Is the NVIDIA ION platform worth it for home theater PCs?

There has been a lot of buzz around nVidia’s ION platform, and the central question being addressed in this post is simple. Is the nVidia ION platform really worth the money? If you’re planning on building or buying a media PC for a home theater, then the simple answer is yes.

What is nVidia ION?

The nVidia ION platform consists of an nVidia chipset which is connected to Intel’s Atom processor. The Atom is a very small processor that is not powerful enough to display any sort of decent graphics or video. In short, the Intel Atom processor lacks the ability to play video, making it seemingly worthless for home theater PCs. Luckily for Intel, nVidia’s chipset saves the Atom processor by making it useful for home theater computers. The ION chipset contains a graphics processing core which is more than capable of displaying flawless high definition, video. 720p, 1080p, everything plays flawlessly with the nVidia’s ION chipset because it can do the complex and computationally intensive task of displaying high definition video. Of course, the ION platform is fully capable of outputting with a regular DVI or HDMI connector, making it ideal for connecting it to your television. Without the ION chipset, you can not connect an HDMI connector to a computer with an Intel Atom processor. Period. Intel’s default chipset is extremely primitive when compared to the ION.

Other advantages

Aside from being able to flawlessly play HD content with the ION chipset, there are other advantages as well. The ION uses about the same amount of power on average as Intel’s default chipset. This means you aren’t going to need any additional fans or any noisy components in order to keep the computer cool. The ION is also advanced enough to enable playing 2d and 3d games on your computer. Intel’s chipset for the Atom processor is simply too primitive to play any sort of modern game. Having said that, please keep in mind that the ION is not, and is not meant to be, a high end gaming solution, but it can play most modern games at reasonable settings.

The cost

This blog is about saving money, so what sort of cost will the ION add to any computer? Reports have been claiming that the addition of the ION graphics processor will add approximately 50 dollars to the total cost of the system. This is actually pretty reasonable considering that it allows you to play and display video in true HD quality, even with the puny Atom possessor. The ION is worth every penny because there is simply no alternative. If you’re building or buying a media or home theater PC, the absolute best choice is anything with nVidia’s ION processor inside.

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This post was written by admin on May 24, 2009

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An AAA membership is worth the money

Sometimes, you need to spend some money in order to save money at a later time. Such is the case with an AAA membership. The current rate for the American Automobile Association, or AAA, is $75 for the first year, and $50 for each year after that. It’s best to think of AAA as a form of insurance. For the membership price, you get a magazine about once every two months, along with special discounts at hotels, car maintenance, and more. Just with hotels alone, I was able to save more than a hundred dollars simply by being an AAA member, which is great. A lot of businesses claim that their product pays for itself, and often times that simply isn’t true. However, I have found that an AAA membership truly does pay for itself.

Not only do you get discounts, but AAA also gives massive discounts and free emergency roadside assistance. Just last week, I took a vacation to Death Valley national park. I was driving on a desert road with gravel shoulders. I tried to zoom out on my GPS unit while I was driving. Unfortunately, I went off the road and onto the shoulder, slammed on my brakes, and spun out off the road. There I was, stranded off the road, in the middle of the desert. Fortunately my cell phone worked. I took out my AAA card, dialed the number, and within an hour and a half, a tow truck pulled my back onto the road, and I was back to my vacation! How much did I pay for this service? I paid absolutely nothing. If your car is less than 30 feet away from the road, AAA pays for 100% of the service! You don’t have to get your credit card out or anything; it’s all a complimentary service. I did end up tipping the tow truck guy 20 bucks because he kept complaining about how little AAA pays him, but that was my choice. Had I not had AAA, it probably would’ve taken much longer and cost much more in order to get my car back onto the road. Please keep in mind that there are limits to the free service. If you’re car is fifty feet away from the road, for example, it could cost you.

In short, if you drive a lot, or spend a couple nights in a hotel each year, AAA might very well be worth the membership fee. I’ve found that having an AAA membership truly does pay for itself if you know how to take advantage of all its benefits.

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This post was written by admin on March 9, 2009

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How to lower your Comcast bill

If you use Comcast for your cable television, chances are that you’re paying way too much money. Don’t worry, this article should teach you how to easily, and quickly reduce your Comcast bill. If you’ve been paying the standard Comcast rates for television for several months, you’re account is probably eligible to receive a discount for the next six month. This discount is not automatic; you have to explicitly ask for it. Asking for your Comcast monthly bill to be reduced is very easy. Go to Comcast.com, login with your account, and choose live chat support. Simply ask if you’re eligible to receive a lower price for cable. If you are, Comcast will reduce your bill for cable television by half for six months, starting after your current billing period. If you pay 60 dollars a month for cable TV like I did, you will probably start paying 30 dollars a month for six months. This is a total savings of $180. The process of asking Comcast to reduce your bill takes less than 15 minutes if you use their online live-chat support. Sure, you will receive a note on your account saying that you requested your bill to be reduced. Because you never know what notes they attach to your account, it’s always best to be as polite as humanly possible. And that’s really all there is to it! Take 15 minutes of your time and save close to two hundred dollars! Saving money is really that simple!

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This post was written by admin on February 5, 2009

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The difference between Prego and Ragu

Usually, it costs less money to make your own pasta sauce, but it’s oh so much easier to open a bottle! The two leading types of Pasta sauce are Prego and Ragu, and like most choices in life, there is a price difference. Generally, Ragu is anywhere from 20 to 40 percent cheaper than Prego, But there’s a catch. While we all want to save money, sometimes we get what we pay for. As a college student a few years ago, I ate a lot of pasta mainly because it was easy to make. What I’ve found is that Ragu is extremely watered down when compared to Prego. It may cost less, but it contains much more water and much less flavor than Prego. The flavoring for Ragu is little more than a joke. For example, you can buy a bottle of Ragu flavored with meat, but you will be disappointed to find that there is hardly any meat at all in the sauce! Seriously, you can eat an entire portion of meat flavored Ragu and never even come across one little morsel of meat. In short, saving your money is one thing, but there’s no hard decision to make between Ragu and Prego. Prego pasta sauce is simply superior in taste and texture. So the next time you’re shopping at your local grocery store, remember that sometimes it’s better to pay a little more for a vastly superior product.

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This post was written by admin on January 2, 2009

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Where to buy cheap yachts

In times of economic hardships, there are great deals to be had. Many people own yachts and other boats, and hardly ever use them. This is great news for you! Because of economic downturns, people no longer want to pay to have their boat tied to a dock every month, especially if they hardly ever use the boat.

If you really want to buy a boat at a reduced price, take a look at craigslist.com. There are many boats worth more than a hundred thousand dollars being sold for a mere twenty thousand dollars or less! Best of all, it seems like many of the boats for sale on craiglist.com also have a slip which comes with the boat. Of course, you will have to start paying slip fees every month, but you won’t have to worry about hunting and searching for a marina with a slip available. Best of all, it appears that many of the boats being sold on Craigslist come with liveaboard approved slips, which is great news if you are looking to live aboard your boat.

In short, if you buy a slightly used boat on Craigslist, you’re bound to save many tens of thousands of dollars. If you’re looking to buy a boat, this should be the first place you look.

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This post was written by admin on December 28, 2008

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Intelligent video advertisements coming to your grocery store

It’s official. Grocery stores are starting to install electronic video screens in their isles in an effort to advertise products as you walk by. Within the last week, some Safeway stores have started installing these intelligent video advertisements in its stores all across Silicon Valley. Not only are do these advertisements have video screens; they also come complete with speakers and even motion sensors.

That’s right, the new video advertisement units in Safeway stores detect when a person is walking by. That is how it intelligently decides when to play an advertisement, and when to make audible noise. The first time I’ve seen one of these systems was today, as I walked in an isle which was fairly empty. All of the sudden I heard a noise, and sure enough, I saw a video screen playing an advertisement for cleaners.

Are we headed towards a dark future where advertisements profile people on the fly and select appropriate advertisements? The answer is almost certainly yes. It is only a matter of time before these systems can distinguish men from woman, and even features of individuals. In theory, these systems could soon determine if you are a man without a wedding ring, or a man who is balding so it can tailor advertisements specifically for you. Safeway has taken the very first step by putting motion sensors on their computerized advertisements in grocery stores.

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This post was written by admin on September 13, 2008

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The cheapest, best microcontroller for hobbyists

Have you ever wanted to do a cool microcontroller project, but found yourself confused as to which controller to get, which programmer to get, or what software to get? Maybe you wanted to do a microcontroller, but found out that it’s simply too expensive. Well, today you’re in luck, because I’m going to review the perfect microcontroller for nearly all hobby projects.

When I first started looking for a suitable microcontroller for my project, I ran across Radioshack’s BASIC stamp microcontroller. The things were awfully small, had very few GPIO pins, had very little compute capability, and were extremely expensive. Overall, I would not recommend BASIC stamps to anyone unless you have a serious desire to avoid learning assembly language. For me, learning is half the fun!

 

So what is the absolute cheapest, overall best microcontroller starter kit? The answer is Microchip’s new 32 bit pit starter kit! Microchip’s PIC series of microcontrollers have been extremely popular for over a decade, but never have I seen a cheaper starter kit available.

First things first, this is pretty cheap and can save you a lot of money and frustration. It comes with the microcontroller, programmer, debugger, and software. Best of all, the kit only costs fifty dollars, which is extremely cheap for starter kits. One of the best things about this kit is that it connects to your computer via USB. Most kits connect to your computer with serial and printer port connections. Unfortunately, most modern computers built today do not have either of these interfaces because they are extremely outdated. When I started programming with microcontrollers, I used a PIC16F84, and I build an El Cheapo programmer myself. I managed to get a project and programmer built for fewer than 20 dollars. Unfortunately, my new computer does not have a printer port, so I can not use the El Cheapo PIC programmer anymore. Instead, the best is to buy a new kit which is USB capable.

The actual microcontroller itself has a wide variety of features and interfaces which can suite virtually any project. Whether you need GPIO, SPI, I2C, UART or RTCC, the PIC32 has them all. It runs at 80 Megahertz which is fast enough for virtually any hobby projects as well. I highly recommend this kit to anyone who wants to build a hobby project with a microcontroller.

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This post was written by admin on September 12, 2008

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Are subscriptions sucking away all of your income?

When most of us sign up for a new service, we think that the extra ten or fifteen dollars a month won’t make any noticeable difference. The truth is that these services can make a huge difference in your end of month budget. Here are some examples of monthly recurring payments:

  • Zune Marketplace
  • Napster
  • Netflix
  • Tivo
  • Realplayer
  • XM satellite radio
  • Sirius satellite radio
  • Cable TV
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Cell phones
  • Computer games such as World of Warcraft
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Magazines

The list is practically endless! Some of these services are unavoidable like electricity and water. However, if you really want to stretch you dollar, you should seriously re-evaluate which recurring payments are really worth it. Some services are necessary, but you can choose which company you want to purchase service from. For example, if you’re sick of paying Comcast 50 dollars a month just for a lousy internet connection, you might want to consider cheaper, but still fairly high speed services. If you don’t do much online gaming or heavy downloading of movies and other large files, you probably wouldn’t even notice a difference between cable and DSL modems. It’s worth your time to carefully choose your providers for services which are necessary in your day to day life.

Other recurring payments are downright frivolous. The best example of this is XM and Sirius satellite radio. Now, if you drive many miles every day, it may be worth it for you do have satellite radio. But if you’re just driving 30 minutes to and from work every day, 21 days a month, that’s an extra seventy cents just to listen to music or news! If you have a short daily commute, this can begin to cost you almost as much as gasoline. Believe it or not, radio is free, and CDs are very cheap. In fact, even if you made a custom CD for every day you go to work, it would still cost less than a satellite radio subscription.

The last category to be discussed is subscriptions which reel you in. That is, once you purchase a subscription, you are forced to continue paying or else you lose something. An example of this would be Zune Marketplace or Napster. You can buy a subscription for 15 dollars a month and download unlimited music. The catch is that if you ever stop paying your subscription, your files become unplayable. Of course, there are some simple ways to remove copyright protection from audio files, but this is illegal. Even if you subscribe for an entire year and spent $180, if you choose to cancel the subscription you will have absolutely nothing to show for your money. Participating in these subscription programs do not allow you to build up any equity. A similar situation exists with services such as Netflix. Again, there are simple ways to copy DVDs, but this is also illegal.

So next time you consider purchasing a subscription to something, it’s best to think about the long term consequences and whether or not that service is really worth it or not. Put together, these services can easily cost you over a thousand dollars a year!

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This post was written by admin on September 8, 2008

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HHO, the largest gas scam of the decade

If you hate paying money for gas, chances are you’ve looked for ways to lessen your pain at the pump. Sometimes, the best way to save your money is to avoid scams like HHO. These scams operate under many names, including water4fuel, and water4gas. If you’re not familiar with the scam, read on and learn all about it.

How the HHO scam works

The water for gas scam is rather simple. Websites claim to sell you kits or plans that involve you putting a jam-jar of water in your engine. If you’ve taken high school chemistry, you may have performed an experiment where you run an electric current through water to create hydrogen and oxygen gas. The main idea is that you can feed this gas into your fuel line where it dissolves into the gasoline, and magically gives you more miles per gallon. Many websites which promote this scam for tremendous profit make claims that you can cut your gas consumption in half. Is this really possible?

At first glance, these HHO systems may seem plausible, especially to those who want to believe. The only way to tell if these systems can really save you gas and money is to delve into the science. First things first; water is inert, much like nitrogen. It can’t be burned, and does not convey chemical energy in the same way as other molecules. In order to ‘burn water’ as these websites like to say, you need to spend about twice the amount energy in electrolysis in order to separate the hydrogen, oxygen and water. Where does all this energy come from? The alternator! What powers the alternator? The engine!

And there you have it, folks, plain and simple. In order to make hydrogen and oxygen gas, or HHO, you need to use gas, to run the engine, to turn the alternator, to make electricity, to make HHO just so you can burn it in the engine. Needless to say, the total energy loss for this system is enormous. Overall, you need to burn more gasoline than you will ever produce from water. The law of second dynamics forbids you from creating energy from nothing, in this case an inert liquid like water.

The efficiency argument

But wait; there is another part of the argument! The scam artists claim that the presence of hydrogen and oxygen make the gasoline burn more completely, those more efficiently, thus overcoming the amount of energy wasted in the electrolysis. This can and has been disproved by experiment, but there’s another way to debunk this argument. I like to call this argument a reality check. The amount of gas most HHO generates is less than 1 liter per minute, not even enough to run a 1 HP lawnmower on idle. Do you really think this amount of gas is going to have any impact on the efficiency of a 150 HP engine? The answer is a resounding no.

Testimonials

With a little searching, you should be able to find people who swear up and down that they’ve installed the system into their car and now they get 50 mpg. Of course, many people who write articles claiming HHO is not a scam, and then give you their affiliate links to several different websites selling HHO kits and plans. Ignore all testimonials that give links to any specific websites! When people make a purchase by clicking those links, the person who wrote the fake testimonial makes money…your money to be exact.

On the other hand, there are people who aren’t selling anything, and still claim it works in their cars. How can this be? As it turns out, virtually all modern cars have oxygen sensors in the exhaust system to determine how much gas to put into the cylinders. Hooking up an HHO system to your car won’t improve your fuel efficiency directly, but it will be enough to trick the oxygen sensor. As a result, the car uses less fuel, and begins to run lean. A lean-running engine will use less gas, and should become fuel efficient. As a result, people wrongly attribute the improved gas mileage to the HHO device.

Problems of running lean

If running your engine lean improves your gas mileage, then why aren’t automakers make all their engines run lean? The answer is that it does horrible, horrible things to the engine! The engine and valves can be permanently damaged, and cost you a pretty penny. This can even cause engine knock. To prevent these problems, automakers set the engines to use the proper amount of gas in order to improve engine reliability and longevity. Think about this for a second…is it worth destroying your car just so you won’t have to pay as much for gas? Actually, if you’re getting ready to ditch your car and get a new one, maybe it’s worth it to set the gas/air mixture in your car to make it lean. But if you want to actually use your car for more than a year, than hooking up an HHO device to your engine could cost you a lot of money.

Deceptive advertising

If you want to see something really funny, go to Youtube and search for ‘run your car on water’ and see what happens. You are likely to see the same videos posted over, and over, and over again. Each video will have nearly identical video descriptions with affiliate links. This is how people try to make their money. What’s really funny is that many of the videos have nothing to do with the HHO devices at all. For example, there are videos of people with a torch running with HHO, and the videos claim that it’s proof that the device really works. What’s even more funny is that some videos which depict actual cars which use hydrogen and fuel cells in order to move the car. Again, this concept is nothing like the HHO device, yet the scammers want you to believe that it is. The best thing you can do to protect your money and your wallet is to take these videos with a grain of salt.

Another interesting thing to note is that all the videos on Youtube are tagged with the word ‘scam.’ This way, if you try to find videos exposing this scam for what it really is, you’re much more likely to stumble onto videos trying to sell you HHO. This is even true for websites and fake reviews. Why else would people write an article about how great HHO is, and then proceed to tag their own article with the word, ‘scam.’ The answer is that it’s just one more layer of protection in order to prevent people from reading literature such as this.

In conclusion, if something sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly is. Right now, the RunYourCarOnWater and similar HHO scams are some of the biggest scams on the internet trying to get your money. The absolute best thing you can do is avoid these scams. If you drive a *lot* perhaps the best option for you would be to buy a hybrid vehicle. If you don’t drive very much and are looking for a new vehicle, try buying a lower end fuel efficient car. Toyota makes many efficient cars, and other manufacturers do as well, the Nissan Sentra, for example. For simple, cheap and easy ways to save gas, you can check out this page.

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This post was written by admin on September 3, 2008

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Seven reasons not to buy Blue-ray yet

The formatting war between HD-DVD and blue-ray has been over for months, so many people are considering switching over to Blue-ray. This article is going to outline the top seven reasons why you shouldn’t buy a blue-ray play just yet.

#1. Cost of the movies

Out of all the reasons you should wait on buying anything related to blue-ray, this is definitely the most compelling. It’s no secret that new technology is expensive, but that goes double for blue-ray. HD-DVDs were actually much cheaper to buy because manufacturers could simply retool their DVD factories and start making HD-DVDs for little extra cost. Blue-ray on the other hand, is not so easy to manufacture. Therefore, in order to manufacture blue-ray discs, manufacturers had to buy new, expensive machinery. Because of this, Blue-ray discs are still anywhere from 25% to 100% more expensive than regular DVDs! You don’t have to take my word for it, either. You can go to your favorite DVD retailer, and compare prices on new movie releases in both blue-ray and DVD formats. You are likely to see that most blue-ray movies are about ten dollars more expensive for each DVD. The best solution to save your money is to wait until scale of economy drives the prices of blue-ray movies down.

#2. Cost of the players

Like all new technology, blue-ray players are much more expensive than regular DVD players. Nowadays, you can get a decent DVD player for $100, but a decent blue-ray player may cost you $300 or more. Think about this for a second…are you willing to this much money for the privilege of buying more expensive movies? The folks at Sony are laughing their way to the bank every time someone forks over the cash for a new blue-ray player. Your best option is to wait until you can get a high quality, reliable player for a reasonable price. You may have to wait years before the players finally reach this point, but frankly, DVD’s still look very good on virtually any television or projector.

#3. Annoyance of security for players

Believe it or not, DVDs have encryption. Unfortunately for the movie industry, this encryption was broken very easily, which allowed people to quickly and easily transfer DVDs to their computer so they may be stored, or burned onto a blank DVD. I, for one, keep a copy of my favorite movies on my computer for easy access.

Because it was so easy to copy DVDs, Sony decided to step up security for blue-ray movies, at the expense of us, the consumers. The ramifications of this are profound, and will be discussed in this point, and points to follow. First and foremost, the copy protection on blue-ray discs was broken fairly soon after their release into the market. Because of this, Sony actually changed the security protections on their discs. After this change, new blue-ray discs WOULD NOT PLAY in current blue-ray disc players. This forced all the blue-ray disc player manufacturers to develop new firmware which needed to be installed on all their players in order to play newly released movies. What does this mean for you? Ever time Sony changes the security protection on their discs, you are going to have to wait a couple days, and then spend an hour to download, burn, and install new firmware for your blue-ray DVD player. So far, I’ve wasted over three hours of my life and about 4 dollars in blank DVDs just so I could install new firmware in order to play newly released blue-ray movies. Even when I bought Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (which turned out to be disappointing) I had to wait over a week before a firmware update was available for my player. The player I own is a LG BH-100. What really scares me is that if the manufacturer ever decides to discontinue support for my player, as soon as Sony changes the security again, the player will be unable to play any new movies ever again. That’s really comforting.

In short, Sony’s security protection software for blue-ray DVDs is one of the biggest engineering and business blunders of the century. Not only are their security features always broken days after being released, but it’s terribly inconvenient for us, the consumers.

#4. Annoyance of getting blue-ray to work on your computer

If you have a modern computer, chances are you have a DVD drive. If you want to play blue-ray movies on your computer, be prepared to jump through hoops. First of all, you need to have an approved operating system, processor, graphics card, monitor, connection to the monitor, and software player. If any one of these things is not up to Sony’s outrageous security related demands, then you will still be able to play the blue-ray movie, but the visual quality will be intentionally ruined to look worse than a VHS tape…and no, that isn’t an exaggeration. If you’re not sure what the exact requirements are for each of these components, chances are, you don’t meet the requirements.

#5. Buying computer software in order to play blue-ray on your computer

If you bought a blue-ray drive for your computer expecting to play movies, brace yourself. Many blue-ray drives on sale right now come with software which is intentionally crippled. For example, if you want to watch a blue-ray movie on your computer with Dolby digital 5.1 sound, you are going to need to fork over 70 dollars for an upgraded version of the software that came with your player. Usually, this is Cyberlink PowerDVD. Can you see how expensive this can become? What makes me really angry is that this is all a ramification of Sony’s copyright protection fueled by Sony’s greed. You could look at software from Sly Fox, which copies the entire blue-ray movie to your computer, and removes all copyright protection. This way, you won’t need to buy expensive software to play blue-ray movies, but you will have to buy Sly Fox software. You will also need 50 GB of free room on your hard drive and wait for however long it takes to copy the movie over, which is an annoyance to say the least.

#6. Burning Blue-ray is not a realistic possibility yet

If you have a modern computer, you probably have a DVD burner. DVD burners are cheap, and blank DVD’s cost about 50 cents each, which is reasonable. Blue-ray burners do exist, but the cost of both the players and the media is prohibitively expensive. At the time of this writing, the cheapest blue-ray burner is $250, but that does not support blue-ray re-writeable media. The cheapest blue-ray burner that is able to read and write to re-writeable is about $350. A similar situation existed when DVD writers were first developed. The only responsible solution is to wait. Simply wait for the price of blue-ray DVD burners to fall. That way, you’re ensured cheaper players, and technology which is better tested than drives available on the market right now.

Not only are the burners expensive, but the recordable media is even more so. The absolute cheapest 25GB 2X BD-R I could find on newegg.com was $8.99. Of course, shipping is another $6.99. The blue-ray media is prohibitively expensive right now. Right now, if you buy single discs (ignoring shipping), you will get 2.78 GB for every dollar you spend. If you buy single-layer DVD-R, you will get 9.4 GB for every dollar you spend, which is a vastly better deal. Right now, the blue-ray burnable media is simply too expensive, and not worth it. Again, the solution to this problem is to wait. The prices will eventually come down, so why hurry and get blue-ray now? The best way to make your wallet happy is to simply wait it out.

There is one more cold reality that you should consider about burning. Blue ray players for televisions DO NOT support discs burned with a computer. This is part of Sony’s master plan to eliminate piracy. So don’t think you can rent a movie, copy it, burn it, and play it in your blue-ray player, because you won’t be successful. The only solution I know of is to use a media-PC equipped with a blue-ray drive, and use that as your blue-ray player for your television or projector. Again, if you don’t have a media-PC, this is yet another costly item you will have to purchase in order to watch burned blue-ray movies on your television. Unfortunately, waiting isn’t going to fix this problem, although it may bring cost down on a media-PC.

#7. Renting is more expensive

It’s already widely known and established in this article that blue-ray movies are more expensive than regular DVDs. Unfortunately; you can expect that to be true even for renting blue-ray movies! That’s right; companies such as Netflix are planning on charging their customers a couple extra dollars each month for access to their high definition library. For the very last time, the best solution to this problem is to simply wait. Netflix and other rental places don’t want to charge their customers more, they are forced to because of the high cost of blue-ray movies. Once blue-ray movies become cheaper, these extra renting charges should disappear.

In summary, it is clear that one day, blue-ray will be standard, but that time has not come yet. There are still many problems with blue ray relating to the cost of players, computer hardware, blank media, and the movies themselves. While the movies may be in high definition, in my opinion, that is not worth all the extra cost. The best thing we, the consumers, can do is wait until the prices drop. Waiting will not solve all the problems, especially ones related to bizarre security and copy protection requirements, but waiting is still the best way to save some substantial money.

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This post was written by admin on September 3, 2008

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