Registered: Sep 2001
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Re: convenience vs. price
Originally posted by tgibbs
My recollection was that VHS won out due to price. When I was buying my first VCR, beta and VHS were pretty neck-and-neck in the market, with the quality advantage to beta. Beta machines were also far more convenient to use due to superior tape handling (also, Sony's remotes tended to be better designed). But the VHS machines were substantially cheaper.
Well, admittedly it was a long time ago but I recall the battle being rather neck-and-neck for quite some time and then the decision really came down to VHS tapes being far more available than beta. Rental companies, new then, went for VHS in a big way and that amounts to a lot of convenience. I believe that lead to the price coming way down, though, if memory serves, VHS was generally a bit less expensive than Beta from pretty early on.
it's far more important that the first release be relatively bug free than every possible feature be included in the first release.
(Sorry to mix replies but I hate having several messages in a row.)
On this point I could not agree more.
The actual implementation of "native rate" options would hopefully allow for some selection of which output formats it's allowed to choose from. It could be done now, for instance, just by using the up-arrow list as the allowed output formats. If any are unchecked a native rate option would select the next best choice.
Just for those who aren't aware of it, check out the specs of the Sony and Zenith HD boxes. They support several variations on this. They support locking to one resolution. They support passing everything as is and they also have several different modes that have pre-configured mappings. They don't have interactive mapping but that seems easy enough.
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