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Those RARs sure make good watching. Especially the corrupt ones :( And if you want HD, MKVs cause further pain.

As I say, I'd rather pay to save myself time & hassle... when I've got a workable choice

Grabit and whatnot automatically repairs and rars and you won't get any corruptnes with a good server and newzbin. I have a 20 meg connection so its bonkers fast, but I still don't get HD stuff. I like the nicer picture but its just easier and quicker to get the SD version and be done with it unless its a massive blockbuster film.

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Grabit and whatnot automatically repairs and rars and you won't get any corruptnes with a good server and newzbin. I have a 20 meg connection so its bonkers fast, but I still don't get HD stuff. I like the nicer picture but its just easier and quicker to get the SD version and be done with it unless its a massive blockbuster film.

You are me :(

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Do this films come with trailers or (God forbid) an anti-piracy advert at the start? Or is it just one click and you're at the studio ident like normal downloaded movies?

There are no ads or trailers.

Although when your friends go online and the notification pops up it's a bit like someone walking past to go to the toilet.

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There are no ads or trailers.

Although when your friends go online and the notification pops up it's a bit like someone walking past to go to the toilet.

Turn notifications off when watching movies.

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Woo hoo! Space Cowboys downloaded in a flash this morning and I'm very impressed with the picture quality. This may force me into re-evaluating a purchase of the HD-DVD drive. For the amount of time I spend watching films I can't see myself paying up to £15 for an HD film on either format, to sit on a shelf and get watched once a year - if that. After a clearout, I'm left with 58 movie DVDs plus 6 TV series sets and I've got 3 blu-ray films in 8 months of PS3 ownership, one of which was free (Casino Royale,) so I've not embraced HD much yet. If Sony offer a similar service on the PS3 (which they probably won't,) then that's OK with me. I'll go with that.

One thing that immediately stood out in Space Cowboys was the lack of that awful film grain effect that I've seen on my blu-ray films. This made everything look much smoother and I preferred this.

Is there a massive difference in picture quality between one of these downloads and a movie on a HD-DVD disc?

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We managed to get Zodiac to download the other night at the second attempt. Had to clear the old one from the HD before it would fit :-(

I liked the movie, even though it's quite long :-)

It said it was available to play an hour or so after starting the download, which wasn't bad. We didn't have time to watch it then, but by the time we did a couple of hours later, it was complete.

The picture quality wasn't really amazing until we switched back to normal SD tv afterwards. Wow, it was like watching through vaseline for about 20 minutes until you get used to it again.

I'm not sure if I'll bother with HD again though, it was a lot more expensive and only had stereo sound. I can't understand why they don't let you get it in 5.1 - it can't be that much bigger surely.

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I think the more channels you have the less data you need to extract them, so it's not as simple as just multiplying the audio stream size by 3, especially with WMA10.

I just did some sums - apparently WMA 10 Pro multichannel uses between 128 and 256 kbit/s. Assuming the audio is very complex and you need the full bit-rate all the time, thats only 282MB for the 150 mins or so of Zodiac.

If they're using around 96kbit/s for the WMA9 stereo that they use, that's already taking 105MB. I'd rather download the extra 150MB on a 7GB movie tbh.

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I would definitely be prepared to download an extra 2% data in order to get 5.1 sound. A few minutes longer at most.

We should petition MS or something, not that they'll be interested. I can't believe they would stick with stereo audio at those kind of differences - either the stereo is really low rate, or WMA10 Pro doesn't work the way they claim in their press (likely?), or something else is up. The audio is a tiny fraction of the size of an HD stream, come on MS!!!!!

On the up side, if my connection ran at full rate from MS like it does most of the time from decent servers (not between 10PM and about 1AM unfortunately), I'd be able to stream MS' HD videos (based on zodiac at 150 minutes and 6.9GB, you only need 804KB/s - I get higher than that from a good FTP).

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Well I downloaded Zodiac last week and watched it with Mrs Sardan on Saturday night. The download wa sno bother (I left it downloading one night after I had gone to bed) and it I had no problems.

Thoroughly enjoyed the folm but I have to say I didn't think the HD was anything special at all. I was watching over VGA on a 1080p set (Sony 40W2000) and it looked no better than SD DVDs upscaled on the 360.

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Well, I heard that 300 was going 'on sale' to cost 100 points for a download, which seemed worth a punt at that price.

Seeing as I was up and about I've just checked to see if its available to download:

Only SD version is 100 points. HD still sets you back the full 540 (approx 4.60 pounds)

Still, might be worth a go if you have some spare points knocking about.

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Hmm, I think the point is that you can really see the texture of the film as you could in the cinema, I was watching it (HD DVD not download) on a mate's PZ70 (1080p plasma) recently just to try it out and we ended up watching it for 30 minutes, you get much more drawn in just due to the quality of the picture. I found that with Terminator3 too, enjoyed it much more in HD.

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