Over the past couple of years (and seems to be accelerating), is the studio's releasing 'special edition' Blu-Ray disc or disc sets, without the corresponding standard definition disc sets.
I have noticed there is some commercial software out there that purports to 'slice and dice' the Blu-Ray disc (after decrypting by other software), and compress down to SD dvd5/9/multiple discs (and usually can do AVCHD).
Now, HD is nice, my entire system has been HD for several years, and I went to an HD display almost 10 years ago. But.... the cost differential between commercial Blu-Ray disc and std-def is pretty ridiculous, especially when I read review all the time on how poor an encoding job the studios have done to some titles.
I would have thought that I'd see a lot of downconverted titles on usenet, but most is various flavors of H.264. Great if one has equipment to play it, but the vast majority of folks out there are still SD.
So, has anyone out there had any experience with these BR to DVD programs? The two I trip over all the time is 'Blu-Ray to DVD II' and 'Blu Ray Ripper'.
There were a lot of... shall we say, dodgy DVD programs bouncing around ripping folks off at the dawn of the DVD era 10 years ago. I don't know whether the two listed here are simply a retread of those updated to 'Blu-Ray'.
Any comments? And yes, there is a 'BD Rebuilder' program under developemt at Doom9, but it's currently at the stage that 'DVD Rebuilder was around vr. 0.2 or so.