HD DVD FAQ

High Definition DVD: The Facts

 

Hardware

Players Available Now

HD DVD Hardware FAQ

Players Available Now

In the USA:

In Europe:

  • Toshiba HD-E1
  • Xbox 360 HD DVD Drive

Laptops Available Now (in the USA)

  • Toshiba Qosmio G30
  • Acer Aspire 9800
  • HP (various models)
  • Samsung M55

HD DVD Hardware FAQ

What kind of TV do I need for HD DVD?

What kind of receiver do I need?

Will component video display in high definition?

Why does an HD DVD player have a network port?

Why does an HD DVD player have a USB port?

Can I play HD DVDs on my PC?

Can I make my own HD DVDs?

What kind of TV do I need for HD DVD?

Well you could use any TV, but in order to actually appreciate an HD DVD youíll need an HDTV. The ideal connection is via HDMI (or DVI+HDCP) which is digital, but component video will also work. The ideal resolutions are 1080i or 1080p, but 720p will also produce a nice looking picture. If your TV maxes out at 480p then you wonít see much of an improvement in picture quality over DVD, though you can still enjoy the enhanced audio and interactive features of HD DVD. Your TV should be widescreen for best results.

What kind of receiver do I need?

HD DVDs contain new advanced audio formats, but donít despair if your receiver cannot handle them: many players have 5.1 (or more) analog outputs, so you can connect those to your receiver to enjoy the higher resolution lossless audio that the discs offer. If your receiver can handle the newer formats then you can use HDMI (for audio) or S/PDIF connections to. You can also use S/PDIF even if your receiver only understands DTS/DD but you will lose some of the audio quality in the process.

Will component video display in high definition?

Very probably. Movie studios can in theory make discs that will refuse to display an HD picture over component video (via the ICT flag), but none have and frankly none are likely to any time soon: there are too many HDTVs without HDCP right now. Note that a component video connection will limit the resolution of DVD up-conversion to 480p.

Why does an HD DVD player have a network port?

The HD DVD specification requires that all players have network ports, so the players can download updated content (e.g. new audio tracks, subtitles or trailers). Some players may offer additional network-related features, such as firmware upgrades over the internet.

Why does an HD DVD player have a USB port?

The HD DVD specification allows HD DVD discs to read and write files onto additional storage such as USB memory sticks. They can save such things as screen shots, or any other data that the disc authors think might be useful. It may also possible to plug in USB controllers, such as joysticks or steering wheels, if your player (and HD DVD disc) supports it to play HD DVD games.

Can I play HD DVDs on my PC?

See above for laptops for built-in support. Intervideo and Cyberlink both have players for Windows. Youíll need an HD DVD ROM drive of course!

Can I make my own HD DVDs?

Yes, and it doesnít require an HD DVD burner! ULead have software that can create a Standard Content HD DVD and lets you burn it to a DVD-R, which your HD DVD player should be able to read. Other software companies will be offering authoring packages in the future.