from Panasonic no other brand seems to be making the recorders??

    Am I missing something here? Is there a reason why other brands haven't jumped on the bandwagon?? I thought Bluray was quite popular based on the stocks in stores and blockbuster??

    Are there better ways to record tv/sky programs? Is hard drive the other viable option?

    Just be interested to see other peoples view on this.

    Thanks

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    Its all about PVRs now. Recording to removeable media is not the most popular method of doing things.

    If you've got sky, there's Sky+. If you've got freeview, there's hundreds of PVR options.

    I've not recorded TV to a disc or tape for 10 years now.

    I have bought a Blu Ray player though - but I chose it based on the fact that it also connects to the net via various services so I can watch things like Youtube etc... I also have BT Vision, which is another online service.

    I'd say skip the Blu Ray recorder, and look at hard disk recording, and internet streaming.

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    Unless it needs to be portable why use disks when you can use hdd and if it needs to be portable how about media centre pc then burn/copy off as needed

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    I wouldn't bother with a Blu-ray Recorder. For TV a PVR is far better unless you really care about long term archiving.

    As for BD as a whole, I buy a lot of disks still as the quality is still so much better than the rubbish they get away with calling "HD" from iTunes and other streaming services. I admit tho I really hate storing physical media as they still take up a lot of space. I wouldn't dream of keeping thousands of music CDs around anymore so I can certainly see why digital downloads are the long term future.

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    I dunno, I love my media bookcase with 400 DVD's/blue rays in it. Same reason I like my bookcase. I have my book collections (mostly my entire works of Terry Pratchett) in a single row in publication order. It just looks good.

    Eventually I will go HDD based storage and that makes sense, but until then I love my bluerays.

    I use V+ to record TV, but tbh there isn't anything I'd want to keep on there after I watch it, and if I do, I'll buy the DVD/blue ray.

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    My DVD collection was ripped to hard disk a good while ago. XBMC just makes things a hell of a lot more convenient.

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    Personally i like having my Movies on disk. I have a collection of around 350 dvd's and slowly building my collection of BlueRay films now which is at about 60. As for recording i generally use catch up service from virgin media or iplayer. If i want to record other things i would use the likes of V+ or Sky+ but as i have neither i rely on catch up. Don't see the need for the recorders now to be honest.

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    Can't say I'd consider a blu-ray recorder, did have one in my last laptop, but i didn't buy the laptop because of it and never used it as a recorder the whole time i had it. HDD is really the way to go, Blu-ray is going to be overtaken by streaming media/downloads. But if you do want a blu-recorder for a specific archiving purpose or something else, just seen this HDD & Blu-ray recorder, might be best of both worlds for you

    Panasonic DMR-BWT700 HDD and Blu-ray recorder combo ? reghardware

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    never burned anything to disk in a long time, as everyone else here i stream or record to a PVR, i also have a 5TB Buffalo station set up which i have moved my DVD collection on to.

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    Also bluray media is incredibly expensive and if its anything like recordable dvds I'm guesing it will "rot" away in a couple of years anyway.

    Personally I use a Qnap NAS in my home setup to stream and record tv shows. MeediOS as the frontend.

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    I have my ps3 for blu ray playback and virgin media box for recording telly shows

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