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  • SYS64738 17 Jan 2013 21:50:18 1,575 posts
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    ED209 wrote:
    SYS64738 wrote:

    @ED209

    Ok so maybe (just maybe) I exaggerated and rambled on a bit earlier. But I live in a large-ish apartment block and the mailbox in the lobby is tiny. One small package and it's full. ....But glad my rant got you excited and hope it ended with a happy ending!

    Ok so you had the one exception that I never thought about. This is literally the first time I've ever been wrong in the Internet. My world is literally crumbling around me. Literally.

    And I was hanging on until your comment about having one small full package put me over the edge. That and the detailed commentary on the logistics of Ireland's inferior postal system.

    "99% of shipments come...from...A...BROAD."

    /spurt
    Ok got a tl;dr version just for you:

    Walking 30 mins to HMV down the road and buy games and blurays at reasonable prices = more convenient than waiting week(s) for online orders, provided I can place them in the first place.

    Is that so hard to understand?
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 21:51:56
    Netflix HD is better than DVD.
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 21:52:53
    If you are willing to region surf the netflix film selection isn't bad. Isn't good either like but there are some decent, newish films scattered about.
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 22:10:37
    @Aargh. No it isn't, not even close.
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 22:11:54
    It's better than DVD here. Presumably over an international proxy and potentially crappy connection it switches itself to SD most of the time, though.
  • Deckard1 17 Jan 2013 22:13:16 27,069 posts
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    Yeah looks a fair bit better to me. I only really use the UK one though.
  • warlockuk 17 Jan 2013 22:13:24 19,133 posts
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    Nah, I'm currently watching 24 from the US proxy. It's in HD.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • Dougs 17 Jan 2013 22:16:15 66,621 posts
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    Probably on a par with dvd I would've said. Won't be long before they start throwing out higher bit-rate stuff I'm sure, once networks improve enough.

    Edit: does depend what you watch though to an extent.

    Edited by Dougs at 22:17:25 17-01-2013
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 22:18:01
    Bitrate of Netflix HD is something like 1/3 of a DVD.
  • Dougs 17 Jan 2013 22:20:55 66,621 posts
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    Course its compressed etc. But to my gammy eyes there's not a huge difference. Including some broadcast HD.
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 22:21:21
    But the encoding tech of a DVD is around 16 years old. Bitrate-to-bitrate comparisons don't really work.

    Edited by meme at 22:21:48 17-01-2013
  • Deckard1 17 Jan 2013 22:22:50 27,069 posts
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    Looks better to me. Dunno the science behind it but it certainly works on my eyes.
  • Deleted user 17 January 2013 22:23:23
    Bitrate is irrelevant. It's different encoding and compression.

    Not that it's 1/3 of it anyway.

    Edited by Aargh. at 22:23:58 17-01-2013
  • FWB 17 Jan 2013 22:26:10 43,800 posts
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    The ability to pick up almost any film/TV show and watch it anywhere I like by logging into a website far outways the difference in resolution for me.

    Got Season 2 of Game of Thrones (legitimately) on Blinkbox months before it will be released on DVD and can watch it anywhere, anytime.
  • Trowel 18 Jan 2013 05:49:41 17,425 posts
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    Game have expressed an interest in taking the lease on up to 45 HMV stores... Honestly.
  • morriss 18 Jan 2013 07:44:19 70,911 posts
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    I'd like to be able to sell worthless pieces of paper for cash. Anyone want to invest?
  • ScoutTech 18 Jan 2013 08:25:42 2,423 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    I'd like to be able to sell worthless pieces of paper for cash. Anyone want to invest?
    Can you maybe pretty them up in plastic, maybe make them into some sort of card with funky graphics on them?
  • warlockuk 18 Jan 2013 09:07:30 19,133 posts
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    Netflix streaming is HD for me. Better than DVD by far. And I live out in the sticks, so to speak (though I have a decent internet connection). DVD uses mpeg-2 compression; you're looking at 4-7Gb for a 2 hour movie. Compare that to your average 1080p MKV - that's about the same size for six times the image size. Netflix is awesome.

    Unlike Lovefilm. Which is a shitty, shitty mess. Got it free for 12 months and still have yet to watch a complete episode of a show or a movie; it's just horrible.

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • Chopsen 18 Jan 2013 09:12:20 15,702 posts
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    Weirdly netflix looks good on my PS3 (better than DVD, but slightly worse than BR on a subjective judgement), but if I hook up my laptop to the TV it looks arse. Both via HDMI. Both at 1080p.
  • ED209 18 Jan 2013 09:18:50 505 posts
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    yeah Netflix is listing things as super HD now and that's definitely at least 720p equivalent. It takes a minute to hit full quality though due to the streaming tech (as it's instant start in SD to avoid buffering delay).

    If you don't see the picture sharpen up then you've got a connection issue.

    Samantha Janus?

  • sport 18 Jan 2013 09:21:57 12,522 posts
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    Maybe we can get Digital Foundry to analyze the streams.
  • ED209 18 Jan 2013 09:23:08 505 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:
    but if I hook up my laptop to the TV it looks arse. Both via HDMI. Both at 1080p.
    browser overhead possibly. Have the same thing with my PC. Wii Uversion is good, But XBox is by far the best. (not used PS3 though)

    Samantha Janus?

  • Deleted user 18 January 2013 09:33:03
    Chopsen wrote:
    Weirdly netflix looks good on my PS3 (better than DVD, but slightly worse than BR on a subjective judgement), but if I hook up my laptop to the TV it looks arse. Both via HDMI. Both at 1080p.
    Your laptop is probably outputting full range video (0~255) instead of limited (16~239)

    Should be able to change it in video settings.
  • Rhythm 18 Jan 2013 09:42:23 2,462 posts
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    ED209 wrote:
    yeah Netflix is listing things as super HD now and that's definitely at least 720p equivalent. It takes a minute to hit full quality though due to the streaming tech (as it's instant start in SD to avoid buffering delay).

    If you don't see the picture sharpen up then you've got a connection issue.
    Netflix HD is 720p (2mbps required to stream), Super HD is 1080p (needs 5mbps)
  • Deleted user 18 January 2013 19:25:35
    Chopsen wrote:
    Weirdly netflix looks good on my PS3 (better than DVD, but slightly worse than BR on a subjective judgement), but if I hook up my laptop to the TV it looks arse. Both via HDMI. Both at 1080p.
    Streaming to consoles or set-top boxes has Netflix check available bandwidth then lock in the stream at that quality onwards with a bit of buffering (though it can change if it catches up with the buffer). Streaming to a PC uses dynamic quality with less buffering. Suspect your connection to NF has good speed but shitty latency.

    Edited by meme at 19:32:51 18-01-2013
  • ElNino9 25 Jan 2013 10:39:27 13,285 posts
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    Anybody know if HMV are still taking trade-ins?

    Hated, adored, never ignored.

  • RyanDS 25 Jan 2013 18:34:52 9,052 posts
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    ElNino9 wrote:
    Anybody know if HMV are still taking trade-ins?
    Anyone?

    Was just in Cex and I see Nintendo Land is 22. The HMV app gives you 30 trade, 25 cash so could be a decent money earner.
  • Deleted user 2 February 2013 10:34:11
    https://twitter.com/thenativepaul/status/296992283457355776/photo/1/large
  • M83J01P97 2 Feb 2013 11:29:58 6,529 posts
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    There was an article in the Guardian the other day about the twitter hijack thing, and while it was sympathetic towards the people who have lost their jobs, it also pointed out that these were the people who had known the company was on the very edge for well over a year, but for reasons which are still not clear, continued to run the company in the same way.

    I'm sure there were some 'innocent' individuals let go from the companies HO, but I actually think its refreshing to see cuts fall at the top of the food chain (so to speak) first instead of just blindly getting rid of shop staff who have no control over how the business is run.
  • Deleted user 7 February 2013 13:21:52
    And they've now announced the 66 stores that they are going to close in the next 2 months. Two of them (Trocadero and Bexleyheath) are the HMV stores I've used the most by a long way, especially the Trocadero store :(
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