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The founders of a new company believe they have developed a new standard of DVD that will display movies at far higher fidelity than any other existing standard. While they recognize that the benefits of the new technology may not be sufficient to induce the entire market to adopt the new player and disc formats, they predict that format will be worth the cost of adoption in commercial venues that show movies on large screens, where the improvement in quality would be quite noticeable.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. The brand reputation of the current technology for movie filming is so strong that it is unlikely to be displaced in the near future for home viewing.

B. Sound quality is important to commercial venues that show movies on large screens, and the sound quality of movies on the new technology would not be improved.

C. The cost of the new system is high and would take even a major commercial venue several months to offset with improved business.

D. Commercial venues can adopt the new technology easily only if the movies they want to show are available on the new disc format.

E. Patrons of commercial venues that show movies on large screens may not appreciate the quality of the new format until they see it in person.

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The founders of a new company believe they have developed a new standard of DVD that will display movies at far higher fidelity than any other existing standard. While they recognize that the benefits of the new technology may not be sufficient to induce the entire market to adopt the new player and disc formats, they predict that format will be worth the cost of adoption in commercial venues that show movies on large screens, where the improvement in quality would be quite noticeable.

Premise: A new company has developed a far better quality of DVD than existing one. However founders do know that benefits of new tech. are limited for entire market.
Conclusion: Founders predict that commercial venues if adopt the new format DVD would benefit since the improved quality would compensate for the new tech. adoption cost.
Something that weakens must be opposite to what founders have predicted i.e. targeting a specific market. For example - new format takes slow pace n adoption OR cost o adopting the new format is very high i.e. longer break even time compared normally OR any other outside actor not predictable at adoption time.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. The brand reputation of the current technology for movie filming is so strong that it is unlikely to be displaced in the near future for home viewing. – WRONG. Though generally high brand reputation does affect adoption rate or even consideration of new tech., brand reputation entails a broader market which is what founders are not targeting in their prediction.

B. Sound quality is important to commercial venues that show movies on large screens, and the sound quality of movies on the new technology would not be improved. – CORRECT. DVD formats are about audio and video aspect both play an equally important part to have a noticeable impact. If One goes off the other can’t compensate for it. Hence Commercial venues would avert any situation which might cost them dearly. Weakens the founders case.

C. The cost of the new system is high and would take even a major commercial venue several months to offset with improved business. – WRONG. Any new tech. would cost high in general but there would be some clients if not entre market who would opt or it if quality improvement is drastic. Strengthens the founders case.

D. Commercial venues can adopt the new technology easily only if the movies they want to show are available on the new disc format. – WRONG. If this is true then commercial venues should change altogether to new format. Strengthens the founders case.

E. Patrons of commercial venues that show movies on large screens may not appreciate the quality of the new format until they see it in person. – WRONG. Neither weakens nor strengthens.

IMO Answer (B).
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Premise P1: The founders of a new company believe they have developed a new standard of DVD that will display movies at far higher fidelity than any other existing standard.
Premises P2:P While they recognize that the benefits of the new technology may not be sufficient to induce the entire market to adopt the new player and disc formats,
Conclusion: they predict that format will be worth the cost of adoption in commercial venues that show movies on large screens, where the improvement in quality would be quite noticeable.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. The brand reputation of the current technology for movie filming is so strong that it is unlikely to be displaced in the near future for home viewing.
The conclusion is concerned with movies on large screens. Irrelevant

B. Sound quality is important to commercial venues that show movies on large screens, and the sound quality of movies on the new technology would not be improved.
Improvement in quality would be noticeable even if sound quality is not improved. Incorrect.

C. The cost of the new system is high and would take even a major commercial venue several months to offset with improved business.
This will weaken the prediction that format will be worth the cost of adoption in commercial venue since cost of the new system is high and would take even a major commercial venue several months to offset with improved business.

D. Commercial venues can adopt the new technology easily only if the movies they want to show are available on the new disc format.
The prediction is concerned with format will be worth the cost of adoption in commercial venues that show movies on large screens, where the improvement in quality would be quite noticeable. The conclusion is weakened if major movies are not available in the new disc format then picture quality improvement will not matter.

E. Patrons of commercial venues that show movies on large screens may not appreciate the quality of the new format until they see it in person.

IMO D
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In my opinion Answer is D.

A. Home viewing is irrelevant to commercial viewing.
B. Video and Sound both are important. If only video can be improved, still there is an improvement.
C. Cost can be recovered in several months. It means that the new equipment can be profitable.
D. Answer. only movies that are compatible with the instrument can be shown and if such movies are not there in the market, then the cost of the equipment cant be recovered.
E. That is true for any new thing. It doesn't say that this will stop the patrons from seeing the movie.

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Premise: The founders of new company are relying on benefit of new technology which gives higher fidelity than others as their USP. they want to lead that to other markets also, and think this will be successful as its a major breakthrough

To Weaken conclusion: what if fidelity is not the main thing what other's are looking for to improve their service. what is increase in fidelity is of no use.

Option C provides best example that its not fidelity but rather Sound quality which movie owners will like to have improved. It weakens plan and conclusion of premise:

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IMO C
C. The cost of the new system is high and would take even a major commercial venue several months to offset with improved business------- even for major commercial venues it will take time to offset so it is possible that it may not beneficial for non-major commercial venues.
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A very difficult gem indeed.

The founders of a new company believe they have developed a new standard of DVD that will display movies at far higher fidelity than any other existing standard. While they recognize that the benefits of the new technology may not be sufficient to induce the entire market to adopt the new player and disc formats, they predict that format will be worth the cost of adoption in commercial venues that show movies on large screens, where the improvement in quality would be quite noticeable.

Arguement:- New format will be worth the cost of adoption in commercial venues that show movies on large screens.
Type:- Weaken
Pre-thinking:- New format will not be worth the cost of adoption.


Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. The brand reputation of the current technology for movie filming is so strong that it is unlikely to be displaced in the near future for home viewing. :- We are not interested in whether the new technology will be used for home-viewing. Besides, this answer choice is in-line with author's arguement that it will not be used for home-viewing.

B. Sound quality is important to commercial venues that show movies on large screens, and the sound quality of movies on the new technology would not be improved.:- The arguement doesnt say that sound quality is not the only thing that is important to commercial venues. Even if sound quality is not improved, may be that improved rendering can impove and make the cost of adoption worthwhile.

C. The cost of the new system is high and would take even a major commercial venue several months to offset with improved business.
:- Even author agrees with this arguement and says that, no matter how high the cost is, it will be worth it for commercial venues.

D. Commercial venues can adopt the new technology easily only if the movies they want to show are available on the new disc format.
:- THe answer. What if there are no movies with new disc format?

E. Patrons of commercial venues that show movies on large screens may not appreciate the quality of the new format until they see it in person. :- It doesnt say that they wont appreciate it. IT says that they wont appreciate it before they see in person.
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As per statement it is not widely adopted and the new format is beneficial if the movies are available in new format.
Since the new format is not adopted movies wont be available.
Hence its adoption is limited by movie availability. Thus the right answer is D
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The founders of a new company believe they have developed a new standard of DVD that will display movies at far higher fidelity than any other existing standard. While they recognize that the benefits of the new technology may not be sufficient to induce the entire market to adopt the new player and disc formats, they predict that format will be worth the cost of adoption in commercial venues that show movies on large screens, where the improvement in quality would be quite noticeable.

Which of the following, if true, would most weaken the conclusion drawn above?

A. The brand reputation of the current technology for movie filming is so strong that it is unlikely to be displaced in the near future for home viewing.

B. Sound quality is important to commercial venues that show movies on large screens, and the sound quality of movies on the new technology would not be improved.

C. The cost of the new system is high and would take even a major commercial venue several months to offset with improved business.

D. Commercial venues can adopt the new technology easily only if the movies they want to show are available on the new disc format.

E. Patrons of commercial venues that show movies on large screens may not appreciate the quality of the new format until they see it in person.


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Reading the question: we get a plan, and we have to choose what will most weaken the idea that the plan will work.

Creating a filter: the correct answer is likely not just to undermine the conclusion, but the logic of the argument. That involves quality, the new player and format, and large screens. The argument says that the new player and format are worth it because of the quality benefit on the large screens. The best weakener of this argument as a whole is likely to weaken that specific connection. We look for such a format-quality-screen weakener in the answer choices.

Applying the filter: (A) doesn't mention anything we're looking for. (B) doesn't, because "quality" is about sound quality. So (A) and (B) are out. (C) doesn't pertain to the connection we're interested in. Moreover, we're not expected to believe that there is a low cost to installation, but rather that the installation will be worth the cost, and maybe recouping in several months is not so bad. (D) is better; if movies aren't available in the new format, then improved visual quality might not merit switching to the new format. (D) is objectively superior because it alone undermines the logical connection in the argument between improved visual quality and being worth the switch. It does it somewhat indirectly, but since it hampers the conditions under which the switch can be adopted. (E) is not necessarily a problem for the argument.

The correct answer is (D).
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